What is this? by sailingmusic

What is this?

I know you are all saying, what kind of a bird is this? LOL, so I do take other things besides birds and shore birds once in a while. Saw this on some train tracks and couldn't resist taking a shot of it cause I don't know what it is. Looks like it has brushes underneath it. It was moving down the tracks one day making quite a bit of noise. Any train people out there who could tell me what it is??
Probably a train track cleaner but it might have a more serious name! Never seen one like this before!
May 4th, 2014  
I haven't a clue what this is but it's interesting
May 4th, 2014  
Neat colours and processing
May 4th, 2014  
It's one of those!
May 4th, 2014  
Great capture and framing -- but what is it ??
May 4th, 2014  
Great shot and pretty sure it's a yellow Warbler........ A really big one!
May 5th, 2014  
@radiogirl Well, you made me laugh out loud with that comment!! LOL again.
May 5th, 2014  
@maggiemae well, I figured it might be something like that.
May 5th, 2014  
@beryl @windridge @flyrobin @ceilidh well, I hope someone figures out what it is soon, I might have to go on a train site to see what it is.
May 5th, 2014  
Lovely shot and processing
May 5th, 2014  
It's a gravel dropper and leveller outer. I know this definitely because I just made it up.
May 5th, 2014  
@swilde again I laughed out loud. I can't believe nobody knows what this is. I guess I'll have to look it up.
May 5th, 2014  
Great lines and contrasting colors.
May 5th, 2014  
Nice shot, love the clarity and color.
May 5th, 2014  
cool find
May 5th, 2014  
Haven't a clue what it's for but if it's for getting rid of the 'wrong type of snow' and leaves from the line, we could do with a fleet of them in the UK, 'cause that's what causes dleays on our railways! :-D
Intriguing shot, I like the angle and composition.
May 5th, 2014  
A mystery machine!
May 5th, 2014  
Haven't got a clue! But it's interesting and would like to know the answer myself!
May 5th, 2014  
Goodness. This is such an interesting capture with that yellow machine! Great shot.
May 5th, 2014  
I was going to say probably a train track cleaner too. I love all the comments above and sitting here laughing as this. Showed to my husband and he said a junk picker upper on wheels. Did you ever figure it out? Great shot of it.
May 7th, 2014  
@maggiemae @swilde @dulciknit
I agree that it could be a track cleaner. It’s definitely not a 'gravel dropper and leveller outer’ (those exist, but I don’t know the proper name), because those have legs to rise themselves off the tracks and hooks to lift the tracks when necessary. It’s not a snow cleaner, either. However, those two black boxes make me wonder if it could be a machine to thaw out switches when they ice over?
May 10th, 2014  
@bankmann Thanks for the information. Very interesting.
May 10th, 2014  
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