This is more of a series of photos than a real “railfan story”. I went out on April 26, 2020 to look for trains. I really didn’t see much, but I did spot this Loram grinder in the back track at Dugald, Manitoba.
I took a few photos from the ground, then flew my drone to get some aerial shots of the train.
This was LMIX 3411, an RG400 class production rail grinder train. These trains grind the tops of the rails to remove defects and restore the proper rail head profile. They include integrated dust suppression and fire fighting – these trains throw a lot of sparks when they work.
Note the foundation visible in the photo below. I believe that is where the train station was.
This is the end of the train. Based on this TrainOrders post, the consist should be: power/cab, tank car, grinding units x 4, tank cars x 2, generator car, baggage car, bi-level passenger car, fire fighting/cab car. The above photo shows the last 3.
Here are a few ground level shots.
I’ve never seen a grinder in action. I’d love to see one working, especially at night!
David Othen put together a great video featuring grinders working day and night. Here it is: