Gardner Gawking

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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Jun 09, 2017 1:18 pm

tnx!
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:28 am

The puzzlement for 0430-0640/06-12-2017 was that D-2 was heard from more -- and that concerning Keolis and the Lowell Line -- than was D-3.
The arrival at Wachusett was in time to see 400 -- 3 flats and 1 bi being pushed by the 2000 -- drop the 333 Controlled Siding WL at 0453. The Shrine of The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks not yet being open for services, 334 was the next stop, and Stop was what the 334 ELs showed, the 1 stagger and the 335 ELs and WLs all dark. What was also visible at 334 was equipment to the east, hinting that the Omnova track -- part of the horse-trading that produced the Wachusett Extension -- was -- like other horse-trading elements of the Extension -- not yet in service. In between 334 and 335, there had been a brief -- both sides heard, but both sides broken -- 0459 exchange between D-3 and POED, so broken that no sense could be made.
Up Da Hill, the foliage is now sufficient that the 345 EL can't be seen from Rte. 2 WB, but the foliage is insufficient to block the view of WB cars, so here was POED. NewBlue 619, KittyCatInRecovery 7541, and NewBlue 3400 -- wow, 1 representative each of the current PAR/S 6-pack roster! -- was on 1 at a speed hinting that 346 might be a stopping point, the marker getting west of 345 at 0513. There were the POED expectables, including a long string of CHUX lidded gons. In the yard, there were good amounts of general -- including tented lumber -- on 4 and what appeared to be MT racks on 2.
An offering of thanks was made to The Deity Of The CPF-345 Dunks, and a trip was undertaken west. Immobile general was visible at the Wilkins Road dogleg, and -- at 0625 -- the CPF-346 WL was at Slow Clear, but -- strangely -- POED's power was not visible at First Street. There was no change in either the WL or POED's power, so at 0640 and absent either noise from the west or any hints from D-3's radio, I was EB. To save suspense while invoking the standard caution about Zombie Zones, there was nothing further heard to, from, or about POED or the possible WB at Parkers.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, as -- at 0556 -- were the 333 WLs, 402 already being east. Both WBs just east of the rotary River Street UGB were at Clear, but solar glare prevented any roadside read of the 330 or GL WLs. The FG WLs were dark, and solo NewBlue 507 was -- again -- in the FI-1/2 parking spot at 0611.
At 0623, there was one clear D-3 call to ED-9, but no audible response. As has been pattern for a bit, there was no mention of 22K, 28N, or 287. There was also nothing to, from, or about any of the AYs.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Tue Jun 13, 2017 7:23 am

