Gardner Gawking

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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Thu Oct 05, 2017 5:55 am

Rarity of rarities: 2 consecutive days and an earlier start for the 0400-0605/10-05-2017 post coverage.
The radio was quiet until 0423 when a car countdown for FI-2 was heard, mebbe Ayer, mebbe Fitch, mebbe in between. ~0430, 400 still being in its open-air barn, Wachusett was MT, and the only things lit between and including the 333 WLs and 335 WLs were the 334 ELs, Stops being what were shown. At 0435, D-3 gave the EGT permission to reverse direction in the interlocking on 1 at FG and then proceed to GL. The leader was IDed as the 7518 with 3 7500 trailers, no corporate affiliation given. To save suspense, there was no further sight or sound of the EGT, but signal indication and my being a bit and also a lot of distance from the ROW gave all sorts off chances to miss all those MT covered hoppers.
Up Da Hill, there was general MTness, the exceptions being the 3 company gons -- plus neighboring tie-stack -- on the House and a dozen or so general with 1 rack at the east on Yard 2. Wait! Wasn't that what was on Yard 1 and the Extension yesterday? Mebbe, but I don't remember the rack being a Conrail. This morning it was. The rack also had reflections coming from inside it. At 0458, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL was dark. This might a day early, but the 346 WL and the 345 WLs and EL continued to rule old school.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, as were -- at 0516 -- the 333 WLs, 402 not yet due at the platform. Further east, the WBs by the rotary River Street UGB showed Clear for 1 and Stop for 2, the 330 WLs and GL WLs all Stops. A few later, the FG 1 WL was at Limited Clear, showing that the route had been put in for 402 and also that it would likely be normal running.
At 0533, a west-facing KCIR 5964 was sitting in the FI-1/2 parking spot attached to a bunch of presumably plastic-service full-size covered hoppers.
Except for 402 doing their air, the radio was remarkably silent, the clear exception to that coming at 0549 when D-3 asked POED with the 7605 if they could stop at the Willows without blocking Wagon Wheel. Response and reaction to the response went unheard, and pretty soon it was Transfer Time.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:05 am

0430-0650/10-09-2017? Rain, drizzle, more rain, more drizzle, and an actual PAS movement.
At the start, there was only occasional static. The 0452 arrival at Wachusett showed all reds on the 333 WLs, and 2, then 1, and then 0 reds on 400's markers getting east through the reverse curve, the 40.2 giving a no defects on 2 to 20 axles at a later and appropriate time, and in an attempt to make this sentence way too long, 400 being on 2 and there being no audible yarding-related transmissions, 22K was probably either already tucked away or still well west. D-3 now got on the air with 28N, asking to confirm if 7 were spotted and the rest were on the main, and then in a bit telling them to tie down.
Just about then, the 333 WLs came back on at all Stop, and the gloomy east even got bright. KCIRs 7534 and 7535 -- Dag! Numerical order! -- got 39 west on 1 at 0501. Given the scattered slurries, it was probably POED. There were also a few boxes, a coupla company stone hoppers, gons, but no CHUXs, and no centerbeams, MT or otherwise. With the WB far enough west, the Controlled Siding WL went from Stop to Medium Clear, 1 the probable route for 402. An offering of thanks was then made to The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks, one that took enough time for only the ELs at 334 to be lit, but not enough time for the 335 ELs and 1 WL to be anything other than Stops, the layover WL showing it lined for 2.
Up Da Hill, there were yard occupants from the midpoint east -- racks on 4 and general -- including a CANFOR-wrapped centerbeam -- on 2. The company gons were still on the House and still had the stacked ties for abutters.At 0532, Parkers was MT, the dark 346 WL being only a temporary condition. While waiting and in out-of-area info, D-3 made Form D G-303 effective at 0542, Line 4ing all tracks from ? to East Northfield for TC-14304. There was no mention of having to clear by a particular time and nothing further was heard about this matter. The 346 WLs had gone to Stop, the east -- again -- did get bright. and the 346.6 announced itself on the job at 0544, giving no defects, 62°, and 2024' at 0546. The length seemed reasonable, and the temperature was 1° different from the readout in my car, so mebbe calibration is good.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, as were -- at 0603 -- the 333 WLs. Further east, the WBs by the rotary River Street UGB showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 1 WL at Slow Clear, the GL Controlled Siding WL at Approach Medium Approach, and -- you guessed it -- the FG 1 WL at Limited Clear. At 0618, KCIR 5930 == plus a buncha full-size covered hoppers to the east -- was sitting in the FI-1/2 parking spot. Dunno how far west the NBSR track critters were supposed to go, but they weren't legally visible East Side or West Side. Darkness mighta been a contributing factor, too.
Until the 0655 end of listening, there were only a few other spates of static, the sole bit of clarity being the phrase "brake wheel," speaker and significance unknown.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Oct 11, 2017 6:34 am

