Gardner Gawking

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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:10 am

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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby johnhenry » Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:20 am

A little bit of gawking at around 1800 Tuesday. Some freight on yrd4, some racks on yrd 2, reject scrap still on the extension (or is it the lead) - couldn't see yrd 1 or rest of extension cause NS 9041 parked and straddling the east switch (yes, just one unit)followed by racks and then a marker down near west switch on trk 2. I wouldn't swear to it, but those racks looked empty.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:00 am

First, the good news for 0410-0640/06-15-2018: No deer and no insurance-company balance-sheets were harmed, at least by me. As for the bad news, rental-company replacement cars seem not to feature roof-mount antennas, so Zombie Zones will be larger until repairs have been completed. At 0415, the D-3 side of a convo with AY-3 told them they were set to stay out cuzza somebody else being gone, grist for supposition to follow, and supported -- mebbe -- at 0423 by the 40.2 giving no defects to a garbled total count of axles on 1.
At 0440 and well before 400 was due at the platform, the 333 WLs were all at Stop, due in large part to EB elephant-style Ponies 9803 and 2612 sitting dim with trailing racks. This was not an unusual sight except for the occupants sitting on 2, 4k' seemingly the limiting factor for occupants of 2 between the 334 EL and 333 WL. At 0555, 2 separate , but seemingly interrelated matters of elimination occurred -- the west got bright and the Controlled Siding WL went to Medium Clear. Coming up the grade and getting west of the 1 WL at 0448 was solo NS 9041 and 25 racks, mebbe the triggers of the 40.2. If that solo Pony and its number seem familiar, check johnhenry's 0720/06-13 Gardner Gawking contribution. Just like clockwork, 400 gave themselves the 0450 OK to depart, a total of 3 flats and 1 bi plus the very shiny 1066 doing the equally clockwork 0451 dropping. Cuzza shunting, however, illumination was maintained. It looked like there might be activity about to happen in or around the 333 lot -- at the northerly side of the pavement were separate piles of mulch, loam, and stone. An offering -- naturally -- was made, but in a break with practice, a diversion was made to the station lot to determine just how long the supposed 28N wasn't -- 1/2 rack west of the platform awning and no further.
Further west, the 334 ELs were at Stop, and the block shunted and the presumed 287 far enough west, the 1 stagger was at a double-green Clear. The 335 ELs and WLs were dark, and no 40.2 report would be heard for the 400.
Up Da Hill, there mighta been something on Yard 4, but the FP-FP racks on Yard 2, and the general west of the Yard Lead switch on Yard 1 obscured the view. The Sameoldsameold Ledger entries still included the signals for 345 and 346, the untucked stone on the Heywood, and -- yes -- the 2 scrap gons, the shortie, and the rack on the Extension. There was a Clear on the 345 EL, showing #1 as the track of choice, and neither sight nor sound of the WB racks, so they probably highballed Gardner. At 0530, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, so it was time to be EB.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were both at Stop, 402's equipment having just gone east, and over at 333, the Controlled Siding WL was at Medium Clear in anticipation. The EB racks? Still there. 402 was on the move at 0545, a total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 1120 doing the 0446 dropping. At 0547, D-3 told POED that it was fine if they wanted to do it that way, the what and where being unheard by me.
Further east, the 330.8 WBs were both at Clear, and the 330, GL, and FG WLs all at Stops.
At 0602, solo KCIR 5930 was sitting on West Side, and a bit further east on West Side, there were fewer pieces of equipment in the old layover, and there were also on Wrest Side dark KCIRs 7622 and 7595. The previously mentioned POED? Dunno, but given that the visible cars were BNSF covered hoppers, the question arose about a partial or complete EGT. Dunno. Even further east, the EB staggers for Derby showed Clear for 2 and Stop for 1, so mebbe POED was to the east. In a break with longstanding practice, the RVJ track had an occupant, not a covered hopper, but a tamper. Other than it being a Nordco, it was unbranded.
Given my greatly reduced reception range, it should come as no surprise than naught further was heard.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Jun 18, 2018 6:59 am

