Smoothing out the ride
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS
Two unique pieces of railroad equipment working together to maintain the railway made their way through the Jim Thorpe area on the Norfolk and Southern rail line. The first machine called a "Ballast Tamper" adjusted the ballast stones and rails to make the railway both parallel and level. This was followed by a "Regulator" which is a machine that works to properly sculpt the ballast stone evenly across the right-of-way and, in doing so, clear the stone from the ties and also angle the ballast to the proper slope so that efficient drainage is restored.