Gardner Gawking

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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:52 am

And now for 0430-0640/08-04-2017:
General quiet except for bursts of static was the routine until D-3 hedzupped POED with the 7643 about a Line 12 for Wagon Wheel, Form D G-303 at Forge Village making things official at 0501, accompanied by another hedzup for a 241-to-come for 312, that coming at 0518 for single to 1 along with -- you guessed it -- instructions to drop their waters on the Camp.
Back to a more chronological order:
~0505, Wachusett was MT and the 333 WLs dark. The 334 ELs were dark and the 1 stagger dark, the 335 ELs -- wait for it, wait for it -- weren't, and EB power was crossing over the State Road/Rte. 31 UGB. The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks does have a wry sense of humor. There was also some D-3 garble that involved the word "gallons," but dunno if it involved ED-9, POSE, or SEPO. Back at 333, the 1 WL was showing a Medium Clear, and KCIRs 7635 and 7627 plus NewBlue 350 got 24 -- yes, twenty-four -- followers east of the WLs at 0515. There were a few HCl tanks, some boxes, high-side scrap gons, and some company gons, but the numerically-dominant type was that of MT centerbeam. Back at 335, the ELs and WLs were back to darkness, and the 335 lot continued to seem unchanged.
Up Da Hill, the westerly 3/4 of Yard 2 had general -- no idea if any were recent EDPO setoffs -- and naught else, save for the still-flourishing flora within the Heywood's gauge. Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark at 0538, and the 345 and 346 signaling remained unaltered. 0540 was the time effective for Form D G-307 to EDPO at Derby with a Line 12 for -- again -- Wagon Wheel plus the word to call for a 241 at WL, not 312. What about G-306? Never heard one and also never heard of a later 241 for EDPO at 312, but Zombie Zones are Zombie Zones. A bit later, there was a Zombie-Zone exchange between D-3 and AY-2, the only clarity -- other than IDs -- involving the calling of a cab.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, as were the 333 WLs at 0557, the same time as EDPO's 1-to-1 241 at WL was called correct. The overcast was heavy enough that not only were the rotary River Street UGB WBs -- both Clear -- visible, but also the 330 WLs -- both Stop.
Bit later, POED with KCIRs 7541 and 7622 plus NewBlue 3403 was in the process of pulling the East Side, but no FI-1/2 power was visible at 0609.
Not to be outdone by D-3, D-2 issued his own Line 12 -- Form D G-203, time effective 0612 -- for EDPO at Gilson Road. Dunno if this is part of FML signal/crossing-protection issues in general or related to the recent rail drop.
Also of note was trouble at Tower A -- mebbe a draw strike -- causing at least temporarily dropping IB passengers at Porter and Malden.
Through 0640, naught was heard to, from, or about 22K, FI-2, 28N, or 287, which -- given the rack-lack in Gardner -- might already be well west. AY-2 had been heard, but not AY-4 or AY-5.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Aug 07, 2017 6:16 am

0425-0625/08-07-2017 is the time/date group and has a number of 0s in it. Tack on 1 more 0 for the 0 trains seen in motion during that bit of eternity.
The 0453 arrival at Wachusett was timed just right to see -- 400 already east -- the 333 WLs go from Stop to dark. Stops were also on the 334 ELs and darkness on the 1 stagger, the 335 ELs and WLs going all ditto.
Up Da Hill, Yard 4 was FP-FP with general, Yard 2 had racks on the easterly half or so, and the Extension was host to 3 general, whether set-outs or overflow from the 4 unknown to me. Achillea aficionados only will be happy to know that there still has been no apparent Heywood traffic. The stay at an MT Parkers had been prolonged a touch by the Clear on the 345 1 WL, but the 346 WL was still dark at 0525, so it was back east.
Part way down Da Hill, 402's crew could be heard completing their set-and-release, and the 335 ELs were now at Stop in anticipation for the move to the platform, but at 0541, the 333 WLs were still dark, and 402 was calling to D-3, probably for a favorable signal at either 335 or 334. A couple later, there was a one-time-only and Zombie-Zone D-3 shout-out to EDPO with no heard response. A few later and temporarily out of a Zombie Zone came the D-3 transmission to POSE asking if 0645 was still the right time for their cab at New Bond. Further east, the rotary River Street WBs were Stop for 1 and Clear for 2 and a Slow Clear was on the 330 1 WL to show 402's route, and the FG 1 WL was at Limited Clear, indicating a cross-over to 2.
At 0553, solo NewBlue 354 was sitting in the FI-1/2 parking spot. Also sitting by themselves and also on East Side were east-facing elephants 7585 and 5930, both with newly-painted numbers and MECs on their cabs.
There was nothing -- usual caution in force -- heard to, from, or about POED, ED-9, 22K, 28N, 287, or any of the AYs. Also, The Deity Of The CPF-345 Dunks was not in the giving vein during the time/date group in question.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:11 am

