Gardner Gawking

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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:54 am

As will be seen, 0420-0650/09-06-2017 left more questions than answers.
~0430, there were Zombie-Zone exchanges between D-3 and ED-9, the lack of clarity not clarifying anything. At 0450, D-3 would acknowledge Q426's transmission that they had gone into emergency, the location not mentioned by D-3. To save suspense. naught else -- except for a 0540 call-out to 426 -- was heard on that subject, the usual cautions in force. ~0500, the 334 ELs at Stop were the sole sources of brightness for the points including CPF-333 and CPF-335.
Up Da Hill, there were racks on Yard 2 and general -- including MT centerbeams -- on the westerly section of Yard 1 and onto the Extension. Mebbe there were a few on Yard 4, but the racks on 2 limited that view. However, in clear view was the Clear on the 346 1 EL. Partway on the way west and at 0523, the 346.6 came on so it was boomerang time back to the Jade lot. The east got bright without there being an accounting from the 346.6, but finally and when the power was by Chair City Oil came the results -- no defects, 62°, and 8568'. 110 well and 22 table positions later, 22K was on the single at 0532. Attentive readers will note the lack of power IDs, that caused by wanting to get the 346.6 details on paper. The lack of power IDs caused, in turn, the decision to forego a visit to Parkers and to instead get back to 335.
Back down Da Hill, the still-dark sights were of the 335 ELs at Stop and of a WB move on the State Road/Rte. 2A UGB. ED-9? No -- a Keolis equipment move into the layover that -- at 0541 -- was in line with 402's time. There were no Service Alerts about 402 at 0720 to indicate they had gone back to the barn, so dunno what was going on. The east again got bright and NSs 9929, 9077, and 9900 started their followers onto the 335 1 at 0554.
In another questionable decision, 333 was bypassed, and there was no further audio or visual input to, from, or about 22K, despite my fuel stop at the rotary River Street Cumby's, so they probably would be following 404 or mebbe even 406 east. Confirming Keolis priority, the WBs by the rotary River Street UGB showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 1 WL was at Slow Clear, the GL Controlled Siding WL at Medium Approach Medium, and the FG 1 WL at Limited Clear.
At 0609, ED-9 had called out to D-3, the response being that they were on transfer. ED-9 was a bit east and east of the FG ELs. The KCIR leader's ID was blocked by foliage, but the trailer was the 7328. The were more than a few LAFX cement shorties and company hoppers, the tail a coupla hundred yards east of solo NewBlue 354 in the FI-1/2 parking spot at 0619.
Even after the 0630 nominal end of transfer time, things -- except for a few bursts of garble -- remained quiet.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:19 am

0425-0630/09-08-2017 did feature actual activity, Gardner being the early hotspot.
There was a Zombie-Zone 0436-and-a-bit-more between D-3 and TC-1142, giving away all tracks, but the where and the when of taking back went unheard. There was more garble at 0445 involving POED, and at 0451. 400 was east of the 333 WLs with a total of 4 flats, 1 bi, and the 1131. Garble -- again -- ruled the waves of air, "auto racks" and "241" being the only bits of clarity just before 0500. The only bits of light from 334 and a mile or so west were the 334 ELs at Stop. After 0500, D-2 clearly answered POED with the 7545, advising they'd be holding at LJ for the first Keolis and then telling LA-2 that JK would be their holding point. There apparently was some further discussion, but D-2 said the signal was in, so the plan would go unchanged. Dunno if the earlier transmission to POED transmission was also from D-2 or if there was also another POED in D-3 territory.
Up Da Hill, there were EB triangular points of white light holding at the 345 1 WL, but immobility quickly became mobility as the combination of ED-9 having gotten west on 2 and burndown having occurred, 22K was getting outta town, getting onto the single at 0518.
KCIRs 7627 and 7500, the same power couple in Al LaPierre's 09-07 of ED-8 http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=239990 and also at Gardner, were pulling Yard 4. Dunno from where and how many they came up Da Hill with, but they seemed earlier than usual. Also, there were rack loads on Yard 2. Because 22K was already east, the nonexecutive decision was made to bypass a trip to Parkers -- 1 had just had traffic and 2 soon would -- and get back to 335. As a side note, the 345 signaling situation was same as it ever was. 346? Dunno.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were at Stop, as was the facility WL, the single WL showing Clear. The west quickly got bright, and NSs 7648, 6629, and 2603 got a total of 115 well and table positions -- mostly occupied and by single-highs and not a single trailer in the bunch -- onto 1 at 0541. At 0545, there was what coulda been a C or U yard transmission to 28N. At 0546, 402 was already rounding the bends east of 333, 22K apparently ahead. Apparently? 22K's standing tail was visible on 1 just east of the westerly River Street UGB. Both WBs by the rotary River Street UGB were at Stop, and 402 being far enough east, the 330 1 WL had gone to Approach. At 0610 not only was NewBlue 354 solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot being passed by 22K, but 22K got the word to hold at Slab City.
There were more bursts of static up to 0630, but nothing clearly to, from, or about 287, EDPO, or the AY locals
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:43 am

0430-0642/09-11-2017 did get what seemed like a 9-11-2001 remembrance around 0630 when someone on the NECR frequency asked if flags were at half-mast.
As far as things PAS, there was a D-3 shout-out to AY-3, later IDd with the 3402 and even later -- while listening from a Zombie Zone -- with a partially intelligible back-and-forth about waters which might be buried or might be doing the burying. Just after the first convo with AY-3 was the D-3 side of convo with 400 about the switch at 334 not being able to be unlocked so the plan was to go to 333 on 2 and then back on the Controlled Siding to the platform. A 2-2 241 was issued, but that was followed immediately by permission to proceed on signal indication, so at least the signaling seemed to be working as it should. Zombie-Zone caveats in effect, there was nothing heard later about 334 difficulties for 402 or 404. The 333 WLs went dark at 0502, indicating not much time was lost, especially good considering the extra distance and extra set of end-changing to get to the platform. The only T Service Alert was that all trains would be using the IB platform at Ayer, the probable reason being the EGT -- with someone's 7545 -- that was at 0508 experiencing trouble -- mebbe cut-lever, mebbe knuckle -- and told by D-3 at 0642 that the cah knockah would soon be thayuh (that's how I sound, too). In a couple and evidently off the Gardner and onto the Paxton antenna, D-3 did a one-time-only and garbled transmission to EDPO.
To get back to chronology, the bright reds on the 334 ELs provided the only signal brightness in the Wachusett-Westminster part of the wonderful world of PAS. Up Da Hill, there was about half a track's worth of general on Yard 1, a temporary condition since POED with KCIRs 7627 and 7500 was pulling into town on 2. Thank you, Deity Of The CP-333 Dunks, for extending your sphere of influence. There was a discussion, with D-3 suggesting expeditious activity so 22K could come through and get down to 333. POED said they didn't see a problem.
I didn't get to see if there would be a problem, cuz at 0538, Parkers was MT, and 22K was not yet in shunting distance of the 346 WL. Said signal went unseen and unnoted in 09-08's post, but on 09-11, the old signal heads were neither bagged nor reoriented.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, as were -- at 0556 -- the 333 WLs. The WBs by the rotary River Street UGB showed Clear for 1 and Stop for 2, the 330 2 WL being at Slow Clear, the GL WL at Medium Approach Medium, and the FG 2 WL at Limited Clear, all indicating that the route was still in for the next Keolis IB.
At 0611, the Fi-2 crew was climbing down from solo NewBlue 354 in its parking spot, and in addition to later EGT transmissions mentioned earlier, the 40.2 giving a no defects on 2 to 28 axles on 402's time, and a few spells of static, there was nothing IDable for 28N or the non-AY-3 locals. There were no racks in Gardner, so mebbe 287 had gotten outta town before the EGT would be in the picture.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:55 am

0425-0640/09-13-2017 had its share of novelties.
There were the usual bursts of static before 400 with a total of 3 flats and 2 bis and the 1034 got east of the 333 WLs at 0451. At 0453, the WLs got unshunted and went dark, darkness reigning -- except for the 334 ELs at Stop -- up to and including the 335 ELs and WLs. At 0504, the 40.2 gave a garbled no defects to ?00 axles.
Up Da Hill and in a little bit at 0517 came a garbled probably-D-3 Line 4 to someone for somewhere. At 0518, there was a clear no defects and 49° from the 346.6. If the train-length feature was working, it got stepped on, mebbe by a Paxton-antenna Time Effective for the earlier Line 4. There were racks -- minus interior reflections -- almost FP-FP on Yard 4, but no general, a hint that the previous 346.6 transmission was to a WB, a hint underscored by the Stops on both 345 WLs. The 0528 arrival at Parkers showed it MT and -- the WB already far enough W -- the 346 WL dark.
Heading east at 0538 came a clear "POED" and "3-step." Next, the 335 ELs were dark, and at 0456, 402 -- power unseen -- was crossing over the Princeton Road/Rte. 31 UGB as I was crossing under it. Further east, the WBs by the rotary River Street UGB were showing Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 1 WL a Slow Approach, the GL WLs Stops, and the FG WLs not just Stops, but WB head-and-ditch lights. Solo -- yes solo -- KCIR 7609 got 24 west of the Bemis Road UGB on 1 at 0606. 6 + 4(24) = 102, not the ?00 counted earlier by the 40.2. A 2-axle discrepancy from the new 40.2 seemed novel, but 1 unit -- even a 4000 hp 6-pack -- climbing Da Hill with 24 cars was definitely a novel occurrence for me. Yes, they were probably mostly MTs, and yes, there was no Gardner work. Things got even more novel at 0610. Yes, e/f NewBlue 354 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot, but no, the 354 was not solo. Doing its best to look like an elephant was coupled and also-e/f KCIR 7545, presenting a sight not often sighted. The 6 from the 7545 would have skewed the 40.2 count even more, so mebbe there were cars set off, as well.
At 0625, there was an Ayer Yard/EDPO convo, EDPO saying they were waiting for transfer to be over before contacting D-3. Given the lack of general at Gardner, EDPO hadn't gotten any shorter there, so mebbe PW general is on ED-8 now.EDPO would get its 40x55 update acknowledged by D-3 at 0640. There were tonnage and length numbers that were too complex to commit to memory and too much road traffic to risk real-time transcription. There was, however, puzzlement, over 24 on POED outta Fitchburg and 95 on EDPO outta Ayer.
The only other intelligible radio traffic was to AY-2 at 0644, acknowledging that they were lined and locked normal and that a cab would get them.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:51 am

