Gardner Gawking

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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:10 pm

Thanks. That still leaves the 07-03 question for which there may be no good answer.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby johnpbarlow » Sun Jul 09, 2017 2:22 pm

jaymac wrote:Thanks. That still leaves the 07-03 question for which there may be no good answer.



THe EDPO in Bruce's photo did ultimately back into Hill Yard and tie onto a string of empty Eimskips to forward to Rigby yard. Doesn't happen every day as PAR freight ops are quite flexible. Sometimes an AYPO runs with nothing but mt Eimskips. And on occasion an SEPO will take them. The choice of conveyances for mt Eimskips to Rigby may have to do with how to efficiently (a word not often used when discussing Pan Am freight ops) get the containers to Waterville on a POWA train. Don't know why mt Eimskips would come into Ayer from Selkirk...
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:27 am

Busyness prevailed 0430-0635/07-10-2017.
At 0444, a breaking D-3 acknowledged an even more breaking 1x13 update and fuel readings from ED-9. Then at 0446, D-3 told POED they would be -- you guessed it -- dropping their tail-end waters on the Camp after ED-9 had gotten west.
~0505, Wachusett was MT, and the 333 WLs dark, the 334 ELs at Stop, the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs dark. There must reduced need for tie-handlers cuz the long-term resident continued residing in the 335 lot.
Up Da Hill, there was general -- including loaded centerbeams -- on Yard 2 and half a track's worth of racks on the westerly end of 4. Yard 1's MTness was only temporary, however, cuz 28N on 2 with NSs 9178 and 8417 was just about at 0518 to pull their PWs east of West Switch. The 345 1 WL was at Clear, but the 0528 stop at an MT Parkers showed the 346 WL dark.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark and the 333 Controlled Siding at Medium Clear until 0546 when 402 with 5 flats, 1 bi, and the 1129 changed that. More ED-9 news came at 0549 with an update of 1x15, 560 tons, 1140', and the word that EDPO was -- 20 minutes too late for me -- coming up to Parkers. There was no mention of 28N, so dunno if they were tied down or would be holding at Gardner or if -- unlikely -- that were already east and clear of 335. At 0554, D-3 gave 403 the hedzup that they would be running 1 all the way to AY and then changing over to 2, and at 0556 and by eyeball, ED-9 with KittyCatsInRecovery 7542 and 7515 got the predicted 16 west of the CPF-330 WLs on 2. Cement shorties -- no Ciment Québecs -- were the majority. Given that it looked like there'd be no WBs from Gardner, today's ED-9 run would probably be remembered fondly next February.
On a morning that featured the sighting of the long-time-unseen-by-me 28N and the purely accidental sighting of ED-9, what more sights could be seen? Well, the FI-1/2 parking spot was MT at 0605. Does that mean that NewBlue 370 was not to be seen? No, it was further east on Freight Main West on the westerly end of NS 9536 which was on the westerly end of at least 1 rack. If this was 287, had there been a power failure that would not permit a second NS or other foreign unit to go dead-in-tow up Da Hill for a half-track's pickup and the gravity assist to Deerfield? That -- thanks to Zombie Zones -- is something I have no answer for, nor do I have an answer as to how far west the 370 would go. 22K? No word heard.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:35 am

