Gardner Gawking

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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:13 am

And now for 0420-0700/10-27-2017...
At 0429, D-3 told AY-5 he was going to keep them going, but didn't provide any further details. Next and at 0437, D-3 acknowledged AY-2 being lined and locked normal on 1. Next and at 0446, it was the turn of the 40.2 -- a badly breaking 40.2 -- giving somebody a no defects on 1 for an unheard number of axles, prompting supposition about AY-5 mebbe taking racks west for a later recrew, followed at 0447 by D-3 telling FI-2 something about FG.
The arrival at Wachusett was in time to see a Medium Clear on the Controlled Siding WL. That condition was changed by the 400 with 3 flats, i bi, and the 1072 at 0451, all those reds going dark at 0453. A few minutes were invested to see if the WLs might come back on -- they didn't -- and to give the acolytes of The Shrine Of The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks time to properly prepare. As has been pattern of late, the only observable signal brightness between 333 and 335 were the 334 ELs at Stop.
Up Da Hill, there were rack loads on the #2, mebbe clear of West Switch, but definitely east of New Switch. Yard 2 had general that included a tented centerbeam, and there coulda been other stuff on 1 and 4, but racks were in the way.
Track equipment was still on the House, and some of it clearly had NBSR marks. There were also 3 company gons on the southerly end of the Heywood. A trip west with a detour was made, that detour because Risley Street is now shut down, but Conant Street isn't. At 0530, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark. And yes, the 346 WL and 345 EL and WLs were still all old-school.
D-3 got on the air at 0532 to hedzup EDPO about an Ayer pickup off 4. In demonstration of the power of The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks and/or the total randomness of the PAR/S part of the universe, EDPO was well within reception range and asked whether it would be freight or water. D-3's first reply got stepped on by a ringing phone and the second reply -- probably 1 word -- was when the scanner was scanning the wrong part of the bank, so dunno. The same time the convo started, the 346 WL went to Clear, and the west got noisy, but it wasn't until 0547 that the 346.6 came on, prompting supposition that there might be a speedo in effect. KCIRs 7605 and 7534 and NewBlue 3403 got a no defects, 36°, and 3650' at 0550 for 40 or so cars, giving the speedo supposition some support. In good news for building materials suppliers to the northeast, there were numbers of MT centerbeams, and in coals-to-Newcastle news, there was 1 Dunkley-wrapped centerbeam lumber load. There were also a coupla HCl tanks, boxes that included 1 Smurf, and a coupla Ciment Québec shorties.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, the oncoming EDPO and lack of any WB cars giving no support to the earlier AY-5/287 supposition. Given that 402 was already east and EDPO was still west, 333 was bypassed. Further east, the WBs by the rotary River Street UGB showed Clear for 1 and Stop for 2. The 330 WLs showed Slow Approach for 2, the GL WLs were both at Stop, and the FG 1 WL was at Clear, indicating -- at least temporarily -- that the next EB wouldn't be crossing over at FG. At 0628, KCIRs 5967 and 5956 were doing a west-facing elephant impression in the FI-1/2 parking spot, hinting that the 5967 might be bound in a bit to ED.
The last intelligible transmission came at 0644 when the 40.2 -- clearly -- gave a no defects on 1 to 29 axles. Yes -- two-nine.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:17 am

0448/10-30-2017, D-3 advised 287 at CPF-35 of a major track defect -- later IDd as a washout -- at MP 341. 22K had made it through OK. More will follow.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:06 am