And what did we learn 0430-0650/06-13-2017? If a pattern gets disrupted, then what gets seen and heard can be different.
There was proof that the radio was working at 0455 when D-3 began a chat with SEPO, more about which later. Simultaneously with that audio input was the visual input on the 333 WLs, not a Medium Clear on the Controlled Siding WL since 400 was already east, but an Approach on 1. There was also more radio, this time proving that AY-2 was still working cuz the 312 switch wasn't, requiring removal from power, hand-throw, and eventual -- OKd at 0505 -- 1-to-single 241. Coming 'round the bend in a bit was 22K with NSs 9879, 9549, and 9119, also coming to a stop, despite the 1 WL having gone to Clear. Why? Not a recrew, but just waiting for the WB on 2 that had been climbing upgrade while 400 had been going downgrade. KittyCatsInRecovery 7479, 7635, and 7605 got POED's 68 west of the WLs at 0503, cars including MT centerbeams, MT bulkheads, an MT LPG pair, paper service chemicals, a good number of slurries, boxes, and 16 company MT stone hoppers, all moving at an increasingly decreasing rate. 22K had already started east while POED was heading west, so no attempt was made at a car-count, but with the exception of 3 MT wells on the tail, the probably-near-max-length was all occupied wells plus occupied 1-each 3-pack and 5-pack tables, all of which were east at 0509.
An offering of thanks having been made to The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks, 334 was the next stop, and Stop was the display on the CPF-334 ELs and 1 Stagger, the POED marker holding at the 334 WLs. Further west, the 335 ELs were also at Stop, and POED was holding east of the State Road/Rte. 31 UGB. Also at Stop, however, were the 335 WLs, so there likely was no WB in the near-term future. POED did get their signal and did get off 2 and onto the single at 0525 while Keolis 402 was busy doing their air test in the layover in preparation for taking 2 down to the Controlled Siding and platform.
Up Da Hill was the unusual sight -- as if a dawn Wachusett meet weren't enough -- of wide-open spaces. Not one car was visible. Mebbe there would be racks and/or general at Parkers, so a trip west was made, one that got no further west than the Timpany Boulevard UGB. Why? EB KittyCatInRecovery 7542 and NewBlue 619 plus the rest of ED-8 were slowing to a stop on 2 clear of West Switch. Dunno what signal they caught at 346, but their transit time to Timpany was long enough that that I had been out of range of the 346.6. D-3 would advise at 0543 that the cars would go to 1 and that POED would be by shortly. That reduced the likelihood of anything at Parkers, so I was EB, but not before hearing D-3 make G-303 complete at 0549 and giving SEPO Burncoat Street to MP X-25, fostering the paranoia of again being on the wrong side at the wrong time of the Temple Street/Rte. 140 crossing, more about which later.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, as were the 333 WLs at 0538. Further east, the WBs east the rotary River Street UGB were both at Stop, the partial cause being another but shortish EB with general holding on 2 clear of 330. The power looked like KittyCatsInRecovery, but no good ID was possible. The FG WLs were dark, and the FI-1/2 parking spot was MT at 0619. There had been nothing further audible concerning 22K, so mebbe they were holding at Slab City by pre-arrangement.
At the junction of Summer and Main Streets in North Leominster and at 0621 came a short burst of garble that included as its only intelligible words "...mileage 7.8...." I was gonna miss SEPO at the crossing! At 0638 and as I was crossing over the Beaman Street OHB in Oakdale, SEPO was crossing under it. However many miles I had driven in 17 minutes, SEPO had consumed the same 17 minutes to go less than 2.5.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:28 am

06-16-2017 was a good day not to be a passenger on Keolis 400. At 0443, D-3 acknowledged 400's transmission about mechanical issues with the train set and gave permission to reverse at 335 back to the facility. Dunno if the original set got going or if a replacement was used, but 400 died -- "dead in the water'' being the term of art used at least twice by different people -- at North Leominster, the 400's passengers boarding 402 for the rest of an hour-plus-late trip to the east. It looked like the 2004 was 400's alleged power during my 0605 North Leominster pass-through, but foliage and traffic either side of the UGB were too heavy for oath-taking on those numbers. At 0627, D-3 would tell 400's equipment, "We'll see what time you get to Derby."
In things of a more PAS nature, there was from 0430 and on talk with and about AY-2 and AY-5, and at least some of the talk would involve POED, which was described as being near Graniteville. At 0455 and despite the earlier talk of 400 trouble, the platform was MT and the 333 WLs all dark. At 0501 came D-3 instructions to someone about yarding water cars, followed by D-3 talk to POED with the 7622 about using the crossovers to make their move. It does seem like water -- at least on 06-16 -- was back on POED with all the complications caused in and about Ayer during commuter rush. The 334 ELs were at Stop, and the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs dark.
Up Da Hill, there were racks on Yard 2 and pretty much FP-FP on Yard 4. Yard 1 seemed MT, but given that there were racks on Main 2 from somewhere west of the Timpany Boulevard UGB to a bit west of New Switch, there coulda been a few on either 1 or the Bull Run.
There was a Clear on the CPF-345 1 WL, but the 346 WL was dark at an MT Parkers at 0532 meant that neither an EB nor a WB was in the short-term future. And yes, signal-wise was still old school at 345 and 346.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, but the 33 WLs were at Stop at 0548 cuz 402 had just left. Further east, the FG WLs were dark, and NewBlue 507 was solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot at 0601. The rest of the time period has already been posted.
When POED would get west is beyond my ability to guess.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:46 am

