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Section Car - Bonners Ferry, ID
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 48° 41.854 W 116° 18.717
11U E 550629 N 5394065
Quick Description: This is one of a pair of Railway hand cars on display in the Boundary County Museum in Bonners Ferry, Idaho.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 1/3/2015 5:03:13 PM
Waymark Code: WMN6C2
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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Long Description:
This is what was known as a "Railroad Hand-Pump Section Car". Probably once used by the Great Northern or the Milwaukee Road, it is in very good original condition, not even having received a new coat of paint in a few years.

The sign at the hand car:

The Railroad Hand-Pump Section Car is a simple track maintenance vehicle consisting of a platform built on 4 flanged railroad wheels and propelled by hand power. Rods, gears and cranks are utilized to enable the car to travel along the rails. A typical car could carry 4 to 6 maintenance workers, a Section Gang, whose duties included replacing worn or rotten crossties, tamping stone ballast between the ties and aligning rail to maintain the proper gauge and elevation. Other tasks included the inspection of track, rail replacement, vegetation control and line side equipment maintenance.

Hand Car

Is this a display or a maintenance facility location?: Display

Are there any fees and if so how much? (optional): $2

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