Rebuilding the Brazos River Bridge

r_i_straw Jun 8, 2016

  1. Chasbro

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    Thank you for the kind words. It sure is nice to see and hear the trains running again.
     
  2. ddechamp71

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    BTW, what's the rolling stock behind the 2 UP units ? Never seen that before. Looks like scrap loaded gondolas, but articulated such as 5-unit well cars....

    Dom
     
  3. r_i_straw

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    Those are full of rip rap, or large rocks for a better term. They were using them to stabilize the river bank in front of the trestle bents.
     
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  4. ddechamp71

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    Thank you. But I wasn't aware of this kind of articulated gondola until today.

    Dom
     
  5. BoxcabE50

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    I am curious of the dumping mechanisms for those cars. Appearance is quite different from such as the Difco style we have seen.
     
  6. Chasbro

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    I noticed the funny cars too. Five combinations, about 11 "cars" to a combination. Like a single car eleven cars in length. It made for much quicker and easier unloading as the scooping machine didn't have to wrestle with the front and rear walls as much. I'm not sure how it articulates though.
     
  7. Kurt Moose

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    Maybe both sides open, releasing the rip rap to both sides of the tracks? I've seen a video of an old Milwaukee Road train of rip rap on flatcars, and a very skilled operator on an old bulldozer was literally pushing it off the sides onto the roadbed!!
     
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  8. BoxcabE50

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    That video seems vaguely familiar. Know I have seen something similar or the same one.
     
  9. Chasbro

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    Here's some extreme close up footage of the bridge from the Fort Bend County of Emergency Management.
     
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  10. r_i_straw

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    A few good shots of them unloading rip rap with a "Back hoe" type excavator riding on the cars.
     
  11. BoxcabE50

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    Looks to be a very time consuming operation. How long did it take to unload all those cars?
     
  12. Chasbro

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    When I went back around noon the train was gone, so not too long. Or they didn't use it all.
     
  13. BoxcabE50

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    I would wonder the latter- It was not all used.
     

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