A pre-posting Google-check showed no such thing as Gomer Pyle Day, but 06-19-2017 -- at least 0430-0635 -- was Surprise-Surprise-Surprise Day.
Sketchy ~0430 reception was not a surprise, the only thing of clarity seeming to be a solitary and self-generated "EDPO" ID. The 0458 arrival at Wachusett showed 9-for-9 red on the 333 WLs, but also -- surprise -- 3 WB white lights a bit east, NSs 9264 and 2690 plus the 27 racks that made up the rest of 287 getting west of the WLs on 1 at 0459. A few seconds earlier, the Controlled Siding WL had gone to Medium Clear, so 400 -- unlike on 06-16 -- seemed to be making good EB progress. 287's progress, however, seemed to have not been as dramatic cuz the WLs stayed lit. An offering of thanks was made to The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks cuz it had been a very long time since I had witnessed 287 in motion, and over at 334, it was 8-for-8 red cuz a dark 287 was facing the 6-for-6 red ELs at 335. The 335 WLs showed that the layover had the signal, so with no EBs in the short-term future -- more about which later -- it was WB for me. At 0503, a breaking D-3 acknowledged ED-9's 0x5 update and asked for fuel readings, more -- again -- about which later. Also, and while I was still WB on Rte. 2 and at 0517, 9930 called out to D-3. Given that my position put me in Mount Wachusett's electromagnetic shadow, naught intelligible was heard from D-3.
Up Da Hill was a fully-occupied yard: 4 and 2 with racks, 1 less so with general. The Extension even had 3 racks. The Heywood? A good covering of rust, but not as good as that on the House. At 0521, D-3 was now audible when he asked EDPO their whereabouts and wondering if he could drop Derby. Audibility was still maintained quickly by D-3, confirming ED-9's fuel readings for KittyCatsInRecovery 7441 and 7518. There was also a third KCIR, isolated, whose numbers escaped my very short short-term memory. At 0528, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, so the EB side of the trip took place. At 0537, a breaking 40.2 gave a no defects on 2 to 38 axles, a math-match for ED-9, but in an effort to save suspense, naught was seen nor heard from or about same.
Back Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were still at Stop, and 287 was also still at stop. Over at 333, there was 402 sitting at the platform but -- surprise -- facing a Stop on the Controlled Siding WL. Why? The 2 WL was at Clear. A coupla minutes earlier, there had been an OK called out for 287's marker, and 287 replied that the other's marker was OK, too. It had seemed -- theme of the day -- a surprise for a Keolis coming outta the facility to exchange marker calls, but the real surprise came when NSs 9930 -- remember that number from 0517? -- and 7593 got 22 racks east of the WLs at 0545. Dag! A moving 287 and a moving 28N and in short order! It had been a surprisingly long time since that had happened. Some of the Gardner racks had probably been recently dropped, but dunno for sure. Some of 402's time mighta been eaten up, but the 2005 got the flats and bis of 402 east at 0547. Further east, the 402 left the Fitchburg platform at 0557, probably not generating a Service Alert, and at 0601, NewBlue 327 and 1 box were sitting in the FI-1/2 parking spot.
Given the standard cautions about Zombie Zones, there was nothing further about EDPO, but at 0632, D-3 and 28N confirmed arrangements for a cab at San-Vel.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:37 am