0430-0612/09-15-2017 had both literal and metaphorical fog.
At 0450 and with relative clarity, D-3 and AY-2 entered into a colloquy that included accepting the signal indication at East Wye and having a cab called when the time was right. Then and now in a Zombie Zone, D-3's reach-out to TC-1142 had no intelligible details. A possible -- later and temporarily out of Zombie Zone -- answer came with the 0505 OK to AY-2 of a 1-to-Freight Main 241 at WL.
Also ~0505, the Stops at the 334 ELs were the only lit signals between the 333WLs and 335 WLs. On Rte. 2 WB a mile or so west of the Rtes. 2A/140 interchange came a clear no defects from the 40.2 for 20 axles at 0512, pretty much 400's time. So? At 0608, the 40.2 would give a mostly garbled no defects to 402. So, again? The 0608 incident occurred while listening from Nashua Street, North Leominster. Yes, Westminster has the plus of providing greatly increased antenna altitude. But equally yes, North Leominster has the plus of being only 5 or-decimally-so miles away.
Up Da Hill, there were almost FP-FP racks on Yard 4, more racks on Yard 2, and general on Yard 1 and onto the Extension. The Heywood? Its wear surfaces were shiny, but probably as much from rain and/or fog and/or low-hanging clouds as from any possible mechanical influences. At 0528, Parkers was MT, and the 346 WL was dark, but still rocking it all old school like the 345 EL and WLs.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, but the 333 Controlled Siding WL was still at Medium Clear, 402 with a total of 4 flats and 1 bi and the 1135 getting east at 0546. Further east, the WBs by the rotary River Street UGB were showing Stop for 1 and Clear for 2. Both 330 WLs were at Stop, and 402 still at the platform, the GL Controlled Siding was at Medium Approach Medium. While I was obeying a stop light at Bemis Road, the FG 1 WL went to Stop from Limited Clear, and at 0558, D-3 asked ED-9 if their train agreed with the list and indicating that there would be a stop at Fitchburg. Next and at 0600, the FI-1/2 parking spot was MT. Also, at 0600, D-3 told AY-5 that AY-2 was still not in the clear and asked if the San-Vel Switch was lined and locked normal. A cab was also on AY-5's menu.
Just to show that I still look, RVJ still had no railcars.
Attentive readers will note an earlier-than-usual end of listening. There was a compulsion to contribute to the cash flow of the Leominster Home Despot.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby johnhenry » Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:42 am

Friday Gawking continued: 0828 ED-9 with 3402 and 7517 was pulling somewhere between 25 and 40 (didn't actually count) off the freight main east at FG. Included was a stretch of grain cars. They made good time and were going by the Fitchburg T stop at 0837 when they were informed that they were to stop and be re-crewed at Westminster. Seems a EDPO needed to come down the hill soon. Up the hill and at 0857 train 287 with NS9535 and NS6965 pulled up to 345 going onto track 2 and got instructions to pull racks off yard 4 and racks buried on yard 2, the left overs to go back on 2. Also to clear 345 so EDPO, now at Wrights, could highball through. 287 pulled up on track 2 to the west switch, which brought its tail end just clear of 345. Over at 346 at 0913, EDPO with 7594, 7635, and 7585 got 83 general and 2 MBTA coaches (a single and double level - near tail end with just a single lumber car behind) onto track 1. The tail end of this train cleared 345 at 0930.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:02 pm

johnhenry--
Thanks for documenting that my ability remains strong to generally make trains be anywhere but where I am.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Sep 18, 2017 6:45 am

