Gardner Gawking

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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby neman2 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:45 am

johnpbarlow wrote: Daytime activity on Pan Am Southern seems to be ebbing significantly these days.



I've noticed the same, I wonder if because of all the bad publicity the T gets about raising fares when on time performance,etc. is not good they are pressuring Pan Am to keep their operations out of the commuting mix.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:29 am

There were all sortsa sights and sounds for 0345-0555/02-15-2019, starting off with some 0400 + and - garbles with a clear AY-4," followed in a bit by a broken D-3/FI-2 (with the 326) exchange involving West Main Street. At 0413, the 333 WLs were dark, as would -- unsurprisingly -- be the 334s and 335s in their turn, but more about which later. At 0422, AYPO with the 7727 would reach out to D-3, whatever D-3's immediate response might be being stomped on by a D-2/LA-5 exchange. At 0424, AYPO would again reach out to D-3, D-3 responding at 0426, and D-2 -- again -- being busy with an LA local. To wrap up AYPO, D-2 at 0458 would tell them they were going "all the way" to 309, meet POED, and then go to Meadowcroft.
Up Da Hil, the 345s were and would remain dark. There was general on Yard 4 and more than a few MT racks on the easterly end of Yard 2. What mighta been behind the Yard 2 racks? Dunno. The Sameoldsameold Ledger entries? The brush-cutter was still on the House, but snow/ice covered the status of the stone on the Heywood, the new plow berms at the Main Street crossing being intact. An offering was predictably made, the predictable immediate reward coming during a straight shot down Da Hill at 0439, the time that D-3 called Form D G-303 to Q427 with CSXT ???? fulfilled, acknowledging that they would tie down at New Bond.
Further reward came at 0445 when the Stops on the 333 WLs went to Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding and KCIRs 7542 and 7535 plus general were sitting dark on 2. Never heard whether it was a late ED-8 or a short EDPO, but 4K feet seems to be the cutoff for stuff holding on 2 between 333 and 334, the not-much-earlier darkness at the 335s and 334s serving as unneeded proof to the randomness of observable phenomena.
0450 is 400's advertised departure, but the total of 3 flats, i bi, and the 1071 didn't do the dropping until 0456, noise -- both horn and bell -- having been made for the freight. During the interval there was a Zombiefied -- read Channel 2 -- exchange between AY-4 and D-3 at 0448, followed by a clear -- read Channel 1 -- exchange between AY-3 and D-3, AY-3 needing 15 minutes to half an hour to clear up. A little after 0458, D-3 would give AY-3 permission to reverse direction from where they stood and go west to CPF-AY, asking if they were going to East Wye, West Main -- however -- being the preferred destination, and advising they would go to the Camp, hold for Keolis 400, and that he would get them over as soon as the 400 went by. By 0507, the 333 WLs were still all at Stops and there was no white brightness to the east, so that was my destination.
After a refueling stop, the 330.8 WBs showed a Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 1 WL showing -- surprise -- an unmodified Clear, hinting that the EB would be east on 1 ahead of the 402.
The GL and FG WLs were dark, and at 0524, NewBlue 326 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot, partially obscured by fellow dark East-Siders KCIRs 7594, 7523, 7620, and 7525 on the west end of non-BNSF covered hoppers.
The RVJ lot was crammed with RVJ vehicles, so the viewing of the EB staggers for Derby -- 1 Approach and 2 Stop -- came from Nashua Street at 0532, the Stop for 2 triggering a guess that 22K might be ahead. At 0533, somebody's marker got the word that it looked good, AY-4 was providing proof of their productivity, and a garbled D-3 reached out to the EGT with the 75??. mebbe what had been seen on East Side earlier. No further discussion was heard, so dunno for sure.
As transfer time got closer, the radio got busier. D-3 reached out to 22K with NS 9257. If there was a further immediate exchange, it went unheard, more about which later, D-3 next switching attention to AY-3 and asking if they wanted a cab, answer unheard. At 0549, 22K was OKd to continue east. More 22K convo occurred at 0551 when D-3 asked if he was on a better antenna, saying he could hear 22K better, and that he would check for them, presumably on yarding instructions. 0557 was when the 1-to-2-to-3 was broadcast, confirming that that was what the Train Master had said, that 1 was clear, and that there would be a cab to assist.
As so frequently happens, the last words belonged to those masters of the 3-step, AY-4.