For 0425-0635/10-11-2017, not much PAS to be seen, but some to be heard. At 0430, a broken "EDPO" was heard on the yard channel, indicating Ayer was the probable location, confirmation to follow at 0432 when D-3 acknowledged AY-2 being lined and locked normal and in the clear along with the advice that EDPO would be coming.
The arrival at Wachusett was in time to see a Medium Clear on the 333 Controlled Siding WL, dropped at 0451 by 400 with 3 flats, 1 bi, and the 1123. ADHD being the mode today, an immediate trip west was made, the only other illuminated signals being the 334 ELs at Stop.
Up Da Hill there were loaded racks on Yard 4 and general on Yard 2, including wrapped centerbeams. This being the second observation day when there were wrapped lumber loads in the yard, the question arose whether ED-8 had been arriving after the PW or whether the setoffs had been from EDPO, prompting the further question about ED-8's continued existence, given the car-count decline. Also in the yard was a solo and mebbe set-out rack on the Extension. The House still had the company gons and neighboring tie stack. At 0523, D-3 called out to AY-6 and then almost immediately told 22K it was OK to continue east. I doubt the continuation was from any of the more easterly holding points since there was no 22K yarding chatter during the rest of the listening spell. Further evidence would be that 402 -- more about which later -- would be on 2 at the 40.2. Even further evidence had come just a bit before getting to Pearson Boulevard when a clear transmission about being told to hold was heard, indicating that 22K was probably at Royalston and had responded to a WB (287?). At 0526, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL was dark, so it was back EB. At 0532 and while I was transiting the deepest part of Mount Wachusett's electromagnetic penumbra, D-3's only intelligible words were "Track Car" and "single track." Since this was on the Paxton antenna, doubt this was for the Conn River as had been the case on 10-9.
Down Da Hill, it was Stops for the 333 WLs, 2 WB by the River Street UGB, 330 WLs, GL WLs and FG WLs, 402 -- even more about which later -- always being just ahead. At 0557, a breaking D-2 gave EDPO with the 7545 a 241 at CPF-303. Dunno if there was signal trouble or if it was part of a setoff.
At 0602, KCIR 59?? was on the east end of a few covered hoppers and in the FI-1/2 parking spot. Position and orange overhead lighting on yellow cab numbers made reading of the last two digits questionable.
More about the 402? At 0607, the 40.2 gave out "Integrity Failure" and an axle count of 47 for 2. 402 conferred with D-3 and the plan was to do a Shirley roll-by. The 0611 results were 1 flat spot, but OK otherwise. Wasn't around for 404, so dunno what happened with them, but there was -- at least initially -- no service alert posted.
Finally and at 0618, AY-2 called out to D-3 about their cab.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby atholrail » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:24 pm

ED8 aka EDAY is now OD 1800 Sun-Tues-Thur due to the tie gang..
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby johnpbarlow » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:36 am

Does this means there is a daytime ops curfew in effect in D3 between E Deerfield and CPF-335 Westminster?
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:36 am

