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Photo of Burning the rope
Burning the rope

When temps. fall rapidly, welded rail contracts and old bolts can fail resulting in pull-aparts. To close the gap and install new bolts, a kero. soaked wick is placed at the base of the rails and ignited. The heat expands the rail to allow the repair.

Photographed by Rick Libby, October, 2000.
Added to the photo archive by Rick Libby, February 2, 2001.

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