Photo By: Kevin Morgan
 

The 844 local works on switching at Sappington, MT. The crew just performed a cool maneuver to get the engines on the end end of these two cars. The engines had been attached to the box car. Rather than go all the way around the two cars on the siding, they use a great alternative. The train was east of the siding here and the engineer quickly accelerated west. The brakeman then uncoupled the engine from the cars. The engines continued to accelerate in to the clear in the siding. The brakeman threw the switch and the cars rolled down the main. The brakeman then set the handbrake to stop the two cars. The engines can now come out on the main and hook up to the covered hopper.
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Posted By Bernie Hanlon On Friday, August 21, 2015 At 10:07:36 PM (PT)

That move is called a "flying switch". On most lines that is now a big no-no. I look the other way when my rail crews do it.

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Location Information
City or County and State
Sappington, MT

Subdivision
5th Subdivision (MRL)

Milepost or Control Point
MP 19




Train Information
Railroad
Montana Rail Link
Model
GP35
Unit Number
MRL 405

Symbol
844
   

Past Number(s)
ex-DRGW 3047



Photo Information
Camera Make/Model
Canon / Canon EOS 7D
ISO
200
Flash
Did Not Fire

Focal Length
29 mm
Shutter
1/500 seconds
Aperture
f/7.1


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