As posted earlier, D-3 advised 287 that they'd be holding at 335 cuz 22K had reported a major track defect at 341 and that there were also 2 trains at Gardner. At 0457, D-3 gave 22K their yarding instructions, and 22K said they were holding at North Leominster for the first IB The 0505 arrival at 333 showed the WLs all at Stop -- despite 400 being well east -- as were the 334 ELs and 1 stagger, even though 287's marker wasn't visible. The 335 ELs and WLs were also all at Stop. 287's leader -- NS 9189 -- was IDable, but the trailer(s) wasn't(weren't). At 0514, the 40.2 gave a no defects on 1 to 24 axles, hinting that 22K would soon be EB. Up Da Hill, there were general on Yard 2 and at least 1 rack on the easterly end of Yard 3. On the #2 were EB KCIRs 7523, 7500. and 7620 plus not enough general to extend back to the Timpany Boulevard UGB. The House still had track equipment and the Heywood 3 company gons.
A trip a bit west showed the 7575 facing and honoring a Stop on the 346 WL. There was at least 1 other KCIR trailer, but numbers weren't legible. At 0548, D-3 would advise EDPO to hold -- where unknown -- cuzza 22K and mebbe AY-3. As a point of info, Risley Street in Gardner continues OOS, and even though it hasn't been mentioned in more than a bit, the Pleasant Street OHB is still OOS. In fact and per the MassDOT website a few ago, the design package is 75% complete as of 08-10. A bit of clarity over what the Gardner KCIRs were pulling was revealed when D-3 engaged in a convo with ED-8 with the 7523 that ended at 0559, saying that there was a big washout and asking if their setoff was complete and if their new count was now 25x5 and if EDPO -- this one specified as at Parkers -- could pull up in back of them, and that a cab would be ordered for their tie-down. It's been a bit, but a washout had happened there a few years earlier.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were at Stop, and 287 was still doing the shunting. The 333 WLs went unobserved cuz 402 was already well east and there would certainly be congestion at Lake Princeton-Road/Rte.-31-UGB.
Further east, the WBs by the rotary River Street UGB showed Approach for 1 and Stop for 2, with the 330 WLs showing a Slow Clear on 2, the GL Controlled Siding WL showing a Medium Approach Medium, and the FG 1 WL a Limited Clear. Maintaining the theme of not-totally legible cab numbers, KCIR 59?? was in the FI-1/2 parking spot at 0621.
Yarding transmissions had been heard for AY-3 at 0615, and about 20 later -- mebbe earlier cuzza Zombie Zones -- the same were heard from 22K. What was unheard -- Zombie Zones again being a possible complicating factor -- were any transmissions to, from, or about TCs in and around 341. Mebbe company forces were being assembled, or mebbe it would be on contractors. Dunno.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:33 am

Busy would be an accurate characterization for the 0430-0700/11-03-2017 period.
At 0434, D-3 engaged in a Zombie-Zoneish discussion with someone about 28N and getting by Walker Road and ED-8 still being in Gardner. Next and clearly and at 0441, D-3 told 28N with the NS 9849 they were all set to head east, followed at 0443 by the 40.2 giving a no defects on 1 to 400 axles. 13 later, the 40.2 would say things were OK again on 1, but to 185 axles, again an odd number of axles as had happened on 10-29. In another 2, D-3 would reach out to POED with the 7585, but neither sum nor substance got heard cuzza Mount Wachusett's electromagnetic penumbra. Just after the 400 axles got OKd through the 40.2, there were 22K yarding transmissions, so the cars hadn't belonged to them. An offering of thanks would be made to The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks, an offering that would be more than amply rewarded.
~0505, Wachusett was MT, and the only illuminated signals visible between the 333 ELs and 335 WLs were the 334 ELs, the 334 WLs not being visible to motoring mere mortals.
The first hint of ample rewards came even before reaching the crest of Rte. 2 WB in Westminster as the phrase "ED-8" came outta the speaker. Changing routine a tad by making the Jade lot the first stop, dimmed lights were visible on the #2 by New Switch. Also visible were a tie-handler and tie-carrying carry car -- yes, the tie-handler at the 335 lot had still been there -- on the Heywood, the company gons gone, and the other track equipment still on the House. ED-8 with KCIR 7518 and NewBlue 7552 gave D-3 the yard update and then pulled up with the power by the platform, leaving the marker by Pratt's. Also of note was the Clear on the CPF-345 1 WL, D-3 now providing ED-8 a hedzup that EDPO would be coming. The 346.6 got on the air at 0520, but naught else was heard from her. The west did get bright, and the west did get noisy, very noisy cuzza all the noise EDPO made for ED-8, and any within earshot who had slept through their alarms were now probably awake. KCIRs 7575 and 7594 got their 74 onto the single at 0536, including scrap gons and hoppers, boxes with 3 Big Gs, 2 separate cuts of CHUX lidded gons, a coupla presumably-paper-service acid tanks, full-size covered hoppers, and mebbe a dozen or so MT centerbeams. As far as the yard itself, there racks on 2 and general on 1. Coulda been also an obscured few on 4.
The trip marginally west showed Parkers -- predictably -- MT and the 346 WL -- equally predictably -- dark. One other Predictable/Equally Predictable column-entry would be the Still Old-School Status of the 345/346 signaling. There was ongoing intra-ED-8 chatter as I left. Also of minor note is Risley being open for traffic again. Dunno what they did, but repaving wasn't it.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were at Stop cuzza the previously-mentioned POED holding on 1 with KCIRs 7585 and 7542 with however many however far east. The call of Approach at 337 was taken as a hint that EDPO would -- in addition to POED -- be encountering a Stop at 335, and sure enough, the Single WL was at Stop, the track being lined for the next Keolis outta the facility.
Further east, 333 was bypassed, and the WBs by the rotary River Street UGB were both at Stop, the 330 2 WL at Slow Clear, the GL Controlled Siding WL at Medium Approach Medium, and the FG 1 WL at Limited Clear. At 0613, the 1st-shift D-3 acknowledged AY-5 being lined and locked normal and in the clear, a cab to be sent. Dunno if AY-5 had taken over 28N, and 6 later, the 3rd-shift D-3 told POED the plan was to tie down at Royalston.
At 0624, KCIR 5956 was solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot, and to show how busy Ayer can be at times, D-3 -- 1st shift -- at 0640 gave gave POSE the track between X25 and Burncoat, asking for a call when they were on the siding. There had also been additional 1st-shift D-3/POED chatter, garbled by Mount Wachusett.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:09 am

