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By Katie Teachout
The Journal 

World's biggest, fastest undercutter arrives in Ritzville

Even rocks need cleaned now and then


Last updated 8/27/2020 at 9:29am

Katie Teachout

An RM802 UC01 undercutter arrives in Ritzville Wednesday evening.

RITZVILLE - An undercutter arrived in town Wednesday evening shortly before 8 p.m. and will be here until next Friday, according to Burlington Northern Santa Fe's Dwayne Streeter.

"It's the world's biggest, fastest undercutter," Streeter said. "The RM802 UC01."

The undercutter cleans the rock underneath the track.

"It cleans mud holes, sort of like fixing potholes in the road," Streeter said. "It replaces the ballast."

"An undercutter essentially lifts the tracks, removes and cleans the ballast, and replaces it for a smoother ride, better drainage, and so forth," local train enthusiast Bri...

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