0425-0640/08-09-2017 did feature trains in motion, one heard and one seen.
Before and after 0445, a scratchy AY-2 was somewhere doing something that didn't involve D-3 at that particular time. At 0452, there were 10-for-11 reds at Wachusett -- 440's markers to the east, Stops for 2 and the Controlled Siding, but Clear for 1 on the 333 WLs. Time was invested, the return on that investment coming at 0454 when the 333 WLs returned to darkness. At 334, the ELs were at Stop and the 1 stagger dark, that darkness dittoed at the 335 ELs and WLs.
Up Da Hill -- surprise! -- 287 with NSs 6796 and 9905 was just starting to pull the PWs from the yard, a process that would leave the yard wide open. When all back together, 287 would extend from just east of Royal Steam Heater to a somewhere west of the Timpany Boulevard UGB. I never heard the update or acknowledgement, so dunno the actual car-count, but model-change does seem to affecting traffic. At 0533, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, so it was back EB. Oh: Good news for friends of flora but bad news for friends of traffic on the Heywood -- the achillea nursery was still intact.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, as were the 333 WLs at 0553. To the east and not normally seen at that time of day, both WBs at the rotary River Street UGB were at Clear, and both WLs at 330 were at Stop. at 0610, NewBlue 354 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot, and the rest of the area was in quiet mode.
There were a couple of garbled eruptions from the 40.2, but those seemed in sync with 400 and 402. As for POED, EDPO, 22K, 28N, and ED-9, naught -- with the usual caution -- was heard during the timeframe shown above.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Aug 11, 2017 6:36 am

Activity was varied and not always productive for 0425-0635/08-11-2017.
0425 and later, D-3 was engaged in a 3-way with AY-2 and AY-5, a 0445 AY-5 C-to-E about a Restricting on 1 at WL making it sound like AY-5 was putting 287 together. At 0452, D-3 called out to 22K with NS 9662 right while I was entering a Zombie Zone. A couple later there was more ZZ D-3 about a mebbe HBD malfunction, axle 292, inspecting the train, and pulling to the crossing for a cab. Whether this was a continuation of the 22K confab or a new one to other folks I dunno, but 22K was a not-heard-about subject for the rest of the time slot. ~0505, 333 was dark, as was stuff to the nearby west, except for the 334 ELs at Stop. And yes, the tie-handler was still in the 335 lot. There was also a 0515 Zombie-ish D-3 transmission to EDPO involving Wamesit -- recrew? -- with what sounded a bit later like an acknowledgment of train info including fuel readings and low thousands on both length and tonnage, a possible indication of EDPO being at Ayer.
Up Da Hill, racks were pretty much FP-FP on Yard 4, general was the occupant of Yard 2, and lotsa general -- including MT centerbeams -- was on the west plus a few racks on the east of Yard 1 and onto the Extension. The Heywood flowers had continued to prosper in the gauge, and at 0530, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, old-school signaling still being in effect at 345 and 346. At 0531, D-3 told 287 with the 9435 that it was OK to stretch it west and that there would be a live recrew at the Fitchburg Yard Office. There was more AY-2 activity at 0536 when D-3 OKed them east with the 619 at the Milling Switch.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, but the 333 Controlled Siding WL was at Medium Clear for 402 with 3 1600s, a bi, a flat and the 1033, all of which got east at 0546. Further east, the rotary River Street WBs showed a Stop on 1 and a Clear on 2, clearing the way for 287. A few later 402 was still at the Fitchburg platform because of a report of a woman passenger having had her wallet stolen on the platform. D-3 called PD Fitchburg, and a few later and while on the move, 402 updated by saying a male passenger had now reported a female passenger had taken his wallet and then tried to flush the credit cards, D-3 saying he would recontact PD Fitchburg about the update. Commuter runs are not milk runs.
At 0604, NewBlue 354 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot, and across the road, the 287 crews were exchanging information, not being able to go west until 402 had gotten east of FG. As mentioned, NS 9435 was the leader and 9617 the trailer. Dunno how many racks there were, but the tail would not be visible at the North Leominster UGB. At 0607 and thanks to elevation, the 7.8 talker let me know that I probably would not be losing too much of my life watching SEPO from the wrong side of the Temple Street/Rte. 140 crossing. Yes, I did look as I drove by RVJ, and yes, it does continue its string of being free of railcars.
At 0622, SEPO was still coming down the grade and not quite yet to Oakdale, so dunno if there's a new speedo. They were a short train, not even extending back to the Rtes. 12/140 UGB. AY-2 and ED-9 with the 7622 had both been put on hold for Transfer Time, but as of 0635, naught more was heard, as was naught about AY-4 or POED or 28N.

