Gardner Gawking

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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:12 am

Fair warning: A rant will conclude this post and no, it does not concern the Patriots.

0420-0650/02-05-2018 was an interesting interval. Things were initially quiet, but then came a 0430 transmission that pretty much set the tenor of things -- "Springfield Terminal District 3 to somebody calling. Over." There was neither response to nor repetition of the shoutout immediately audible. A few later, however, there were extended periods of static on both road and dispatcher channels, followed again by silence perhaps aided and abetted by Zombie Zones.
The 333 Controlled Siding was at Medium Clear, but even before 400 was due east of the platform, the west got bright, LED bright, as NewBlue 7552 and KCIR 7500 came to a stop on 1 at 0447 with what would be later IDd as ED-8, the same ED-8 that D-3 had told somebody they'd be waiting for a minute earlier. 400 did get east with 2 flats, 1 bi, and the 1035 at 0451. Given ED-8's presence, the WLs stayed all at Stop, but the headlight went dark at 0500, the same time as the adjacent Shrine opened for services. Never one to ignore an omen, I began going west. The 334 ELs and 1 stagger were all at Stop, but ED-8 musta been short cuz no marker was visible to the east. The 0510 view of the 334 light show coincided with D-3 telling 287 with NS 7616 to make the cut, take the marker and head west and that ED-8 was coming down Da Hill beside them. Couple later, D-3 told ED-8 to back their train off on Freight Main West and take the rest of 287, more about which later. There were also discussions about bad reception. 335? Dark. Right around 0515, ED-8 reached out to 287 for a hedzup on 287's troubles, but 287 was not positioned for me to hear their response. The 40.2 report on the 400? Probably tromped on by all the other business.
Up Da Hill showed that, however slowly, progress does happen. Yes, the tamper was still on the House, and the rust was still on the Heywood, but the rack-2-high-sided-gons-and-other-rack sandwich that had been on the Extension had progressed to Yard 2 and was itself sandwiched by other cars. Wow! Customers might actually be getting the cars they had signed for however many weeks ago! At 0539, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, that lack of signal signaling going EB.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, as were the 333 ELs at 0556. Further east, the 330.8 WBs were both at Stop, part of the reason being 287 sitting on 2 just east of the rotary River Street UGB. Whatever 287's issues might be, it wasn't power, not with NSs 7616, 7302, 2746, and 6970 looking like they were all online. Further east, the 330 1 WL showed Slow Approach, the GL Controlled Siding WL a Medium Approach, and both FG WLs a Stop.
At 0616, the FI-1/2 parking spot mighta been MT, but a bit east on West Side was either again or still from 02-03 KCIR 7585. 0622 marked a both-sides-audible D-3/ED-8 exchange. OX West was lined and locked normal, ED-8 would head west to FG, hold for the 404, and then take the racks west of 330 -- including the 1 with the bad knuckle -- east to San-Vel. Staying at San-Vel or heading to Ayer or other possibilities were TBD.
In other complications, Keolis Fitchburg had told Work Extra 1053 to call her at the Willows, and at 0643, D-3 told a Keolis work extra -- the same one? -- to hold just west of Camp and follow 404. Dunno if there was a connection, but there was a Service Alert showing 404 5-10 late between Ayer and Boston.

The following rant will seem familiar -- too familiar -- to more experienced readers. When mere mortal civilians and/or gawkers experience bad reception, it is -- at most -- an inconvenience. When the people -- both railroaders and riders -- whose safety, job-performance, and livelihoods depend on consistently effective communications consistently get less than effective communications, that would seem a priority problem with a relatively straightforward and relatively inexpensive solution: remote base stations with voting units to give Zombie Zones the headshots they have deserved for decades.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:01 am

0420-0655/02-09-2018 presented a buncha static and partials and even a few clear transmissions. ~0430, there were D-3/POSE and POSE/POSE exchanges that were broken, but seemed to involve a trackman who might not be available -- given that 0300 was the trackman's usual time off duty. Naught further was heard to help explain the situation. It also sounded like AY-3 was in the picture and SEPO, as well. There was clarity at 0450 in a D-3/FI-2 exchange, FI-2 having gotten their P&Ws and Deerfields together and D-3 advising they'd wait for 400 to get by and then get over to East Side.
~0505, Wachusett was MT and the 333 WLs dark, as were the the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs. The 334 ELs had been at Stop, and the berms from the Wednesday storm had been driven through at both the 333 and 335 lots. At 0513, the 40.2 gave no defects on 2 to 400's 20 axles.
Up Da Hill, the berm at the entry off the Timpany Boulevard ramp to the westerly end of the yard looked intact. There was 1 rack -- mebbe 2 -- on the westerly end of Yard 4 -- mebbe Yard 2. The rack/2-high-sided-gons/another-rack sandwich was still on the Extension, so folks won't be getting their cars or scrap as soon as I'd thought. Given the Main Street crossing berms and snow-and-ice-covered rails, the Heywood hadn't seen traffic since the end of the storm, and the 345 signals were still old school, as would their 346 relatives be in their slightly later observation. No changes? The tamper was gone from the House. That process -- according to a more frequent and more local observer (Hi, Jim!) -- took 2 days, a lowboy being staged one day and the haul-away on the following. Another observation was that 287 with 2 BNSFs had spent most of an earlier day statically enjoying the scenery of Gardner.
At 0543, Parkers was MT and the fresh plow berm intact. The 346 WL being dark, it was EB time. There had been a 0540 D-3 shoutout to 23K with NS 8108 wondering if they were on the move west yet, the difference in D-3's sound hinting at a different antenna, probably well west.
On the way east, there were a number of D-3 attempts to answer AY-2, D-3 finally and at 0546 acknowledging a 0600 cab for AY-2. Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, as were the 333 WLs at 0559. Further east, the 330.8 WBs showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 1 WL a Slow Clear, the GL Controlled Siding WL a Medium Clear, and the FG 1 WL a Clear, the explanation for the break in pattern quickly emerging. At 0617, the FI-1/2 parking spot mighta been MT, but KCIRs 7561 and 7535 -- later self-IDd as ED-9 -- were sitting on East Side. At 0624 and 0626 and 0628, ED-9 would reach out to D-3, but Transfer Time Protocol was in full force this date, the 0630 reach-out getting a D-3 response, the substance of the exchange being that ED-9 would like to come out and go back to the rest of their train, D-3 giving the OK on signal indication. At 0639, D-3 would give a 2-2 EB 241, but -- predictably -- the remaining 16 minutes of listening were nowhere near enough for all the activity involved to hear an acknowledgment of the update.
At 0649, there would be a broken D-2 transmission to someone -- SEPO? -- telling them they'd be meeting an unspecified WB freight at Wamesit.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:17 am