0420-0645/07-12-2017 proved that timing -- early in this case -- can be everything.
The 10-minutes-early arrival at Wachusett showed a Clear on the 1 WL and head-and-ditch lights doing what comes naturally in ground-fog. Slowly, POED with KittyCatsInRecovery 7609 and 7489 plus NewBlue 615 brought 60 or so members of the Brake-Shoe Chorus east of the WL at 0451. The head 30 or so were all cement shorties, some Ciment Québecs and others Brand Xs. There were a lumber centerbeam, a few tanks, about 20 of the CHUX lidded gons in 2 blocks, a few boxes and a total of 4 tables of new stick rail. 0451 is the time by which 400 should also have gotten east, but the Controlled Siding WL stayed at Stop until 0456, and then only went to a Medium Approach, showing that 400 would be following POED to at least 330 or mebbe even FG, more about which later. 400 with its 5 flats, 1 bi, and the 2018 did drop the CS at 0456, beginning their already delayed pursuit of POED. One other bit of radio activity was D-3 at 0455 acknowledging -- scratchily -- ED-9's information and advising that they would be holding for EDPO. The rest of the neighborhood -- Stops on the 334 ELs, darkness on the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs, and sameoldsameoldness at the 335 lot -- was per pattern.
Up Da Hill, general was on Yard 4, and racks were on Yard 2 and Yard 1, but not the Extension. The Heywood's rust remained undisturbed. At 0521, D-3 acknowledged AY-2 having left the Milling lined and locked normal and wanting to go west at the Willows, and next at 0524, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, and at 0546, 402 with a bi leader, 2 flats, another bi, another flat, and the 1122 dropped what had been a Medium Clear. Remember 400 following EDPO? Well, 22K's tail was sitting on 2, well west of the Water Street OHB , mebbe even west of 330. The power -- NSs 9601, 2637, and 1124 -- was just holding just west of the Bemis Road UGB, so 22K was probably around 8k in length length, and with EDPO and ED-9 already in the Keolis mix, keeping 22K outta the way seemed a good idea, at least to a mere mortal civilian. At 0608, NewBlue 370 was sitting solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot.
Right around 0635, D-3 -- again scratchily -- acknowledged ED-9 -- with the 606 -- having 14 cars, saying that there would be 12 cars on Freight Main East -- mebbe more had been added by FI-2 -- and suggesting a tail-end pickup. Never heard if ED-9 would be west before 22K got east.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:24 am

0430-0650/07-14-2017 had its moments and movements and radio puzzlements.
At 0450, a breaking D-3 canceled Form D G-302 to C&S 969. It sounded like there had been a speedo -- mebbe more -- at the GL Controlled Siding. This was followed at 0454 when D-3 upgraded speed to normal for Keolis 400.
The ~0500 views were standard -- Wachusett MT, the 333 WLs dark, the 334 ELs at Stop, the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs dark, and the 335 lot looking unchanged.
Up Da Hill, general was on the western half of Yard 4, and there were a few general on the westerly end of Yard 2. The Heywood was MT, but the rails were wet, so no idea if the rust had recently been disrupted.
At 0526, Parkers mighta been MT, but the 346 WL was at Approach, so Wait Mode was activated. The Approach had been caused by both a hopefully-close EB and the Stops on the 345 WLs, and yes, both sets of signals were still all old school. The west did get loud, and the 346.6 did get on the air at 0530, and NSs 8380, 7311, and 6912 did bring 104 of their well friends east of the 346.6 at 0534, getting no defects, 53°, and 5610' at 0536. Even with all the variables in length over coupler faces for wells, the train-length report seemed a tad stingy. All positions but 1 were loaded, and 1 of those was tarped and low with a steel frame at either end. 22K had started to slow through 346 and was seen at a stop at the Wilkins Road dogleg, prompting the supposition that there would be a recrew. At the Timpany Boulevard rotary, however, the Uie Option was exercised. Why? WB general was creeping by on 2. Dag! A meet at Gardner, almost as rare -- recently for me -- as me seeing 22K, which I had now seen 2x in the same week. KittyCatsInRecovery 7489 and 7609 plus 82 -- presumed to be POED -- caused more vocalization for the 346.6 -- on at 0543 and no defects, 53° again, and 5114' at 0549. There were boxes, MT centerbeams, Irving centerbeam loads, an MT bulkhead, small groups of slurries, a few more unplacarded tanks, a few placarded tanks -- LPGs and 3257s (Elevated Temperature Liquid, NOS, At Or Above 100°C But Below Flash Point), and mebbe a dozen+ CHUX lidded gons, some with 3077 placards (Hazardous Waste, Solid, NOS).
Back down Da Hill, 22K was EB through 335 at 0604, so Wachusett was bypassed, no Keolis in the immediate future. Not all decisions are good, cuz both WBs east of the rotary River Street UGB were at Clear, indicating that no route for 22K had yet been put in at 333. Mebbe there would be a recrew there, or equally mebbe 333 would be the holding spot till the K IBs had gotten east, or equally mebbe both.
Further east, barely-solo NewBlue 370 was sitting on East Side, barely cuz cars were just barely east.
Much further east, SEPO was crossing under the Oakdale OHB at 0640 as I was crossing over. 14 minutes earlier, the topologic variables in North Leominster that garble the 40.2 let me hear "...Mileage 7.8, End of Transmission." Clearly, there have still been no upgraded speeds on the Worcester Main.
A breaking D-3 transmission started the observation period, and the gods of symmetry provided a broken D-3 transmission to close the observation period. At 0649, there was a partially-understood D-3 transmission to a Keolis extra, seeming to sound like instructions not to go to the facility. The T Service Alerts seemed unrelated, but I dunno.
While I did hear shout-outs to AY-2 and AY-4, I heard naught -- Zombie-Zone caveats also remaining non-upgraded -- to, from, or about POED, 28N, or 287.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:13 am