For 0415-0640/06-18-2018, reduced radio-reception range remained in effect. There was a semi-clear 0437 FI-2-with-the-5966/D-3 exchange involving OX being lined and locked normal and permission to reverse direction to FG and back to East Side. The 0441-and-pre-400-even-being-in-the-block arrival at Wachusett had a sense of 06-15 déjà vu all over again. The 333 WLs showed 1 and 2 at Stop and the Controlled Siding at Medium Clear. Reinforcement occurred with the observation of NSs 9645 and 7565 followed -- again -- by racks and all sitting tied down -- again -- on 2. The Ponies would be quiet except for occasional alarm bells, followed by cycling on so brakes could be kept charged. At 0450, 400 was on the move, 2 flats and 1 bi plus the 1117 doing the 0451 dropping. Yes, the consist was 1 car light. Darkening wouldn't be occurring, but a short vigil was maintained in case a WB came around the bend. 1 didn't, but an offering was made, regardless. Unlike the 06-15 viewing, the racks extended west around the platform curve, the marker being more or less across from the Caraustar switch. The 334 ELs were at Stop and the 1 stagger at Approach, meaning 335 was still lined for 2, meaning no traffic -- EB or WB -- was in the near term for 1, meaning that the 335 ELs and WLs were dark, meaning I was headed up Da Hill. The 40.2 for 400? Unheard.
Up Da Hill, things in the yard were pretty well full. 4 had general, including (dirt?) containers on tables, 2 had racks, and 1 was its own story. There was general until a few yards west of the Yard Lead Switch and then the rack, the shortie, and the 2 scrap gons onto the Extension followed by 4 more racks. Dunno if the 4 easterly racks were additional PW refusals or if 28N had placed them on the Extension cuzza capacity issues. The Heywood stone could still use some attention, and Parkers and the 346 WL were in conditions at 0530 that prompted me being EB. There was a random reception of D-3 at 0536, the subject being ED-9 with the 7561. This was right around the Aubuchon building on Rte. 2 EB, an entry marker to the Westminster Zombie Zone, so naught further was understood.
Down Da Hill, The 335 ELs were dark, and the MART shortie bus in front of me was making sure its riders didn't get tossed about, so I detoured to 334 to get to Wachusett. The racks had yet moved, but the the 1 stagger was G/G Clear. Best efforts unrewarded, 402 was already crossing the Princeton Road/Rte. 31 UGB, but so was a WB with KCIR 7489, 2 more un-IDable KCIRs, and the always-IDable BlackBeauty 6528. What trailed those 2 dozen axles? 40 more. Yes, 10 cars, primarily slurries and centerbeamed lumbers, all west of the WLs at 0547. Dunno for sure, but mebbe this was a POED, especially since ED-9 was IDd with a different leader and usually doesn't carry slurries.
Further east, the 330.8 WBs showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 WLs Stops, the GL Controlled Siding a Medium Approach, and the FG WLs Stops.
At 0558, there had been a clear "3-step, FI-2," and at 0606, 5956 was seen sitting solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot. The reduced amount of track equipment was still in the old layover, and a bit further east and also on West Side, former FI-1/2 power KCIR 5930 was sitting on the west end of some covered hoppers, so dunno if a later WB -- ED-9? -- might be taking them.
Even further east, the EB staggers for Derby showed Approach for and Stop for 2. The tamper was still on the RVJ sub, and for those who keep track of such things, both a barricade and portable derail were in place. Unheard was the 40.2 report for 402.
Occasional static would be heard, changing into full-scale garble from D-3 at 0628 during transit of the Oakdale OHB. To underscore the randomness of the day, also transiting the Oakdale OHB -- but in the opposite direction -- was a fox doing -- naturally -- the foxtrot.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:50 am

For 0415-0635/06-20-2018, reduced reception range still applied. At 0427, D-3 said something to AY-3 about something, and at 0438 and amidst a spate of static, "22K" emerged clear, naught about which later.
Unlike the 2 more recent observations of the 333 WLs, darkness prevailed on my 0441 arrival and would until 0444, when Stops -- even for the Controlled Siding -- got displayed. The predawn east got illuminated by brightiewhities, a presumed POED with KCIR quartet 7898, 7655, 7541, and 7561 getting 95 west at 0450, the healthiest non-pig I've seen in more than a bit. There were corn-product, scattered slurry, dangerous, and even CO2 tanks, full-size covered hoppers, shorties that included LAFXs, a few gons, an MT bulkhead and centerbeam, and boxes that included some CSXTs. The Controlled Siding went to Medium Clear, and the 400 with 3 flats, 1 bi, and the 1117 did the 0452 re-dropping, no one else maintaining the shunting at 0454. The 334 ELs were at Stop and the 1 stagger dark, as were the 335 ELs and WLs.
No 40.2 reports for the 400 were heard, nor -- spoiler alert -- would any be for the 402.
Up Da Hill, the 345 EL was at Clear, and the presumed POED cleared the Heywood Switch at 0518. Even though traffic across the lower-lot stretch of the Heywood has flattened the mounds a bit, tucking still awaits the stone. Also still awaiting are the rack, shorties, and 2 scrap gons which have been restored to the Extension. There were racks on Yard 4, general west and racks east on Yard 2, and general on Yard 1. To complete the picture of capacity issues, the #2 had racks from just east of the Timpany Boulevard west to the Wilkins Road dogleg. Dunno if they were from 28N or for 287. Either way, good luck to whoever first switches Gardner. At 0523, the 346.6 gave a no defects to 5139', the temp and the acknowledgment both garbled, and at 0524, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were at Stop, 402's equipment just east, and the 333 Controlled Siding WL was at Medium Clear, dropped at 0546 by the 402 with a total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 1059 and darkened by nobody else being near enough at 0548.
Further east, the 330.8 WBs were both at Clear, and the 330 and GL WLs all at Stop. Curiously, the FG WLs were dark. Dunno if they got changed to approach-lit or if someone was working on them. Never heard a 241, although hearing D-3 can be a problem. At 0605, KCIR 5956 was solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot, and the reduced amount of track equipment -- minus any apparent activity -- was in the old layover. The tamper was still on the RVJ stub, and the EB staggers for Derby both showed Approach.
In entries for the Department of Date Gathering and Non-Gathering, despite the exacerbated D-3 reception issues, Boston West would come in clearly, telling various 300s there were no messages for them. D-3 did say somethingsomething New Bond Street somethingsomething to someone at 0621, but a few later -- 0628 -- there was the clear D-3 side of a convo with SEPO with instructions to pick up waters and freight off the 4, but only if the freight had been tested, AY-4 being referred to.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Jun 22, 2018 6:16 am

