To remove cinders and wagon spillings from the track, a combined diesel-electric scarifer, sweeper, and conveyor machine is now in service on the Pennsylvania Railroad. The scarifier consists of 18 curved strips of spring steel each having a detachable digging tooth. Ten of the prongs rake between the rails and the other eight outside the rails. The sweeper is a rotating broom comprising a metal shaft with a number of arms or brackets to which are bolted steel segments forming a closed cylinder. The train travels about 2 mph and the broom rotates at 100 rpm. Refuse is removed to a level just above the sleepers and is thrown onto a series of three conveyors, which deposit the sweepings into a series of hoppers. Photographs show the sweeper train and the sweeping equipment.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Temple Press Limited

    161-166 Fleet Street
    Longon EC4,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1949-12-9

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 680-81
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  • Accession Number: 00037891
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 8 1994 12:00AM