0430-0630/06-21-2017 had its moments. There were the usual spattering of static, but starting at 0447, D-3 and ED-9 got involved in conversations that included 3x11 train info, fuel readings for 7635 and 7528, and the word -- as has been pattern -- that the Fitchburg pickup would be tail-end in order to leave the main open. At 0501, D-3 and me got the word that the speedo had a typo, letting me also know that POED was within my reception range. ~0505, Wachusett was MT, the 333 WLs dark, the 334 ELs at Stop, and the 335 ELs and WLs all dark, a strong indication that POED had already gotten well west. There was another transmission in another few from POED, calling out an Approach somewhere.
Up Da Hill, there were racks on Yards 4, more racks on the western half of 2, the rest of 2 being general, and even more racks on Yard 1.
At 0522, POED called out Approach for 345, so the offering to The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks was about to receive its reward. OldPaint 321 and KittyCatsInRecovery 7643 and 7545 started hauling in on the 2. You won't get a car count cuz I paid attention instead to D-3/POED exchange about holding at Parkers for 22K who was betwixt Tyters and Wrights. The marker got west of New Switch at 0535 and between it and the power were now considerably more -- high double-digits -- than the 17 captioned in Hayden Logan's http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=238447 shot at Haverhill. There were 3 distinct blocks of cement shorties that included Ciment Québecs, also slurries and other possible paper-service tanks, a good number each of boxes and full-size covered hoppers that included a Cargill, scrap gons that were both regular and high-sided, and -- out of keeping with POEDs -- only 1 MT centerbeam, and no centerbeam building-products loads. Given that 2 was already occupied and 1 would be in another 20 minutes or so, Parkers was not visited, the EB side of the trip starting 1.6 miles east of its normal point.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, and -- at 0546 -- the 333 WLs were 9-for-9 red cuzza 402's 2-for-2-red vanishing markers -- Hi, Ralph Fisher! -- east of the 333 ELs. Just east of the rotary River Street UGB, both WBs were Clear, but both 330 WLs were at Stop. What turned out to be ED-9 called out to its C that a passenger was coming up on the 2, letting me know to expect dark WLs when I got to FG. A minute or so later, ED-9's E acknowledged a good set and release, and sitting on West Side were the aforementioned 7545 and 7628 plus NewBlue 615. Why wasn't the 615 aforementioned ~0450 by D-3? Simple -- there's no digital fuel-readout info available on the current EMDs, so the 615 wasn't part of the train info protocol. Sitting 1 track to the south of ED-9 was another NewBlue -- mebbe the 327 and mebbe FI-2. All this was at 0605.
As of 0630 and with the usual caveats, naught was heard by me about whether ED-9 would be holding at Fitchburg for 22K or whether ED-9 would be highballing Gardner. If the general on the easterly end of Yard 2 was WB, the pickup would be involved, but not impossible.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Jun 23, 2017 6:39 am

The key and unifying theme for 0430-0630/06-23-2017? All will not always be revealed.
There were the usual eruptions of static, this time minus the usual moments of clarity. The 0451 arrival at Wachusett showed the 1134 pushing the preceding parts of 400 east of the 333 WLs, and the 334 ELs were at Stop, the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs all dark and the 335 lot sameoldsameold.
At 0459, a breaking D-3 told someone something about the signal at 346. At 0507, D-2 called out to POSE with the 7545, leading to later musing about KittyCatsInRecovery being -- as seen in NERAIL -- on SEPO/POSEs and wondering whether they were back to changing power in and around Lowell or doing run-throughs to Selkirk to burn down hours. At 0507 and while I was east of the Timpany Boulevard UGB, the 346.6 came on, giving out a no defects, 63°, 161' and train too slow at 0509. The temperature agreed with my car's read-out, but whether there might be a major calibration issue with length is something I wasn't witness to. The 345 WLs were both at Stop, and the length hinted at an FI-2 on their way to Otter River. There was also a 0508 D-3 call -- again broken -- to EDPO, hinting at mebbe part of the cause for the yard being totally MT. The Heywood Rust Recovery Project seemed undisturbed, and an anticipatory offering was next made to The Deity Of The CPF-345 Dunks, whose shrine will -- according to a sign on the order board -- be shut down on 06-30 for about a week of reno work. The Pearson Boulevard UGB Dunks will be open, but is drive-through free, for those seeking to make drive-through offerings. At 0520, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, and yes, signals at both 345 and 346 were still old school.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, and at 0536, D-3 acknowledged someone's update that after picking up 1, they were now 35x67 and on the move. Triple digits -- even if low -- do qualify -- even if barely -- for Monstah Status. Mebbe the pickup was at Athol? At 0537, the 333 WLs were Stop for 1 and 2 and Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding cuz 402 was holding at the platform for departure time. Further east, the WBs east the rotary River Street UGB showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, and the 330 WLs showed Approach on 1 and Stop on 2. The GL WLs weren't readable from the road, but the FG WLs were Medium Clear for 1 and Stop for 2.
Shooting a big hole in the earlier hypothesis about FI-2 going to Otter River was NewBlue 327 sitting solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot at 0550. It's possible that there was a different unit on FI-2. Dunno.
As far as EDPO, nothing else was heard. Also unheard was anything understandable to, from, or about ED-9, 287, 28N, 22K, the AY locals, or the 40.2 that offered revelations and clarifications. Also -- again -- unheard was the 7.8, but that didn't stop a SEPO -- power unseen -- from slo-mo occupancy of the Prescott Street, West Boylston, crossing until 0619. Among the occupiers were MT centerbeams, loaded -- including 1 USG drywall -- centerbeams, and boxes that included more Pan Ams -- 1/2 dozen plus -- than I usually see in PAS trains. The sampling is limited, so dunno if that's the pattern.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:11 am