(In case you haven't already seen it, edited for more detail about the 402 report)
Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread
Postby Steve Wagner » Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:12 am
When I got to Concord depot about 6:25 this morning (Friday, August 11) to catch the second inbound train, scheduled to leave at 6:36, the electronic sign said it would be there in 19 minutes. Later it added that the delay was due to "police activity at Fitchburg".
When I got on I asked a friend who'd boarded at Wachusett if she knew what that had been. She did. A man had accompanied his girlfriend to the Fitchburg station and helped her get on. He realized he'd left his cell phone on the bench where they'd been sitting. It was gone. He got on the train. Passengers had already alerted at least one crew member that they'd seen a woman pick up the phone and put it in her bag. The crew called police, who were close by. The woman returned the phone. The man and police asked about the credit cards that had been with the phone (apparently in some kind of case). She said they could search her. The police took her off the train. Passengers then told the crew they'd seen the woman visit the restroom more than once. A crew member checked: the cards had been flushed down the toilet. He radioed the police.
Sometimes fellow passengers and the crew can be very helpful! That's encouraging.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:30 am

0420-0635/08-14-2017? Busier than usual.
0420 started off with D-3 advising AY-3 that EDPO would be on the Camp and then advising EDPO they would have 31 MTs and 5 waters that would be tested by AY-3. At 0431, POED with the 7628 got added to the Ayer mix with broken-to-me instructions about waters, the Camp (yes, the Camp again), and getting a cab at the tower. At 0440, presumably the C told the EDPO E to take it ahead 48 cars, and at 0445, mebbe EDPO, mebbe someone else, told D-3 that the 7561 -- their leader -- was a dead unit and couldn't be started. The next transmission -- dunno who from, but not from me cuz I have receive-only capabilities and even those are compromised -- featured the words, "Only the best in equipment." There was a discussion about getting a working leader, but the details were Zombie-Zoned. At 0450, someone -- mebbe AY-2 or AY-5 -- called POED's marker, and next, presumably the C called a Restricting on AY to EDPO.
~0500, Wachusett was MT, the 333 WLs, 334 1 stagger, and 335 ELs and WLs all dark, the 334 ELs at Stop, and the 335 lot unchanged. At 0501, D-3 hedzupped 400 that they'd be taking 1 at Shirley and Ayer.
Up Da Hill, there were racks almost filling Yard 4, at least some which were loads, so mebbe fresh loads and/or reroutings and/or end-of-model-year reshipments outta Davisville? Given the total lack of anything else, EDPO hadn't done a setoff. Heywood vegetation? Unvexed.
At 0522, D-3 acknowledged a 1x13 update and OKd a move on signal indication, presumably to ED-9. 0528, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL, and the usual response occurred.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were at Stop and the 333 Controlled Siding at Medium Clear, at least until 402 with a total of 5 flats and 1 bi plus the 2024 dropped it at 0546, and at 0547 D-3 OKd AY-5/287 to 312. Further east, both WBs by the rotary River Street UGB were at Stop, part of the reason being 22K sitting on 2. The power -- NSs 1101, 8437, and 8346 -- was in back of the now-closed gym west of FG. Holding at the FG 1 EL was ED-9 with the 7536 and 7518 which got west at 0603 after 402 had gotten east. My count was 15, so mebbe they picked up 1 in Fitch or equally mebbe, my count was off. A minute later, NewBlue was sitting solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot. At 0612, the 40.2 gave a no defects to 28 axles on 1, so 402 musta crossed back from 2 at Derby.
There was a 0612 D-3 shoutout to POED asking they were ready to head west, but the response went unheard. For the remainder of the listening, only garble and EDPO's yarding were heard.
What did I learn today? Even with a buncha trains plus a dead leader, the area in and about Ayer does not always become a cluster.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:10 am