Activity was the theme of 0415-0625/07-17-2017.
To boil down on the radio side of things up to 0443, D-3 did callouts to AY-2 and AY-3, told POED when they got to Ayer to leave the waters on 1 in the yard and mebbe also pick up 2 units, then started asking ED-9 about their qualifications on the Milling and the Worcester Line, paused -- probably for a confab with the Chief -- and then said that ED-9's power would be picked up by POED off the Camp and a cab would be taken from the tower to the Milling cuzza the Grain Train. Only 1 side of the radio was heard and Zombie Zones had begun to interfere, so no idea how crew checkers would be played out. POED -- later -- would be shoving their entire train off the Camp to do the waters pickup. At 0443, there was an EDPO call to D-3, but no audible response, so probably a signal got put in. At 0446, the 333 WLs went on with a Medium Clear on the Controlled Siding for 400 and Stops on 1 and 2, leading to the assumption that EDPO might be in Fitchburg. The view at 334 -- Stops on the ELs and 1 stagger and slowing EBs on 1 -- caused a return to 333 where all WLs were at Stop, 400 having gotten east on time, and a dimmed EDPO holding. At 0454, the 1 WL went to Medium Clear, brakes got pumped off, and at 0456 EDPO was bright and on the move, KittyCats in Recovery 7541 and 7528 -- impersonating elephants -- got 73 east of the 1 WL at 0501, crossing over to 2. There was a good string of Ciment Québec and Brand X cement shorties, boxes (including an almost-white Big G) full-size covered hoppers, more Brand X cement shorties, 3 flats, a good string of CHUX lidded gons, and a pair of placarded tanks on the tail. A couple later, D-3 advised EDPO that they'd be holding at 330.
Up Da Hill, there was general on the western half of Yard 2 and a solo rack -- a set-out? -- on Yard 1 just west of the Extension switch. There also appeared to no disruption of the rust on the Heywood. At 0523, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, stimuli for the response of me heading EB.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs and WLs were all at Stop and the 335 lot sameoldsameold, the sameoldsameold routine of a WB view of 335 having been bypassed earlier. At 333 and 0540, the Controlled Siding WL was at Medium Clear for the imminent departure of 402, sitting at the platform. Further east, both the WBs just east of the rotary River Street UGB were at Stop, 1 cuzza 402 and 2 cuzza the holding EDPO, who would be told at 0548 that they would be following 402 and that -- to also show consistency with POED -- they, too, would be working waters at Ayer: an 8-car pickup.
At 0552, NewBlue 370 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot, but there was no sign of even half a Grain Train on East Side.
Up until 0625, there was -- usual cautions in effect -- nothing heard to, from, or about 22K, 28N, or 287 and nothing further about the Grainer.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:50 am