So we're back to EST, right? The 'E" seemed less like "Eastern" and more like "Entropy," at least for the 0423-0740 part of 11-06-2017.
At 0423 and for a coupla more, POED would hear that they had gone far enough and then to back it up on a Restricting, being good for 20 cars. There was more, but by that time, both my location and topography had changed enough for things to morph into garble. D-3 at 0440 and during one of my many Zombie-Zone transits called out to EDPO, the separated intelligible bits being "1 mile an hour," "354," and "tied down at Parkers." Yes, there will be more later. And yes, there was not yet rain, but there was mist aplenty.
~0505, the only visibly-lit signals between the 333 ELs and 335 WLs were the 334 ELs. At 0512 came D-3's acknowledgment of 28N having spotted 15 and San-Vel being lined and locked normal. A minute later, the 40.2 gave a no defects on 2 to 25 axles, making me wonder if the repeated odd counts for axles are the results of flat-wheel impacts. Another minute later, D-3 acknowledged POED's update, but an incoming phone call stepped on the particulars. It did, however, sound like POED was a short train.
Up Da Hill, the yard was wide open, but the Heywood -- at least the southern part -- was MT, the tie-handler and carry-car now on the House with the other track equipment. Mebbe NEWW already had gotten and/or soon would be getting a visit. Of note was the Clear on the 345 1 WL. The trip a bit west showed the 346 WL dark at 0529, but it looked like there was a dimmed headlight well east. Remember the the 0440 transmission? There was naught by First Street, but a headlight and number boards were visible east of Chairtown Lumber as were racks from the street by the new structural lumber/old Zaloom Furniture operation. A paved parking lot with steps down to the building's grade has been put in so mebbe PAS is back to doing crew changes/extractions there instead of the slope at First Street. The power was so positioned as to not be IDable.
At 0532, D-3 mentioned something about 22K and 354, so another wait got started at Parkers. At 0542, the 346 WL went to Clear, and the waiting got extended. One advantage of EST returning is that there is better light to see what is or isn't there. Under "Isn't There," mark down what had been the Parkers Mini-Wall of Ties. When they went and where they went dunno. At 0554, the 346.6 came on and so did EDPO with a dimmed KCIR 7518 and NewBlue 7552. Noise was made at both ends of 287 mebbe not for the tie-down, but for the too-frequent track-crossers in the area. Again, those who may have missed their alarms did get a wake-up. At 0600, the 346.6 gave a no defects and 53° to the 4105' that made up a train too slow. There were numbers of MT centerbeam, lotsa TBOXs and some SNCs and a pair Smurfs, a few slurries (BFPO leftovers?), a coupla company gons with shiny sidewalls, loaded company stone hoppers, and a coupla more company gons with shiny sidewalls. Mebbe there was a speedo and/or mebbe it was wet rail and/or mebbe the 345 1 WL had gotten to be other-than Clear, but EDPO was creeping through town in the view from Rte. 2 EB. Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were Stop cuz POED with KCIRs 7561 and 7628 -- doing an elephant impression -- were holding on 1. Interestingly, the 335 WLs were also both at Stop, this when 406 would be getting ready to head east outta the facility. There would be a series of unanswered D-3 shoutouts to EDPO, finally getting a response at 0642 when D-3 got EDPO acknowledged D-3's plan to drop 335 so 406 could get east. I had things to do, so I got east ahead of 406. How short was POED? No cars could be seem from State Road/Rte. 2A by Monty Tech.
Starting at 0646, there were a number of shoutouts from 406 to D-3 with no audible response, 0645 being 406's time outta Wachusett. Further east, WBs by the rotary River Street UGB -- which I gonna start calling the 330.8 WBs until corrected -- were Clear for 1 and Stop for 2, the 330 2 WL at Slow Clear, the GL Controlled Siding WL at Medium Approach Medium, and the FG 1 WL at Slow Clear. At 0700, there was a D-3/EDPO exchange in which it emerged that EDPO had been at the 335 Single WL for 5 minutes and that EDPO now had 10 minutes to get to 333 ahead of the next train. At 0702, KCIR 5956 was solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot.
At 0716, the 40.2 gave a no defects on 2 to 28, 406's advertised time outta Shirley being 0707. The T Service Alerts showed 404 10-20 late cuzza train traffic and 406 5-15 late, cause unstated. Wet leaves made an appearance later on in the Service Alerts.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:10 am