For 0415-0625/06-22-2018 (Welcome, Summer!), compromised reception was again in effect. At 0427, D-3 answered AY-3 with the 7627 -- AY-3 proving the radio 𝚨 and 𝛀 of today's time parameters -- something about 45 minutes and looking to run around cars at 312, followed almost immediately by an exchange with AY-4, the D-3 side of things -- thanks to starting to transit a Zombie Zone -- seeming to involve Derby, that Derby was involved getting additional evidentiary weight at 0431 with a a Zombie-Zoned 40.2 transmission.
At 0440, the 333 WLs were dark, so relocation to 334 took place where the ELs were at Stop and the 1 stagger dark until 0447 when an Approach showed. 400's equipment -- a total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 1119 got east on the Controlled Siding at 0448, the extra coach and slight delay prompting questions about whether an equipment swap mighta taken place at the facility. The 335 ELs and WLs were dark, so it was WB,
Up Da Hill, capacity crunch evidenced itself yet again. There was general on Yards 1-4 and loaded racks on the #2 from New Switch west to somewhere east of the still-OOS Pleasant Street OHB. The Sameoldsameold Ledger entries included the signals at 345 and 346. The Extension still had the shortie and 2 scrap gons. Gone from the Extension was the rack, but only as far as the House. Pondering the expense of crew time -- this mere mortal's guess being an hour's minimum start to finish -- to shift the rack from the westerly end of the Extension to the House was enough to divert attention away from stone condition on the Heywood. Mebbe those waiting their cars will get them before the 2019s start getting shipped. At 0511, D-3 again reached out to AY-3, nothing immediately being added, and at 0515, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, so it was EB.
Down Da Hill, 402 still being in the future, the 335 ELs were dark, as were the 333 WLs at 0532.
Further east, the 330.8 WBs showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 1 WL a Slow Clear, and the GL Controlled Siding a Medium Clear, usual a predictor of FG being lined straight for 1, but the FG WLs were again dark. At 0548, the FI-1/2 parking spot was MT, and the old layover still had track equipment, but seemed inactive. The EB staggers did show a Clear for 1 -- confirming the Medium Clear earlier at GL -- and the 2 showed an Approach, perhaps in keeping with the minutes-earlier garble that seems to have "POED" as its sole clarity.
The last clear reception would be at 0608 when D-3 answered AY-3 and gave them permission from where they stood west on the #1 to CPF-WL.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby atholrail » Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:56 pm

353 was Fitchburg power on Friday.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Jun 25, 2018 6:49 am

For 0415-0635/06-25-2018, reduced reception remained in effect.
At 0421, D-3 reached out to 22K with NS 9301, naught else about which later, and at 0444, the 333 Controlled Siding WL showed a Medium Clear, and 400's headlight reflected off the rain-soaked platform walls. For those with a desire to see a tracked Kubota min-excavator with a talon, 1 such critter has joined the plies of stone, soil, and mulch at the 333 lot. At 0450, 400 gave themselves the OK to depart, 2 bis sandwiching 2 flats plus the 1055 -- doing double duty as Mosquito Control -- doing the 0451 dropping and nobody else near enough to prevent the 0453 return to darkness. Further west, the 334 ELs were at Stop, the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs dark. Thanks to clearing skies, the only darkness now was signals.
Up Da Hill, there was general on Yards 1, 2, and 4. The Extension still had the shortie and 2 scrap gons, the House still had the rack, and the Heywood still had some stone work to be done. For those who might be hoping for something to be clear at Gardner, there was the high green on the 345 1 WL. At 0519, a garbled D-3 seemed to contact 287, this time more about which later.
The Risley Street stop sign at West Broadway was where and 0523 was when a badly broken 346.6 came on, so it was uie time. 0525 was when the 346.6's report was totally incomprehensible, except to EDPO with the 3404 who was closer and far more intelligible to me than the 346.6. Back at the Jade lot, the west got loud, and then rails got bright, and then NewBlue 3404 and KCIRs 7585 and 7489 got 65 onto the Single at 0530. There were 3 separate blocks of varied lengths of Ciment Québec and Brand X shorties, full-size covered hoppers, boxes that included 1 Big G, LPG and 1 other placarded tanks, unplacarded tanks, a bulkhead with utility poles, and lotsa MT centerbeams.
On my way down Da Hill, a Zombie-Zoned D-3 told someone that FI-2 would be working East Side. The 335 ELs were dark, and facing a Medium Clear, 402 gave themselves the OK to depart at 0545, a total of 5 flats and 1 bi plus the 1122 doing the 0546 dropping with nobody else close enough at 0548 to maintain shunting.
Further east, the 330.8 WBs were both at Clear and the 330 WLs both at Stop. In what is normally a poor reception spot for me, D-3 reached out to ED-9, asking whether they were going to pick up on the head end or rear end, acknowledging that it would be head end. Since not even static was heard from ED-9, I'm guessing they were still at Ayer.
The GL WLs were also at Stop, and -- as has become pattern -- the FG WLs were dark. At 0605, the FI-1/2 parking spot was MT, and there was no power visible East Side or West Side, a disappointment since atholrail's post had raised expectations about seeing a living, breathing EMD in East Fitchburg. At 0608, there was garble from the 40.2, good for 402's time, and a few later -- 0612 to be precise -- the tamper was still on the RVJ stub. There will be no report on the EB staggers for Derby, the line of sight blocked by 287 at road speed. 30 seconds later to the Rte. 13 lights or 30 seconds earlier to RVJ and I woulda seen the power. And yes, I had made the regular offering to The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:12 am