Friday the 13th did not live down to its reputation, at least for the 0425-0643/10-13-2017 timespan.
Thanks to atholrail's 10-11 post, there was little surprise at 0428 when a buncha ED-8/D-3 exchanges began -- some clear, some not so. ED-8 advised that the Freight Main West was lined and locked normal, followed in a short bit by some garble about OX, followed in another little bit with "22K" being the only clear reception. There was a partially clear 0447 2-to-1-in-a-westerly-direction 241 for ED-8 at FG. Mebbe the leader was the 7541. The 0501 ED-8 update and acknowledgment were surprising. Not only was ED-8 a tad scratchy, but so was D-3, and this at the 333 lot, a spot where D-3 is normally clear. Mebbe antenna selection, mebbe antenna trouble. The update particulars were 36x3, 4750 tons, and 2236'. To save suspense, nothing further was seen or heard of ED-8. 400 already being well east, the only lit signals on the 333-335 continuum were the Stops on the 334 ELs.
At 0513, the 40.2 gave no defects to 20 axles -- presumably 400 -- on 1, the reason for the track assignment coming at 0515 when D-3 gave 22K their yarding instructions that included the hedzup of 2000' already being on Track 1 in the yard.
Up Da Hill, there were racks on Yard 4, general -- heavy on full-size covered hoppers -- on Yard 2, and more general -- MT centerbeams plus full-size covered hoppers on the easterly end of Yard 1 plus the Extension. Yes, the company gons were still on the House and still accompanied by the tie stack. At 0528, D-3 called out 10MPH between 365 and 368 and 25 between 368 and 370. Somebody repeated it, but dunno who. Even though the 345 1 WL had been showing Clear, the 346 WL was dark at 0532, so it was EB from an MT Parkers. And yes, the old-school signaling at both 345 and 346 was still in effect.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, the 330 WLs also going dark at 0549, 402 being far enough east. Curiously, both WBs by the rotary River Street UGB were at Clear, while Stops were showing at the 330 WLs, GL WLs, and FG WLs. At 0608 KCIR 59?? was in the FI-1/2 parking spot. The ?? are there for the same reason as on 10-11.
At 0609, the 40.2 gave no defects to 24 axles -- 402's time -- but this time on 2, the track assignment -- confirmed by 22K's yarding transmissions that would continue until the end of listening -- indicated that 22K was now clear of AY.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:45 am

I know it's getting near that time of the year, but the 0425-0640/10-16-2017 period had moments straight outta The Twilight Zone.. There was 0430-ish D-3 exchange with SEPO about whether SEPO or EDPO would be taking stuff outta the Hill Yard. No definitive word was heard, not a surprise since I was next transiting a Zombie Zone. At 0438, a now-clear D-3 advised EDPO that AY-3 was working the yard, followed at 0439 by a breaking FI-2 calling out to D-3, again with no further info. Next and at 0448, D-3 acknowledged AY-5 being lined and locked normal and in the clear at San-Vel (Ah, the persistence of the past!) and that a cab would be gotten.
The arrival at Wachusett showed a Medium Clear on the 333 Controlled Siding WL, dropped at 0451 by the 400 with 3 flats, 1 bi, and the 1132. There was also a partial to or from EDPO with the 7541 getting the leader ID. The all-Stops at 333 would get repeated at the 334 ELs, 1 stagger, and 335 ELs and WLs, truly a surprise. Nothing was seen shunting on 1 at or around 334, ditto at 335, leading to the guess that the signals were now back to constant-on, more about which later.
Up Da Hill there was general on Yard 2, including tented lumber centerbeams and shortie covered hoppers. There were also 4 full-size covered hoppers on the Extension and the 3 company gons on the House plus neighboring tie-stack. Yard 4 mighta had a few at the midpoint, but the view -- like in parts of the old Garden -- was obstructed.
Over at the MT Parkers, the 346 WL went from Stop to dark at 0527 and for at least the next minute stayed that way, prompting yet another mental entry into the numbers of WBs missed at Parkers and a trip east. Now and an hour before sunrise comes The Twilight Zone: Approaching the Timpany Boulevard Rotary at 0532, the next sound was the 346.6 announcing herself on the job. The non-executive decision was made to head back towards the Jade, and at 0535, the 346.6 gave no defects, 53° (what my car had earlier shown at Parkers), and 2117', followed by a broken acknowledgment. The 345 WLs were both at Stop, and the west did not get bright, either at the Jade or -- given the possibilities of the Stops -- at West Switch. Mebbe there was a signal work going on at the 346.6. Mebbe there was a delay in transmission. Dunno. Just dunno.
While I was heading east, a breaking D-3 said something to EDPO about a meet at Wagon Wheel. Dunno with whom. Naught else was heard from either D-3 or D-2 about EDPO or SEPO during the listening period.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs that had been at Stop with no apparent shunting were now dark, as were at 0555 the 333 WLs, 402 already well east. Further east, the WBs by the rotary River Street UGB showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 WL a Slow Approach, and the GL Controlled Siding WL a Medium Approach. A bit to the east, a Restricting was called, that showing on the FG 2 WL, FI-2 with KCIR 5956 shoving east with covered hoppers at 0610.
A number of curious events were seen, a number of curious events were heard, but curiously -- yes, I know about Zombie Zones -- naught was heard from the 40.2 about either the 400 or 402.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:17 am