In keeping with today's pre-and-post-dawn fog, things -- with 1 exception -- were more heard than seen 0430-0645/09-18-2017. Even hearing was sometimes limited. In areas where D-3 would normally be loud and clear, such was not the case early on. Dunno if propagation was being affected by the approaching equinox or if it was just Pan Am at play. Mebbe it was AY-5 around 0440, but the conversation seemed focused on 1 and mebbe more cripples and 31 racks needing testing. Soon after, AY-3 started repeated car countdowns. Then at 0445, D-3 and POED engaged in a chat, the coaches and freight on the tail to be left the 2 while the waters and more freight got set off on the Camp.
At 0456, red was the universal color on the 333 WLs, not just cuz 400 had just gotten east, but also cuz EDPO was sitting and waiting on 1 a bit west. The 1 WL went to Medium Clear, indicating that EDPO would be crossing to 2, indicating that 400 had just earlier crossed to 1. The green light led to white lights, and KCIRs 7594, 7635, and 7585 plus OldPaint 380 got 75 east at 0501. There were 4 blocks of Ciment Québec and other shorties, full-size covered hoppers, tented and MT centerbeams, CHUX lidded gons, a few non-LPG and non-slurry tanks, and boxes minus any with company marks. A couple later, the D-3 word was that FI-2 and ED-9 mebbe would be outta the way. Further west, the 334 ELs were at Stop, but darkness was the rule on the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs.
Up Da Hill, racks -- including those with internal reflections -- were FP-FP on Yard 4, and a pair of tented lumber centerbeams -- from EDPO? -- were on the easterly end of Yard 1. The long-MT House hosted 3 pieces of track equipment that included a tamper. Parkers hosted MTness, and the 346 WL was dark at 0534. At the same time came a scratchy D-3 call-out to 11R. Dunno either 11R or the antenna's locations.On the way back down Da Hill and in Zombie Zone came a garbled D-3 Form D, the only clarity focusing on it being a Line 4. The predawn giveaways do seem to have become a pattern.
The 335 ELs were dark, as were -- at 0553 -- the 333 WLs. At the same time, ED-9 attempted to raise D-3, but D-3 was more interested in attempting to raise POED. At 0555, ED-9 did give its 0x32 update, and was told mebbe Derby would be where it got held until the passengers were outta the way.
Further east, the WBs by the rotary River Street UGB were at Clear for 1 and Stop for 2, both 330 WLs being at Stop. At least 1 of the the GL WLs was at Stop, but the glare from the combination of LED streetlights and fog limited ability to get an accurate read on the other GL WL. The FG WLs were both at Stop, and NewBlue 354 was not in the usual parking spot, but solo on Freight Main West at 0612.
The final bit of clarity -- with some compromise -- was the 0630 between D-3 and POED, the clear parts being about bring up to Derby and waiting until -- you guessed it -- the passengers were outta the way.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Sep 20, 2017 7:38 am

0430-0705/09-20-2017 featured actual trains in actual motion.
There were only occasional static outbursts at first, with a semi-clear D-3 ~0450 shoutout to FI-2, more about which later.
The 0558 lighting at Wachusett was unusual -- Stops on all WLs after 400 would have been east of shunting, but there was shunting west on 1 and with dimmed headlights. A few minutes of attempted patience showed changes in neither the indications nor the headlights, so a trip east was made to see if signals might be in for a WB at the 333 ELs. There weren't. But what there was was a 0x19, 1400', and ???? tons update from ED-9, D-3's 0506 response including that they would hold for EDPO. Back at the 333 WLs, Medium Clear was now on 1 and brights were on as EDPO with KCIRs 7517 and 7622 -- doing it like elephants -- along with 42 followers got east at 0511. There were Ciment Québec and other shorties up front, along with a solo wrapped-lumber centerbeam, numerous MT centerbeams, boxes that included a few SMCs, a solo CHUX lidded gon, and a solo TTX flat of sheet steel (BIW?). As you might expect, an offering of thanks was made to The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks, further return on offering coming in the form of a broken D-3-side of a convo with AY-6 saying to put the switch back on power and advise if they got a light. Naught later was heard about this, nor was the location -- Camp? AY? WL? 312? -- heard. At 0518 and slightly clearer, D-3 asked someone if there would be space for EDPO to pick up waters off Track 4.
For those with no or limited patience for mere-mortal-civilian-and-thus-futile-musings about PAR/S operational practices, please feel free to skip this paragraph and go to the next. Waters for Portland currently come through the Hill Yard, so a SEPO would have had to spend time to have set off waters in the Hill Yard for there to be waters in the Hill Yard for an EDPO to have to spend time to pick up so said waters could then continue to Portland. Mebbe -- again -- I've been missing something, so any contributions that would lessen the gerbil-on-gerbil-wheel activity within my cranium would be appreciated.
The 334 ELs were at Stop, and the 335 ELs and WLs were at nothing. Up Da Hill, there were racks on Yard 1 and 2 and more racks -- loads -- on the 2 just barely between the switches. There mighta been a few somethings on Yard 4, but 3 tracks of tall stuff blocked the view. 3 pieces of track equipment were still on the House, and at 0545, Parkers was again MT and the 346 WL again dark.
Back down Da Hill and at 0558, the 335 ELs were at Stop, and the 335 WLs showed a Medium Approach on the Layover Lead, presumably for 404, while a few later and well in advance of 404's scheduled departure, the 333 WLs were dark.
Further east, the WBs by the rotary River Street UGB showed Clear for 1 and Stop for 2. The 330 WLs showed a Slow Clear on 2, the GL WLs a Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding, and the FG 1 WL a Clear, indicating that 404 would be on 1 at North Leominster. Just about then, D-3 and ED-9 engaged in a chat confirming picking up an engine, meeting 404 at 330, and it being OK to proceed on signal indication. KCIRs 7695 and 7609 plus NewBlue 354 -- yes, the longtime power for FI-1/2 NewBlueBlue 354 -- got the aforementioned 19 west of the Bemis Road UGB on 2 at 0628. At 0632, KCIR 5953 was now occupying the FI-1/2 parking spot.
Showing the time advantages -- at least for commuters -- of being on steel rails instead of asphalt, 404 was getting outta North Leominster before I got under the UGB.
The last clear transmission came at 0647 and involved EDPO -- remember them? -- doing their air-test.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:40 am