0430-0630/06-26-2017 was not a period of much activity.
BODO (sorry, earlier readers, for transposed symbol letters) isn't normally a subject of note here, but at 0437, the same got alerted by D-2 that SEPO was stopped ahead and inspecting for dragging equipment. Neither the location nor the source -- dragger or call from someone at a crossing -- was given, and later and as I was further west, D-2 was breaking up for subsequent transmissions on the matter. There were no posted T alerts for Haverhill Line, so mebbe it got cleared quickly or equally mebbe it was outside the T.
There were some bursts of static, but nothing intelligible before, during, and immediately after the ~0505 viewings of Wachusett (MT and the 333 WLs dark), 334 (ELs at Stop and 1 stagger dark), and 335 (ELs and WLs dark and lot unchanged).
Up Da Hill, there mighta been a few on Yard 4, but the general on Yard 2, the racks from about midpoint on Yard 1 and onto the Extension, and the racks on the 2 from right around New Switch to east of New Switch limited any view of the middle part of 4. The tops of the Heywood were still wet, is FI-1 hadn't been a really recent visitor. At 0527, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, so it was back EB.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, and the 333 Controlled Siding -- at 0543 -- at Medium Clear, 402 waiting at the platform. Solar glare limited the reading of the 330, GL, and FG WLs, but the WBs east of the rotary River Street WBs showed 1 at Stop and 2 Clear. Again, there was a NewBlue in the FI-1/2 parking spot, this time the 370 at 0557. According to T Service Alerts, 402 would be on the 1 for most of its stops, but not Ayer, even though the 40.2 would give a no defects on 1 for 24 axles at 0607. At 0612, there was a a transmission from someone in Ayer about ED-9 getting set up, so mebbe 402 would be on 1 in Ayer, as well.
It had seemed like 28N had gotten east, but naught intelligible was heard to, from, or about 22K, EDPO, POED, 287, or IDable AY locals.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:38 am

0430-0642/06-28-2017 was not a period in which to see PAS in motion, but there were sounds of PAS, and those will be later lumped by train.
~0505, Wachusett was MT, the 333 WLs dark, the 334 ELs at Stop, the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs dark, and the 335 lot same as it ever was.
Up Da Hill. Yard 4 was FP-FP with racks. Yard 2 was MT, and Yard 1 had 1 rack east of the easterly Bull Run switch and then 3 or 4 more a bit west of the same switch. The Heywood mighta seen some traffic, bit if so, it was before last night's rain. At 0528, Parkers was MT and the CPF-346 WL dark, so the predictable happened.
Back down Da Hill the 335 ELs were dark, but the 333 Controlled Siding WL was at Medium Clear, but only temporarily cuz 402 was on the move IB at 0546. A clear day and normal solar glare plus bounce off still-wet roads made reading of signals to the east impossible, and at 0604, solo NewBlue 370 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot.
Now to train-specific radio activity:
At 0439, D-3 OKd 287 at 312, but a recurrence of 312 signal troubles had D-3 tell 287 to take the switch off power, roundtrip it, and wait to see if D-3 could then throw it, resulting in -- you guessed it -- the 0459 OK of a 2-to-single 241 with 9090 and 2518 as the power. With the 2518 now in the lead, there was a new 241 -- single to 2 OKd at 0524, with the additional info that AY-1 would take over at Wagon Wheel. There were probably intervening transmissions, but there were also Zombie-Zones intervening, and the next audible -- but only partially -- was D-3 asking is the 909 was dead in tow or if it had gotten going again. Didn't hear either 287's response or D-3's acknowledgment. As always, there coulda been more.
At 0449, D-3 had OKd Q426 to New Bond, saying there would be a live recrew. Never heard SEPO's Form D, but Zombie Zones do what Zombie Zones do. What I did hear at 0625 was the 7.8 telling all within range that it was checking train, and at 0629 giving a no defects. 4-minute transit of Temple Street/Rte. 140 = short SEPO.
There were a number of calls to AY-2, but the substance got missed.
Starting at 0639, there began a D-3/ED-9 exchange that included train information -- the 7528, 3402, and dead 613, 0x4, 140 tons, 260', and the 7528's fuel reading. Also included were the words that ED-9 would be holding for 404 to get east and then back in on Freight Main East for their Fitchburg pickup so the main could be clear. It does seem of late that ED-9 has been shoved back a bit.
Among those not heard in discussion were 28N, 22K, POED, and/or EDPO. Given the lack of visible general at Gardner, there might be an EDPO or ED-8 before the PW showed up.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:55 am