0415-0645/06-27-2018 featured the same recent past practice of reduced reception range, but some interesting sightings were also introduced. At 0423, there was D-3 garble to someone about paperwork for "the freights," phrasing that typically indicates that waters might also be involved, followed at 0431 with D-3 garble to EDPO about SEPO and/or POSE, followed at 0435 by more garble from D-3 to ED-9 -- more about which later -- about FI-2 coming down 1.
The 0443 arrival at Wachusett showed the 333 Controlled Siding WL already at Medium Clear, ahead of 400's usual arrival at the platform. Why? The block was occupied by 28N sitting tied down on 1 with NSs 2540, 8031, and 9228 plus enough racks to extend west of the 334 1 stagger. At 0445, there was a both-sides-broken D-3/FI-2 exchange, with a broken 241 at 0453. It wasn't until 0455 that 400 was on the move, 3 flats, 1 bi and the 1117 doing the 0456 dropping. Eyes were kept east until 0459 in case the hint of a glint of WB headlights might appear. Such a hint did not.
Over at 334 the ELs and 1 stagger were all at Stop, as were the 335 ELs and 335 Single WL, the 335 Lead WL being at Medium Approach Slow. 40.2 for the 400? Out of temporary range.
Up Da Hill, there were racks holding on the Single, Ponies to the west at the east end of the Pearson Boulevard UGB. Racks would be on Yard 4 and more racks on the easterly end on Yard 2.. The #1 also had racks -- couldn't tell if there were loads -- from somewhere west of the Timpany Boulevard UGB transforming to general on the east. The stone still needed work on the Heywood, and the rack was still on the House, but seeing whether there had been any change on the Extension got blocked by the now-on-the-move 287, NS 9685, CP 8132, and NSs 2711 and 9788 hauling down past West Switch to work the yard, and the marker stopping by the air plant. The 2 up front and the branding and total number of units were the same as Bruce Macdonald's http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=244570 of the 06-26 28N, quicker 28N/287 power turnaround than had been the recent usual. At 0531, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL at Stop, both mains occupied to the east, so I was EB.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were still at Stop, 28N still in place on 1. The 334 2 EL was also at Stop, so there was little possibility of a WB on 2 before 404 left the facility, 402 already having left Wachusett. At 0552, the 333 Controlled Siding WL had not yet gotten to Medium Clear, 0545 being 402's advertised.
Further east, the 330.8 WBs were both at Clear, and the 330 WLs and GL WLs were all at Stop, the FG WLs dark, as has become pattern. And yes and at 0605, OldPaint 353 was sitting solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot, having -- however temporarily -- displaced the KCIRs. On the subject of KCIRs, 7655 was on the move WB outta West Side at the same time, causing me to uie to what had been a used car dealership just to the west. The FG ELs were apparently not in the giving vein, so things came to a Stop, and a pair of Transfer-Time calls -- seemingly IDd by power and not by symbol -- to D-3 went unanswered. There was a trailer -- also KCIR -- whose numbers were blocked by the foliage. Given that transfer was ongoing and that 404's Fitchburg advertised was 0628, it looked like this WB would be waiting at FG for longer than I cared to. Back across from the Yard Office was a marker on a solo black tank, the rest to the west being shorties that included LAFX marks, the lack of serious length meaning that the presumed ED-9 could -- when west -- sit for however long was needed on the 2 between the 333 WLs and 334 ELs. The track equipment was still in the old layover, the tamper still on the RVJ stub, and both EB staggers for Derby showed Approach.
What 287 was pulling in Gardner and what the presumed ED-9 might or might not be pulling there, as well, went unheard by me.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:08 am