09-22-2017 -- the first day of Fall -- had activity fall my way in the 0430-0640 time-slot
There was a Zombie-Zone sandwich involving D-3 and 345 and later somebody in Ayer or Fitchburg involving a trailer. The clear stuff in the middle came with both sides of D-3's Form D G-302 Line 2ing Burncoat to MP X-25 for SEPO, Time Effective 0439.
At 0454, the 333 WLs went from Stops to darks cuzza 400 being far enough east. The Shrine Of The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks not yet accepting offerings, a trip west was made, the 334 ELs at Stop and the 1 stagger dark. Just about then, an unattributable someone asked if there was any chance of getting in ahead of EDPO. D-3's response was predictably Zombified. In a break with the usual pattern, the 335 ELs were at Stop. Not only that, but the west was getting brighter, 22K with NSs 9123, 2699, and 8385 got 129 single-high-occupied well positions east on 2 at 0509. Even more amazing was that the reflective surfaces of the 335 WLs were now reflecting white light. Things got louder post-burndown, and elephant-wannabe KCIRs 7517 and 7622 got 81 off 1 and onto the single at 0516, a train that there had been no hint of earlier, either on the radio or at 334. There were some slurries, some boxes (including a solo Big G),Twin Rivers and Irving-wrapped centerbeams, an extended string of MT centerbeams, a coupla presumably paper-service hazardous tanks, a coupla blocks of presumably cement-service CEFX shorties, and full-size covered hoppers. Never did hear an ID, but the types of cars and the nonstop nature of their later Gardner transit argued for POED. At 0516 and while the WB was still going by me, D-3 had advised 22K that they would be holding at 330. Not FG. Not Derby. Not Slab City.
Up Da Hill, Yard 4 was FP-FP with racks, a mix of general was on the west and racks on the east for the westerly portion of Yard 2, and more racks were on the Extension. The House? MT. For those who might be curious, the offering of delayed and displaced thanks for the 335 activity was made to The Deity Of The CPF-345 Dunks.
At 0541, Parkers was MT, but at 0542, the 346 WL came on at Stop, indicating that the MTness would be temporarily reversed. Oh yeah -- the 345 and 346 signaling was still the sameoldsameold. The 346.6 came on at 0546 and gave the presumed POED no defects, 55°, and 4517' at 0549, The temperature was line with my car's thermometer, but despite the number of shorties and because of the number of centerbeams, the length-report seemed a touch stingy.
At 0558, D-3 advised AY-2 that a cab would be going to the Milling. A bit later and easter, the 335 ELs were dark. Ditto for the 333 WLs at 0607. 22K? The motion-free tail of 22K -- still on 2 -- was by the westerly River Street Street UGB. The WBs by the rotary River Street UGB were both at Stop, the 330 1 WL at Slow Clear, the GL Controlled Siding WL at Approach Medium Approach, and the FG-1 WL at Limited Clear. At 0625, the FI-1/2 parking spot didn't seem to have an occupant, but East Side did have stationary occupants -- west-facing KCIRs 7596 and 7585 plus cars. Dunno since it wasn't discussed over the next few, but mebbe ED-9?
The EDPO that an earlier someone -- mebbe AY-2? -- wanted to get in ahead of? Dunno.
One other Nothing-to-Report Report -- the Nashua Street RVJ continued with nothing in the line of railcars.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:00 am