Again and for 0430-0640/06-30-2017, there will be later lumping by train.
~0505, Wachusett was MT, and the 333WLs were dark, the 334 ELs were at Stop, and the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs were all dark. The 335 lot was as always, still including the still-on-the-ground tie-handler that has been there since back when snow was still falling.
Up Da Hill, it looked like Yard 4 was MT, but Yards 2 and 1 were pretty thoroughly occupied with racks, the 1 ones not onto the Extension, but fouling the Extension/Lead switch. The Heywood looked -- again -- like it hadn't seen any activity since the most recent rain. At 0529, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, so it was back east, but not before also observing that the 345 and 346 signal situation -- like the 335 tie-handler situation -- was still sameoldsameold.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, and at 0547, 402 with 3 flats, 1 bi, and the 1131 dropped the 333 Controlled Siding WL.
Now to lumping by train:
At 0440, D-3 called out a coupla times to AY-5 with the 6991, eventually getting through, and indicating by saying a switch should be taken off power that -- again -- there were signal issues at 312, and OKing the read-back at 0455 of a 2-to-single 241, adding that there would be a live recrew at the trailer. There may have been intermediate transmissions -- Zombie-Zone caveats -- but the next heard and then only partially intelligible transmission was at 0634 to 287 with the 6991 concerning Moores.
Keolis 400 -- with 3 flats, 1 bi, and the 2000 -- got outta Wachusett on time at 0450, but about 15 later called D-3 about power trouble, not being able to get over 50, and showing low amperage, continuing the string of 2000-series trouble. D-3 said he'd call Boston West, and Boston West did get on the air, but my antenna was in Gardner then, not the best spot for good Boston West reception. At 0540, it sounded like 400 was still at Ayer -- 20+ late -- but told D-3 they would try to go. At 0645, there was no mention of the 400 on the T Service Alerts, so who nose?
At 0522, a breaking D-3 acknowledged train info and advised something about Camp, mebbe indicating that ED-9 was in the picture. At 0538, the 40.2 gave no defects to 208 axles, and the serendipitous later view just east of FG showed NewBlues 3402 and 610 coming to a stop on 1 while waiting for 402 to come east and cross over to 2. The probable ED-9 was on the move again at 0604, getting its 49 -- the right arithmetic for the earlier 40.2 report -- west of FG at 0607. The predominant type was full-size covered hoppers. There were also centerbeams -- all MTs, no loads -- and some boxes and a pair of LPGs plus a few non-placarded tanks. On the East Side, but east of the FI-1/2 parking spot, NewBlue 370 had been sitting before, during, and after the 402/presumed ED-9 meet.
No, RVJ isn't being ignored except by covered hoppers.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:06 am