Ample time and ample caffeine are recommended for the 0420-0640/11-08-2017 report.
There were also sortsa broken partials at the start that would suggest activity at Ayer, but who/what went undetermined. Next and at 0437 there was a Zombie-Zone-on-both-sides exchange between D-3 and POED with the 7552 that included the clear words "tie down." The 333 WLs showed a Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding, and at 0459, POED called out Approach for 333 on 2. 400 with 5 flats and 0 bis plus the 1057 dropped the Controlled Siding WL at 0451, and 400's cab east of POED's power, POED's power put the brights back on. 400 called POED's marker, and POED with a favorable signal was on the move at 0454, crossing over to the 1. NewBlue 7552 and KCIR 7518 -- who now seem to be a team -- got 29 west of the WLs at 0457 and called out Approach -- again -- for 335 on 1. Among the cars were some sets of slurries, boxes that included a old-school Big G, unplacarded tanks, and in the curiosity department, a solo T bilevel (number not grabbable) and a shortish string of short yellow gons w/o ends. As might be imagined, an offering of thanks was made to The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks, and despite the time expended there, the 1 stagger was still at Stop, as were the 334 ELs, as were the 335 ELs. Ditto the 335 WLs. Making it seem a certainty that it was 335 as the tie-down location for POED was what appeared to transportation in the 335 lot.
The 40.2 made some garble on what should be 400's time, but the largesse of TDOTCPF-333D continued at 0514 when the 346.6 came on, 0516 being the time for no defects, 27°, 528', and train too slow. Even more largesse came in the form of the 345 EL being at Stop and stopped cars being on the Pearson Boulevard UGB and KCIRs 7545 and 7520 being stopped on the 2 while the C was checking cars and turnouts to the near west. ED-9 started its 28 west and asked D-3 to call when they were clear of 345, that coming at 0525. Included in the mix were a number of LAFX shorties.
345 now clear and ED-9 being visible to FI-2, KCIR 5956 got east onto the single with 9 boxes at 0530. Dunno whether there had been an earlier visit to NEWW. As far as the yard, there were racks on 4 and 2 and general -- including MT centerbeams -- on 1 and onto the Extension. There was also the track equipment on the House and an unlogoed white pickup in the lower lot. If it belonged to a fellow gawker, it was pointed in the wrong direction. Over at Parkers and at 0540, there was predictable MTness plus darkness on the 346 WL.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were at Stop, POED still sitting on 1. 333 was bypassed cuz 402 -- more about which -- was east. At 0608 and after some C&E exchanges, 402 advised D-3 that their main reservoir pressure was down to 88 and that they were stopped just west of 330. The 330 1 WL showed a tantalizing Slow Clear, the GL Controlled Siding a Medium Approach Medium, and the FG 1 WL a Medium Clear.
There were some more C&E exchanges and then 402/D-3 exchanges that included D-3 advising that the Fitchburg Line Dispatcher had suggested running 404 around and in head of 402., but402 announced itself on the move at 0609, with a T Service Alert seen at 0650 showing a 20-30 delay.
At 0613, there were broken exchanges to and/or from and/or about EDPO that made it seem like Ayer was the matter of discussion. At 0615 was KCIR 5956 in the FI-1/2 parking spot? No, but east-facing KCIRs 7542 and 7609 were. Dunno why. Also dunno where the 5956 was. Mebbe if I hadda stopped at 333, I woulda seen them.
There were more and scattered static bursts, but naught that could be reliably reported except that POSE would be getting a pilot from Ayer to Worcester.
Oh yeah, EB on Rte. 2, I got passed by a car that had not only NH plates but also an inch or so of snow on it.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby johnhenry » Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:27 pm

