Fewer manned helpers at Altoona

Discussion relating to the NS operations. Official web site can be found here: NSCORP.COM.

Fewer manned helpers at Altoona

Postby KevinD » Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:07 pm

Been seeing coal drags go past the cameras at Cresson and the Curve with AC traction DPUs on the rear instead of usual pairs of SD40E helper sets. I wonder how many fewer helper crews they are going without now. Do the DPUs get cut off at Altoona or do they go all the way through with the train to its destination? Used to be coal trains would have 2 helper sets on the rear for braking, if they are getting by with just one pair as DPUs now, are there track restrictions (i.e. these can't be sent down "the slide")?
Posts: 90
Joined: Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:13 pm

Re: Fewer manned helpers at Altoona

Postby Acela150 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:31 pm

AFAIK, DPU's stay on the entire trip with no restrictions on the trip other the those posted in Bulletins.
Posts: 157
Joined: Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:00 am

Return to Norfolk Southern

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest