Laying Railroad Track

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40 Responses to “Laying Railroad Track”

  1. AERYN says:

    IT IS ALL SUMMED UP, TRACKS LIKE TO GET LAID.
    IF YOU WERE A TRACK,AND GET ALL OF THAT ATTENTION AND PAMPERING, YOU WOULD ENJOY IT TOO.

  2. terry says:

    really fascinating stuff,never seen it done before so it was a first for me,really enjoyed watching the video

  3. harmony valley railroad says:

    These guys need hard hats, safety glasses and steel toed boots. They’re wearing tennis shoes. OSHA would have a field day with fines.
    Cool video though.

  4. Pieter says:

    Excellent video, would love to have a copy of it, I think it would be a nice piece to add to a trainlovers collection, 1 st time I saw how it`s done

    Thank you

  5. bfrank53 says:

    Looks like the steam-hammer replaced John Henry after all.

  6. Ray says:

    AWESOME

  7. Wayne says:

    Very intersting and the old railroad men would not believe how we do it now as when they did it. I have a cousin who was on the road gang and got a chance to become a fireman and go to the top and was an engineer for the Rock Island Twin Star. The last I knew he was next to the top in senourity. And He told me thlat he was going to take two 6 month vacations next year !!

  8. ScouterRob says:

    Awesome. If I could reconstruct this in G scale, I could relay my entire layout in a few days!

  9. bob says:

    awesome never seen anything like it before

  10. Don says:

    Quite fascinating. Althogh I used to work on the railway, I have never seen track being layed mechanicaly only by hand and in short areas.

  11. Ray says:

    Absolutely amazing to see how its done, much faster than the old pick and shovel days, thanks.

  12. ncguy says:

    an engineering marvel. just shows what great minds can do, do agree that OHSA would have a field day.

  13. John says:

    I assume that this is in Germany, and it’s great. But I also assume it only works to replace existing rail, right? I don’t see how it could be used to lay track on a new roadbed. Really enjoyed watching the video, please have more!

  14. Dennis says:

    What every modeler needs imagine how fast your track would be laid lol

  15. Tooter says:

    Model railroading has reached new heights of realism. Simply amazing. It looked so real. Amazing, simply amazing.

  16. Pete says:

    Tell ya what-I am first in line when this unit becomes available for all of us model railroaders-would sure correct a few errors-that is truly amazing!!

  17. terry says:

    amazing stuff.it really was a joy to watch.they really got it down to a tee,thanks

  18. ED. says:

    I remember the 30s & 40s when it was all manuel labor. I think this is a lot better.

  19. Peter says:

    After all that hard labour of the past, these machines make it all look so easy – good to see that there are still a few tasks that require “human” assistance although no doubt someone is working on replacing those remaining. Great video !!

  20. Larry DesAutels says:

    The last time I was involved with laying track at 12″ to the foot, it was all done by hand. What an improvement this system is! Now if N-scale track could be laid as easily, how nice it would b.

  21. PETER says:

    Excellent, really interesting. Could have done with titles at some parts to explain what was happening. Towards the end there was a section where what looked like pneumatic drills were being driven down between the sleepers(ties). Can anyone explain what was happeing there & why?

  22. wayne says:

    I am with Peter , I thought some titles or explanations as to what was happening would have been nice. It also seemed to be soemwhat out of sequence. May be i just missed something.
    But , overall it was a very interesting video. One other thing i would have liked to see where they weld the continuous rail together.

  23. MikeFozzy says:

    The sequence shows various differing means of solving the problems and solutions of bringing track up to a better standard. There is insufficient explanation of the whole for the pictures alone are inadequate. Ballast cleaning is very different from replacing sleepers. Too many questions left unanswered.

  24. Isidoro says:

    Incredible how long we have come since the 1800 when the first railroad tracks were laid. That shows you what the 21st century has provided us with, such an automation for Engineering Development. Excellent video.

  25. david.e.knoch says:

    I think a copy of this video should be sent to PRESIDENT OBAMA and GOVERNOR BROWN. This is the way to build a railroad! On time and under budget!

  26. Harry says:

    If something like this can be engineered in real life, just think what one can do with an HO layout! Just use your imagination. I’m design draftsman and this is really cool. As for the drills going down in between the ties, I would guess that they are loosening up the ballast so it will settled down better so it won’t shift. Just a guess.

  27. Steve T says:

    one word sprang to mind when watching the video……..FANTASTIC……………

  28. John says:

    Very VERY Clever! Imagine that laying track on your model!!

  29. ed says:

    WOW I always did want to know how thos units operated I see them all the time but this really showed the process…………….THANKS

  30. bennie says:

    amazing,watching this clip really broadened my knowledge, what a brilliant piece of engineering!!

  31. Bing says:

    These machines would have made Rube Goldberg very PROUD!
    Great video, but as others commented, titles would have added a lot more to it. Thanks!

  32. Ronald Labiche says:

    that was so cool to watch

  33. Mac In SoCal says:

    The Automation is impressive. The (Unionized?) workers leaning on the Machine and sitting while placing little blue clips on the track are less impressive. Reminds me of when U.S. Roads were required by Unions to keep the “Fireman” in the cabs of Diesels!
    Mac In SoCal, N Scale, ATSF, SP, UP in Transition Era, Barstow Area.

  34. fluro says:

    these guys have it easy when they built the railroad all those years ago it was with a sledge hammer, now the automation is unbelieveable yet it is still a joy to watch how they do it thanks for sharing this with me
    fluro

  35. +GEORGE RICE says:

    A VERY FACINATING VIDEO.. I HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH A INTERESTING OPERATION.. WOULD LIKE ALSO TO HAVE A COPY OF THE VIDEO..OLE MAN RICE(92) STARTED MODEL RR IN 1938… AM ON MY 5 TH LAY OUT JULY 2013 TRAINWORLD IS THE BEST!!!

  36. Tom says:

    I’ve never seen anything like it. Absolutely amazing.

  37. Jim says:

    My grandfather was a section hand on the St. Louis Southwestern, (Cotton Belt) back in the 50’s when a crew of mayby five guys rode the little put put cart doing all that this machine did by hand. They cut the right of ways by hand. They had their own section of rail there in Northeast Arkansas south of the Missouri state line. It was back breaking work, they finally forced him to retire when he was seventy five years old. He was one tough old man. He lived to ninty nine. The rails were always in top shape when they did it by hand, but it took many more men and much longer to do the job.

  38. Geoffers says:

    Very impressed, never seen it before.

  39. Captain George says:

    First time I have seen the track being laid this way. A number of years ago I was in England and took a train trip from London to Oxford. The track there is the same. I also took a train in Spain (it did 299km/hr). Great ride however I did not really get a chance to look at the rails. Thanks for the great video. I will be forwarding this Email to a couple of friends who are Model Railroaders.

  40. The Kernal says:

    We live right along the main UP line going west from Omaha and have seen this operation a couple times. Really fascinating!

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