Follow up on today's report, at around 1400-1430 POED was still parked at 335 and ED-9 was still parked on 2 at 346. Ties were being replaced on the 1 adjacent to the Gardner yard and the P&W had not yet been up. Something I didn't know before, is that the P&W has a dragging detector at MP29.8 just south of the Rt2 bridge - I know now cause P&W track crews were working in that area and tripped it.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:17 am

An earlier start for 11-10-2017 put the time period from 0415-0655.
At 0420, D-3 told FI-2 -- later IDd with KCIR 5956 -- that their desired runaround at Derby would come after waiting at Camp for 28N. Even though nothing was subsequently heard to, from, or about 28N, it musta been a short wait cuz the 40.2 gave a no defects at 0423 to 4 axles -- unless the 5956 had been EB. Next and ~0425, D-3 acknowledged that somebody was lines and locked normal, further advising that it was POSE that had gone by them, followed at 0435 by a C or U telling POSE it was OK to back it up a good 20 cars. There would be further POSE, but as of the end of listening, a Form D for the Worcester Main went unheard.
~0440, a bit ahead of 400's scheduled arrival at the platform -- yes, normal schedule on the observed Veterans Day -- Wachusett was MT and the 333 WLs dark. All, however at 334 -- the ELs and 1 stagger -- were at Stop, as were the 335 ELs, a presumed POED with KCIRs 7627 and ???? sitting dim on 1. There were a number of air-test transmissions, but not from the platform, 400 with a total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 1071 not getting east until 0451, 1 minute after the advertised Wachusett departure time.A look at the 335 WLs was made after 400 was far enough east, and the Single WL showed R-Y-Y, something that doesn't appear on any NORAC listing I could find. EB headlights were showing, so it was back to the 335 lot in more than enough time to see NewBlue 3404 and KCIR 7635 get 50 onto 2 at 0500. There were 2 sizable cuts of Ciment Québec and unbranded shorties, a pair of utility-pole bulkheads, scrap hoppers, company gons and hoppers, MT centerbeams, a solo Coastal-wrapped centerbeam, some LPG and presumably paper service tanks, and a few boxes. There will be more about these guys later. After enough time for the WB to be doing just that and it not, another look at the 335 ELs showed the Single WL now at Medium Clear, probably more an idea of block conditions to the east than of an approaching EB.
Up Da Hill? Well, the Yard Lead and Bull Run were wide open, but otherwise there were racks on Yard 4, general on Yard 2, and racks on Yard 1 and onto the Extension. The #2 had racks from the hardware store back but towards but not quite to the Pratt's yard and then general however far west of the Timpany Boulevard UGB. Yes, the track equipment was still on the House, but unlike on 11-08, there was no pickup in the lower lot, so dunno if Lmiller or someone else will have any daylight activity to report.
At 0540, D-3 called out to the 3404 -- now IDd as EDPO -- and said he'd just checked with the Chief and that they should bring the train to Wagon Wheel and "we" would check it there. At 0542, Parkers was MT and the still-old-school WL was dark. The likewise-still-old-school 345 signaling showed Stop on the WLs and Clear on the EL, taken more as an indication of track being lined for 1 and 2 being occupied than any imminent WB.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark cuz there was no shunting going on, so there probably had been an imminent WB. Good luck to them cleaning out however much they would be cleaning outta Gardner, especially if what was on #2 was too long to fit between West Switch and the 345 WL. Things could be done, but they'd be more than earning their pay. At 0610, the 333 WLs were also dark, and D-3 also acknowledged -- without repeating -- what ever was said about Wagon Wheel, presumably be EDPO.
Further east, the 330.8 WBs showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 1 WL a Slow Clear, the GL Controlled Siding WL a Medium Clear, and the FG 1 WL a Clear, showing the next Keolis would be on 1 at North Leominster, confirmed both by E-to-C radio and a Service Alert.
At 0624, KCIR 5956 was solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot. There would be some more bits and pieces of transmissions, but the final clear transmission was ~0650 when the post-Transfer-Time D-3 asked EDPO how they were making out. The answer -- again -- was acknowledged, but without repetition. The ID of the questioner, however, did seem to indicate that the response was not yet well enough to get east enough to be on D-2's board by being east of CPF-312.

