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I hope this works. Automatic sleeper and rail laying

by Ziks511 / July 3, 2011 7:45 AM PDT
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That is quite amazing
by Steven Haninger / July 3, 2011 8:14 AM PDT

One would think that little investment would be made in rail technology. I suppose this puts these gandy dancers out of a job. Happy

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Sadly the US has had motorized track straightening equipment
by Ziks511 / July 3, 2011 9:03 AM PDT
In reply to: That is quite amazing

since the 50's. The original tool for lifting track and prying out spikes was made by the Gandy Manufacturing Company of Chicago, solid drop forged iron about 6 to 8 foot long. The negro track straighteners used to sing work songs as they worked in gangs of 8 or 10 or 20+ for both sides at once and it required coordinated movements, hence the term "dancers". I saw it done on Sunday Morning on CBS presented by the pudgy balding presenter who liked odd bits of Americana like that. it was very enlightening, and it worked out quite well though I suppose it's faster to motorize.


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Somewhere in my vinyl collection

I've a set of work songs of all types. I know I've got one called or containing the words " 'linin' track". Of course 'linin' means aligning. You'll probably know that these were sung for a purpose and that was to create a rhythm to multiply the force needed at just the right intervals. The purpose of the rhythmic singing is similar to the Scots Gaelic "waulking" songs. But you knew that.

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