We're at mile 83 of the Ramore
Subdivision on June 13th where
we're travelling along with Work
1734 and the crews from Henkels
& McCoy, Ontario Northland, and
Bell/Alliant as fibre optic
tubing is being installed
between New Liskeard and Timmins.
When the tubing work has to stop
because of approaching train
traffic or when the plow reaches
a railway crossing, the tubing
and warning tape must be cut.
When cut, a few feet remains out
of the ground to serve as a
marker and the exposed end of
the tubing is wrapped in duct
tape to keep dust, dirt, or even
wildlife from entering the
tubing. At railway crossings,
the blade is lifted, the tubing
is cut, and the plow is pulled
across the crossing before
reinserting the blade into the
ground. Other crews will
eventually drill underneath the
crossings to join up the tubing.
Here, we see the tube cutting
process underway in order to
clear the main for an
approaching 999 Extra. The consist
will then be hauled to Porquis
to clear the oncoming train.