0425-0730/10-18-2017 had plenty of activity with none of the strangeness of 10-16. At 0428, D-3 asked AY-2 about going back to the Hill Yard, resolution unheard. At 0431+, both sides of a D-3/POSE confab were heard in which POSE was to tie down at New Bond, a cab already having been called for 0500. D-3 closed off saying that it had been a "a pleasure working with you," making it sound like someone's last trip, more about which later.
~0500, 400 was already well east and the 333WLs dark. Also dark was the 334 1 stagger, the ELs at their customary Stop. The approach to State Road/Rte. 2A was timed just right to see the 335 ELs go from dark to Stops, the 335 single WL showing Clear. The predawn west did get bright and KCIRs 7518 and 7627 plus NewBlue 3401 got 29 (yes -- twenty-nine) onto 1 at 0508. There were a coupla shortie covered hoppers and a smurf box in the mix, but the dominant species were MT centerbeams, making it seem like an EDPO and not an ED-8. The EDPO ID would be confirmed later by D-3.
Up Da Hill, there was a POED on 2, its marker a bit west of the 345 WLs. Yard 1 and the Extension had general that included company gons, and Yard 4 had general that included CANFOR-tented centerbeams. Dunno if those had been dropped by an earlier ED-8 or the just-seen EDPO. If EDPO had been setting off and POED had been picking up, Gardner musta been busy.
The company gons were no longer on the hHouse, but a good amount of track equipment was. Neither on the first view nor on the post-0600 view was any corporate ID legally visible, but on the later view, crew pickups had arrived in the lower lot. No PAR logos were visible, so mebbe NBSR crew personal vehicles?
An offering of thanks was made to The Deity Of The CPF-345 Dunks, perfectly timed as to not be able to transcribe the update details, but POED next wished D-3 good luck with his new endeavor. There was never a Form D issued while I was listening, but the voice of the soon-to-be-departing D-3 sounded like that of Nelson. POED next said the West Switch was lined and locked normal and the derail in proper position, D-3 responding with an OK to down to 346 plus the word that 22K was around Royalston. At 0533, D-3 told EDPO that there would be a 0x11 pickup off Track 4 and that they might have to hold for 22K, now around Wrights.
At 0549, the 346 WL came on as Clear, the west got louder and eventually brighter, the 346.6 coming on at 0555. NS 8406 and UPs 4017 and 4450 -- may the Wizard of Wyeing smile on photographers of that 23K! -- getting a no defects, 34°, and 9040' at 0600. 128 positions were counted, including a 5-pack of tables, about 3/4 occupied with single-highs and no trailers. While 22K was going through 346, D-3 told POED at 0551 that power control had said that the 7541 was OK to use if they needed the second unit. Marker-calls were exchanged and POED was on the move at 0601, the 346.6 back in business at 0603. KCIRs 7585, 7541, and 7534 -- can't testify as to on-line status -- got a no defects, 34° (still), and 3791' at 0607. There were -- again -- lotsa MT centerbeams, a coupla MT (utility poles EB?) bulkheads, a coupla slurries, a few mebbe paper-service placarded tanks, boxes, full-size covered hoppers and -- by the tail -- some shorties, including Ciment Québecs. My car's thermometer -- with engine running an a couple hundred yards east of the 346.6 -- showed 36°, well within acceptable calibration for me.
Almost down Da Hill and at 0625, there was either a C or U telling EDPO to back for 40 cars, taking what was needed to clear. At 0629, there was again good timing to see Stops on the 335 ELs. Why? As I was passing under the State Road/Rte. 2A UGB at 0629, 22K was passing over it. Over at Wachusett, 406 already had a Medium Clear for the 333 Controlled Siding WL, but 22K was facing Stops, acknowledging same at 0635. At 0644, someone -- coulda been either 406 or 408 -- asked someone else to have a third someone else come forward for a job briefing, so I decided to get east. 406, however, got east of me at the westerly River Street UGB, resulting in all signals up to and including the FG WLs to be at Stop.
At 0704, KCIR 5967 was sitting solo, but on West Side, not the usual parking spot. If the number triggers some NERAIL memories, see Bruce Macdonald's http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=240674 of 10-17 showing an EB FI-1 at Wachusett with what mebbe might be the 3 company gons that had been on the House. At 0707, the 40.2 gave a no defects to 28 axles on 2, 406's time. In a couple, D-3 gave EDPO the OK on signal indication at AY after 406 cleared, and at 0710, D-2 asked EDPO about their dangerous locations, answer and reason unheard.
There was a later and Zombie-Zone 22K/D-3 exchange about mebbe waiting for 408, but where that might be and what the answer might be were lost in garble.
If readers did not earlier need extra caffeine and repeated high-speed application of foreheads to desk-tops, that time has probably now arrived.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby GU1001 » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:25 pm

