Vacuuming the Sewers in New York City at Night

What is a Vactor truck?,   I had to ask.

Another man on the sidewalk said, “Haven’t you ever seen a vacuum cleaner before?”

(Not exactly an ElectroLux), Mary said to me.

It was night in the West Village near Bleecker and West 10th.  What a nice guy. I can’t tell you his name which is too bad. He said, “sure you can take my picture.” when I asked.

He explained how the other truck had a camera they could look down into the pipes drains and sewer.

Vactor Truck Worker






The Vactor Truck









Vactor Truck

11 thoughts on “Vacuuming the Sewers in New York City at Night

  1. Now that is very interesting Ruth! I didn’t even know things like that exist. What a nice man to allow you to take photo’s. Thanks for a very insightful and interesting post and lovely photo’s hon. 😀 *hugs*

  2. Ruth, you bring a whole new perspective on running wild in the Big Apple. Most girls in the Village at night are trying to stay OUT of the sewer! Nice post.

  3. I think I saw one of these when I was in New York and didn’t know what it was. Thanks for clearing up the confusion with your wonderful photos and information.


  4. Glad you took that picture – I’m sure it made him feel good. Someone has to do this hard jobs.

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