0430-0650/07-19-2017 was more notable for the things not seen and not heard, although there were some interesting things seen and heard.
Some of the early static got clear enough to be IDable as NECR from a spot more easterly than I've normally heard them, but my car radio seem less receptive than normal, so atmospherics may have been at play.
~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 looking -- except for a tad of ground fog -- unchanged.
Up Da Hill -- after getting through what was more likely a low-lying cloud than ground fog -- EBs were seen on the single just east of the Pearson Boulevard UGB, prompting a reversal of course -- of course -- to MP-340 to see what would appear and be later IDed as EDPO. It had been more than a bit since there had been a stop there, and since then 2 trailers of new horizontal members for signal structures had been added. The west got brighter and noisy, and KCIRs 7518 and 7585 got 46 east of the 340 at 0529. There were good numbers of shiny TBOX plug-doors, a few scrap hoppers, a Coastal Pro LAM centerbeam (curious that this load was EB, since Bedford, NH is listed as a contact site), a few MT centerbeams, a solo and then a pair of slurries (curious that they were on EDPO and not BFPO), and -- on the tail -- mebbe a half-dozen company hoppers -- including a BM shorty -- with old ties visible over some of the tops.
As a side note and to show how long it's been since I've been in South Ashburnham, The Shrine Of The Deity Of The MP-340 Dunks burned -- per the web -- on 04-18, and I dunno how long it's gonna be before any offerings can be made there. Excepting a shed for the gas pumps, the only other thing that's been erected is chainlink fencing around what had been The Shrine.
Back up Da Hill, there were FP-FP racks on Yard 4 and naught else, showing that EDPO hadn't gotten any shorter in Gardner. The ground fog had left the tops of the Heywood wet, so dunno about any NEWW activity. At 0627, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, so it was back east.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, as were the 333 WLs at 0602. Solar glare restricted roadside signal reading further east, but at 0619, NewBlue 354 was the new and solo occupant of the FI-1/2 parking spot. At 0623, the 40.2 gave a no defects to someone on 1, but D-3 stepped on the axle-count. The axles, however, belonged to EDPO, D-3 acknowledging AY-2 having lined and locked the Milling at 0636 and next authorizing EDPO to proceed east of the Ayer platform on signal indication at AY and ahead of 404 at North Leominster. AY-2 having restored 1 at the Milling was part of the plan to avoid another 241 at still-troublesome 312.
What wasn't seen or -- with Zombie-Zone caveats -- heard? 22K, 28N, 287, ED-9, and POED.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:17 am

0420-0640/07-21-2017 was a mix, but of not much.
At 0432, EDPO acknowledged the otherwise-broken no defects from the 40.2, and at 0448, the marker of WB racks was clearing the 333 1 WL. 400 was probably gonna be routed for 1 cuz the WLs -- all of them -- stayed at Stop. Over at 334, the ELs and 1 stagger were all at Stop, as were -- a few later -- the 335 ELs and WLs, the racks not yet far enough west to stop shunting. At 0452, crew chatter indicated that 400 had gotten their signal.
Up Da Hill, there was a long string on general on Yard 2, but with 1 rack buried about midpoint. Bruce Macdonald's http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=239091 of 07-20 showed there had been Heywood activity, but dunno if that was just to get outta POED's way or if there had also been NEWW activity. NSs 9497 and 8374 hauled 14 racks in on the 2 and stopped down by West Switch at 0523, and the transmissions soon made it clear that they weren't 287, but AY-5, and that their mission included exhuming the buried rack.
Around 0516, there had a broken D-? transmission to POED, followed by an even worse 241, location totally garbled, but the 0529 MTness at Parkers and the darkness on the 346 WL showed that waiting would not be a profitable use of time. And yes, the 345 and 346 signals were still sameoldsameold. Since AY-5 was likely to go no further west than Parkers, I headed east. On the way, there was a 0539 Zombie-Zone D-? to EDPO stating that they should probably tie down cuz the new crew was on at 0800.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, and the 333 WLs were again all Stop at 0548, but this time cuz 402 was only a bit east.
Solar glare -- augmented by haze -- messed up any roadside attempts at reading signals, but at 0600, NewBlue 354 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot as 402 was getting east.
In the Didn't-See-or-Hear-Anything-About Category were 28N, 22K, and ED-9.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:30 am

