McCloud Railway track worker Leonard Moab using tie tongs to remove a tie from the railroad's Lookout Line, which extended from Lookout Junction to Hambone, California. The photo illustrates how maintenance of way (MOW) workers remove ties manually. After digging out the ballast from each end of the tie, the rail is lifted slightly using jacks, then workers use tie tongs to pull out each tie. The workers in the background are replacing the ballast on the ties that have already been changed. The last revenue train ran over the Lookout Line in 2003, and it was scrapped in late 2005.