"Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Postby ShortlinesUSA » Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:21 am

Thank you for that great info, 690. I wish I would have thought to ask, but your answer brought it to mind now-- based on those run times between Keag and NMJ, do these trains run in daylight between NMJ and Waterville? As long as they don't spend a ton of time working/sitting around NMJ, it would seem they might.

I will admit D1 becoming the last stand of the EMDs certainly has the gears going in my head on getting back up there. The last time I did, it was because all the locals were using the GP7/9s to date it.

I really appreciate the info!
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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Postby 690 » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:02 pm

MAWA does, heading west out of NMJ around 0700 (this last week they've been running somewhat later, but usually 0700-0800 is normal for them). They get into Waterville at some point around noon, or later. WAMA will then head out early afternoon to early evening.
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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Postby ShortlinesUSA » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:21 pm

Excellent, thanks for the additional info.
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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Postby baldy » Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:19 pm

WAMA by Newport last evening @21:45. Two 6 packs sandwiching a four pack, 14 wagons. Don't know if a power swap was made.
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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Postby ShortlinesUSA » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:07 pm

Thank you for that report.
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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Postby Cosakita18 » Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:35 pm

Might be a silly question, but would D1 be capable of handling Autoracks should there ever be demand?? I know that CMQ is trying to pull autoracks off of CN /NBSR but could PAR handle them through D1 and D2 if needed?
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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Postby KSmitty » Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:39 pm

Short answer, no.

Long answer, there are a few stretches that can handle taller cars, but the district as a whole is restricted to Plate F.
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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Postby gokeefe » Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:33 pm

Clearance problems in New Hampshire ... East of Ayer has issues as well ...
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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Postby fromway » Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:33 pm

Driving up I95 on Friday, I noticed many new ties to the East toward the Keag and West when crossing over the right of way. Is this part of the grant money?
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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Postby BM6569 » Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:06 am

I know CMQ is having a tie project to Searsport. What you observed was on PAR track?
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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Postby 690 » Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:51 am

Sounds like he saw the NBSR, as 95 doesn't cross Pan Am anywhere near Keag. They're doing track work to get their mainline back up to 40.
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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Postby Cosakita18 » Sat Aug 11, 2018 4:48 pm

It looks like the Forest Ave. speed restriction has been lifted. caught WAPO cruising past Woodford St. at a good clip this morning.
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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Postby PT1101 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:36 am

It looked as though the FRA and DOT test cars were parked behind the yard office at Rigby Saturday night. Didn't see any power attached. No idea when they might be heading out of town.
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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Postby 690 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:48 pm

Probably Monday.
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Re: "Up North" Gawking (District 1 sightings)

Postby PT1101 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:33 am

The DOT and FRA cars were still parked at Rigby Monday. In fact, they had company, in the form of PAR 1, PAR 2, and the 3 business cars. Train was facing west. The dome car was head out next to PAR 2.
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