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Latvian (?) Hump Yard Workers
« on: January 08, 2022, 12:24:37 AM »
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Pretty interesting seeing how it's done there.

I'm actually pretty surprised by how much grass there is in the yard itself. In the US it seems like it's all dirt or gravel.
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Re: Russian Hump Yard Workers
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2022, 02:36:53 AM »
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Not that different from Pasco yard in the 1970s, except for the modern computers in the tower, and the "skate jobs".  Much of the video looked quite familiar.

Pasco had longer retarders, and the group retarders seemed more precise.  The operator could control the speed accurately enough that the cars would couple at 4 mph, regardless of how far down the track they had to roll.  The Russians are still using manual "skates" for coupling speed control.

Pasco used to have "skate jobs", and that's where my father started, in the 50s and early 60s, but they were at the far end of the bowl tracks.  The idea there was to put one "skate" on the track before the first car went into it, so the cars wouldn't roll out the far end of the bowl.  If I remember right, the "skates" they used were long enough for both axles of the truck.  He moved up (literally) to the retarder operator's position in the mid 60s, and the "skate job" was replaced with spring-loaded retarders on each track.  They were strong enough to stop a rolling car, but allowed the track to be pulled with a switch engine, without having to release the retarder.

First time I've seen a wood-sided boxcar with roller bearing trucks!  It looked like one of the AAR War Emergency cars.
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Re: Russian Hump Yard Workers
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2022, 06:16:33 AM »
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Interesting that they use knuckle couplers in Russia -- while others still use the chain and buffer method

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Re: Russian Hump Yard Workers
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2022, 09:12:48 AM »
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I think that is actually Latvia.

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Re: Latvian (?) Hump Yard Workers
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2022, 04:13:41 PM »
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I think that is actually Latvia.

Title updated. I wasn't sure so took a guess.

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Re: Latvian (?) Hump Yard Workers
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2022, 12:33:16 AM »
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Russia has used knuckle couplers, not quite the same as our AAR style, for decades.  About the only equipment that doesn't is cross-border stuff, most of which requires regauging at the border as well.
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