0420-0640/08-16-2017 closed with questions -- as they frequently do -- outnumbering answers. D-3 called out at 0424 to AY-2 with the 619, but the subject of any conversation was Zombiefied. There was also a later D-3 acknowledgment -- mebbe to ED-9 -- about their marker not blinking. At 0454, D-3 called out to POED -- more about which later -- saying it was OK to reverse their move and head west on 2. They knew the where-from, but I didn't.
~0505, the usuals were in force -- MTness at Wachusett, darkness for the 333 WLs, 335 ELs and WLs, and 334 1 stagger, the 334 ELs being at Stop.
Up Da Hill, the western half of Yard 4 had general that included MT centerbeams, and the southerly part of the Heywood hosted its ongoing and ongrowing wildflower show.
At 0524, D-3 and 287 -- both loud and clear -- engaged in an exchange that included the statement that 287 was getting on the move, a probable explanation for the yard's lack of racks. NSs 1079 and 9349 got 21 -- yes, twenty-one -- through the 346.6 at 0531 with no defects, 62°, and 2299'. A hint had come at 0527 that 28N was either already tucked away or not yet in the picture when D-3 gave foul time on all tracks within the limits of CPF-312 to TC-1142. And yes, 1 at Parkers was MT, so it was back east.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs showed a Clear for 1, so a wait -- brief -- was undertaken instead of watching 402 get east 2 miles to the east. POED with KCIRs 7535 and 7542 plus NewBlue 3402 (seen in Plaistow on POED in Hayden Logan's http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=239592 of 08-15) -- Dag! 60+ miles from daylight of 1 day to early daylight of the next! -- got 44 onto the single at 0544. There were a few boxes, a goodly number of MT centerbeams, slurries, a pair of LPs, and covered hoppers, both full-size and and Ciment Québec shorties. At 0552, the 333 WLs were understandably dark, 402 already well east. The 2 WB by the rotary River Street UGB was showing Clear, both the 330 WLs were at Stop, and at 0604, D-3 and ED-9 engaged in a chat, there being 3 -- three -- MTs acknowledged, along with the OK to move on signal indication.
At 0609, KCIRs, 7528 and 7622 got 3 tanks west of FG on 2. A short train is now about to eat up bytes. First, the 7622 was doing its best to emulate the mosquito-killing skills of certain of its 300, 500, and 600 brethren. Next, that power was seen in 2 Bob Sprague's shots of 08-15 -- http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=239591 and http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=239590 -- showing ED-8 coming into town with the same number of cars ED-9 left Fitch with on 08-16 and also running west as light power, mebbe to Fitch. I know I too frequently publicly ponder things that I probably shouldn't publicly ponder, and I equally know I don't know how many cars the 08-15 ED-8 had hauled outta Deerfield, but I do know that I did see 2 Deerfield moves -- short trains in short order -- that could easily have been combined, especially if ED-9 had originated from Fitchburg. There were mebbe 20 pickups in Gardner -- no idea who got tasked to do that -- but there shoulda been more than enough headroom between West Switch and 346 for even a combined train to keep the 1 open for a possible 22K, 28N, and/or EDPO.
In non-pondering news and in less elapsed time later than it took to read the preceding paragraph, NewBlue 354 was solo, but on West Side.
Among the unheard items -- the usual caution in effect -- were words about 22K, 28N, AY-3, AY-4, or AY-5 (although mebbe AY-5 had brought 287 to Parkers), or TC-1142 giving up its foul time at 312.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:42 am

0430-0650/08-18-2017 had a break in routine. At 0444 and +, D-3 told 22K they'd be holding at 330 for 400, causing the westerly Zeda's lot and not the Wachusett lot to be the first gawking vista. There were also hints about crossing the road at Derby and instructions for yarding. 400 far enough east to change the 330 1 WL, NSs 9786, 7578, and 9316 got above idle at 0504, getting mebbe 140 positions east of 330 at 0510. Most were mostly-occupied single-high wells, with a few NS specialty cars in the mix. What the exact count was is a matter of some debate with myself, but the 40.2 gave no defects on 2 to 418 axles at 0532. Just after 22K had gotten east of 330, there was a broken and presumably D-3 transmission to EDPO with the 7545 about a pickup from the Graniteville siding plus something -- badly broken -- about waters. There was also something broken to AY-2. Given the almost simultaneous request for fuel readings, mebbe ED-9 was also in the picture.
Further west, both WBs were at Clear, and ~0525, the 333 WLs, 334 1 stagger, and 335 ELs and WLs dark, the 334 ELs being at Stop.
Up Da Hill, the easterly half of Yard 2 had general, and the Heywood still had its wildflower display. Unlike other times, the rack-lack in the yard didn't mean that 287 was sitting at Parkers, which was MT at 0548. Dunno if 287 was already west or if no racks had come up earlier. The 346 WL was also dark and also -- like the 345 ELs and WLs -- still evidence of just how long-lived old signals can be.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, as were -- at 0604 -- the 333 WLs. Further east, the WBs by the rotary River Street UGB were showing Stop for 1 and Clear for 2 and the 330 WLs were Slow Approach for 1 and Stop for 2. A couple later, FG got called with garble, and at 0618, NewBlue 3402 and KCIR 7517 had come to a stop on 2 west of FG, getting ready to shove east. Bruce Macdonald's http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=239610 of the 08-17 ED-8 indicated that this was probably ED-9, but the C used the power number as ID during his transmissions, so while the degree of probability is high, the certainty wasn't confirmed. At 0620, NewBlue 354 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot, and except for some broken car-countdowns, that was all. Unheard -- usual cautions in effect -- were 287, 28N, POED, or -- other than AY-2 -- and AY locals.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Aug 21, 2017 6:35 am

First comes a little scene-setting from ~0430/08-20-2016 when D-3 and AY-4 arranged for AY-4 to take ED-9 with the 3404 to Fitchburg and then -- if time permitted -- for AY-4 to take the 613 back to Ayer, cab being the mode of return if time did not permit.
And now for 0420-0635/08-21-2016: From 0423 and on, EDPO was doing a car countdown, mebbe with the C or mebbe with the U. D-3 would get involved in conversation as I got involved with Zombie Zones, but 1 clear phrase involved "8 cars" and "waters."
As a hedzup, Princeton Road/Rte. 31 -- either side of the UGB -- has been cold-planed, so paving delays are probably in the near-term, mebbe even today, given that a street-sweeper was getting ready to get ready during my return driveby.
~0505, Wachusett was MT, and except for Stops on the 334 ELs, darkness was the mode from 333 to 335. Up Da Hill, there were general on Yard 4, racks on the easterly portion of Yard 2, and flourishing flowers on the southerly portion of there Heywood. MTness and darkness were also the modes for Parkers at 0528.
On the way east, there was more -- but Zombie-Zoned -- D-3/EDPO interaction, and down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark. The 333 Controlled Siding was at Medium Clear until 0546 when 402 with a total of 6 flats and 1 bi plus the 1174 remedied that.
Further east, the WBs by the rotary River Street UGB were both clear, and the 330 and GL WLs were all at Stop. At 0557 and between 330 and GL, D-3 had engaged in a Zombie-Zone exchange with AY-5, 1 clear word from AY-5 being "trouble." Curiously -- 402 already east -- the FG 1 WL was at Medium Clear. Mebbe it's back to Constant On, cuz nothing was seen shunting.
Even further east, the ED-9 power discussed yesterday and seen in Bruce Macdonald''s http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=239673 of 08-20 showing ED-8 with NewBlue 3404 and KCIR 7609 was sitting solo on East Side and 1 track north of the equally solo NewBlue 613, indication of 1 more cab fare. Curiously again, the 0820 AY-4/ED-9 move was supposed to have 25 cars, with 21 being a hazardous.
402 with its 28 axles got a no defects on 2 from the 40.2 at 0608, but things were generally quiet until a 0628-0631 flurry of activity when D-3 acknowledged EDPO's update of the previously-mentioned addition of waters plus 8 MTs, permission to move on signal indication at the Willows when they got it, and then asking 287 with the NS 9507 if they could get moving up towards their recrew so EDPO could get going.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:24 am

The 0425-0640/08-23-2017 looking and listening started off with a remarkable display of radio silence, that being broken only at 0446 when 400 said the set and release was good. The Wachusett arrival was in good time to see the 400 with 6 flats, 1 bi, and the 1131 get east of the formerly Medium Clear 333 Controlled Siding WL at 0456. The 333 WLs went dark and radio silence got broken again at 0458 with a D-3 shout-out to an unheard POED, sounding like an acknowledgment of an update including power lineup, one that D-3 didn't repeat. Additionally, there was a request as to when they'd be ready to go up Da Hill, the advice that there was a 9-car pickup in Fitchburg, and another request if they were ready for a light, and at 0508 plus a couple, there was an extended but now Zombie-Zoned D-3 exchange that coulda been an update acknowledgment.
Anyone expecting anything other the 334 ELs to be at Stop and the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs to be dark will be disappointed.
Up Da Hill, there was a long string of general -- including a half-dozen or so MT LPGs -- on Yard 2 and wildflowers on the southerly part of the Heywood. At 0530, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, so it was back down Da Hill and past the dark 335 ELs to the Medium Clear on the 333 Controlled Siding, dropped to Stop at 0546 by the 402 with a total of 4 flats and 1 bi pushed by the 1057.
Further east, the WBs by the rotary River Street UGB showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 WLs being all Stop. Even further east, NewBlue 354 was solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot and just north of POED with KCIRs 7534 and 7595 and NewBlues 3404 and 615. There were a few company hoppers, some with visible stone. Stone headed west of Fitchburg and east of the Loop? At 0604, 89 lbs. on the rear was announced, so it seemed like POED was getting ready to get ready.
Also at 0604, D-3 called out to AY-2, as he had at 0537, giving at 0614 an OK to the 606 for a 2-west-to-Hill-Yard 241 cuz the switch at AY was off power. That move was sposedly part of getting to South Track. However much radio activity there was with AY-2, there was none -- Zombie-Zone cautions in effect -- to, from, or about the other AY locals, 22K, 28N, or 287, although Gardner having been rack-free might indicate 287 was already west.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Aug 25, 2017 7:21 am

