Posted by jdayrail on October 9, 2013 
Really neat photo David. I guess that's a pretty good shortcut method to solve the problem, although I suppose the safety department might have a cow over it.
Posted by David Harris on October 9, 2013 
I think the practice was discouraged (or even prohibited) on a lot of roads. In 40+ years of fanning, I have only seen it done maybe 5-6 times.
Posted by FrankB on October 10, 2013 
Thanks for the picture. Photos that actually show poling in action are rare, especially this late. Most photos I've seen are from the 1940s or 50s. It looks like they just use some beam found on the scene instead of a special reinforced pole. Older diesels even had pockets on the pilots for this purpose. And yes, if the pole slipped or split it could be quite dangerous for the crew.
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