0430-0650/07-24-2017 was a mix that included precipitation, the major players in that mix being POED -- thanks to hearing -- and EDPO -- thanks to seeing.
The first intelligible radio stuff came at 0453 when D-3 told POED that they'd be dropping their waters on the Camp when they got to Ayer. ~0505, it was sameoldsameold at Wachusett, 334, 335, and the 335 lot.
Up Da Hill, EDPO with KCIRs 7535 and 7561 and NewBlues 604 and 354 had begun shoving their 11 PWs onto Yard 1. There were tented lumber centerbeams, boxes, full-size covered hoppers, and unplacarded tanks. While all the 3-stepping and walking and winding and testing were going on, a trip to Parkers was made, where MTness and 346 WL darkness were in force at 0530. Back at the Jade, EDPO had gotten back to the rest of the train on 2, and more walking and unwinding next took place. D-3 got confirmation that the setoff was on 1 in the Yard, but as of my 0615 departure and even with a Medium Clear on the 345 2 WL, no eastward progress was made. Lunch and/or update math and/or waiting for a live recrew? Dunno and never heard.
Because of the time spent in Gardner, the rest of the normal route was undone. There had been a D-3 permission to proceed west to POED, followed at 0625 by another permission to proceed west with the addition of holding at Derby. The final POED news came at 0630 when the 40.2 gave a no defects on track 2 to 252 axles. 2 6-packs and 60 cars would seem about right, but like EDPO, mebbe there mighta been 1 or more 4-axles in the consist.
EDPO and POED aren't much of a mix, but 287 added to it. Per a series of 0643-0649 exchanges with D-3, there was at least 1 dead unit -- the 7622-- and there was till the need to get the train together, with work both in the plant and on 2. The last I heard was D-3 giving 287 with leader 2571 permission to occupy the main at San-Vel at 0649.
Unheard and with the usual caveats was anything to, from, or about 22K, 28N, FI-2, or any of the AY locals.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:08 am

For 0415-0620/07-26-2017, moving trains were the subject of auditory but not visual witnessing.
At 0435, a garbled D-3 OKd movement on signal indication, but to whom and in which direction were indecipherable. Then at 0441, 22K was told it was OK to drop 3-step, more of the same happening at 0450. At 0445, Wachusett was MT and the 333 WLs dark, no headlights to the east visible, either. Adding to the 0435 mystery was the 334 1 stagger at green-over-green Clear at 0453. Yes, the 334 ELs were at Stop, but a couple later, the 335 ELs and WLs were dark. There was some ground fog, but seemingly not enough to do any shunting for the stagger. At 0457, a garbled D-3 called out to ED-9, more about which later.
Heading west and at the East Gardner summit, some ground fog become total ground fog. There were almost FP-FP racks on Yard 4, at least some of which were loads. Usually the WBs are set off on 4, so mebbe there was a change of pattern or mebbe a rerouting or mebbe loads are coming outta Davisville. At 0515, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark. One other item of note was that on the middle day of the final full week of July, the car thermometer indicated 46°.
On the way back down Da Hill at 0526, a breaking D-3 asked for and got ED-9's info, none of which was audible to me. The 335 ELs were dark, and cuzza the mystifying earlier Clear on the stagger, a diversion was made, and at 0530, the stagger was now dark -- curiouser and curiouser. At 0534, 333 was as it was earlier. There may have been other transmissions I missed while refueling at the rotary River Street Cumby's, but the next thing of interest was solo NewBlue in the FI-1/2 parking spot at 0550. The next item came at 0600 when the 40.2 gave no defects on 2 to 68 axles -- hadda be ED-9. Never heard whether they had East Side business, but Gardner was MT of general less than an hour earlier.
Invoking the usual caveats -- augmented by the refueling stop -- there was naught heard to, from, or about POED, EDPO, 28N, 287, or any of the AY locals.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby guilfordrailfan » Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:21 am