0420-0655/02-12-2018 was not a day of stereotypical observations. There was pretty much radio silence, Keolis in the forms of Boston East, Boston West, and the 400 OKing departure from Wachusett being the early breakers of said silence. 0451 was when the Medium Clear on the 333 Controlled Siding WL got dropped by a total of 4 flats, 1 bi, and the 1138, and 0453 was when the 333 WLs went and stayed -- at least for the next few -- dark. At 334, all -- ELs and the 1 stagger -- were at Stop, and naught was visible west. Over at 335, the State Road/Rte. 2A UGB was MT, and both the 335 ELs and WLs were at Stop, prompting musing about whether FI-2 mighta gotten east of 335 when I had gotten west of 334 and lost sight of the ROW. In what would be a pattern for the period of observation, naught -- even static -- was heard from the 40.2 at 400's appropriate time. That would hold for 402 and 404, as well, prompting even more musing about rain-related and/or OOS issues. Up Da Hill, there were racks on Yard 4, general on Yard 2 with a few racks to the east, and the pair of high-sided gons sandwiched by solo racks still on the Extension. The House was still MT, and what was left of the much-melted berms at the Main Street crossing of the Heywood had not yet been run through.
Did I mention the slurries between the switches on the #2?. Well, they were there, but what was not there was either power or a marker. The trip to Parkers showed it MT at 0530, but that condition would be temporarily temporary, given the Approach on the 346 WL and the noise to the west. The 346.6 came on at 0531, NewBlue 600, OldPaint 319, and KCIRs 7535 and 7561 getting a no defects, 32°, and 1166" at 0533. Minus power, what were the 1166"? Slurries, more slurries. BFPO was completing its double of Royalston Hill. Never heard why that would happen with what seemed sufficient power, even with wet rail, but wheel-slip control troubles seemed most likely. The power stopped a bit west of being across from West Switch, but not to headpin. Instead, the tail was left on the #1 so the easterly 28 could haul onto the single, shove to the #2, and then shove back to the tail car -- a bit more walking, but less winding and unwinding and less possible frustration for the brake-effectiveness test. Time being finite, I didn't hang, but in probably the last pre-Transfer-Time radio translation, D-3 OKed the Single-west-to-2 241 at 0551.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were again at Stop and the State Road/ Rte. 2A UGB again MT, but my now being east of the bridge showed dimmed lights also east of the bridge, NSs 8054 and 2554 plus racks, but not enough to have had 287's marker visible earlier at 334. Dunno if a crewed 287 was holding for BFPO to get east or if this was a not-yet-complete recrew.
At 0610, the 333 WLs were dark, 404 just getting ready to leave the facility and the Medium Approach Slow being called a couple later. Further east, the 330.8 WBs showed a Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, and the Limited Clear on the 330 1 WL changed to Slow Clear as I was driving by at 0618. There was a Medium Approach Medium on the GL Controlled Siding WL and a Limited Clear on the FG 1WL, and at 0624, solo KCIR 5974 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot.
Again, the 40.2 went unheard, even at times and in places from which it shoulda been heard. There was some back and forth involving D-3 and 404, first at 0647 about walking the train while at the station and D-3 advising the Radio Room and then D-3's 0654 OK to continue. More details I don't have, but Keolis had an also-undetailed 10-15 Shirley-BON delay posted on Service Alerts.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:09 am