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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby EDFLD Bill » Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:06 am

jaymac wrote:A look at the 335 WLs was made after 400 was far enough east, and the Single WL showed R-Y-Y, something that doesn't appear on any NORAC listing I could find.


Red-Yellow-Yellow is a "Non-Conforming" aspect. It appears as a Special Instruction in the Timetable. It is a Medium Approach Slow (Rule 283b-S1). Indication: Proceed at Medium Speed until entire train clears all interlocking or spring switches, then approach the next signal at Slow Speed.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:43 am

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Thanks for solving a mystery for this gawker, not to mention for however many other gawkers!
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:57 am

0425-0640/11-13-2017 did have activity, but also puzzlements.
From the outset, there were the sounds of somebod(y)(ies) yarding, but never any clear attribution(s). ~0505, Wachusett was MT and the 335 WLs dark. 334 ELs and 1 stagger were 8-for-8 red, and the 335 ELs were 6-for-6 red, KCIR 7575 and 2 indeterminable trailers holding on 1 with general. While crossing back under the UGB, noise got made, and the tail of an EB -- later IDd as EDPO and more about which later -- got its marker east in very short order at 0510. Hauled by the unseen power were boxes and a T bi.Burndown having occurred, the east got both bright and loud at 0513, the aforementioned 7535 and fellow KCIRs 7575 and 7609 getting 34 onto the single at 0516. The supposition -- never confirmed that I heard -- that it was POED was buttressed by several short cuts of slurries. Curiously, there were no centerbeams, MT or otherwise. Equally curious was the shortness of both the IDd EDPO and the presumed POED. Since there was a WB just west and an EB a bit east and nothing due outta the facility in the near term, a viewing of the 335 WLs was omitted. Also, not only had the predawn east gotten bright, but the south had, too, the slope lights being on at Mount Wachusett for possible making and/or grooming snow.
Up Da Hill, the westerly end of the yard was MT, but not so the easterly, general on 4 and 2, and 2 loaded racks on 1 west of the Extension.
The track equipment was still on the House, but there were no early arrivals in the lower lot. At 0535, Parkers was MT and the346 WL dark, and a breaking D-3 called out to AY-5, more -- again -- about which later. Earlier, the 345 EL had been at Clear, indicating that that the presumed POED might be highballing Gardner, but both plans and signals are ever mutable until they're not.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, as were -- at 0551 -- the WLs. Simultaneously, D-3 called out to EDPO, but -- cliché alert -- the sum and substance were elusive. There had also been a bit earlier bit of elusiveness from the 40.2 on 1 to 1 and however many other axles, possibly EDPO.
As far as signals to the east, the 330.8 WBs were Clear for 1 and Stop for 2, all masts for the 330 WLs and GL Wls were at Stop, and the FG 1 WL was at Limited Clear. At 0610, the FI-1/2 parking spot was MT, nothing to, from, or about FI-2 having been heard during the listening period, but as noted, the Zombie Zones were strong this early morning. Zombiedom unusually characterized D-2 as well this morning. EDPO got a Form D -- number of the order and ID of the power both lost -- Line 12ing 312 to 303, time effective 0619. There would be another broken D-3/EDPO exchange, and then at 0624 an AY-5/D-3 exchange with AY-5 being -- generally -- the clearer of the 2. 11 had been spotted and San-Vel was lined and locked normal, 8 more being on the Main. There was also something about the power, but that got lost. The earlier-seen 2 loaded racks in Gardner had had me wondering if they were set-outs, but it did seem like AY-5 had been finishing 28N's work, so instead, i started wondering about the decline in business for 28N.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Nov 15, 2017 7:25 am