While I'm always grateful to have my Zombie-Zone observations confirmed by outside sources, it seems counter both to productivity and to safety that D-3 should have to go hunting for a better antenna site for reliable communications with a train east of Derby -- or east or west of anywhere under D-3 control, for that matter.

Oh yeah, the 50-50 Diner was again bright and occupied, so they musta been on vacay or staycay.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jwhite07 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:03 am

An offering was predictably made, the predictable immediate reward coming during a straight shot down Da Hill at 0439, the time that D-3 called Form D G-303 to Q427 with CSXT ???? fulfilled, acknowledging that they would tie down at New Bond.


Same Q427 observed ~0415 at Temple Street MP X7.8. Cannot help with the head end numbers as (thankfully) not much of life's time lost as I approached the crossing just as the tail end cleared so barely a tap on the brakes was needed before the gates went up.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:13 am

jwhite07-
Congrats at not having gotten older in the crossing the crossing!
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Tue Feb 19, 2019 6:49 am

For 0345-0540/02-19-2019, there was no shortage in the curiosity department, starting off with West Boylston center (6°) being colder than Gardner (12°), followed at 0401 by a broken D-3 reach-out to Q427, acknowledging something about Pine Hill Road. To continue to save suspense, naught further would be heard to, from, or about Q427.
There was a 0407 partialized D-?/AYPO-with-the-7727 exchange for a Line 12, AYPO sounding a bit better than the D-?, followed at 0410 by an equally broken 241 to AYPO. To jump outta chronology, there would the 0430 time effective for Form D G-202 to POED with the 7797, a Line 12 for Pleasant Street, MP 310.13, possibly indicating that the earlier AYPO Line 12 had been for the same crossing, and a meet occurred after AYPO had gotten east of Pleasant Street. There will be more about the Branch later.
At 0414, the 333 WLs were at Stop, and at 0415, they were dark. Dunno what the possible EB was, but 22K's yarding transmissions would be heard at 0422, so pigs plus racks weren't the EB, and the 334s and 335s were dark, so it wasn't likely to have been a WB.
Up Da Hill, the 345s were and would remain dark. Yard 1 and the westerly part of the Extension had general that included MT centerbeams, Yard 2 had general -- mostly covered hoppers -- pretty much FP-FP, and Yard 4 mighta had stuff that was obscured. The House still had the brush-cutter, the Heywood's stone-status was under fresh snow, and that same fresh snow augmented the still-undisturbed plow berms at the Main Street crossing.
An offering was made, and a straight shot taken EB, 0441 being when AY-4 was heard working, and 0442 being when D-2 started another convo with AYPO and the 7727 involving sweeping out the points at 307 and mebbe keeping 307 on power. Further developments? As is the case in so much of life, dunno. At 0449, the 333 WLs came on with a Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding, 0451 being when 400 gave themselves the OK to depart and 0452 being when a total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 1128 did the dropping. No noise be made to the east, that's where I went.
The 330.8 WBs showed a Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 WLs being at Stop. At 0458, 400 gave themselves the OK to depart Fitchburg, and a couple later, the GL Controlled Siding WL showed a Medium Approach Medium. My own signals were in the giving vein, permitting the 0503 sighting of 400's vanishing markers -- thanks again, Ralph Fisher! -- just east of the similarly-red FG WLs at 0503. Another curiosity was a bit east in the FI-1/2 parking spot at 0505 and on the west end of a string of full-size covered hoppers -- NewBlue 7552.
Traffic lights were again cooperative, permitting a 0511 viewing of the EB staggers for Derby -- dark.
As frequently happens, AY-4 and 22K had become and would remain contrapuntal choristers, including what would be the window of time for 400 to transit the 40.2, that possible report going unheard.
Another unheard candidate for the curiosity supply was the silence to, from, or about AY-3. Other unheards included EDPO -- the mystery EB? -- and ED-9 and AY-5/287.
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