For 0415-0635/06-29-2018, Regular Zombie Zone Reception was back in effect. Even better, the Deer Slayer and driver stayed no deer.
At 0420, D-3 advised 22K -- more about which later -- with NS 2219 that they'd be following 400, the where-from undisclosed. 0445 was when the 333 WLs came on with a Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding and 0450 was when the 400 gave themselves the OK to depart, a total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 1058 doing the 0451 dropping, and neither 22K nor anyone being else close enough, signal darkness returned at 0453. No relighting occurred as of 0459, so obligations were discharged at The Shrine Of The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks, reward of sorts first coming at 0501 with a Zombie-Zoned Form D G-301 to an unknown someone (22K?), a Line 13 permitting them to leave Fitchburg, and next at 334 where all the WB heads were dark, the interlocking now apparently approach-lit. No changes and no shunting were happening at 335 either, so the WB trip continued. By Exit 24A on Rte. 2 WB, pretty much the limit of reception, the 40.2 gave a 0514 no defects on a garbled track number to 24 axles, the right count and almost the right time for 400. Almost simultaneously, a Zombie-Zoned Form D G-302 -- the only intelligible details -- was given out.
Up Da Hill, there was pretty much FP-FP general on Yard 4 that included lotsa covered hoppers, a coupla NS bulkheads of structural steel, 1 each NS and NW gons, and a coupla lumber centerbeams. Excepting the Extension -- more about which later -- all else was MT. As for entries in the Sameoldsameold Ledger, the 345 and 346 signaling arrangements were still unchanged, and the Heywood stone was still untucked. In what might initially be seen as progress, the rack that had been moved to the House wasn't there, but only because it had regressed to the Extension, joining knuckles with the 2 scrap gons. The shortie was now no longer there, replaced by a box and yet another rack. At 0524, D-3 told EDPO with the 7620 that it was OK to come along, the where-from again undisclosed. Over at Parkers, all was MT and would remain so for at least a bit, considering the darkness on the 346 WL, so it was EB at 0527.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark. Being stuck behind the world's slowest trike prompted a decision to detour off State Road/Rte. 2A, permitting a view of the 334 ELs which were at Stop and the 1 stagger at Approach, 402 being at the platform. 0445 was when permission to go got given, 0451 dropping occurring per a total of -- again -- 4 flats and 1 bi, this time with the 1138. At 0457, 22K's car countdown was heard, as it would be intermittently until almost the end of listening, and at 0458, the 333 WLs darkened.
Further east, the 330.8 WBs showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 and GL WLs all at Stop. At 0557, 28N with NS 8031 at OX and D-3 had engaged in a convo, 28N to follow 402 outta Derby to San-Vel. As posted earlier, the only racks in Gardner were the 2 on the Extension, so dunno if Gardner racks would be coming in on either ED-8 or the aforementioned EDPO.
The FG WLs continued dark, and at 0602, OldPaint 353 was again in the FI-1/2 parking spot. The track equipment was still in the old layover with no readily apparent activity. 0603 was when somebody called out 0x11 with no acknowledgment heard. Dunno if it was ED-9 or someone else. Dunno, also, if Transfer Time has been changed or if flexibility was being shown, but at 0605 -- time effective 0607 -- D-3 issued Form D G-306 (I sure missed 303, 304, and 305) to POSE with the 7609, a Line 2 for MP X25 to Burncoat, more than time enough for me to be on the good side of the Temple Street/Rte. 140/MP X7.8 crossing. At 0506 and while the POSE read-back was happening, the 40,2 gave a no defects on 1 to 402's 24 axles, and a couple after that the tamper was still on the RVJ stub and the EB staggers for Derby showed Clear for 1 and Stop for 2.
Except for the 22K car countdowns mentioned earlier, naught else was heard as of 0635.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:39 am

0410-0625/07-02-2018 pretty much -- with some exceptions -- belonged to to POED. 0410 was when D-3 asked if they were on the move yet and the rogered whatever they had said. There was no 40.2 report within expectable time-limits, so the supposition shifted to Fitchburg or points west being the point of inquiry. At 0440 -- significantly before 400 would be at the platform -- the 333 WLs showed a Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding, the total of 8 reds on the WLs being joined by a WB red -- a blinker on 2 by the east end of the platform -- on the east end of racks.
0450 was when 400 gave themselves the OK to depart, a total of 3 flats and 1 bi plus the 1064 turning things unanimously red at 0451. By 0458, there were no signs of a WB lighting up the rails to the east, so an offering was made, along with a relocation to 334 where NS 9973 and 8131 -- Ponies posing as elephants -- were holding. Also holding was the crew, but for transportation. (Note to self: Self, your next vehicle should not be white. Crews face enough disappointments as it is.) Shunting ongoing, the 334 ELs were at Stop and the 1 stagger at Approach, so 335 was not lined for 1. 335 -- in confirmation of no near-term EB or WB movements -- was dark.
On the way up Da Hill came a broken "RBOX on 1 Extension" at 0508, a strong and soon-validated hint that POED might be in Chair City. At 0513 and at the reception limit, the 40.2 gave a no defects on Track ? to 20 axles, 400's count and close to 400's 0512 Shirley advertised.
Up Da Hill. there were FP-FP racks on Yard 4, racks east and general west on Yard 2, and general on Yard 1. POED with KCIRs 7875 and 7609 started by West Switch on the #2 and extended east to the air plant. Included were covered hoppers; slurries; Ledwige, Scotsburn, and Irving centerbeams; a 1/2-dozen+ lidded CHUX gons; and a few boxes. The RBOX earlier mentioned was on the Extension, as was the more recently arrived rack. The longer-term rack and scrap gons were not to be seen through the gaps in POED, but they mighta been moved to other tracks. What hadn't been moved was the still-untucked stone on the Heywood. There was an EDPO/D-3 convo about whether the rack train would be running by EDPO, D-3 saying they had tied down. At 0530, Parkers was MT, and the 346 WL dark, provoking the predictable response. On my way outta town EDPO changed to Channel 2 and began working out the dance steps necessary to achieve separation for the varied levels of HAZMAT pickups they had.
Given the slightly late start of the EB trip, 335 was bypassed for a straight Rte. 2 EB shot to Princeton Road/Rte. 31 tp catch 402's departure. The rack marker was still where it had been, and 402 gave themselves the OK to depart at 0545, a total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 2000 -- more than a bit since I's seen an HSP -- restoring Stop unanimity to the 333 WLs at 0456. Signal darkness wouldn't be happen while the racks were there, so I followed 402 as best I could, seeing not it but a Stop for 1 and Clear for 2 at the 330.8 WBs, Stops for the 330 WLs, hearing 402 give themselves an on-the-advertised 0553 OK to depart Fitchburg, seeing Stops on the GL WLs, and catching up enough with 402 to see them go east of the FG WLs, running on 2 through the yard. At 0557, the FI-1/2 parking spot was MT, and the old layover had plenty of track equipment, but no visible humans. A few later, the tamper was still on the RVJ stub, and the EB staggers for Derby showed Approach on for and Stop for 2, 402 just east. At 0606 -- 1 ahead of 402's 0607 Shirley advertised -- the 40.2 gave a no defects on 2 for 24 axles.
Although a lot was heard today, unheard -- with the usual caveats -- was anything to, from, or about EDPO, 22K, 28N, ED-9, AY locals, SEPO, or POSE.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:00 am

