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Old 09-09-2005, 09:26 PM   #4
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Torpedo. A torpedo is a device which is strapped to the top of a rail. When a train drives over the torpedo, it emits a very loud "bang" which can be heard over the noise of the engine, and signals the engineer to stop immediately. Torpedo's are generally placed by the flagman when protecting a train ahead. Torpedo's are about 2" x 2", red, about 3/4" high, and have two lead straps attached which hold it to a rail. The torpedo has discs inside and are filled with detonating powder. The Torpedo was invented about 1874.
OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH,OK,now I know what those things are.

A couple months ago I saw a BNSF local doing some switching in Polo and the brakeman had about 3 of them an every time the train pulled forward or backward he would put one on the rail and it made a pretty load noise.I thought they were fire works since it was around July 4th.

The train was a 3 man crew and the conductor was hooking up the cars so he didn't have anything to do while they were back in the siding.
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