CP 8206 and CP 8248 have been at the Trenton yard shuttling cars around for a few weeks – I assume that this is being done as training for crews.
CP 402898 is a bit of an unusual sight – it’s a Jordan Spreader,
In the winter, it is used as a snowplow. It’s wedged front is augmented by spreading its wings via compressed air cylinders. Wings can be extended up to twelve feet on either or both sides.
In warmer weather, the Jordan Spreader is used to spread new rock ballast along the tracks during maintenance work or on the construction of new lines. The spreader is placed behind a string of hopper cars equipped with special bottom doors for ballast work. The hoppers and the spreader are pushed along at a very slow pace by a locomotive. The ballast is unloaded a car at a time and the Spreader, with its plow front and wing blades canted out would smooth and level the ballast along the track.
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