0405-0635/07-04-2018 was anything -- as will be seen -- but a holiday for 2 sets of D-3s, the crews of 22K and SEPO, and the crew and any passengers of the 1400.
Initially, there was garble on the Yard Channel, AY-2 and AY-3 later being IDd by D-3. At 0429 and my having entered favorable topography, 22K was heard telling D-3 about an unIDd-to-me unit that train-handling rules stated could only be in a light-power move. 22K being audible also put my initial plans of seeing if there was still activity at Royalston on holiday, thanks, dick h for that hedzup. There were further discussions and further complications about going from GL to FG to Freight Main East to OX, presumably to leave the troubled unit. As would turn out, there was already a train by OX, D-3 wondering about going over to West Side, 22K advising that FWM was OOS cuzza a grain-train derailment. At 0441, NS 7015, UP 4133, and NS 9208 would roll by OldPaint 353 and 1 box sitting in the FI-1/2 parking spot. It sure sounded like 1 unit had a major air leak. SEPO was also having troubles, only the D-3 side of which was audible to me, questions including whether any crossings Burncoat? -- were blocked. A consult with the Chief produced the plan that OZO5 -- first time I heard that designator and dunno if the round bits are for Oscar and/or zero -- would cab down and that the current SEPO crew would be protection for 22K, which D-3 said was also disabled. I was entering Zombie-Zone territory, so immediate further developments were lost to me. 22K's wells started almost on the east end of the Fitchburg platform and extended to between the 2 River Street UGBs on 1, 330 and east being occupied and Keolis being on Saturday schedule. Mebbe it did earlier seem a good idea to have 22K on 1 instead of 2.
At 0456 and this being a functional Saturday, the 333 WLs and 334 ELs and 1 stagger were understandably dark. The 335 ELs, however were at Stop, The now-full foliage did an excellent job of obscuring the 335 WLs, but a few minutes was invested at the 335 lot without even the hint of westerly noise. A bit further west, there was a Zombified D-3/22K exchange, only the IDs being intelligible, followed at 0515 by a clearer D-3 transmission to SEPO that OZO5 would be leaving shortly and would contact them by radio.
Up Da Hill, there were racks on Yards 4 and 2 and the RBOX and newer rack on the Extension. On the #2 from New Switch west were racks until Pratt's and then general to a bit west of the still-OOS Pleasant Street OHB. And yes, the Heywood stone still awaited final dressing. At 0527, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL was dark, so it was EB.
On my way down Da Hill came a "drop 3-step" at 0539, the same time I dropped plans to go to 335, opting instead for a quick trip to GL, where 22K remained unpowered. At 0544, D-3 had told POED they'd still be there a little bit longer, the 2 most-concerned parties knowing the where, your gawker not. The GL and FG WLs were all at Stop, and the 353 was still in its spot. West Side did have at least a few racks. Except for a regulator and a spiker, the old layover was now MT, as would be the RVJ stub in a few, the tamper, portable derail, and barricade elsewhere. The EB staggers for Derby showed an Approach for 1 and a Clear for 2, possibly a hint about POED.
At 0558 and 0559, D-3 had made a pair of unanswered calls to D-3, but at 0607, D-3 and 22K reestablished contact, 2 line and locked normal and points checked at OX and permission to reverse to FG to go to GL and onto 22K's train. the leader was still IDd as the leader.
There would be occasional garble later, and ~0620, D-3 told someone to tie down somewhere.
1400? A 0750 check on the T website showed a 45-55 minute delay between Ayer and North Station cuzza "freight train traffic." Earlier, the delay had been posted as "5-15."
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:08 am

