Tuesday, September 27, 2011

THE TRAIN SHOP!!!

A short while ago, the Utah Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), of which I am a member, went on a tour of UTA's new train maintenance facility.  UTA ran a special train to take us to the facility, which is just off the tracks, but not in general service.  We all piled on.

This is what a pile of engineers looks like
The train shop was really cool.  It was kind of like a really really big auto shop.  'Cuz trains are big.

You wanna change the oil on this?

Empty bays

Coming into the main area

Ever seen the top of a TRAX train before?

The control room

Commutergirl and I are on this poster.  No, really, we are.
So, yeah, the train place was pretty cool.  It gave me an appreciation of what taking care of a train operation entails.  It's a lot more than it looks like from the outside.

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