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by Pj
Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:16 pm
Forum: Employment
Topic: Yardmaster Requirements
Replies: 1
Views: 625

Re: Yardmaster Requirements

Contracts requires that it’s an internal promotion.

UP does not hire upper level crafts to be hired, younstart as a conductor or other craft and promote up - except management.
by Pj
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:53 am
Forum: General Discussion: Locomotives, Rolling Stock, and Equipment
Topic: Run 8 vs. Run 8 Question
Replies: 10
Views: 3369

Re: Run 8 vs. Run 8 Question

All throw this in.. In the DC days, the locomotives effort was more directly tied into the HP of the engine. With modern locomotives, it’s the overall electrical transmission system, computer control and other magic. An example that I use with the new fireman.. The SD9043 is a 4300hp engine. The SD7...
by Pj
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: General Discussion: Locomotives, Rolling Stock, and Equipment
Topic: Locomotives and Extreme Cold
Replies: 7
Views: 2328

Re: Locomotives and Extreme Cold

N2 might be for some ancient power, but modern power will increase RPM as needed. GE calls it “engine warming”. The AESS systems require certain parameters to be met before shutting down (temp, main res pressure, number of shutdowns in a 24 hr period, etc) depending on system manufacturer. They will...
by Pj
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:26 pm
Forum: Union Pacific
Topic: Locomotive Handsets/MICS???? PLEASE HELP
Replies: 4
Views: 3853

Re: Locomotive Handsets/MICS???? PLEASE HELP

The telephone style handsets are more expensive than the hand mics.

As far as I can tell only one company is producing them.

They (hand mics) are styled the same as public safety mics but are weighted a little more and have a little different wiring due to the aar wiring.
by Pj
Mon Jun 20, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Housatonic Railroad Thread (Maybrook, Berkshire, Pittsfield)
Replies: 594
Views: 116197

Re: Housatonic Railroad including Danbury-Pittsfield passeng

To stir the pot some mor, according to the FRA between 2012 and 1st quarter 2016 for Railroads with 400,000 hours and less of employees worked: P&W had 10 incidents NECR had 9 HRRC had 5 NYSW had 3 CDOT had 2 RBMN had 2 MCER had 1 Add in the 400,000+ hours worked: NJT 148 MetroNorth 86 PanAm 17 MBTA...
by Pj
Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:36 am
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Housatonic Railroad Thread (Maybrook, Berkshire, Pittsfield)
Replies: 594
Views: 116197

Re: Housatonic Railroad including Danbury-Pittsfield passeng

Depends on the agreement, but typically the designated operator is responsible for track maintience to whatever level is agreed upon, if any.
by Pj
Fri Jun 17, 2016 6:24 pm
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Housatonic Railroad Thread (Maybrook, Berkshire, Pittsfield)
Replies: 594
Views: 116197

Re: Housatonic Railroad including Danbury-Pittsfield passeng

Before complete mechanization you had section foreman and section men that would be responsible and patrol by foot x amount of miles of track. Took pride in the work. In a former life I maintained contact with a foreman in the northeast. When he was first promoted he had 15 guys for x amount of trac...
by Pj
Wed Jun 15, 2016 5:39 pm
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Housatonic Railroad Thread (Maybrook, Berkshire, Pittsfield)
Replies: 594
Views: 116197

Re: Housatonic Railroad including Danbury-Pittsfield passeng

So is making accusations and how things work these days (and this is coming from someone who worked MOW and now runs trains as well as being responsible for and familiar with FRA regulations).

It's not making sense.
by Pj
Wed Jun 15, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Housatonic Railroad Thread (Maybrook, Berkshire, Pittsfield)
Replies: 594
Views: 116197

Re: Housatonic Railroad including Danbury-Pittsfield passeng

Are you, or ever have been a rail employee?
by Pj
Mon Jun 13, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Housatonic Railroad Thread (Maybrook, Berkshire, Pittsfield)
Replies: 594
Views: 116197

Re: Housatonic Railroad including Danbury-Pittsfield passeng

There is no wiggle room. What kind of wiggle room do you think there is? Any time a track car goes across you get all sorts of slow orders. That's pretty normal. As stated before, a track inspector in a high rail can only find so much. Think what it's like taking a 26k 200+ car soda ash train across...
by Pj
Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Housatonic Railroad Thread (Maybrook, Berkshire, Pittsfield)
Replies: 594
Views: 116197

Re: Proposed Danbury-Pittsfield passenger service?

Almost forgot... Many railroads no longer provide initial derailment services. They contract out to RJ Corman, Hutcler and a few others and are usually on call 24/7. Its a very costly service, but its cheaper than pulling railroad men and keeping dedicated equipment in working order that is (general...
by Pj
Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:47 pm
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Housatonic Railroad Thread (Maybrook, Berkshire, Pittsfield)
Replies: 594
Views: 116197

Re: Proposed Danbury-Pittsfield passenger service?

Control of Harmonic Rocking on Jointed Rail: Under certain conditions, operation of trains between 13 MPH and 21 MPH can cause derailments due to harmonic rocking of cars. Where specified by individual subdivision special instructions or general order, the following restrictions apply when operatin...
by Pj
Wed Jun 08, 2016 7:29 pm
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Housatonic Railroad Thread (Maybrook, Berkshire, Pittsfield)
Replies: 594
Views: 116197

Re: Proposed Danbury-Pittsfield passenger service?

FWIW, I am dealing with one on my subdivision now. There is a difference between cars coming off the tracks at 15mph and falling over and ones that are catastrophic. General Council = Company lawyer and not an operations person. I run trains that approach 15,000ft over grades and curves with all sor...
by Pj
Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: New England Railfan
Topic: Housatonic Railroad Thread (Maybrook, Berkshire, Pittsfield)
Replies: 594
Views: 116197

Re: Proposed Danbury-Pittsfield passenger service?

In all reality, it isn't a big deal. Where I work the tracks are impeccably maintained and inspected three? times a week and yet we had a rail rollover under a train. Rail breaks, and sometimes even with routine inspection an internal defect cannot be detected (other than an inspection vehicle with ...
by Pj
Thu Mar 03, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: Union Pacific
Topic: UP SD70Ms built simple?
Replies: 8
Views: 6603

Re: UP SD70Ms built simple?

Isolated cabs were an option until 2008? when they became standard on the ACe. I believe IC/CN are the only who have /had isolated cabs - known as the SD70I. Every unit shakes and rattles. Most is from the inability (until the last two years) to place foam between equipment panels mostly. GE engines...

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