Jordan Spreader


I’d forgotten I had this picture.  This much-used Jordan Spreader, SBD 774760, was sitting in the eastern part of Kingsport yard back in 2012.  I thought it might have been used to clear tunnels of ice.  That was fanciful.  When I looked it up, I found that the unit is used to dig and clear ditches, regulate ballast and even to plow snow.  Sturdy and reliable, and, of course, it’s been replaced by more modern things…so it goes.

Kingsport Yard, 1976


I didn’t have any particular interest in trains in ’76, but I live close to the yard, so I always am wandering around with a camera.  The guy on the left was using a remote unit to operate this engine.
Even though I live four blocks away, people still ask me if the noise from the trains bothers me.  Huh, I was raised in Morristown just across the street from a switch and freight yard.  What noise?