I believe the photo linked below may explain the reference to "someone's last trip" in Jaymac's last post.
A great career Mr. Hutchinson. Best of luck in your future endeavors. I have enjoyed your insiders views on Nerail for quite some time.

Photo credit Mike Rosenberger:

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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby newpylong » Thu Oct 19, 2017 7:09 pm

Enjoy your retirement Dave!
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:57 am

An absolute second to newpylong's wishes for David. Dunno how anyone who started off B&M could have done anything but change affiliations the way he and so many others did.
On the subject of affiliations, unless David had gone back to PAR just for the occasion -- plus changed his voice and his job classification -- he wasn't the one engaged in pin-pulling on 10-18. It was the third-shift D-3 dispatcher, and dunno if he has changed job class, affiliation, or retired.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:32 am

0425-0640/10-21-2017 -- What? A Saturday? -- had its moments.
~0450, the only lit signals between the 333 ELs and 335 WLs were the 334 ELs, and yes, the tie handler -- despite all the activity elsewhere -- was still on the ground in the 335 lot.
Up Da Hill, there was general on Yard 4 and loaded racks on Yard 1 and onto the Extension. Yard 2 mighta had a few, but the racks were interfering with the view. The House was crammed with track equipment, and there were two shiny utility trailers parked between the Heywood and the MART fence. There were also 2 semi-Great Walls of Ties, 1 in front of the air plant and the other and larger just west between 2 and the Yard Lead. Could it be that the long-ago-discussed re-relocation of CPF-345 a bit east to increase headroom for EB setoffs is about to happen? There was a Clear on the still-old-school 345 1 WL, making the trip slightly west seem even more promising. Unfortunately, Parkers was MT and the still old-school 346 WL dark, even with a postponed-until-0525 departure. The 345 1 WL was still at Clear on a second viewing, and there would be some subsequent possible explanation at 0541 when D-3 told POSE -- more about which later -- they'd be heading to Royalston, and at 0543, D-3 acknowledged AY-2 being lined and locked normal and heading back with 9 MTs.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark as were -- at 0550 -- the 333 WLs, no surprise since 1400 wouldn't be due outta Wachusett until 0630.
Further east, the WBs by the rotary River Street UGB, mighta been both at Clear, but the WLs at 330, GL, and FG were all at Stop.
At 0606 and during transfer time, there was a 1400 shoutout to D-3, probably for a signal at 335 and probably put in since there was no repeat. At 0608, solo KCIR 59?? was in the FI-1/2 parking spot, and Keolis track cars looked like they were getting ready to be elsewhere.
At 0621, there were exchanges between the now-1st-shift D-3 and AY-5/28N about loads being spotted in the plant and MTs on the Main. There were car-count and power details, but southbound on 190 isn't the beast place to commit those details to paper. At 0623 came further proof that plans are subject to change. POSE notified D-3 that they were west pf Burncoat and that their Form D- G-301 was fulfilled, and D-3 notified POSE that they were now to head for Ayer. There may have been later changes that I didn't hear.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby johnpbarlow » Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:48 am