Communications -- sometimes good and sometimes not-so -- provided a key and unifying theme for the 0424-0645 time frame. At 0424, D-3 tried repeated call-outs to EDPO with the 7627 and then asked POED to try contacting EDPO, something he hadn't been able to do for more than a bit. At 0432, D-3 told POED to keep an eye out for EDPO when POED's setoffs got done and then at 0445 OKd the 2-to-Camp at CPF-Camp 241 at 0445 for POED with the 7518, as seen in Austin Logan's http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=239757 of 08-24 at Russ Crossing in Newton. Dag! Less than 50 miles from still-daylight of 1 day to predawn of the next! GRS -- in its secondary meaning -- lives on.
~0505, Wachusett was MT, the 333 WLs, 334 1 stagger, and 335 ELs and WLs dark, the 334 ELs being at Stop. Of note and while passing the 335 lot was the garbled ID "AY-2."
Up Da Hill, there was general on the western portion of Yard 2, and 28N with NSs 9514 and 9391 was holding on the 2 just clear of West Switch. And yes, wildflowers were still both within and without the gauge of the southerly portion of the Heywood. At 0522, there was more and not always clear D-3/EDPO/POED activity, POED getting an OK to move on signal indication, repeated at 0527 along with a repetition of a 13x42, 2905 tons, and 3365' update, with the addition of confirmation request about waters and 1 unit being left on the Camp. The unit was unspecified, but NewBlue 613 was just ahead of the waters in the cited photo, and at 0532, D-3 asked EDPO whether they could see cars other than the waters and power. At 0536 and even though 28 N extended west of the Wilkins Road dogleg, Parkers was MT, and the dark 346 WL -- like its 345 counterparts -- was still giving mute testimony to the effectiveness of generations of signal maintainers. At 0536, D-3 asked POED to check track status when passing OX because there was a need to for a place to stash a 22-car 28N, but a minute later said to disregard because EDPO said there was in Ayer -- remember the earlier question to EDPO? -- and making me think that 287 either was still or soon would be occupying space between the Willows and 312 or mebbe even was still in the plant.
At 0525, the C told 28N's E to take it ahead 27 for a cut, but Yard 4 just wasn't long enough account a bad switch, so the new plan was to get 3-step and do the cut on the main and then walk east for the switch, mebbe even switches. That move would take more time than I wanted to invest, so I was east well ahead of 28N, but 27 for Gardner and 22 for Ayer? Not bad for this time of year. On the way east and at 0551 came ED-9's train information -- the 7575 and 3404, 5x4, 757 tons and 520'. I'll leave it to others to ponder again the presence to 2 relatively short WBs within a relatively short time.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, and 333 was bypassed since 402 was already east, POED was mebbe to be seen. Further east, the WBs by the rotary River Street UGB were both at Clear and the 330, and GL WLs were all at Stop. At 0611, the 40.2 gave a no defects to 24 axles -- 402? -- on 1, mebbe meaning that POED might be holding at Derby, and further east, the FG 1 WL was at Limited Clear and the 2 WL at Stop. Mebbe POED had just gotten west or mebbe not. And even further east and at 0615, solo NewBlue was in the FI-1/2 parking spot.
At 0630 and at the nominal end of Transfer Time, there were 2 differing D-3 voices, 1 with a garbled something to EDPO followed in a bit by a discussion with ED-9 about Moores Switch being lined and locked normal and permission to proceed west on signal indication, followed at 0637 to AY-2 -- remember them? -- with the 7639, acknowledging being in the clear at the Milling and the switch for #1 being lined and locked normal and a cab to be sent.
Unheard of or from were 22K, the non-2 AY locals, and 287.
What did we learn -- actually relearn -- today? Zombie Zones can affect more than mere gawkers.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:36 am

