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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 10/30/2011

SEPTA Neshaminy Line Forest Hills Station Philadelphia PA September 2002

Every autumn, SEPTA battles with falling leaves. Now they have a trio of wash trains that use high-pressure washers to blast the leaves and their oily residue off the railhead and then dispense a gooey gel that helps adhesion. Before the pressure washers, they had a pair of old LIRR powerpaks (SPAX 615 and 622) that had been outfitted with the gel dispensers and were shoved around by one of the other SEPTA diesels. Before that, SEPTA built this contraption to scrape the leaves off the railhead. It did not do anything for the oily residue, even after modifications. So here is SEPTA's first attempt, the scubber, at Forest Hills on the Neshaminy Line.

From the previous picture and the mask on the employee, it apparently kicked up a bit of dust.
Could not get a good look underneath, but it appeared to be a rotating wire brush or the equivalent that did the job (or didn't do the job as was the case).

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