Track Jack question (prototype)

Doorgunnerjgs Jan 7, 2017

  1. Doorgunnerjgs

    Doorgunnerjgs TrainBoard Member

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    Back in '63, I worked for the summer at a chemical company as a laborer and we spotted loaded rail cars by hand using a track jack. Are they still used?
     
  2. Randy Stahl

    Randy Stahl TrainBoard Supporter

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    Yes, we call them Polish locomotives.
     
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  3. Doorgunnerjgs

    Doorgunnerjgs TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks, I did see an ad for one after I decided to surf the web for an answer. Had a shorter (54") handle than I remember, but that was 54 years ago! Loved the coincidence in the numbers. lol

    We spotted both loaded hoppers and box cars. Really thought it was super cool!
     
  4. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Someone invented a very clever device. I wonder I f they made some money from their car mover?
     
  5. BnOEngrRick

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    I have seen a power one advertised. It kinda "shuffled" the wedge to move the car.
     
  6. Hardcoaler

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    During my long career in heavy manufacturing, I'd receive occasional phone calls from unknown salespeople hoping to sell me one of these things. They'd talk breathlessly about the benefits of ownership until I'd interrupt and inform them that my plant moved over 100 railcars each day on a dozen miles of track. "Oh", was the usual one word reply. :)
     
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  7. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Staff Member

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  8. Doorgunnerjgs

    Doorgunnerjgs TrainBoard Member

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    Cool, that was the pic I found when I finally surfed the web looking for one!!!
     
  9. bremner

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    In that case, can I interest you in a used SW1?
     
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  10. Hytec

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    Or a slightly used Trackmobile, once driven by this miscreant at NASA's Mississippi Test Facility in 1964. OK, I only tipped it on its nose once. :oops:
     
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  11. r_i_straw

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    Well, I actually got to operate a machine over the rails. Could never find the steering wheel.











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  12. maxairedale

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    That looks like TOO much like work!

    Gary
     
  13. Doorgunnerjgs

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    It was actually not hard work, and the thrill of moving that much tonnage was terrific.
     
  14. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    The terminology "track jack" might confuse a few folks. A track jack is usually a tool section crews use when working on track.

    We always called these a car mover.
     
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