The key and unifying theme for 0420-0635/02-14-2018? Randomness. There was a clear D-3/AY-2-with-the-7541-at-0421 exchange involving permission 1 east to 1 at CPF-AY, followed at 0434 by 1 at AY west to 2. To save suspense and with the usual Zombie-Zone cautions, there were no further mentions heard to, from, or about AY-2, not even transportation arrangements at the end of duty. 0437 would be the Time Effective for Form D G-305, a Line 13 giving 287 -- more about which later -- with NS 9283 permission to leave 313. 0447 would be when FI-2 and D-3 got into exchanges about going from West to East with 7 loads, a wait for 400 being a necessity. 400 would get into a C&E exchange at 0450 about departing, the Medium Clear on the 333 Controlled Siding WL getting dropped at 0451 by a total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 1123. Darkness returned to the WLs at 0453, and ADHD returned to me shortly thereafter, prompting a bypassing of the usual Shrine, it not yet being ready for services. Over at 334, the ELs were at Stop and the 1 stagger -- no surprise -- was dark.
Randomness reigned, however, at 335. The ELs were at Stop, but not at stop was 22K (more, again, about which later), whose tail got east of both the 335 EL and 335 MP at 0503. The power had gotten east and unseen, but most of the train seemed -- at least the portion I saw -- to be MT wells. My guess that 22K had been on 1 was confirmed by the Medium Approach Slow for the layover lead on the 335 WL. I did try consoling myself that I probably woulda totally missed 22K cuz I either woulda been in line at The Shrine or away from the ROW while heading to 334. The attempt didn't work. At 0507 and later, 22K with UP 4772 would reach out to D-3. Given the relatively short distance between us, 22K's transmission seemed weak, more-- yet again -- about which later, but I was not surprised -- given that Wachusett Mountain was then between me and the Paxton antenna -- to not hear a D-3 response. What I was surprised by, however, was the sound of the voice coming from 22K -- the awesomely Ozzie intonations of Elvis, a voice not heard in more than a bit.
Up Da Hill, there was general on the easterly portions of both Yard 1 and 2. There coulda been an obscured few on 4. Dunno. What I do know is that the customers expecting cars and customers expecting scrap will continue to have those expectations, given the persisting presence of the rack/high-sided gons/rack sandwich on the Extension. In other sameoldsameold, there was naught on the House, and there was rust on the Heywood wear-surfaces. At 0527, Parkers was MT, and the 346 WL being dark, I was EB. hile From the westerly side of the crest a broken 22K transmission was heard. At 0537 and now from east of the crest, there was another 22K transmission, this time D-3 responding and saying that this was the first he had heard from them. Having already delivered a radio rant this week, I will refrain from repetition. What followed were yarding instructions and what seemed like 22K saying they had been experiencing train line leakage.
At 0530, D-3 and 404 would confer concerning equipment and crew, and D-3 would advised 404 they'd be on 1 all the way. D-3 also advised that the detector -- additional discussion to follow -- was back in service. Dunno whether the now-remedied outage included 02-12. Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were at Stop, probably more about 402 to the east instead of 287 -- remember them? -- stopping at 335. As a matter of fact, D-3 would reach out to 287 to check their count -- 0x?2 -- and power -- 9283 and 9724 -- and also to advise that they's be waiting for a coupla passengers to get by, making sound like they might West Wye or so.
402 told themselves it was OK to depart, the the 333 Controlled Siding WL dropped at 0456, another total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 1121 being the cause. Shunting stopped and darkness started at 0549, so it was -- again -- eastward ho, and at 0551, FI-2 would request the signal for East Side.
To the east, the 330 WBs showed a Stop for 1 and a Clear for 2. 402 not being far enough east yet, the 330 and GL WLs were all at Stop. The stop lights facing me delayed my arrival sufficiently to see an Approach on the FG 1 WL. At 0600, there had come separate sounds of 22K doing their separate things in separate locations, and at 0604 came the sight of the MT FI-1/2 parking spot MT, but only cuz KCIR 5974 was inside the FG limits and beginning to shove east.
0609 was when the 40.2 gave a no defects on 1 to 25 axles.The talker might be back in service but the counting feature seemed in need of a tweak.
22K's to and fro provided the soundtrack for what was left of listening.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:27 am

0420-0650/02-16-2018 was busy. At 0424, D-3 reached out to the Grain Train (several more-about-whiches later) and advised they were clear of Derby. At 0431, the 7523 -- later revealed as the LGT's leader -- talked to D-3 about battery trouble, and in the same time frame, FI-2 (also several more-about-whiches later) was disclosed as being at Derby. 0437 was when the 40.2 gave no defects on 1 to 224 axles -- the Grainer, -- and at 0449, FI-2 with the 5974 would get a 2-2 EB 241 at FG. At 0450, D-3 was in the process of talking with AY-2, but 400's C telling 400's E it was OK to depart stepped on the D-3/AY-2 content. A total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 1031 did the dropping at 0451, but the WLs did not go dark at 0453. Rather, the east got bright and loud -- EMD loud. NewBlues 619 and 613 got 22 -- MiniMonstah? -- west on wet rail at 0457. The symbol -- usual cautions in effect -- was never heard, but given the slurries, it was likely an EDPO. There was also a good percentage of boxes, even a separated pair of Smurfs, but no centerbeams. Yes, an offering was made at The Shrine Of The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks. Testimony to the efficiency of the acolytes would come at 334. Not only were the ELs at Stop, but so was the 1 stagger, not going dark until 0506, the same time that FI-2 got an OK for 2 West at OX that included a D-3 question about there being enough room cuzza the rest of the Grain Train being there. The 335 ELs and Single WL were also a Stop, the block west being longer than the interval between 334 and 335. The Lead WL? Medium Approach Slow.
At 0512 and in a Zombie Zone came a broken D-3 shoutout to the LGT, and at 0513 -- on 400's time -- the 40.2 gave a no defects on 2 to 24 axles.
Up Da Hill, the 345 1 EL was at Clear, a hint that the WB wouldn't work Gardner. To get the usual Friday details done, the 345 and 346 signaling was still old school. There mighta been something on Yard 4, but the racks plus a few easterly general on Yard 2 blocked the view. The House was MT, and any evidence of movement on the Heywood since the 02-14 observation was compromised by wet rail. Anyone had expected the rack/2-high-sided-gons/another-rack sandwich to have left the Extension is a far more optimistic individual than I am.
At 0537, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark. That was also the time that D-3 asked the LGT to confirm that they were lined and locked normal for 1 at the Milling. The WB had lost none of its ability to turn the predawn east temporarily bright, turning on the 346.6 at 0546 and getting a no defects, 34°, and 1246' at 0547. There also mighta been something holding west, but they woulda been at least 1/2 hour away, so I was EB.
At 0556, D-3 and FI-2 would chat about going West to East with 4 loads, and a few later, the 335 ELs would be dark. a ditto at 0604 for the 333 WLs. At the 330.8 WBs, there would a Stop on 1 and a Clear on 2, followed while passing Rollstone Street by a broken 40.2 on 402's time. 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. 0618 was when the aforementioned 5974 was seen sitting solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot. Not only that, but fellow KCIRs 7595 and 7643 were seen sitting to the east, WB on West Side and in elephant arrangement. Dunno, but mebbe they were an ED-9.
What can raise my pulse quicker than caffeine? Crossing over the Oakdale OHB and hearing the words "B&M Detector. Mileage 7-Point-Eight." What can lower my pulse equally quickly? The 0638 conclusion of that transmission -- "No Defects. Transmission Over." Thank you, Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks, for your intervention; I did not lose too much of my life while waiting on the wrong side of the Temple Street/Rte. 140 crossing. POSE wasn't visible a few later either at the crossing or across from the solar farm.