Did you catch the number of today's NewBlue in the FI-1/FI-2 parking spot? Thanks!
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:34 am

my bad -- the 354...either too much or too little caffeine...
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:34 am

0430-0630/07-28-2017 showed The Randomness Of The Universe to be sometimes benevolent rather than malevolent.
The radio was generally quiet, except for a 0442 and somewhat garbled D-3/AY-2 exchange about the Milling being lined and locked normal and the Hill Yard.
At 0450, there was more clarity at the CPF-333 WLs -- Clear for 1 and Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding. 400 with 5 flats and 1 HSP reduced the greens to the 1 on 1 at 0451. Next and at 0453, D-3 told Q426 to go to New Bond for a live recrew, and then at 0454, the WLs went dark, showing a lack of shunting to both the east and west. A personal Line 13 was now issued to not leave 333 until 0500, the opening of The Shrine Of The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks. The next events were at 0459 -- D-3 telling ED-9 with the 3401 to head up to Moores and wait for the 400 to get east, followed immediately by the 333 WLs coming back on and with the same arrangement as at 0450. KCIRs 7609 and 7489 got EDPO's 52 east of the WLs at 0503, including a string of dozen or so MT centerbeams, a few LP and HCl tanks, a few boxes, scrap gons, full-size covered hoppers, and -- on the tail -- another dozen or so company hoppers with compressed springs. An offering of thanks having been made, a swing-by was made next made at 334 -- ELs at Stop and 1 stagger dark -- and 335 -- ELs and WLs dark and lot sameoldsameold. In more ED-9 news, they got their OK to head west with the 3401 and 606 at 0521. There coulda been earlier train info, but Zombie Zones will be Zombie Zones.
Up Da Hill, there was general on the westerly end of Yard 4. There was more general on the westerly end of Yard 1, but given the tented centerbeams, they probably had been set off a bit earlier by EDPO. The only rack was a solo on the easterly end of Yard 2, so dunno whether 287 had already gone west or no new WB racks had come up since the 07-27 287. The persisting ground fog made the Heywood too wet to determine whether there had been any relatively recent Heywood activity. At 0533, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark -- and like the 345 signals -- unchanged, so it was back EB.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, and -- at 0458 -- the 333 WLs all Stop, 402 not yet far enough east to stop shunting. Strangely, both WBs just east of the rotary River Street UGB were Clear, but no explanation was available from the solar-glare obscured 330 WLs. SEPO got its G-303 Line 2 from Burncoat to X-25 made effective at 0600, and at 0601, solo NewBlue 354 was not in the usual parking spot, but on West Side. Curiously, nothing further was seen of heard of ED-9. Mebbe holding at Derby? Also missing from any non-Zombie-Zone mentions were POED, 28N, 22K, 287 (possibly already west of Gardner) and/or AY-5.
There was 1 more audited transmission: At 0629 and well after crossing south of the Worcester Main, I was informed by the 7.8 that it was checking train. Thank you, Randomness Of The Universe!
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:06 am

