From: "Ronald" rdukarm AT roadrunner DOT com
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 2010 12:29:29 -0500
Subject: Re: (erielack) Car poling poles
"mms_Poling_car.jpg" - image/jpeg, 576x377 (24bit)
> I am going there tomorrow and I will measure,weigh and photo it for you.
> regards, lynn
Thanks in advance. I've never seen one, but they look quite heavy to me. I
wondered if they were painted safety yellow or some color to assist the
engineer in seeing their placement by the brakeman.
They might make good stir sticks for drinks or handouts for polictical
campaigns for people "pushing" certain candidates.
Attached is a picture of a typical poling car from the CV RR ?? It doesn't
show the pole very well, but I assume it swings out. The car has ample
riding room along its side and a headlight. The Erie had several cars like
this in Port Jervis and Buffalo, and perhaps several other big yards. I read
that Port Jervis Yard was specifically designed for poling cars and was one
of the best in the country.
I've used a car mover several times over the years and they are quite heavy,
30-40 pounds I'd guess. Actually we used them in pairs, and it was always a
real battle to move a car. I remember one time we were getting nowhere and
my partner decided to chain the car to the back bumper of his pick-up truck
and pull it. After we picked up his bumper and loaded it in the back of his
truck, we went back to the car movers.