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04 - Panelized turnout

The turnout was to be installed into the BNSF Seattle to Portland mainline. Building it in place would take the track out of service much too long and interrupt traffic. To prevent that, the turnout was built off to the side, known as panelizing. Here is the entire thing all welded together. It's about 280 feet long. The Signal Crew painted the switch rods and all their special signal stuff so the tamper operator would skip those ties. You sure don't want to bend any of these brand new parts.

Photographer: Mark Gillings -- bnsfmark@sprintmail.com
Image: points.jpg, 640 x 480 jpg, 132k

(Added: 13-Apr-2002) - Hits: 1205 Rating: 3.54 Votes: 13 Rate/Vote for This Image

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