0425-0650/09-25-2017 continued the string of seeing things move, although it didn't start out that way.
There had been spells of unattributable static, and ~0505, Wachusett was MT, the 333 WLs, 334 1 stagger, and 335 ELs and WLs dark, with only the all-red 334 ELs showing that the power was still on. On the way up Da Hill and at 0513, there was more data to yet again support the randomness factor in PAR/PAS/MBTA high-band propagation when -- from about a mile shy of Exit 24B on Rte. 2 West -- the 40.2 gave a no defects on 2 to 20 axles -- probably 400. Yes, antenna height -- mine, in this case -- is a determinant, but this is the same 40.2 that breaks up at North Leominster.
Up Da Hill was MT except for 6 general on the westerly end of Yard 4 and 3 company gons on the House. In a departure from the usual, there was an Approach on the 345 1 WL, prompting the decision to do a quick driveby at Parkers to see if I could get back down Da Hill before whatever had just gotten east. At 0523 and about 1/3 of the way to Parkers, the 346.6 came on, prompting a new decision to get back to the Jade lot where a Clear on the 345 1 WL was now clearly visible. The west got bright well ahead of sunrise, and the volume increase, as well. The 346.6 gave a no defects and 61°, but the length feature musta been off at 0529. NSs 9219, 9650, and 9175 got 119 positions -- all single-high containers except for 1 MT slot and all but a being few tables -- onto the single at 0534. Another decision was made, this to bypass Parkers completely to see if I could get down Da Hill ahead of the earlier EB. At 0537, and while still in Zombie Zone, it seemed like D-3 spoke the words "rail train," but hoo nose? There was nothing further heard on that subject.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, so whatever -- if anything -- had been east of 22K was now at least east of 334. The 335 ELs lit up and gave a preview of fall color to the trees to the east, and at 0554, 22K called out Approach for 335. There had been noise made to the west, and white light glanced off 22K's cars, 404's equipment -- a total of 5 flats and 1 bi with the 1134 -- getting onto 2 at 0557. Over at 333 and at 0601, the 1 WL was giving 22K a Medium Clear, meaning they'd be taking 2 east. Further east, the the WBs by the rotary River Street UGB showed Clear for 1 and Stop for 2, the 330 WLs showing Slow Approach for 1 and Approach for 2, the GL Wls showing a Medium Approach for the Controlled Siding.
The FG WLs were both at Stop, 22K having called 330's Approach and then -- at 0614 -- FG's Stop. At 0617, KCIR 5953 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot.
At around 0555, a breaking D-2 had given what seemed like a 241 to POED at 309. D-3 followed up at 0626 when D-3 told POED with the 7594 that their 20 Ayers -- type(s) unspecified -- would be going to the Camp, followed up at 0641 with the words that 404 was just clear of Derby, so it was OK to take Ayer Station, followed indirectly and even later at 0650 when D-3 acknowledged ED-9's fuel readings for the 7535 and 7620 and told the crew they'd be behind POED at Moore's until the rush was over. Naught that I heard had been said to 22K, but they probably had some rush-hour experience.
On a personal note, the prospect of my crossing of the Temple Street/Rte. 140 crossing had been made brighter at 0641 when D-3 told POSE they should tie down at Burncoat and await a cab -- if wasn't already there. How many others crossing the Temple Street/Rte.140 crossing about that time were aware that an irreplaceable chunk of their lives had not been taken from is something i dunno.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Sep 27, 2017 7:15 am

0420-0630/-09-27-2017 saw your poster seeing more T than PAS activity. Right around 0440 there was some garble, "ED-9" being the sole clarity. There was a Medium Clear on the 333 Controlled Siding WL, 400 with a total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 1135 bringing the WLs to all red at 0451. At 0452, D-3 asked EDPO if they could hear him better now and then advised that there would be a pickup off Track 4 of 20 cars, including waters. Not gonna comment except to comment that I'm not gonna comment. A few later, all red was the rule for the 334 ELs, all darkness being in effect for the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs.
Up Da Hill, there were racks on Yard 1 and the Extension, as well as Yard 2. Yard 4 mighta had some stuff, but the racks ruined the view. The company gons were still on the House and had been joined by a stack of new ties just to the north. At 0526, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, so it was back east.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, but -- pattern alert! -- the 333 Controlled Siding WL was at Medium Clear, getting dropped at 0546 by 402 with a total of 5 flats and 1 bi plus the 1126. Further east, the WBs by the rotary River Street UGB showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 WLs both Stop, and the GL Controlled Siding WL at Approach Medium Approach, 402 still being at the platform. The FG WLs were both at Stop, the vanishing markers -- thanks as always, Ralph Fisher! -- of 402 being the cause. An earlier car countdown plus 402 now making noise indicated yard activity, that being FI-2 with KCIR 5953 completing its East Side shove at 0603. At 0609, the 28 axles of 402 got the 40.2 no defects on 2, hinting the 2 platform was theirs at Ayer. At the same time plus a minute or so later, ED-9 tried raising D-3, but Transfer Time was in progress. Transfer Time ended a few later when D-3 began chats with the 7542 of EDPO. The condensed version -- ending around 0618 -- was that account the Willows being occupied by AY-2 on 1 and 287 on 2, EDPO would hold in the yard clear of CPF-AY, even though it would foul the wye. When AY-2 was clear, then EDPO could haul east, hang their marker and get going. Even though AY-2 was good to 0700, at 0629, D-3 acknowledged them being in the clear and lined and locked normal and a cab being on the way. By the 0630 end of listening, naught else was heard to, from, or about ED-9 or -- for that matter -- 22K or POED.
2 addenda -- There's a new moose crossing sign on the northern stretch of 190, and if this post seems a touch late, there was major on-screen beach-ball activity. Dunno if it my glitch, VZN glitch, or site glitch.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Sep 29, 2017 6:53 am

