‘A power washer on steroids’: NJ Transit’s power washing machines are back to remove fallen foliage
New Jersey Transit is revving up its AquaTrack power washing machines to remove fallen foliage.
The leaves create slippery rail conditions as oil leaks from trains, which equates to delays. It's a problem on all Northeast railroads.
"If we have too much slippery rail, the train engineer has to reduce the speed, in order to climb hills and make station stops, or to accelerate,” says Pat Leake, chief road foreman of engines at NJ Transit.
Leake calls the AquaTrack "a power washer on steroids."
NJ Transit has been using the machines since Oct. 2003.