As a hedzup, much of the original attempt at this post got lost originally cuz the "Save" feature of "Manage Drafts" seemed elsewhere for a bit. Mebbe just a temporary glitch, but be prepared.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby leviramsey » Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:05 am

jaymac wrote:What can raise my pulse quicker than caffeine? Crossing over the Oakdale OHB and hearing the words "B&M Detector. Mileage 7-Point-Eight." What can lower my pulse equally quickly? The 0638 conclusion of that transmission -- "No Defects. Transmission Over." Thank you, Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks, for your intervention; I did not lose too much of my life while waiting on the wrong side of the Temple Street/Rte. 140 crossing. POSE wasn't visible a few later either at the crossing or across from the solar farm.


At 0720-ish, there was an eastbound train canned east of Clinton Jct. SEPO?

(EDIT: I see the Worcester Branch thread now)
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby atholrail » Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:58 pm

Fitchburg yard may finally be getting that rebuild. New tie bundles have been dropped from OX to FG, and all sides of the east and west yards at Fitchburg.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:58 am

Thanks, atholrail, for the 1758/02-18-2019 good news. May those ties see quicker service than the signals-to-be at 345 and 346 have!
0425/02-19-2018 was when D-3 told 22K with NS 8016 that it was OK to head to Ayer, and 0436 was when the 40.2 gave a no defects to 266 axles on 1, not the usual routing for 22K, more -- you guessed it -- about which later. At 0438, somebody told D-3 there was trouble with their set and release, D-3 asking them to let him know what they found. 0438 was when somebody called out "22K going up the 1," confirming that the 40.2 had not misIDed the track.
0450 was when the 333 WLs were dark. Why? It was Presidents Day, a Saturday-schedule holiday, and the 1400 wouldn't be due east until 0630. 0456 was when 22K got told to back in, a Restricting at CPF-AY being the reason. The Stops on the 334 ELs were the only visible brightness between the 333 ELs and 335 WLs, and if you think things looked grim, they started to sound even grimmer at 0506. Still dunno the who and dunno if it was part of the earlier set-and-release issues, but somebody advised D-3 that 15 cars had derailed on the 4, D-3's approach being to tell them to move the marker and go with what they could. Dunno -- again -- if it was POSE, but they were the ones to get the time-wise closest ID, but POED and ED-9 would later be involved in back-and-forths with D-3. Never heard -- usual cautions in effect -- a Worcester Main Form D get issued before the 0635 end of listening, so no idea what the POSE story might be.
Up Da Hill, there were a dozen-plus general on the easterly end of Yard 2 and possibly some on Yard 4. The fresh plow berms on the Heywood's Main Street crossing were undisturbed, and all else was sameoldsameold -- MT House and nonMT Extension. Yes, the sandwich was still there. At 0520, D-3 gave POED with the 606 permission to reverse in the interlocking at CPF-Camp, also providing an explanation for 22K having earlier been on the 1, and 0522 was when Parkers was MT, the dark 346 WL signaling my return east.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, as were the 333 WLs at 0538, 1400's scheduled departure now less than an hour away. At 0543, ED-9 with the 7595 would give a ?x19, 664 tons, and 1125" update, saying something broken about Freight Main East. To the east, the 330.8 WBs were both at Clear, but the 330, GL, the FG WLs were all at Stop, and solo KCIR 5974 was again sitting solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot at 0551.
0554 was when the 40.2 gave a no defects on 2 to 152 axles, prompting me to pull up by the old North Leominster platform in more than enough time to see POED with NewBlues 606 and 604 get by with 35 at 0605. There were slurries, a coupla Irving centerbeams, a few covered hoppers, and boxes that included a coupla Smurfs and even a solo CSXT. ED-9? Dunno if they were still east or had gotten by me between FG and GL when view of the ROW was lost. There was some occasional static, the only clarity coming from a 22K/D-3 exchange about trailers being parked too close -- but not fouling-close -- to the tracks and D-3 calling out a coupla times to the mysterious "somebody calling." Never got to hear what that was about.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:54 am