0425-0640/08-28-2017 was not unrewarding. Things were relatively quiet radio-wise until 0439 when D-3 acknowledged ED-9's train information --7528 and 7534 and 0x10, giving the OK to proceed on signal indication at CPF-Camp, followed immediately by instructions to POED with the 619 for their waters and freight to go the Camp, followed by some garble, followed by the confirmation that said waters and freight were on the tail.
The only indication of potential progress at Wachusett was the Medium Clear on the 333 Controlled Siding WL, dropped at 0451 when 400 with a total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 2018 turned things all to Stop. There being no WB headlight visible and The Shrine Of The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks being not yet open for offerings, the usual trip west was made and more Stops were seen on the CPF-334 ELs. The 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs were their usual somber selves.
Up Da Hill, there were racks nearly FP-FP on Yard 4 and also on the easterly half-or-so of Yard 2. Heywood flowers? Some mowing had occurred, as had some wear-surface polishing. The Deity Of The 345 Dunks received an offering and showed gratitude as only a deity can by having Parkers MT and the 346 WL dark at 0522. Back down Da Hill however, the 335 ELs were at Stop, not just cuzza 402 having to get from the layover to Wachusett, but also cuzza 22K crossing the the State Road/Rte. 31 UGB. Although 22K had looked like it mighta gotten an Approach, it was at road speed on 2 at 333 and giving a slight delay at 0539 to 402. There had been some Zombie-Zone chatter before, and mebbe it was D-3 advising 22K that they would be ahead of 402 on 2. At 0544, there was a broken-on-both-sides ED-9 update and acknowledgment, and at 0552. On the way east, the wells and a few tables had managed to outpace me, but thanks to 402 being IB and ED-9 not yet west, 22K caught a Stop on the FG 2 WL, which it did at 0552 with NSs 1089 and 9440. The FG 1 WL was at Clear cuz ED-9 was holding at the FG 2 EL until 402 got east at 0558, ED-9 getting on the move at 0559, and getting their now 24 -- including a number cement shorties -- west of the EL at 0603. A couple later, NewBlue 354 was solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot, and at 0608, it sounded like 22K called ED-9's 24. The 40.2 gave a no defects to 28 axles -- 402 -- at 0610, and there were a coupla one-sided-to-me D-3 shoutouts to AY-5, culminating in the 0629 acknowledgment that the mainline switch was lined and locked normal and the derail down and then the instructions to tie down and have a good day.
Remember that not-to-deep into this post there was mention of POED? Well and with the usual cautions, there was no further mention during listening parameters. Just a guess, but mebbe POED was holding on the Camp until 22K got east of AY. Another guess would be that -- like 22K when west of Westminster -- it just went unseen and unheard.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:50 am

To save suspense, 0420-0640/08-30-2017 was a period of mainly audio input, some of which did concern POED, but without seeing same, dunno anything about the previously-mentioned-in-other-threads CMA-CGMs outta Maine.
At 0423, D-3 engaged AY-6 in a convo revolving around a cripple. The AY-6 side of things was outta range, so -- again -- dunno. At 0426, D-3 OKd 22K to continue east, next giving them yarding instructions, and then adjusting the instructions at 0432. The 40.2 gave no defects on 2 to 298 axles at 0434. At 0441, there was another 40.2 no defects, but this time on 1 and for 36 axles, possibly FI-2, but not, as would be revealed in a few. At 0447, there was a broken D-3/287 exchange, the clear parts including 0x34, 22K yarding, and holding for Keolis, which would be on 1. 22K's yarding would be part of the period's soundtrack, at least from 335 and east.
There was a Medium Clear on the 333 Controlled Siding WL until 0451 when 400 -- the one causing the hold for 287 -- got east with 6 flats and the 2011. At 0452, D-3 advised ED-9 that there was a 2-car Freight Main East pickup and requested a visual on whether FI-2 was tied down. Bruce Macdonald's http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=239820 showed the 08-29 ED-8 with 3 units, but without seeing ED-9, dunno if that consist remained unaltered. Thanks were offered to The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks, the reward for which were Stops on the 334 Els and darkness on the 1 stagger. Also and while listening at 334, 287 asked if they'd be waiting 2 hours to pick up what sounded like 30 racks. There was some more garble, this time from ED-9, and D-3 told them to bypass Fitchburg and go right to Gardner.
Up Da Hill, there were general on Yard 2 and racks -- not 30, but closer to 13 -- on Yard 1. On the Heywood, the wildflowers showed their resilience, and the wear surfaces were shiny, but it was raining.
At 0529, Parkers was MT and the WL dark. Also at 0529, D-3 told AY-2 basically that they were going nowhere cuz 22K was yarding and EDPO was coming, adding at 0531 to tie it down.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, 402 already east and ED-9 not on the circuit. At 0447, the 333 Wls were all Stop, 402 having gotten east. The WBs by the rotary River Street UGB were both at Clear, but the 330, GL and FG WLs were all at Stop. At 0604, solo NewBlue 354 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot, and at 0607, a breaking D-3 told POED that their setoff -- unintelligible whether general and/or waters and/or CMA-CGM -- was to be on the Camp and asking if it was on the tail, right? At 0617, someone called out to EDPO, but naught else was heard to, from, or about them.
SEPO had gotten its Form D G-302 Burncoat to MP X-25 about an hour earlier, and while I was still on I-190 at 0617, I got the happy news that the 7.8 had called them free of defects, letting me know that my crossing of the Temple Street/Rte. 140 crossing would also be free of defects. When I was crossing over the Oakdale OHB at 0621, SEPO's power was just about to get onto the Oakdale causeway.
What did I learn today? As long as no power gets thirsty or experiences other difficulties, a crowd congregating at Ayer doesn't have to be a cluster.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby Plate C » Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:59 am

