Signal workers carefully inspect and repair signal equipment.Photo by Li Rui
(Go to the grassroots level in the New Year) The outdoor maintenance of railway signal workers all turned into “pulsatillas” all morning
Chinanews.com, Harbin, January 17th, title: The outdoor maintenance of railway signal workers all turned into “Pulsatilla”
Author Li Rui
“Tighten the bolts, wipe the contacts, test the current…” At 9 o’clock on the 17th, the Hailar East Station of the Binzhou Line was filled with white fog, and the lowest temperature was minus 30 degrees Celsius. The 12 young signal workers in cotton-padded jackets and cotton trousers of the Hailaer East Signal Workshop First Work Team of China Railway Harbin Bureau Group Co., Ltd. Hailaer Telecommunications Section are “fully armed” and carefully inspected and repaired the signal equipment in the severe cold, checking the safety of the equipment with keen eyes Hidden danger. The bitter cold wind slapped their faces, which hurt like a knife.
The railway signal is like the steel and iron nerves of the railway, which transmits various control instructions for the safe operation of the train at all times, and is the “commander” of the train operation. These components and electrical contacts in the signal equipment are also “fearful of cold”. The lower the temperature, the more they tend to make troubles. If they are not repaired and rectified in time, they will cause equipment failure and delay the train operation. Therefore, in extreme cold weather, the maintenance of equipment will be strengthened, and the signal workers will spend more time outdoors. This is the case every winter. This has become their usual mindset.
Signal workers eliminate potential safety hazards for signaling equipment.Photo by Li Rui
The 32-year-old Xu Yang is the foreman of this youth team, and the workers are used to calling him “Boss”. Everyone often imitates his perseverance in learning technology, his meticulous tenacity in work and his courage in the face of difficulties. “No matter how bad the working environment is, we can’t lower the working standard.” This is what Xu Yang often said. Like a “patrol soldier”, he strictly checks the quality of everyone’s maintenance work item by item.
Jia Meixuan, a signal worker who was just appointed last year, is the youngest in the team. He is usually careless and never ambiguous in his work. Look, his numb fingers are wrapped with a layer of white cloth, and he wipes the oil stains on the internal contacts of the switch machine. “Cotton gloves are too thick, and the contacts cannot be wiped clean with them. You must change into thin cotton gloves. Only in this way can the wiping be quick and clean!” Despite his young age, he is famous for his “anti-freeze”. The thin line gloves were not very effective in keeping warm, and after a while his little hands became numb from the cold. He rubbed his hands and continued to work without complaining.
The signal workers braved the severe cold to carefully inspect and repair the signal equipment.Photo by Li Rui
In order to ensure that the trains are running “clear and clear” during the Spring Festival travel season, Xu Yang and his brothers have to check and dynamically adjust the data such as the opening of the turnout, the close fit, and the gap every day. Every process requires “embroidery”-like fine observation and adjustment. , Whether it is qualified or not is only within a few millimeters. To keep out the cold, they all wore two layers of cotton-padded jackets and trousers, which were bulky and inconvenient when squatting down to work, so they simply knelt on the cold ground for maintenance. In their words: Kneeling on the ground can make you work harder. This posture of kneeling and lying on the stomach is repeated countless times a day. Due to the year-round confrontation with extreme cold, they already suffer from different degrees of joint disease at a young age.
After the whole morning maintenance work was over, Xu Yang and his workers’ hats, collars, and eyelashes were already covered with thick frost, and all of them looked like “pulsatillas”, with steam still rising from the top of their heads. “There’s a lot of work in the afternoon. Let’s go back, have a bite to eat and continue working. Let’s go into the house and put the jackets on the heater to roast.” The golden sun shines on Xu Yang’s face, and frosty eyelashes are starting to pimple Some golden light. (Finish)