For 0420-0635/02-21-2018, there was repeated olfactory input in the form of parfum de moufette, a Sure Sign of Spring and a reminder for us all to sharpen our reflexes for that other Sure Sign of Spring, the Squashed Skunk Slalom. Auditory input was less plentiful, the sole early clarity coming at 0436 with "AY-2, half a car-length." To save suspense and with the usual cautions, naught else was heard to, from, or about AY-2 for the remainder of listening time. Visual input came not only from the 8-for-8 reds on the 333 WLs (the middle green for the Controlled Siding being the exception) but also from the reds and blues at the nearby Cleghorn Oil yard. The WLs would become 9-for-9 red at 0452 when 400 with a total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 1064 would get east. 0454 was a return to darkness, except for the public-safety lightshow at Cleghorn. A bit further west -- including the 335 ELs and WLs -- the 334 ELs at Stop were only visible displays.
At 0512, D-3 would roger whatever EDPO had said, but I was outta reception range for EDPO, so dunno. To again be economical with suspense, same story as with AY-2. 0513 and on 400's time was when D-2 and the 40.2 would step on each other, so -- again -- dunno.
As I had been getting further up Da Hill, there was crew chatter, prompting hope that EDPO was in Gardner, but at 0515, FI-2 would call out to D-3. Up Da Hill presented some interesting sights, principal among them being a marker on the Heywood just north of the Main Street crossing. There were 3 -- mebbe 4 -- boxes supplying air to the marker, and the power -- KCIR 5974 -- was further along and in deepest NEWW. Dunno how many would be lifted and how many would be left, but the 0527 chat with D-3 about a 0630 cab to Parker Glass on Chestnut Street hinted at a tie-down too long to fit south of the Main Street crossing. Dunno -- yet again -- if FI-1 would be going to Otter River or swapping ends at Gardner.
The rest of Gardner? Yes, the rack/2-high-sided-gons/another-rack sandwich still sat on the Extension. A bit east on Yard 1 were a dozen or so loaded racks, and general -- including both wrapped and tented centerbeams -- was on Yard 2. There coulda been stuff on 4, but the view was blocked. And yes, the House was MT. MTness maintained its sway at Parkers -- along with the MT-of-illumination CPF-346 WL -- at 0526.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, as were the 333 WLs at 0555. Even the reds and blues at Cleghorn Oil were elsewhere. Further east, the 330.8 WBs showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, a Slow Approach on the 330 1 WL. Stops were on display at the GL and FG WLs, and -- predictably at 0607 -- MTness was on display at the FI-1/2 parking spot.
0608 and on 402's time was when the 40.2 would give a no defects to 28 axles. That -- except for some Worcester Main activity detailed elsewhere -- was the last heard until the 0635 end of listening.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:35 am

The 0420-0636/02-23-2018 time slot was marked with initial radio silence, broken only at 0450 when 400 allowed themselves to depart, 2 bis sandwiching 1 flat and propelled by the 2006 doing the dropping of the 333 Controlled Siding WL at 0451, darkness occurring at 0453. Further disruption of radio silence occurred at 0457 when D-3 gave ED-9 with the 604 permission to occupy the #2 and proceed west to CPF-Camp, advising that the 400 would be on 1, so they wouldn't have to wait. At 0505, there would be a bit of garble about FI-2 and West Side, but then another bit of quiet. The only visible signals up to and including the 335 WLs were the 334 ELs at Stop, and in line with what D-3 had earlier told ED-9, 400 got its no defects from the 40.2 for 20 axles at 0513 on the 1. There was also at 0513 a D-3 shoutout to AY-2 with the 7643, followed at 0520 by D-3 saying there would be a cab at the pine tree.
Up Da Hill, there were 6+ racks on the easterly end of Yard 2 and some post-wintry-mix polishing on the Heywood. In the Sameoldsameold Department were the MT House, the RRA-eligible signals for 345 and 346, and -- yes -- the same old sandwich on the Extension. There was -- to be accurate -- a slight change for the 345 1 WL. It was at Clear, not the usual display. Any optimism that there might be a WB in the near term was deflated at 0532 by the dark 346 WL at an MT Parkers. At 0526 there had been another D-3 transmission to ED-9 asking if they were lined and locked normal and how they wanted to do their Fitchburg work.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, but the 333 WLs were solid Stops at 0547 and then dark at 0549 cuzza EB/IB 402. Further east, the 330.8 WBs showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, but the 330, GL, and FG WLs were all at Stop, 402 not yet being far enough east and -- particularly for the FG WLs -- ED-9, as will be seen, coming west. At 0601, KCIR 5974 was sitting solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot and both East Side and West Side were pretty well filled, mostly with covered hoppers. 0605 was when NewBlues 604 and 606 would haul west of the old engine house location with a markerless 10, ED-9 calling out a Restricting for FG at 0608. No 241s for ED-9 were heard while I was listening, but the 40.2 did give a no defects on 2 at 0610 for 402's 24 axles.
In Different District News, D-2 had earlier been setting up some SEPO/POSE power juggling in and about 309, and to borrow from the bard, the course of true railroading never did run smooth. D-3 got involved at around 0630 because of computer screen issues interfering with the intended leader being the actual leader. It was broken on the D-3 side and nonexistent on the POSE side, but after some consultation D-3 advised a reset of the ICE breaker, and if that didn't work he could provide a phone number for more expert help. Didn't listen long enough to hear how or even if things cleared up.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:36 am