Saw some people have a foamtastic day yesterday with NS arriving with their Jersey Central heritage unit leading the way.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:24 am

Anyone expecting 0425-0630/09-01-2017 to be as busy as was 0420-0640/08-30-2017 has had insufficient exposure to PAS.
The first intelligible radio activity came at 0446, and running for a couple later. D-3 and ED-9 got involved in a discussion involving some cars that might not be on the list. Nothing further was heard -- Zombie-Zone cautions remaining in effect -- for train information or permission to move on signal indication.
At 0454 and with 400 to the east, the 333 WLs were all at Stop, as were the 334 ELs. Predictably, the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs were conserving energy. The only apparent expenditure of energy at the 335 lot came from the weeds growing tall around the on-the-stone tie-handler.
Up Da Hill, there were racks on Yard 2, general on Yard 1 -- including a buncha company gons -- and 1 east-most rack extending onto the Extension. Yard Lead had a solo rack, mebbe a set-out. It was hard to tell in the predawn, but it looked like the Heywood mebbe mighta gotten a polishing since Wednesday's rain. At 0531, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark and still -- like its 345 counterparts -- kicking it all old school.
Back Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, and just as I was passing Monty Tech, 402 called out a Medium Clear, so 333 was bypassed, which is what 402 did to me as I was passing by Depot Street. At 0551, D-3 would give an indication that there might be reduced activity at Ayer by giving AY-2 permission from WL to the Hill Yard instead of the more usual tie-down at the Milling.
The WBs by the rotary River Street UGB showed Clear for 1 and Stop for 2, the 330 WLs being all Stop, and the GL Controlled Siding at Medium Clear for the temporarily-still-at-the-platform 402. Also by the platform was ED-9 with KCIRs 7643 and 7628 facing all Stops on the 330 ELs. How long was ED-9? They were on 1 and not fouling the easterly end of the Controlled Siding. The FG 1 WL was at Limited Clear, presumably for 404. Dunno why 2 was being kept clear from FG to 330 or why 404 would be run on 2 so ED-9 could get west, but there were the always-possible 28N and/or 22K and/or EDPO and/or hunose.
At 0603, solo NewBlue 354 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot, and East Side was pretty much MT, the covered hoppers on ED-9 probably the reason. A few later, a breaking 40.2 gave a no defects on 2, presumably to 402, and a hint that they would be running on 2. There was no call heard for any restrictive signal at Derby, furthering that hint, itself a hint that Ayer was fluid.
Dunno anything about 28N, 22K, POED, EDPO, or non-AY-2 AY locals.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Sep 04, 2017 6:34 am

The 0427-0648/09-04-2017 period -- though part of a Sunday-schedule holiday -- did have activity.
At 0427, a breaking D-3 gave the 7627 permission to proceed east on the Camp, the pattern at that time of day for POED to do their setoffs.
Just before and just after 0500, the only lit lights between CPF-333 and CPF-335 were the Stops on the CPF-334 ELs. At 0502, D-3 now gave the now-firmly-IDd POED permission to reverse direction within the interlocking at CPF-Camp and head west.
Up Da Hill, there were racks almost FP-FP on Yard 4 and general on Yard 2, including centerbeams with lumber. There mighta been a few on Yard 1, but those woulda been obscured by rack loads on the 2 between the switches. At 0528, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, so it was back east.
At 0542, D-3 told 22K with NS 9494 a broken something about what to do when they got to Ayer that involved Track 2 and a cab that would be called for about 0700. There was some noise back from 22K, so they were mebbe 10 or so miles away from me.The 335 ELs had been dark, and -- at 0545 -- ditto for the 333 WLs. The WBs by the rotary River Street UGB were Clear for 1 and Stop for 2, Stops also showing at the 330, GL, and FG WLs. At 0558, solo NewBlue 354 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot, and at 0600, the 40.2 gave a no defects on 1 for 130 axles, prompting a stay at North Leominster. If the talker-tripper was a WB, it hadn't made the marginally-less than 3 miles between Slab City and the Main Street UGB by 0620, so I was outta there. Subsequent events would lead to the conclusion that the talker was addressing 22K.
During the listening period and although there had been some partials, unheard was anything definite about 287, EDPO, ED-9, or any of the AY locals. But there was more about POED. At 0632, they got the OK to -- again -- reverse their move at the Camp and head west, capped off at 0648 with the happy words that they would meet 2400 at Derby and then -- fitting for the Labor Day holiday -- head straight for Deerfield. Never did hear an update.
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