Watch: Helicopter clears a wider right-of-way for trains in Vermont

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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In Vermont a helicopter is used to trim vegetation along railroad right-of-way.

With all the forest fires burning out west these days, it’s nice to see aviation doing something other than dumping fire repellent around railroad tracks.

In Vermont, a helicopter is being used for vegetation management. The helicopter is holding a bar that is equipped with ten spinning saws in an effort to cut back limbs along the railroad right-of-way. The effort will help clear a wider area for passenger and freight trains.

Crews are expected to finish the work in a few days, and the trimming should last years.

Watch the video of the helicopter tree trimmer.

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