0420-0650/11-15-2017 was a period of some static and some activity, and activity is not always productivity.
To conserve both kilobytes and time, a series of D-3/POED conversations -- first heard by me at 0420 -- revolved around POED with the 3404 waiting at Derby for the first Keolis to clear and ED-8 going in on Freight Main West and helping POED -- if they could get that far -- with with putting 1 of ED-8's GEs -- so phrased by D-3 -- onto POED. There was more, as you might guess, and there will be more later. There was also activity that hinted at yarding, but dunno who.
AY-3 was the next subject of radio activity. Permission was given for the NS 9563 to proceed west from the Old Ford Plant to the Wye and, after wyeing and the 2nd Keolis, to back to Ayer Station. To get to the last transmission heard involving AY-3, at 0529, D-3 acknowledged AY-3 having lined and locked Moores normal and standing by on West Wye. No Idea about the why of later occupying the station. The 0552 arrival at Wachusett was in time to see that the east was red, Stops on all 333 WLs and -- thanks again, Ralph Fisher! -- vanishing markers on the 400. At 0453, the WLs went dark, and the only other visible signals up to and including the 335 WLs that weren't also dark were the 334 ELs at Stop.
Up Da Hill, a not-usual sight presented itself -- headlights on the easterly end of Yard 2. 28N, having pulled in on Yard 2, was partway through crowding as many cars as possible into an already crowded yard with elephant impersonators NSs 9361 and 9427. Yard 4 was a mix of general on the west and racks east, Yard 1 and the Extension being the same mix until 28N added a few easterly racks. And yes, track equipment was still on the House. A bit west and at 0543, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL at Stop, either spurious shunting or 346 being lined for #2 and West Switch open. Yard work was still going on so I went east, seeing the 335 ELs dark. At 0605, the same circumstance applied at 333. It being -- as 28N had phrased a few earlier when their calls to D-3 got no response -- "that time of the morning," that was also the time that 404 called out a few times to D-3. The signal musta been put in cuz the shoutouts stopped.
Further east the 330.8 WLs showed a Clear for 1 and a Stop for 2, the 330 2 WL a Slow Clear, the GL Controlled Siding WL a Medium Approach Medium, and the FG 1 WL a Limited Clear. At 0620, KCIR 5943 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot and in the process of being obscured by POED pulling a little closer to the FG ELs. The 3404 and 612 were the NewBlues and the KCIR transplant from ED-8 was the 7643. Dunno about ED-8, but no power was readily visible.
Although static and garble would continue until the end of listening, the last bit of clarity was a 0627 AY-2/D-3 exchange concerning being lined and locked and in the clear and a cab.
There had been one earlier-and-still-3rd-shift D-3 transmission giving POSE the Worcester Main to Burncoat and advising that the CSX power was on Greendale. Dunno if it was crewed, but when I got outta my car literally hours later and at 0650, it sounded like either Campground or Prescott was getting noise.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:09 am

Matt Baj's http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=241059 of the NS Geo Train in ED 11/15 answered questions about NS 9563 going on 2 at Ayer platform earlier on 11/15.
Hopefully the results were good.
Since D-3 OKd AY-3/NS 9563 west from the old Ford Plant, mebbe the Geo had put up there and CSX no longer has control of the facility.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:38 am

0425-0650/11-17-2017 had some activity, more heard than seen.
The airwaves were generally MT until 0439 when D-3 told ED-8 he'd just talked to the U and that after their train got dropped on the Camp, the power -- not IDd -- was to go to Track 10. The reason for that move -- one that would keep the yard fluid -- would emerge a few later when D-3 gave 22K their yarding instructions and was underscored at 0448 when the 40.2 gave a no defects on 2 to 382 axles and was even further underscored at 0453 when the C or U told 22K -- presumably at AY -- that it was OK to pull ahead.
~0505, Wachusett was MT and the 333 WLs up through the 335 WLs dark, the 334 ELs at Stop and mebbe WL at whatever being lit. On the way up Da Hill and at 0514, the 40.2 gave a no defects on 2 to 28 axles, appropriate for 400's time, but the axle-count usually has been 24 and sometimes as low as 20.
Up Da Hill, and from about the midpoint and east, Yard 2 had racks west and general -- including lumbered centerbeams -- east, leading to the mebbe-erroneous conclusion that ED-8 was back in the business of racks-to-Gardner. What could only be EDPO with KCIRs 7518 and 5967 and NewBlue 601 was on the #1 by the platform, mebbe just waiting or mebbe tied down, and extending however far west of the Timpany Boulevard UGB. The track equipment was still on the House, and the signals for 345 and 346 were still old school, a Stop showing on the 346 WL at 0532, Parkers being otherwise MT.
On the way back east, 22K's yarding chatter was audible, and down Da Hill, the 335 WLs were dark, ditto at 0549 for the 333 WLs. The 330.8 WBs were both Clear, not the usual display, but even more unusual were the 330 WLs, GL WLs, and FG WLs, which were uniformly at Stop.
At 0603, KCIR 59?? was facing west on the west end of a few covered hoppers in the FI-1/2 parking spot, and some company gons were 1 track to the north. The Nashua Street RVJ facility hasn't been mentioned in a bit, but it still had no covered hoppers.
Whatever mighta happened 0613-0621 went unheard cuzza needing to keep Home Despot solvent, but the remainder of the listening period consisted of garble, the only clear bits being D-3 calling out to AY-2 with the 7528.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:23 am

