Your refering to a Re-railer.
Moderator: Robert Paniagua
pennsy wrote:Hi All,That's how it was in the old days. Now, if you're caught covering up a incident, you're in more trouble than if you just reported it.
The re-railers around here are not called Frogs. They are usually attached to the underside of an engine and can be used by the crew. This assumes a minor derailment and therefore does not require the use of a rail crane. It also covers the tail of the engineman that put the engine or railcar on the ground. A derailment can really mess up your future with a RR if they decide that it was as a result of something you did that you shouldn't have done. In other words, a very serious problem for all those involved. The RR has NO SENSE OF HUMOR in such areas.
BR&P wrote:I know what rerailers, rerailing frogs, replacers, etc are but your comment about seeing them installed under cars threw me - I thought you were talking about something which "lives" on the car as it travels around. I see now that's not what you meant.So I wasn't that far off when I called it a frog huh? Now if someone could just explain to me with the difference between a re-railer and re-railer frog that would be great!!!
It is true that things have changed 180 degrees. 100 years ago cabooses and many locomotives carried rerailing frogs and blocking, and it was a part of the job the crew was expected to do.
The May 1914 issue of BR&P Employees Magazine had an article "Are The Young Men in the Service Giving Handling of Derailments Sufficient Consideration?" (how's that for a title?) Here are a few comments from BR&P employees:
John Stockmaster, conductor: "We retracked three cars at Bliss with the use of blocking and chains, having to pull the cars up to the rail after which we used our frogs."
W.H. McNaughton, conductor "...should make an effort when they have a derailment to try and clear the main track if possible without the aid of the wrecking outfit..."
M.C.Kelley, Wreckmaster: "One of our heavy freight engines had engine truck only derailed and a call was put in for relief equipment (wrecker). On arrival a pair of frogs were dropped under the wheels and engine rerailed in six minutes. There were frogs in the caboose of the train the engine was pulling. Well, we had to get engine, and engine and train crew, eight wreckers, steam derrick engineer and wreckmaster to go out and do six minutes of work with equipment a duplicate of which was on the train."
One would assume that, given the lighter rail of that time, rerailing frogs were lighter than the huge "butterflys" of today. I can't imagine carrying one of those from the caboose to the engine of even a short train. But as Pennsy says the whole idea of a crew rerailing themselves is gone, at least on the larger carriers.
henry6 wrote:Oh, yeah, rerail frogs. See these things hangen' from the catwalk on the side of switch engines or piled near a switch shanty in a yard. The Dog House also had one or two at hand and the wreck train may have a couple dozen laying around.They are called "ReRailers, or Replacers". Anyone using the term frog for them, is using that word incorrectly. "Butterflies" have been used, to describe those devices, but not frogs. A frog is the section of a switch, or diamond, where the two tracks (individual rails) intersect, allowing travel to/on either rail in question.