0435-0635/07-03-2017 more than had its moments, thanks to The All-Providential Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks.
There were eruptions of unintelligible static followed by a ~0505 MT Wachusett and dark 333 WLs, followed by the 335 ELs and 1 stagger all being at Stop. During the pause there to transfer the small hot black to its travel mug from the hallowed container just gotten at The Shrine Of The Deity of The CPF-333 Dunks, peripheral vision detected left-to-right motion -- KittyCatsInRecovery 7622 and 7517 plus 66 followers getting east of said 1 stagger at 0509. There were 2 substantial blocks of shorty covered hoppers, the first with Ciment Québecs, the second with Brand Xs and possibly for Lafarge; even better amounts of full-size covered hoppers; mebbe more than a half-dozen MT centerbeams; a cut of black tanks that appeared unplacarded; 1 flat of stick rail; 1 high-side gon with cube-compacted metal scrap; and only a few boxes. Given the time of day and recent EB activity, the 335 ELs and WLs were predictably dark.
Up Da Hill, The Deity of The CPF-333 Dunks continued providential. Yards 1 and 4 mighta been MT, but Yard 2 had a dark and short -- marker across from the old platform -- 287 with NSs 8383 and 1091. 287 tied down in the yard was a first for me. At 0521, D-3 advised POED that they were to leave their water cars on the Camp. Why did the POED cross the road? To leave what coulda/shoulda been originally-POSE-but-would-eventually-be-POSE cars at Ayer. EDPO had obviously highballed Gardner, given the absolute lack of visible general. At 0523, a breaking D-3 advised someone -- 400? -- that he would notify what sounded like Shirley PD about whatever situation had just been discussed, but there were no T Service Alerts. To save suspense, nothing further was heard to, from, or about 287 during the remainder of listening, Zombie-Zone rules being in effect. The Heywood -- again -- didn't look like there had been any traffic since the last rain -- sometime since the start of last night. At 0534, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, so you can probably accurately predict what happened as a result. What you probably can not accurately predict was D-3's 0537 mirror of D-3's 0521 to POED: EDPO was to pick up 8 water cars from 4 in the Hill Yard. A SEPO dropped 8 water cars in Ayer for EDPO to pick up and take to SEPO's destination? I know I don't know the conditions, but if there is someone who does know and can share, then please do. There are times this mere-mortal civilian's head hurts. Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, and since 402 had already gotten east, Wachusett was MT and the 333 WLs dark at 0550.
Further east, the WBs just east of the rotary River Street UGB were at Clear, but sun prevented an accurate roadside read of the 330 WLs. At 0602, 402 advised D-3 of serious damage to the North Leominster 1 mini-high. Dunno if there'll be later OB commuter reroutings. At 0604, NewBlue 370 was solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot, and on the most northerly of the old layover tracks were NewBlue 326 and the 2 FRA/DOTX cars seen at Ayer in Warren Beckwith's 06-30 posted on 07-02: http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=238759 .
Dunno whether things had reopened at Hoosick Falls, but there was neither sight nor sound of 22K and 28N. There was no mention about delays on the NS Service Alerts. There was a broken exchange between D-3 and POSE right around 0630 about Newell Hill -- MP X-12.9 in Shirley. Who nose -- mebbe what I heard as "Shirley" at 0523 was really "Sterling."
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:21 am

For 0430-0630/07-05-2017, there was good news, and there was no news. The good news came at 0430 in the form of these words: "B&M detector mileage 7.8, no defects, transmission over," all spoken while I was still in my driveway. The length of the train of headlights headed south on Rte. 140 gave graphic testimony to the length of time the train crossing Temple Street/Rte. 140 had stopped what couldashouldawoulda otherwise been sparse traffic. At 0445, SEPO was still doing its slow roll under the Oakdale OHB bridge.
Now to the no news: No trains -- except for SEPO and 402 later at the rotary River Street UGB while I was refueling -- were seen during the 2 hours of looking.
The 2 hours of listening were, however, somewhat more productive. At 0459, the 40.2 gave no defects on 2 to 306 axles, and at 0507, a breaking D-3 would give 22K their yarding instructions, a process going on until 0630. There was other info in D-3's 0507, but as posted, it was broken and beyond comprehension.
~0505, Wachusett was MT, and the light display -- Stops for the 334 ELs and dark for the 333 WLs, 334 1 stagger, and 335 ELs and WLs -- was as frequently is.
Up Da Hill, not only were there no moving trains but also no stationary cars: All was unoccupied. In additional no news, there also had been no rust removal on the Heywood's wear surfaces. At 0527, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, triggering even more of the usual pattern.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, but at 0542, the 333 Controlled Siding WL was at Medium Clear cuz 402 -- earlier mentioned in motion -- was holding for departure at the platform. For the next few weeks and except for cloudy days, there'll be no mention of signals to the east -- even the WBs just east of the rotary River Street UGB -- cuz the sun's angle makes a roadside read impossible.
At 0557, NewBlue 370 was sitting solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot, and across the road on the old layover lead and probably because of an extended holiday weekend, NewBlue 326 and the 2 FRA/DOTX cars were still in place.
With the usual caution about Zombie Zones, nothing was heard to, from, or about Ayer locals, 28N, 287, EDPO, POED, ED-8, or ED-9.
Given Gardner's MTness, mebbe an earlier -- even 07-03 -- 287 and POED and/or ED-9 had MTed the yard. Dunno.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:51 am