0430-0715/11-20-2017 showed the bounty -- not always positive -- of The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks.
There was occasional garble that may have included AY-3 and 22K, but definitely included EDPO. EDPO's inquired are about moves at OX, picking up an engine, and whether there would be waters at Ayer. There were also occasional snowflakes. The post-400 arrival showed a Medium Approach on 2 at the CPF-333 WLs. Also showing on 1 was dimmed NS 9523 followed by teammate 2777 and the rest of a tied-down 28N. 400 far enough east, the Medium Approach morphed into a Medium Clear and the the occasional snowflakes had morphed into a snow-squall. Coming outta the west was the aforementioned EDPO with 2 KCIRs, the squall interfering with an accurate reading of numbers. A hop east to Depot Street didn't help, either, but the power and 60 cars were east of that spot at 0510. There were full-size and shortie covered hoppers (Ciment Québecs among them), LPG and non-placarded tanks, lumber-load centerbeams, 1 utility-pole bulkhead, and boxes that included an OldPaint Big G. An offering of thanks was made at The Shrine for 2 sightings in such short order, and as might be expected with 28 N on 1, it was 8-8-reds at the 334 ELs and 1 stagger. There was also a blinking red on the Caraustar siding. Mebbe FI-2 was there to switch Caraustar and/or get outta the way for 28N and 400. The 335 ELs and WLs were dark.
How bad was the squall? There was the start of accumulation that was getting compacted to ice on Rtes. 2A/31, but the wind was doing a good job of keeping Rte. 2 clear.
Up Da Hill, there was general -- including private scrap-cars -- from the midpoint of Yard 4 and east, general west and rack loads east on Yard 1 just clear of New Switch, and 4 racks -- set-outs? -- on the Extension. Only a tamper and regulator were left on the House, all the NBSR-marked equipment elsewhere. At 0552, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark. The squall had similar results on Gardner streets, my ABS kicking in, even during cautious brake applications. The squall musta been a surprise because I wouldn't see a sander until 0630 in Fitchburg.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 WLs were dark, but a few later, 404 started calling signals outta the facility. At 0610, 28N was still facing a Stop on the 333 1 WL, but 404 already had a Medium Clear of the Controlled Siding WL. Further east, the 330.8 WBs were both at Stop, the 330 1 WL at Medium Clear, and the Stops both at the 330 2 WL and back at the 330.8 WL explained by a sitting 22K.
There was a Limited Clear on the FG1 WL for 404 -- which had been making noise while passing 22K -- and a predictable Stop on the 2 WL, NSs 9816, 9859, and 8373 being the pig power.
Air 0636, KCIR 5943 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot, but sitting west-facing on West Side was KCIR 7561 on toppa at least a few covered hoppers. A minute later, D-3 told 287 it didn't look like he saw them getting outta the Willows, but to hold on until he talked to the Chief. The plan -- as of 0640 -- was that he would bring them west as soon as he could, having them back off on on Freight Main West, and to stand by for signal indication, and a 0643, D-3 told 22K they'd be following the next Keolis inbound.
There would also be a later Line 2 for POSE from MP X-25 to Burncoat with the 600, no mention audible about a power-swap. There were also a couple D-3 shoutouts to EDPO, but no response was heard.
Dunno about you, but I'm almost missing those zero-activity predawn drives.
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