|maintenance of way|
Maintenance of Way trains are operated as extra trains in between sessions, when tracks are clear of traffic. MoW railcars, like all non-revenue equipment, carry road numbers between 900-999.Maintenance of Way roster: 901 Diner 902 Rotary Snowplow 903 Track cleaner 908 Water car 910 Tool car 911 35' ballast hopper 912 GP20 locomotive 916 Wheel car 921 30' ballast hopper 923 40' flat 925 Office car 933 30' ballast hopper 938 Engineering car 947 Loader transport 956 Caboose, MoW 957 Weed sprayer 966 30' ballast hopper 973 Kitchen car 977 30' ballast hopper 982 Bunk car 987 30' ballast hopper 990 Section Work Car 992 Section Work CarHere are some of the MoW railcars in use:992 is a Section Work Car. There are two of these, one assigned to each section. This is the only car 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.