Thursday, August 19, 2010

Postscript: Trackside Treasure Second Anniversary

Thanks to everyone who tried rail-ly hard to track down the correct answer to Trackside Treasure's second anniversary contest skill-testing question. Elijah from Saskatchewan sent in the first correct answer and associated research, and wins the prize pack. Pictured above: Canron's Rail Change Out unit (RCO). Congratulations, Elijah!

Honourable mentions go to: Robert from Washington-Canion/Tie Cranes, Bryan from California, with the most possible (and most hilariously arrived-at) answers, and even my sister, who by osmosis has apparently amassed a surprising amount of railway knowledge, allowing her to come up with the right answer. Sis, I'm no nepotist, but this one's for you: a CP blog. (Spoiler alert: it's not the same CP you might expect me to link to.)

Watch for an upcoming post on the RCO. Indeed a clever collection of readers and guessers. Weld Done!


anthony rose said...

this is the machine i worked on in the 1980's in ontario region,great to see the article on the rco ..made many friends on this cn rail gang..anthony rose(

Eric said...

Great to hear from you, Anthony. Not only was the RCO a unique unit, it's no longer in use, so our memories keep it "in service", and it would be great to hear some of your experiences.

Anonymous said...

I worked on the RCO in the beginning 1978 until 1980. It took a couple years to get the bugs out, by that time I had moved on.

Eric said...

Interesting stuff, A. Definitely a huge and very involved piece of equipment, lots of moving parts to handle a complex process.