Photo By: Kevin Morgan

Proof-positive that the Lafayette Branch is not at any risk of getting abandoned anytime in the immediate future! A tamper is working to do whatever it is that tampers do (see the comments with regards to this statement - hopefully you'll get a laugh) just past the highway 287 grade crossing.
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Posted By Webmaster On Thursday, April 15, 2010 At 1:45:32 PM (PT)

Okay, funny story! First off, thanks for your great description of tampers...I was writing up the caption for this photo on my laptop while I was at my daughters swim lessons. Lessons were over and I had to get them ready to leave, but I wanted to put in a place holder, so I just put "doing whatever they do" so I could come back and change it later on with a complete description. However, I completely forgot to complete the caption and just copied and pasted it when I uploaded the photo.  
I'm going to leave it the way it is because it really made me laugh at first when I read your comment and thought to myself "okay, why is Matt telling us what tampers do...didn't I include that in the caption?"  
Have a great day, and thanks for making me laugh at my own mistakes. :)

Posted By Matt Farnsworth On Thursday, April 15, 2010 At 12:54:52 PM (PT)

Tampers do just what their name imply, they tamp the ballast. What that means is they have vibrating forks that fit between each tie, and they vibrate the ballast to make it settle into the little nooks and crannies between the ties to seat the ties and lock them into the ballast. It is usually done after fresh ballast is duped down.

Posted By Russell Wakefield On Thursday, April 15, 2010 At 5:51:19 AM (PT)

It`s Great to see the Tamper at work and to have a very good photo a tamper thats weathed and maintand for idears for modeling. Thank you Kevin For a Great Photo and Time. Russell.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 12:37:45 PM
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Lafayette, CO

Front Range (BNSF)

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Camera Make/Model
Canon / Canon EOS 40D
Did Not Fire

Focal Length
60 mm
1/500 seconds

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