0405-0645/07-06-2018 was period -- especially towards the end -- of radio silence, only Boston West and Fitchburg dispatchers letting me know my scanner was still working.
At 0406, D-3 let 23K -- yes, with a 3 during the still-predawn hours -- know they'd be waiting at Wachusett awhile. How indeterminate that word would be will be seen later.
Since naught was heard from the 40.2, the presumption was that 23K was already west of Slab City. To demonstrate some posting economy, the 40.2 would also be unheard for the 400 and 402. Dunno if it was just me in the wrng place at the wrong time or if the 40.2 was OOS.
At 0410, there was a mutually-garbled D-3/SEPO-at-Worcester exchange involving the 7535 having pressure problems and mebbe shutting it down and mebbe getting someone out there. To be economical again, no other transmissions -- including a Burncoat- MP X25 Form D -- were heard, no time was later lost on the wrong side of the Temple Street/Rte. 140/MP X7.8 crossing, but thanks to open windows at home and a strong west wind, noise for the Burncoat Street/MP X4.6 was heard at 0654, for Shrewsbury Street/MP X-6.0 crossing at 0705, and 1.8 miles and 10 minutes later, for the X7.8.
Back to sequence: The 0435 arrival at Wachusett showed all the 333 WLs at Stop, and a dimmed headlight was on 2 clear of the 333 ELs. At 0441 the Controlled Siding WL went to Medium Clear, but 400 was late to the platform -- 0544 -- prompting wondering about a set swap. They were on the move with radio permission at 0455 with a total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 1072. 0456 was both the dropping and a convo about having 1 extra car and how that might affect the stop at Ayer. For those who may be keeping track of such things 400 made noise to the east. Unless the WB was really long and with lotsa main reservoirs to recharge, it seemed like there would be no immediate WB progress, confirmed at 0506 when the Controlled Siding WL went back to Medium Clear, "signaling" the probability that 402 would be east before the WB was west. The usual offering was made, immediate rewards for which was darkness at 334 -- ELs and 1 stagger -- and at 335.
To get the Sameoldsameold Ledger entries out of the way, the signals for 345 and 346 were as always, the RBOX and more-recent rack were still on the Extension, and the stone for the Heywood still awaited attention. In a possibly-hopeful sign, up next to the MART fence was an unscarred loader with -- amazingly -- an unscarred yellow arm. There mighta been something on Yard 4, but the racks on Yard 2 obscured the view, As earlier there were racks on the #2 from New Switch west to near Pratt's, changing to general that extended somewhere west of the still--OOS Pleasant Street OHB. At 0529, Parkers was MT and the 346, WL dark, so I was EB, again bypassing 335 for a straight shot to the Princeton Road/Rte. 31 exit to beast 402's departure.
The 333 Controlled Siding WL was at Medium Clear, and the dimmed headlight was still to the east. At 0545, 402 was on the move, a total -- again -- of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 1051 turning things all red at 0546, and making noise for 22K. All Stops was the way the WLs would stay until 0556 when the Controlled Siding went back to Medium Clear for 404's 0620 departure. 406 would depart at 0645, 408 at 0710, 410 at 0800, and 412 at 0937, while 401 was schedule to depart from Fitchburg at 0735 and 403 at 0911. Just how long the while in "awhile" was, I never witnessed: 23K being paid to wait and me not.
23K's power was masked by foliage, but its marker was just a coupla hundred yard west of the rotary River Street UGB. As no surprise, both 330.8 WBs were at Stop. The 330 1 WL showed a Slow Approach, the GL Controlled Siding WL had gotten to a Medium Approach, and the FG WLs were dark. At 0609, OldPaint 353 was solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot, the regulator and spiker were still in the old layover, and at least a coupla racks were on West Side. A few later, there were no occupants at RVJ, and the EB staggers for Derby showed Approach for 1 and Clear for 2.
Again and except for the Boston West and Fitchburg dispatchers, radio silence ruled.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Jul 09, 2018 6:52 am

For 0415-0635/07-09-2018, thanks go to Keolis for providing visual evidence of actual motion of steel wheels on steel rails, although there was audible evidence of PAR/S steel-on-steel activity.
There were only occasional static outbursts until the 0444 arrival at Wachusett, which showed the WLs 9-for-9 red. Add the flashing red ~100 yards west on the 2 with stationary racks to the west, and the image of a tied-down 287 or I87 emerges. The Controlled Siding WL went to Medium Clear at 0448. 0450 was not when the 400 gave themselves the OK to go, but when D-3 told the 7534 -- POSE? -- that their Form D G-301 was fulfilled, followed quickly by D-2 telling SEPO to stand by a minute, 2 bits of data giving me hope that I would later have a rapid transit of the Temple Street/Rte. 140/MP X7.8 crossing. I did. 0453? That was when the 400 was on the move, a total of 3 flats and 1 bi plus the 1064 restoring red unanimity at 0454. No noise was made to the east, nor would there be any additional WB brightness, so the ritual got observed, and 334 was the next stop, where dark NSs 9197 and 9199 were trying out their Ponies-can-be-statue-elephants act. The ELs were naturally at Stop and the 1 stagger at Approach, showing that 335 -- seen dark in a few -- was lined for 2 and that EB or WB activity was unlikely in the near term.
0500 had been when D-3 told FI-2 he'd cross them over after 400 got by, and at 0508, a 241 read-back for FI-2 with the 353 from Freight Main West to FG on the 1 was completed, this happening cuz D-3 couldn't get the signal. At 0513, there was a both-sides broken AY-3/D-3 exchange, sounding mebbe like things were lined for the the #1 at the Milling. The 40.2 report for the 400 was unheard, probably cuz I was outta range.
Up Da Hill, there were FP-FP racks on Yard 4, 4 more racks on the easterly end of Yard 2, and more racks on the #2 from New Switch to the Wilkins Road dogleg. Yes, the RBOX and rack were still on the Extension, and yes and even though the unscarred loader was elsewhere, the Heywood stone still need rearranging. At 0527, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, so I was EB, again with a straight shot to the Princeton Road/Rte. 31 exit.
287 was still in place, and 402 would be facing a Medium Clear on the Controlled Siding. 0545 was when the OK to go was given, a total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 1039 proving at 0546 that the circuitry was functioning as it should. No noise was made to the the east, so I was close behind the 402, seeing the 330.8 WBs with a Stop for 1 and a Clear for 2, seeing Stops on the 330 WLs, hearing 402 give themselves the 0554 OK to go at Fitchburg, seeing Stops on the GL WLs and seeing 402 cruise through the FG WLs.
At 0559, OldPaint 353 was getting tied down in the FI-1/2 parking spot, the regulator and spiker were still in the old layover, and power -- KCIRs 7523 and 7535 and NewBlues 600 and 3400 -- was sitting dark on West Side. Dunno, but it seemed like too many units for ED-9. 0608 -- close on 402's Shirley advertised -- was when the 40.2 gave a no defects on 1 for 24 axles and also when the EB staggers for Derby both showed Approach.
At 0621 came the last-semi clear reception -- D-3 telling somebody that EDPO was back together at AY, and they'd have to wait till he was out. Dunno if it was related, but 402 had been on 1 and 406 had a 5-10 minute delay posted cuzza freight-train activity.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Jul 11, 2018 7:43 am