Q: P&W Worcester switcher crew routinely puts outbound empty rack strings on air at Gardner, presumably to expedite PAS 287's pick-up (I don't think PAS returns the favor on inbound racks or freight but P&W crew man has to walk the GRWO train anyway after putting the marker on). What happens if the air plant experiences a sustained power outage (eg, 24 hours)? Will someone from PAS come out to Gardner to set hand brakes to keep the racks from ending up in a pile at CPF-346?
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:23 am

Those of a certain age might recall The Boomtown Rats. That recollection made, "I Don't Like Mondays" might also be recalled and might also be the involuntary soundtrack for whole bunchsa 10-23-2017 predawn folks.
Things started off with a D-3/Track Car 1320 colloquy that would see the the 1320 getting Line 3d in segments to 354 and -- given Zombie Zones -- mebbe even beyond. At 0450, POED entered the audio picture with sounds of getting itself back together, either at Ayer or Fitchburg, the location being determined at 0455 when D-3 gave POED permission to reverse direction and head west from CPF-Camp to the #2.
Now the hexes hit: 400 reported a restart -- power unknown -- at 0507, a situation that would be repeated at North Leominster and possibly later with a D-3 request to try to clear Derby, resulting in -- with a confounding variable to be detailed in a bit and after a Keolis consult -- a plan to not stop at Ayer, but get to Littleton so 402 could take 400's passengers.
At 0511, the 40.2 gave a no defects on 2 to 222 axles, presumably POED, a presumption supported at 0519 when D-3 acknowledged a 9x44 update from POED. 0519 was busy because at the start of that minute, D-3 gave the OCS permission outta the Ford Plant up to AY, further and at 0540 giving the OCS permission to take Ayer station, a complication for the limping 400, a complication whose resolution went unheard by me.
Think things are done? At 0522, D-3 asked the LGT about their status at the Milling, particularly about whether there people there for unloading, and mebbe AY-4 would help. Also in there was a request about faxing the brake slip for the EGT.
In more usual events and ~0505, the 334 ELs -- at Stop -- had been the only lit signals between the 333 ELs and 335 WLs. Up Da Hill there was general on all yard tracks. There was also general on the #2 -- an apparently tied-down EDPO with dark KCIRs 7575 and 7594. Track equipment still filled the House, and the utility trailers were still parked between the Heywood and MART fence, but the tie piles that had been by the air plant were elsewhere and not readily visible to the east. On the subject of the air plant, I'm nowhere near an airbrake rules expert, so I can't answer johnpbarlow's earlier question, but I think handbrakes still need to be applied.
In other 400-related activity, D-3 told POED to take the signal at Derby cuz 400 had yet again reported they were yet again on the move. At 0532, D-3 told AY-5 that they'd be unloading the LGT and what they couldn't get would be gotten later. AY-5 on the LGT? There were no racks visible at Gardner, so mebbe 287 was well west, and 28N was being held in a similar location account the OCS. One other detail: In all the D-3 activity, the dispatcher did get self-IDd, and that was Nelson, so he wasn't the one doing last week's leave-taking -- unless there had been a change of plans, not that changes of plans have ever been present or past practice at PAR/S.
At 0537, there was a Zombie-Zone D-3/402 exchange about possible signal troubles at 334, as good an omen as any for the trip ahead for 402. Also at 0537, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, so it was back EB.
The 335 ELs were dark, and Wachusett -- 402 already east -- was bypassed. The WBs by the River Street UGB were showing Clear for 1 and Stop for 2, normally a hint that 404 would be taking 2. Such was not the case since 22K was holding on 2. The 330, GL, and FG WLs were all at Stop, and 22K with NSs 9237, 7636, and ???? was holding west of the FG WLs. Holding east of the FG WLs was POED with NewBlue 3404 for the leader, and at 0617, KCIR 5967 was sitting on West Side, the reason for its easily legible cab numbers.
Was the OCS seen? No, nor was it heard to, from, or about. The 40.2 did give a no defects to 28 axles, but that count could just as easily have been for the 402 who was to play Rescue Ranger for 400's riders.
In good news, there no reports heard of any other troubles, but in a bit more than 2 hours the numeral and alphabet soup of TC-1320, the troubled/troubling 400, 402, POED, EDPO, LGT, EGT, POED, AY-4, AY-5, 22K, FI-2, and OCS. Boomtown Rats had it so right
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:08 am