0420-0640/02-26-2018 was a time of not much. There were occasional spells of drizzle, below-or-at-freezing temperatures, and trucks -- thankfully -- out treating, to be sure, but things were otherwise sparse. The first intelligible radio activity would come at 0440 and a bit later from FI-2 doing the car-countdown. Given the diminished signal strength at the I-190/Rte. 2 junction, the Ayer area was probably the point of origin.
The next clarity came at 0450 when 400 gave themselves permission to depart Wachusett, the Medium Clear on the Controlled Siding WL dropping predictably at 0451 and the WLs going dark at 0453. The culprits were a total of 3 flats and 1 bi plus the 1035. This particular day was one in which ADHD was in effect, so the opening of The Shrine seemed too far away to wait for. The only visible indications up to and including the 335 WLs were the 334 ELs at Stop, and stopping by them at 0500 was when D-2 began a series of chats with POED, some clear some broken. Among the clear items were "turnout," "WA," "tower," and "paperwork." A few later, I was too far west to hear even garble outta the 40.2 on 400's time,
Up Da Hill was pretty well open. There were still the 2 high-sided gons on the Extension. Whether the now-elsewhere rack pair was the rack pair a coupla hundred yards further west on Yard 1 is something I dunno. The wear surfaces of the Heywood were sufficiently wet as to not be reliable witnesses for recent activity. The House was MT, and in the interest of reducing repetitive-stress injury to the tips of my index fingers and to your eyes, there will be no further House commentary until that condition changes. At 0526, one of the Ds -- broken -- gave somebody permission to make whatever moves they wanted, and at 0526, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark. 0540 was when D-2 called out to POED again, but there was nothing further heard.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, but the 333 WLs gave a Medium Clear on the Controlled Siding for 402 who gave themselves the OK to go at 0545, 6 flats and the 2009 doing the dropping at 0546 and nobody else close enough to maintain shunting at 0548. Further east, the 330.8 WBs showed a Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, just about the same time that 404 called out a Medium Approach Slow at Westminster. There was a Slow Approach on the 330 1 WL, but 402 had gotten far enough east that the GL Controlled Siding WL showed a Medium Approach Medium and the FG 1 WL a Limited Clear. 0608 was when the 40.2 gave forth garble pretty much on 402's time and also when KCIR 5974 was seen sitting solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot.
The final D-3-related clarity came at ~0625 when the new D-3 wished a good day to Q427.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:37 am

0420-0635/02-28-2018 made me glad I was not someone who needed Keolis 400 -- more about which later -- to run on schedule.
At the outset there were occasional spurts of static plus -- around 0440 -- an unattributable someone one doing a car countdown, signal strength hinting the yard work might be around Ayer.
Clarity resumed at 0445 and again at 0446 when D-3 reached out to POED -- more about which (again) later -- with 7575. A 0447 switch to the yard channel got a response, D-3 then asking if they were gonna take the signal in the next few. Otherwise, he'd drop it. POED said they'd accept the indication. Whether they were the ones doing the earlier yard work, dunno. At 0450, 400 gave themselves the OK to get outta Wachusett, and they did, with a total of 3 flats and 1 bi plus the 1134 doing the dropping at 0451, things going dark at 0453. That darkness was a foreshadowing of later developments for the 400 and its crew and passengers. The 40.2 transit -- no defects on 2 for 20 axles at 0512 -- was as one might expect, but a later series of Keolis Fitchburg transmissions -- broken -- asked variously about an MU cable and whether the Concord Fire Department could get to them, the last audible-to-me being at 0621 with the word that 402 would tie on to them. The T Service Alerts just before this keyboarding showed 400 being stopped outside West Concord with mechanical issues and approaching an hour's delay.
The 334 ELs were the only visible signals up to and including the 335 WLs, and except for lotsa covered hoppers and a few MT centerbeams on the easterly half of Yard 4 and the still-there pair of high-sided gons on the Extension, Gardner was MT. Also doing the car countdown was FI-2, the Heywood showing some polishing, but signal strength indicating that Otter River or Maki's might be a more likely location than NEWW. At 0528, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, so it was back east.
While transiting a Zombie Zone, there were a coupla D-3 shoutouts -- 0534 to 22K and 0538 to POED. The usually-dark 335 ELs were at Stop cuzza 402 --usually already east -- clearing the 335 ELs at 0540 with 4 flats, 1 bi, and the 1129, future rescuers of the 400. 402 did get east of Wachusett on time, dropping the 330 Controlled Siding WL at 0546, 0549 bring a return to darkness. 0550 would bring a single D-3 call to AY-2, no power and no details.
To the east, both 330.8 WBs were at Clear, and the 330 and Gl WLs were all at Stop, 402 having just gotten east. A 0600 241 at FG with scratchy details was given to POED, and a number of full-size and shorty covered hoppers were being shoved east onto East Side by KCIR 7575, NewBlue 3404, KCIR 7620, and NewBlue 7552 just before the 0605 driveby of the MT FI-1/2 parking spot. Never did hear anything -- usual cautions in effect -- about FI-2 tiedown or transportation arrangements. 0607 was when the 40.2 gave a no defects on 2 to 24 axles as 402 moved east to its rendezvous with 400.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Mar 02, 2018 8:32 am