0415-0700/07-11-2018 -- as the timespan indicates -- was busy. Between 0419 and 0422, there was a D-3/FI-2 exchange that involved the Camp, shoving to East Wye, waiting for POED, and something about AY-3. 0440 featured a mutually-Zombied D-3/POED exchange, the clear bits being "back off," "cab," and "Moores."
At 0445 and at Wachusett, 400 was at the platform and the 333 WLs showed a Medium Clear, not for the Controlled Siding, but for 1. Just to keep things busy, D-3 engaged in a scratchy and unintelligible-to-me exchange with AY-3 at 0446 and a bit later gave out Form D G-303 -- time effective 0449 -- giving SEPO with the 7627 a Line 2 for Burncoat to MP X25. 0450 was particularly busy -- a temporarily-unknown someone called 287's marker, and 400 gave themselves the frustrated permission to depart Wachusett, 22K with UPs 8839, 3627, and 5376 already comin' 'round the bend and picking up speed when they saw they still had the signal. The 22K car-count was obstructed by the 400, but 0457 was when the marker cleared the WL, and 0458 was when the 400 got its own Medium Clear, a total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus restoring the 333 WLs to all-red at 0459, darkness ruling at 0503. Dunno if the delay was enough to trigger a Service Alert, but none was seen in a later look.
Yes, an offering was made, and the the dark 334 ELs and 1 stagger showed that 287 was far enough west to not be shunting there, but not yet far enough west of 335 -- ELs at Stop and WLs at Stop for the Single and Medium Approach Slow for the lead. While heading up Da Hill, there was a Zombied Form G-304 to a TC, mebbe for the Conn River. Dunno. What happened to G-302 and G-303?. Again, dunno.
Up Da Hill had general -- including tables with mebbe-HAZMAT red containers -- on Yard 4, general on Yard 2, and mebbe THE RBOX west and racks east on Yard 1 and onto the Extension. Oh yeah, on the #2 from just west of Chair City Oil was a marker with container-occupied wells even more to the west. Yes, 23K was in town, D-3 giving them 0523 permission to get outta town on signal indication.
Over at Parkers, things began getting louder at 0532; the bell and noise came at 0536; and NSs 2673, 2710, and 2638 woke up the 346.6 at 0541. In other radio news, D-3 had told FI-2 that if they didn't start heading west now, he'd have to hold them wherever "there" was, adding a roger at 0532; 287 had called out a Stop for the 345 WL at 0536; and D-3 answered POED at 0538, rogering at 0539 whatever they said. Car-counting at Parkers was left undone to get back east before 287's power disappeared in the yard, and back at Chair City Oil, 287's brightiewhities were seen at the 345 EL. 0552 was when the 346.6 gave out her no defects, 62°, 8169", and train too slow. The 345 EL no longer at Stop, 287 started west, NSs 8945 and 6796 hauling down to West Switch and stopping at 0600. The marker would be west of the Pearson Boulevard UGB.
Again 335 was bypassed, and at 0612, the 404 was at the platform, this time the Controlled Siding showing a Medium Clear. Further east, the 330.8 WBs showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2; the 330 WLs showed Stop for 2, the bottom light unreadable cuzza foliage to the west and solar glare to the east; the GL Controlled Siding WL was at Medium Approach: and the FG WLs showed Stops, FI-2 with OldPaint 353 shoving shorties onto East Side at 0625, and the old layover still had the regulator and spiker.~0625, there was a 402/D-3 exchange, 402 saying they were stopped at Ayer with engine trouble -- 0612 being the Ayer advertised. a bit to the east and with topography interfering, there was another and garbled 402/D-3 exchange, and a 0641 with 402 garbled and Fitchburg clear, but not repeating. A 0708 Service Alert showed 402 15-25 late, but for "freight activity." The EB staggers for Derby showed Approach for 1 and Limited Approach for 2, possible explanation for the Limited Approach coming when D-3 gave 22K -- remember them? -- yarding instructions at 0641 that included the hedzup up freight on 1 and calling the Train Master. Further confirmation about 22K being on 2 to the east was a T Service Alert for 406 being on 1 at Ayer.
To complete my trip, D-3 told somebody -- POED? -- at 0656 that 287 hadn't cleared yet and TC 1622 that there was a WB going to Worcester and that it would be at least a coupla hours.
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