The clarity in the the pre-and-peri-dawn skies of 0425-0650/09-29-2017 was not always matched by the clarity of radio transmissions coursing through those skies.
One clear transmission did come at 0439 when D-3 told EDPO with the 7585 to take 312 off power for a 2-to-single 241. EDPO was short enough that they would restore power before continuing east. 0453 was when the 241 read-back got OKd, and 0458 was when D-3 acknowledged 312 being returned to power. One of the constant inconstants of PAS does seem to be the reliability of CPF-312. In other EDPO news, D-2 would tell them at 0611 to tie down at Lowell Tower.
Between 0439 and 0450, there was a Zombie-Zone transit, so full details of D-3 telling FI-2 something about ED-9 and the Camp got garbled. ~0505, Wachusett was MT, and the 333 WLs, 1 stagger, and 335 ELs and WLs were dark, the 334 ELs being at their usual Stops.
At 0512, the 40.2 gave a no defects to 20 axles, the track being garbled, but on 400's time. At 0516 and a bit, a garbled D-3 acknowledged ED-9, the leader mebbe being the 5921 and with 0x?, more about which later, asking if they might be able to clear FG by 0715, and giving an OK to proceed on signal indication.
Up Da Hill, there was general -- including an MT centerbeam -- on Yard 1 and the Extension, a pair of company gons in the mix. The company-gon trio still occupied the House, the stack of new ties still just to the north. The rack-lack in Gardner and EDPO not having to wait account congestion on 2 between the Willows and 312 hinted that 287 might be already west. At 0529, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark and -- like the 345 EL and WLs -- still giving ongoing testimony to the longevity of old signal systems. (312, what's wrong with you?)
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, but the 333 Controlled siding was at Medium Clear, dropped at 0546 by the 402 with a total of 5 flats and 1 bi plus the 1134.
Further east, the WBs by the rotary River Street UGB were both at Clear, while the 330, GL, and FG WLs were all at Stop. There had been a 0558 calling of an Approach by ED-9, the location uncertain to me.
At 0605, 5953 was on the East Side on the west side of a bunch of cars, and fellow KCIRs 5967 (w) and 5974 were backing to make the hitch. It had sounded earlier like 5921 was leader, but mebbe that had already been set off to be the new FI-1/2 power and was obscured by what was going on. Dunno. There would be a 0625 Zombie-Zone D-3 shoutout to FI-2, but power ID was unheard, so -- again -- dunno. 0628 was when D-3 acknowledged AY-2 being in the clear and things being lined and locked normal.
22K? Unheard. 28N? Given the earlier-mentioned earlier lack-rack at Gardner, still likely west.
Oh yeah, fall is here. My car's "Possible Icy Roads" alert came on.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:35 am