First of all, good sense and good luck to everyone in the storm's impact area.
The 0415-0645/03-02-2018 interval was busy. At 0426, the 40.2 gave a no defects on 2 to 196 axles, more about which in a bit. Almost immediately, D-3 began a broken convo with mebbe AY-5 concerning cars spotted on the main, cripples, and tying down account no immediate recrew. There was also a broken 0435 D-3 shoutout to ED-9, a subject of more follow-on items. At 0438, D-3 came on marginally clearer when he gave FI-2 with the 5974 permission to reverse direction where they were standing and go east to AY, next inquiring about their Deerfields and confirming that there were 30 on West Side.
The Wachusett arrival was early enough to see not only the Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding but also the Stops for 1 and 2 on the WLs but also also an EB coming to a stop on 1 at 0547. At 0450, 400 gave themselves permission to depart, a total of 3 flats and 1 bi plus 1066 doing the dropping at 0451. Predictably with the EB on 1, the WLs did not go dark at 0453, but unpredictably, first the rails and then the wintry mix to the east got bright, and then the east got loud, and then NewBlue 3402 and KCIR 7585 got 46 west at 0459. Let's see -- 4 x 46 = 184 + 12 = 196. They would later self-ID as POED at the 346.6, but that was already the presumption, given the Irving-wrapped centerbeams, slurries, and LPGs. There were also some Brand X scrap gons, boxes that included a Big G, and a coupla MT centerbeams. After a couple, the 330 1 WL went to Medium Clear, and air pumped off, NSs 1006 and 6992 got 22K's total of 26 table and 121 well positions east at 0511. There were only a few MT slots, the loads all containers and no trailers.
I know I normally would report the 40.2's accounting of the 400, but that event happened while making an offering of thanks to The Deity Of The CPF-33 Dunks, The Deity being particularly providential this date. Again its designers and installers have shown the utility of their work for the stretch between CPF-330 and CPF-335.
Given the wait for 22K to get east, it should be no surprise that POED was far enough west that the only visible illumination was at the 334 ELs -- Stops.
Up Da Hill, the easterly half of Yard 1 had a mix of racks and general and Yard 2 had racks. Yard 4 was obscured, so that was questionable. The Heywood had a covering of wintry mix, not surprising since FI-2 was well east. Constant entries in the Sameoldsameold Ledger were the signals at both 345 and 346 and the still-there pair of high-side gons on the Extension.
0538 was when the 346.6 came on, and 0539 was when she gave a no defects, 28°, and 2675'. The length seemed a little light, but the temperature was matched on my car's thermometer. The 346 WL was and would remain at Stop until POED was further west, there had been no mention of an EB at 354, and there was nothing on 2 at Parkers, so I was EB. At 0550 and 0553, ED-9 with the 7543 would reach out to D-3, but that was during a transit of a D-3 Zombie Zone, so dunno what -- if any -- the immediate response was. But at 0556, there would be a broken D-3 transmission about opening up at Moores and heading west.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, and mental dice were rolled, causing a bypassing of 333. Further east, both the 330.8 WBs were at Stop, and the 330 1 WL was at Slow Clear, a sitting 22K being visible thereabouts and accounting for the Stop visible on the 330.8 2. The GL Controlled Siding WL was at Medium Approach, and both FG WLs at Stop, 22K's power a coupla hundred yard west on 2. Right by FG is not the best place to hear the 40.2, but all that was heard from there and at 0609 was "40.2," no indication of track or axles, thus no indication of whether it was for 402 or ED-9. There was visual certainty, however at 0610 and at the FI-1/2 parking spot. All those guessing that KCIR 5974 was sitting there solo should reward yourselves with a trip -- self-paid -- to The Shrine Of The Deity Of Whatever MP Or CP Dunks Or Even Non-Dunks Of Your Choosing. In case the earlier 40.2 garble was from ED-9, a position was taken up by the old North Leominster platform, but there was no change after a few on the Clear for 1 and Approach for 2 at the EB staggers for CPF-Derby, indicating -- at least to me -- that ED-9 was not in the immediate picture, causing a continuation of being EB.
Listening to the little voices of ADHD can occasionally pay off: It was at 0643 that the new D-3 called out to ED-9 to confirm that they were lined and locked normal on 2 and headed west, Fitchburg to be discussed in a bit.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:27 am

Time and caffeine are suggested: 0420-0700/03-05-2018 was active.