0430-0645/07-07-2017 did have PAS in motion, but first there was Keolis in motion -- 400 with 3 flats and a bi pushed by the 2038 getting east of the 333 WLs at 0452. The all-red display hinted nothing else was immediately EB, and a check was made at the 333 ELs, the darkness of which indicated there was nothing else immediately WB, the lack of imminent activity in either direction confirmed again by the darkness of the 334 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs. Yes, the 334 ELs were at Stop and the 335 lot seemingly unchanged.
Up Da Hill, there was general on Yards 1 and 2 -- less than a full track each -- and 4 looked MT. The rust on the Heywood again seemed undisturbed, but in line with the first few words, the 345 1 EL was at Clear. On the way over to Parkers, a trip by the CPF-345 Dunks was made, and given the people on either side of the counter, the Shrine Of The Deity seems back open for offerings. The trip to Parkers was delayed as I was taking the Rte.-2-WB-to-Timpany-Boulevard ramp cuz the 346.6 came on at 0522, giving no defects, 60°, and 3258' at 0524. Between my 2 stops at the Jade lot, a white van had arrived at the lower lot, hinting at either a tie-down or live recrew, but hints don't always play out. KittyCats inRecovery 7622 and 7517 and NewBlue 610 came to a stop by the platform at 0529. Not only did the leader go neither dim nor dark, but only 1 visivester got off and 0 got on. Both the departing visivester and the visivester still in the C's seat looked closer to being collectors of RRA than being early contributors to it, so it probably wasn't a training trip. At 0532, the EB was on the move and got 50 east of the 345 WL at 0534. My guess is that it was an EDPO, given the several MT and 1 loaded centerbeams, paper-service and other tanks, covered hoppers, boxes, and particularly the half-dozen or so gons -- company plus 1 Brand X -- carrying old ties on the tail. At 0544, Parkers was MT and the CPF-346 WL dark. Yes, things were still the same signal-wise at both 345 and 346.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were at Stop -- mebbe cuzza the mebbe-EDPO -- but at 0559, Wachusett was MT and the 333 WLs dark. Further east, the WBs just east of the rotary River Street UGB were at Clear for 1 and Stop for 2, the Approach on the 330 2 WL hinting that the mebbe-EDPO would be facing a Stop at FG, which was what was showing. At 0613, NewBlue 370 was solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot.
At 0620, D-2 -- sounding like CAP -- gave POED with the 3403 permission to reverse in the interlocking at CPN-1, a curiosity in itself made even more curious by the earlier and different and breaking D-2 OKing POED's NC single-to-1 241 at 0437. Dunno if POED had a side trip to Nashua and/or an NC setoff/set-out.
My particular bit of good news came in Oakdale at 0632 when D-3 OKd SEPO's read-back Form D G-305 Line 2ing Burncoat to MPP X-25. I was on the happy side of the Temple Street/Rte. 140 crossing at 0638, well ahead of the rolling roadblock. For the balance of the period and with the usual cautions in effect, there were no yarding or other instructions for 28N, 22K, 287, and EDPO, although there had been possible exchanges with AY-2 and AY-5.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Sun Jul 09, 2017 9:08 am

The dates don't match, but mebbe Bruce Macdonald's of 07-08 http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=238869 showing Eimskips on 22K goes part way to answering my 07-03 question about EDPO being instructed to pick up water cars in Ayer. Mebbe some waters have been going PAS to NS and wherever on 23K and coming back MT on 22K? Mebbe this is rehearsal for more than water?
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby johnpbarlow » Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:11 am

jaymac wrote:The dates don't match, but mebbe Bruce Macdonald's of 07-08 http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=238869 showing Eimskips on 22K goes part way to answering my 07-03 question about EDPO being instructed to pick up water cars in Ayer. Mebbe some waters have been going PAS to NS and wherever on 23K and coming back MT on 22K? Mebbe this is rehearsal for more than water?


Those Eimskips were a block sitting on the Camp track. 22K was out of the picture ahead of EDPO on track two backing its 9 000+ feet long train into Hill Yard via the usual east wye move (took an hour!). Track one was left clear to permit T trains through the station. There were no Eimskips on 22K yesterday.
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