|maintenance of way|
Maintenance of Way trains are operated as extra trains in between sessions, when tracks are clear of traffic. Here is the listing of all non-revenue equipment, including MoW railcars. All non-revenue equipment carries road numbers between 900-999. All equipment is listed on the Cape Ann non-revenue report
Here are some of the MoW railcars in use:992 is a Section Day Work Car. There are two of these, one assigned to each section. These are used for day-to-day maintenance. The caboose section provides a place for workers to ride and have lunch. The container provides secure tool and supply storage. This car must always be hauled as the last car, and with the container door facing the rear, to allow space for accessing equipment.
Diner 901 is shared between the business train and the work trains. This replaced an earlier MoW kitchen car which was just a converted boxcar, and did not provide any seating.
Rotary 902 is staged at Pamola at the beginning of the winter, so it can clean the line through Cascade Pass while moving downgrade.
GP20 912 is permanently assigned to the MoW trains. It is old and dirty, but it always starts!
947 is a boxcar which has been converted to carry the loader. Most of the body was cut off, and a rollup door installed both for security and protection from the elements. It also carries two ramps used for loading/unloading.
957 is the weed sprayer car, which has swingout arms to squirt herbicide along the ROW as needed. The operator rides in the cupola and controls the arms from there. It is considered bad form to take out a block signal.
982 is the bunk car, brought along for those longer-term projects.