Providing me relief from the snow, D-3 gave permission at 0427 to FI-2 with the 5974 to proceed west on the #2 from where they were standing to CPF-Derby, letting me know that I probably wouldn't be seeing them up Da Hill. At 0441, 3-step would be requested from AY-3, followed in a couple by "No Maine Central cars." 0450 was -- as usual -- the time when 400 would give themselves permission to depart Wachusett, the 333 Controlled Siding WL getting dropped at 0451 by a total of 3 flats and 1 bi plus -- surprise -- MassDOT 1056. There being no near-enough shunting, 333 WL darkness occurred at 0453. Something of note had happened at 0452: a 1-sided-to-me and short D-3 transmission to POED -- more about which later -- with the 7595. After the ritual offering and while at 334 -- ELs at Stop -- AY-2 got involved in 3-stepping and AY-3 got involved in counting down cars. Yes, the 335 ELs and WLs were dark, and surprisingly for the location, the 40.2 was garbled both for axle count and track at 0513. Up Da Hill was pretty MT -- 4 general that included an MT flat and an MT centerbeam were on Yard 1 and just at New Switch and the the still-there-pair of high-sided gons were not gone from the Extension. What was there on both mains and all visible yard tracks was an equal amount of snow topping -- nothing east or west since accumulation had started. 0530 was when both Parkers was MT and the 346 WL was dark, causing me to be EB.
The trip east was slowed by accumulation, traffic, treatment trucks, and a wisely-cautious oversize load, but D-2 was kind enough to tell POSE at 0544 that they would tie down at Graniteville and then tell AYPO -- hadn't heard those letter in a bit more than a bit -- they'd get going when POSE got by. If things seem like they -- despite no 22K, 287, or 28N being mentioned -- mighta been a bit busy in and around Ayer, there will be later amplification.
The 335 ELs had been dark, as were the 333 WLs at 0551. At 0555, D-3 OKd the previously-mentioned POED to reverse direction on the #2 at CPF-Camp. Further east, the 330.8 WBs showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 1 WL a Slow Clear, the GL CS WL a Medium Clear, and the FG 1 WL a Clear, signifying 404 -- more, again, about which later -- would have the 1 at least as far east as North Leominster, but probably even further, given POED.
At 0608 and on 402's time, topography was the cause of the 40.2 again garbling the axle count and track. 0611 was when KCIR 5974 was seen sitting solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot. a few later -- 0617 -- and while in favorable topography to 40.2 gave a no defects on 2 to 162 axles. And yes, that prompted taking and maintaining a post by the old North Leominster platform in more than enough time to see KCIRs 7595, 7523, and 7518 plus OldPaint 351 get 35 west at 0625. There were slurries, LPGs, Irving centerbeams, a few covered hoppers that included a coupla shorties, and a surprising number of RBOXs. The 40.2 was in the giving vein today -- at 0624 and again on 2 -- it had given a no defects, this time to 68 axles. 0627 had been the time of a both-sides-audible D-3/ED-9 exchange to confirm that things were lined and locked and checked normal at Moores, and 0633 was when KCIRs 7517 and 7489 plus 14 got west. There were a fair number of in placarded tanks on the tail and in a surprise, a Maibec centerbeam. Had there been a POAY or a setoff from an earlier POSE? Dunno.
It shouldn't be a surprise, but I had heard nothing earlier to, from, or about ED-9, but I had heard earlier some first 404/404 garble and then 404/D-3 garble about 404 having trouble, 2001 being the offender. The last clear transmission I heard was 404 telling D-3 at 0636 they were back on the move. Given the T Service Alerts, that was only temporary. In other ED-9 news, they would be working East Side. Whether POED or ED-9 would take the 4 on Yard 1 at Gardner, never heard.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:20 am

First, a repetition of the 03-02-2018 exhortation: Good sense and good luck to everyone in the storm's impact area.
For the 0420-0620/03-07-2018 interval, the most frequent occupier of the radio waves was AY-3 doing 3-steps, brake tests, car countdowns, and all the expectable business of yard work. Yes, D-3 at 0423 would confirm that AY-2 was lined and locked normal and headed back light power, but with the hedzup that SEPO was in the yard so check with them. There was another D-3 shoutout to AY-2 at 0628, but naught else was heard on that subject. And yes, there was a 0438-0440 3-way involving D-3, ED-9, and the Ayer Utility about a marker for ED-9. To save suspense, naught else -- usual cautions in effect -- was heard to, from or about ED-9. Throughout all of this and beyond until the end of listening was AY-3. Dunno if AY-3 was assisting SEPO or had its own full plate.
The snow had gotten pretty substantial, and the arrival at Wachusett was early enough -- 0433 -- that the WLs were still dark. Deciding to take my own good-sense advice, I started west without waiting and saw Stops on the 334 ELs and Approach on the 1 stagger, the stagger display probably a function of 400 have just gotten east since the 335 ELs and WLs were dark.There was accumulation on the less-traveled lefthand lane of Rte. 2 WB, and while I did hear 400 give themselves permission to leave Wachusett at the scheduled 0450, I was too far west to hear anything from the 40.2 on their time.
Up Da Hill, there were 10 or so loaded racks on the easterly end of Yard 1. Yards 2 and 4 mighta had a few, but the view was blocked. The still-there pair of high-sided gons? Still-there on the Extension. Dunno when 28N had gotten east, but the snow on all visible rail-tops was uniform. At 0516, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, so I was EB, only to hear more of AY-3 doing all sortsa yarding stuff.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, as were the 333 WLs at 0533, 12 ahead of 402 scheduled departure. Further east, the 330.8 WBs showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 1 WL a Slow Clear, the GL Controlled Siding a Medium Approach Medium, and -- predictably -- the FG 1 WL a Limited Clear. Also predictably and at 0547, KCIR 5974 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot.
An aside about the weather: What looked like semi-blizzard conditions on the way west -- including snow accumulation underneath the Pearson and Timpany Boulevard UGBs -- had vanished. Mebbe we'll be lucky, but then again...
At 0552 the 2 EB stagger for CPF-Derby was showing Clear, A strong hint that ED-9 hadn't gotten beyond Camp. Given that circumstance, AY-3's activity in the yard, and no mention of SEPO having gotten east, questions about 22K came to mind. Were they already tucked away, or were they still well west? Somebody -- AY-3 and/or the Utility and/or SEPO -- provided an answer at 0558 in discussing all the cars being left on the 2 by saying that the word was that 22K wasn't even close to Deerfield.
At 0608 and on 402's time, the 40.2 would give a no defects on 2 to a garbled total-axle count, AY-3 -- them again -- intermittently occupying the airwaves until the end of listening.
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