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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