Weed spray and de-vegetation options
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Fri Jan 5 18:53:32 EST 2018
“….if the thunder don’t get ya, then the lightning will…”
> On Jan 5, 2018, at 11:49 AM, NW Mailing List <NW-Mailing-List at nwhs.org <mailto:NW-Mailing-List at nwhs.org>> wrote:
> Your comments about vegetation and signal lines reminded me of an observation that I made years ago on that very subject. Coincident with the formation of NS I was assigned to a Motive Power staff job that required me to be in my office at 6:30 AM each work day to check with SOC (Systems Operation Center) and certain chief dispatchers for any significant events happening overnight (derailments, etc.) so that I could produce a morning report for my boss who came to work about 7:00 AM.
> At that date the N&W still had signal and power line carried on poles, necessitating vegetation control, whereas the Southern had replaced pole lines with buried cable, obviating the need for vegetation control where the former pole lines had been. On several occasions I received reports of problems on NS caused by ice storms, and I was surprised how often there was the same difference in the cause of trouble on the former N&W contrasted with the former Southern. On those occasions, the delays on the former N&W would be caused by signals out because of wires down, whereas on the former Southern the cause would be trees on the track.
> Gordon Hamilton
> On 1/1/2018 10:53 AM, NW Mailing List wrote:
>> On Mon, Jan 1, 2018, at 9:30 AM, Bob wrote:
>> Afterwards, labor costs skyrocketed, the Sulphur producing trackside modules (aka steam locomotives) went away in increasing numbers and voila, growth encroached much closer to the ROW, lower costs for maintenance, etc.
>> I will also suggest the demise of the S&C and power lines is also a factor. Without signal and power lines along the right of way, which needed to be clear of encroaching vegetation and nearby trees that that might drop a branch across the lines, the need for "landscaping" along the tracks was eliminated.
>> Bruce in Blacksburg
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