0430-0615/10-25-2017 was dark and wet, especially for Cs and Us.
At 0535, D-3 rogered whatever POED with the 7594 had said and OKd a westerly continuation. At 0441, the 40.2 gave a no defects on 1 to 64 axles, which mighta been for POED, but a short one. Given that 22K would be heard from later and that mebbe 400, 402, and 404 would be on 1 at Leominster and even beyond, 22K mighta been holding at Camp or even Derby for POED to get west. Naught else would be seen or heard of POED.
~0505, the only brightness in the wetness between the 333ELs and 335 WLs were -- you guessed it -- the Stops on the 334 ELs Mebbe around 0510, a Zombie-Zone D-3 called out to somebody, saying he was checking on their status and that a cab was coming to pick them up to recrew ED-8. Just before the Rte. 140 North ramp on Rte. 2 W and at 0513, the 40.2 gave a no defects on 2, the axle count garbled. What was ungarbled was both sides of C&E chatter about feet remaining and 3-step and an almost MT yard.
Sitting dim on the 1 were KCIRs 7545, 7517, and 5956. From just east of the Timpany Boulevard UGB and however far west was general. From the general to the power were racks. Racks on ED-8? Makes good sense to allow 28N to highball Gardner. At 0524, D-3 asked AY-2 about the San-Vel switch and whether they were in the clear yet. No acknowledgment of being line and locked normal and in the clear was heard, so dunno. Mebbe AY-2 had yarded 28N. Again, dunno. Given darkness, wetness, and obstruction, the actual amount of non-ED-8 cars in the yard did seem slight, the C's lantern occasionally blocked as he wound brakes. The House still was crammed with track equipment, and a trip was now taken slightly west, where at 0533 Parkers was MT and the 346 WL at Stop, presumably cuzza being lined for 1. Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, as were -- at 0550 -- the 333 WLs, 402 being well east. Anyone needing an under-car wash should consider a trip to the Princeton Road/Rte. 31 UGB during periods of heavy rain. Dunno if there was a clogged catch basin or if it was because the increase in roadway elevation north of the bridge has gone unaddressed, but the word "ponding" seemed an inadequate descriptor.
Further east, the WBs by the rotary River Street UGB were both Clear, and the 330, GL, and FG WLs were all at Stop. At 0604, solo KCIR 5967 was sitting on West Side. A minute later, there was a transmission, the only clarity being "22K." Then at 0609 came what sounded like 22K being yarded. That judgment got changed to "starting yarding" at 0611 when the 40.2 gave 402's 28 axles a no defects on 1.
Readers not yet asleep will remember that this day's end-of-listening came earlier than usual. A compulsion to enrich Home Despot was 1 reason. The other was that the rest of the trip turned into an outdoor carwash, and safety first, safety last, safety always were the ruling words.
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