The lesson from 0420-0620/07-31-2017? Patience...
The early radio traffic was nonexistent, save for CSX, VRS, and the public safety operations that utilize PVRR and GURR frequencies. The 0452 arrival at Wachusett was perfectly synchronized to have 400's markers make the lights at CPF-333 WL be 11-for-11 red. The next coupla minutes were invested in waiting for any white lights to be WB. There being no such occurrence, 334 was visited, where it was only 6-for-8 red, the 1 stagger being dark, a condition repeated by both the ELs and WLs at 335.
Up Da Hill, there was a long string of general on 2, a few fewer racks on 2, and racks -- loads -- on 1 extending -- naturally -- onto the Extension. There was a Clear on the 345 1 WL, but at 0521, there was only darkness on the 346 WL at an MT Parkers.
On the way east and in deepest Zombie Zone, D-3 -- or at least Dispatcher St. Hilaire who usually has that chair at that time of day -- gave a badly broken Line 4, effective at 0528, at an unknown location to a foreman who was outta range for me. Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were at Stop, presumably cuzza 402's move, and at 0537, the 333 Controlled Siding WL had already gone to Medium Clear, even though 402 was not yet at the platform. Given the Stop on 1 at the WB just east of the rotary River Street UGB, 1 was the route of choice, confirmed a couple later by the Slow Clear on the 330 1 WL. Just after seeing the 330 WLs, there was a two-sided car countdown for POED, followed by a 2-to-2 EB 241 at FG for POED with 7605. I was at risk of actually seeing a moving train! Sure enough, both shorty -- LAFXs -- and full-size covered hoppers were being shoved east by the 7605, NewBlues 3403 and 501, and the 7542 and 7635. Dag! Dunno how long the rest of POED was, but there were Irving centerbeams on the westerly end, and mebbe the length was the reason for not doing the tail-end pickup that's been SOP for ED-9. Oh yeah, in the FI-1/2 parking spot sat solo NewBlue 354 at 0552.
Besides POED getting their train back together, there was some Keolis chatter, but otherwise naught. Gardner made it look like 28N was already east, but naught (again) was heard to, from, or about 22K, EDPO, ED-9, 287, or the AY locals as of 0620 and with Zombie-Zone cautions in effect.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Aug 02, 2017 6:51 am

The 0425-0650/08-02-2017 sampling showed that sometimes activity can come quicker than at other times.
There was early static that included something to ED-9 about Moores about 0445, followed by the 40.2 giving no defects to 60 axles on 2 at 0452, followed by D-3 telling ED-9 to check Fitchburg for 1 car which might already have been brought to Ayer by FI-2. To save suspense, there was naught either heard or seen subsequently about ED-9.
The 0456 arrival at Wachusett was too late for 400, but just right to see the 333 WLs come back on with a Clear on 1. NSs 2640, 9167, and 7507 got 22K's 126 positions east of the WLs at 0503, those positions mostly (80 +/- %) single-high occupied wells, plus some MT wells and a few MT tables. To save suspense, 22K got their yarding instructions at 0522, and 22K confabs were heard up until ~0645.
An offering of thanks was made to The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks, and next, the 334 ELs showed themselves at Stop. The dark 1 stagger proved an accurate predictor for the similarly dark 335 ELs and WLs.
Up Da Hill, Yard 4 was FP-FP with racks -- at least some loads -- and Yard 2 had a pair of racks on the easterly end. Dunno if it was a set-out, but 1 company gon was on the Extension. There wasn't a lot of dew on the Heywood, but the in-the-gauge profusion of achillea just north of the House switch served as a good indication of not much NEWW activity of late. Also of note was the sighting of a marker by West Switch on the easterly end of racks, followed quickly by D-3 giving 287 with the 9161 the OK on signal indication at Parkers, followed in a few by the words that they were to tie down at Royalston. In a bit, the east did get louder at an only-temporarily-MT Parkers, and NSs 9161 and 2709 got 9 through the 346.6 at 0544. 9? Yes, nine: The place between 8 and 10 on the number line. Dunno how many -- if any -- came from the Willows or how many -- if any -- came from Gardner. When 287 had earlier said that the switch was lined and locked normal and the derail was as it should be, I hadn't trusted my hearing that 9 was the count. I shoulda.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, as were -- at 0600 -- the 333 WLs. Further east, solar glare and haze restricted the roadside reading of signals, but NewBlue 354 was sitting solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot at 0617.
There was a D-3 shoutout around 0640 to POSE about getting a cab wherever south of Lancaster it had been preordained, preceded earlier by a garbled-to-me Line 4 somewhere to TC1709, but -- caveats in effect -- naught to, from, or about 28N, EDPO, POED, or the AY locals.
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