Allen Jones has found out
that no matter how sophisticated the world is, working for the railroad still
requires the use of a sledgehammer and a switch broom, the Morning Sun of Blue
Springs, Mo., reports. These two hand tools are still the most frequently used
implements when doing track work. The sledgehammer, of course, is for driving
steel, pushing rails wider and setting flags. The switch broom has a hoe-like
end for removing rocks from between the rails at railroad switches. The broom
end of this tool is used to sweep dirt, leaves and snow from between the rails.
Major U.S. freight
railroads and their advocates have argued for years that government investment
is needed in the country's rail system to take freight off congested highways
and keep the economy moving, Reuters reports. But supporters say rail
investments have been largely ignored by Congress, suggesting political support
is lacking, despite warnings action must be taken sooner rather than later.
Construction of a new and
improved Plauderville Station in the City of Garfield, N.J., will begin this
fall, under a contract approved by the NJ TRANST Board of Directors that will
make the station fully accessible to customers with disabilities and will
provide more convenient access to the station from the parking area.