0428-0640/10-02-2017 was busy, at least on the radio. At 0428, D-3 reached out to EDPO with the 7595, a process repeated at 0432, and then at 0436, advising them that their pickup -- already tested -- would be from Track 4 and that AY-3's C would be assisting, and also that there would be freight -- 0x12 -- and waters -- 12x0. There was later unattributable garble on the yard channel, followed at 0455 by an elevation-assisted reception of an Approach being called at AY and it being OK for EDPO to shove east.
~0505, Wachusett was MT, and as has been pattern of late, the 33 WLs, 1 stagger, and 335ELs and WLs dark, and the 334 ELs at Stop. On the way up Da Hill and between Zombie Zones, D-3 was heard telling POED at 0517 that it was OK for them to head west. From where went unheard.
Up Da Hill, there was general -- a solo covered hopper -- on the westerly end of Yard 4. Yard 1's dozen or so occupants started at the approximate midpoint and extended east onto the Extension, including 1 rack at the easternmost. The House was unchanged -- 3 company gons and the just-to-the-north tie stack. At 0530 -- you guessed it -- Parkers was Mt and the 346 WL dark. At 0538 and thanks to the randomness of topography while heading down Da Hill, POED was heard calling an Approach for OX.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, but the 333 Controlled Siding WL showed Medium Clear, dropped at 0546 by 402 with a total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 1134. Starting at the westerly River Street UGB, 22K was visible. Both WBs by the rotary River Street UGB were at Stop, as were the 330 WLs, no surprise given 22K and the just-east 402. A left was taken on the Putnam Street OHB, and 22K was dim. Dunno if just holding or tied down. A trip around the back of the old GE plant didn't make the power IDs any more visible, so it was EB -- and in a break with pattern -- without a sighting of the GL WLs. The FG WLs, however, were both at Stop.
At 0608, a west-facing KCIR 5946 was sitting on the west end of covered hoppers and mebbe other types on the East Side. What wasn't seen was anything that might amount to the POED heard earlier, Mebbe POED had a single unit, or equally mebbe, POED had gotten west while I had no eyes on the ROW.
Despite the general radio activity, a number of things went unheard -- the 40.2 for 400, POED, and 402; any mention of ED-9; and AY-2 putting up at either the Milling or Hill Yard. Given that -- except for the 1 rack on the east end of the Extension -- Gardner was rack-free, it was no surprise that there was no words about AY-5 and /or 287.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:20 am

Those expecting a sense both of understanding and resolution from the post for 0430--0650/10-04-2017 might wish to reconsider those expectations. Starting at 0442, there was a series of sometimes one-sided and sometimes Zombie-Zoned exchanges involving D-3, FI-2, and AY-2. One bit of clarity did come at 0448 when D-3 advised someone that the first cut of grains would be going to West Side. There was an additional bit of clarity at 0456 in a D-3/ED-9 exchange asking if ED-9 could tuck themselves far enough in during their pickup so FI-2 could come in on top of them and advising that D-3 would advise when FI-2 was getting closer.
As far as visual input goes, ~0505, Wachusett was MT and the 333 WLs and 1 stagger dark. The 334 ELs and 335 ELs were at Stop, and an Approach was showing for the single on the 335 WL, prompting a wait at the 335 lot. Topography being boss, the 40.2 giving no defects on 1 to 400's 20 axles at 0514 was crystal-clear. The predawn west did get bright and 28N with NSs 2629 and 2703 got 21 onto 1 at 0516.
Up Da Hill, there were a dozen or so racks fresh from 28N on Yard 1 and the Extension with naught else, save the 3 company gons on the House and their tie-stack neighbors. At 0535, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, prompting the flip trip. At 0537, a clear D-3 told EDPO that there would be a pickup of 11x10 off Track 4 and that the paperwork would be in the office. No mention of waters, but returning waters are counted as loads since containers are occupying the wells and/or tables.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, but even though 402 was already east, the 333 WLs were still on at 0550, a Medium Clear showing on the 1 WL for the holding 28N getting ready to obey gravity. The signal that the dispatcher has given the dispatcher can also take away, that transaction occurring at 0558 and with 28N's acceptance. Right on toppa dat came D-3 taking ED-9's update, broken but with a train length of 14??.The WBs by the rotary River Street UGB showed Clear for 1 and Stop for 2. The 330 WLs, GL WLs and GL ELs were all at stop until 2 went to Clear at 0604, meaning the 2 WB had probably gone to Clear, as well, and prompting another wait. At 0608 and thanks -- again -- to the topographical advantages of the Fitchburg Intermodal Facility parking lot, the 40.2 gave a no defects to 402's 28 axles -- again -- on 1. Quickly, it was time for the predawn east to get bright, and ED-9 with KCIRs 7575 and 7534 got 24 west at 0610. There were non-placarded tanks, 1 or 2 boxes, and a buncha covered hoppers that were probably half BNSFs.
The FG WLs showed a Clear on 1, showing 1 would be 404's route would be 1 at least to North Leominster, later confirmed by radio. Just east of FG at 0619 was a sitting single unit -- ID obscured by still-in-leaf trees -- and cars, probably FI-2 given the parking spot's MTness. West Side grains? Did not see same, unless the group of BNSFs in ED-9 was what was being discussed.
At 0636 and with transfer done, the D-3 recrew advised AY-2 that their recrew would be coming from Worcester, adding at 0645 that they should tie down and that a cab would be sent. In between and at 0643, D-3 had asked 28N if they were coming up on 330. 28N was too far away to hear a response, and there was no further discussion of the subject, so the answer was probably affirmative.
Like I posted, a sense both of understanding and resolution was -- like ED-9 -- a bit short.
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