Gardner Gawking

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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by jaymac » Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:48 am

The 0320-0505 time span for the 09-09-2019 report should be taken as an accurate indication of activity being more of the audible than visible type, even that -- for me, at least -- holding until 0336 when D-3 asked AY-3 if they were ready for their runaround -- response unheard by me -- and then asking for them to let him know when they wanted a light at 312.
0538 was the start of a both-sides-garbling FI-2/D-3 exchange, Fi-2 with the 5956 being told they had permission to reverse direction from where they stood, west to CPF-Derby. Kinda sounded like they mighta been at Lafarge, evidence of same to follow. 0345 was more D-3-garbling, mebbe about being lined and locked normal at the Milling, to be followed at 0404 by a breaking 241 to 7541 -- AY-3? -- for 1 at WL.
0349 was when the 333 WLs had been dark, followed in turn at the usual intervals of the 334 ELs at Stop and the 334 1 stagger and 335s being dark.
Darkness also held at the 345s. There were pretty much FP-FP rack loads on Yard 2, Yard 4 being obscured and no changes visible for either the southerly Heywood or House. To save suspense, naught was to be seen or heard to, from, or about 22K. Dunno if they had already yarded or -- more likely -- were holding somewhere.
The post-offering straight shot EB was quiet until 0417 and AY-4's car countdowns, and 3 later, the 333 WLs were still dark. Further east, the 330.8 WBs were at Clear, and the 330 and GL ELs and the 330 WLs were all at Stop, the FG WLs being dark.
At 0430, FI-2's car countdown was heard, and at 0432, KCIR 5956 was seen shoving shorties EB on East Side, a 3-step and more countdowns to follow.
If 22K was holding at North Leominster, they weren't on the Main Street/Rte. 13 UGB, and no good angle for the EB staggers for Derby offered any positive or negative confirmation a few later.
AY-4 continued to provide proof that the scanner hadn't died, but lack of audio input for or from AYPO or Q426/7 caused some wondering about them.
Never heard anything to, from, or about AYPO, but CSXT 708 reached out to D-3, advising that they were west and clear of Burncoat and tying down at New Bond, D-3 fulfilling Form D G-302 at 0448. Proof of ongoing scanner viability would be provided for the next 17 minutes by AY-4 and Boston West.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by johnpbarlow » Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:19 am

At 0535, this just in on WCVB Ch 5 news: "Railroad train car carrying new vehicles catches fire in Gardner"
https://www.wcvb.com/article/railroad-t ... r/28976800

Apparently happened around 11pm Monday night - would this have been PAS 22K or P&W WOGR turn?

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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by jaymac » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:24 am

Per the GFD Chief, 1236/09-10-2019 was the start of the calls, as reported in the 09-10 Gardner News: :https://www.thegardnernews.com/news/201 ... in-gardner.
The accompanying photos show the car on the 2 west of the Timpany Boulevard UGB. No finding of cause was in the article, just a mention of investigation.
I'm not gawking today, so there's nothing more I can contribute except for thanks to johnpbarlow for his post.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by jaymac » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:35 am

Al LaPierre caught the burned rack http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=252911 after it had been relocated to the House. ED-9 is IDed as passing WB and FI-1's C is eyeballing, FI-1 possibly having spotted the rack on the House.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by jaymac » Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:43 am

For 0345-0550/09-14-2019 -- yes, a Saturday report, and no, having naught to to with triskedekaphobia -- there were some surprises. A mix of silence, static, and garble constituted the early listening, it being obvious that there was ongoing yard work, but it not being clear who the workers were.
Clarity emerged at 0405 when the 7.8 announced it was checking train, but since I was already NB on 190, I would not be aging while watching the slo-mo pass in review. The no defects pronouncement wasn't heard, even the Work Zone speed limits on 190 allowing too much distance between the talker and me. There was, however, decreasing distance between me and points to the north/east. At 0408 came a 3-point request for AY-3, the last clearly attributable AY-3 business. 3 later, 22K got advised they were good for either -- not clear to me -- 15 or 50, but unlike AY-3, 22K would be an enduringly IDable presence throughout much of the trip.
At 0419, the 333 WLs were dark, the 334 ELs at Stop the only exception to darkness up to and including the 345s.
At 0433, D-3 would fulfill Form D G302 to Q427 with CSXT 3485, they being west and clear of Burncoat and tying down at New Bond. As for Gardner itself, Yard 4 would have 4 rack loads on the easterly end, and Yard 2 would have 4 MT TTTX flats, also on the easterly end. A day late, the Sameoldsameold Ledger entries continued to be the southerly Heywood's untucked stone and the House's brush-cutter and tank. It probably doesn't qualify for Sameoldsameold status yet, but the burned-out rack and its yellow-tape barricade were also still on the House.
The post-offering-straight-shot-EB proof of ongoing radioactivity came at 0453 when 22K was told the brake test was good. At 0458, the 333 WLs were again dark, 1400 not due out until 0630 and naught else doing any shunting.
Further east and after a refueling stop, the 330.8 WBs were at Clear, while the 330 WLs and ELs and the GL WLs were all at Stop, the FG WLs being dark.
At 0519, the FI-1/2 parking spot was MT, but further east on West Side by the old layover were the lit number boards for an otherwise dark 3400, probably the NewBlue, but too dark to tell for sure. On the theme of dark, that's what the EB staggers for Derby were at 0525.
Other than occasional yarding transmissions, not much else got to me for the rest of the trip.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by jaymac » Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:15 am

For 0325-0515/09-16-2019, there was some juggling of the usual events. Quiet dominated until 0335 when AY-3 with the 7643 got 241d 1 east to 1 FML at the Willows, a hint that the runaround was in progress. At 0350, AYPO reached out to D-3, asking for a signal on east leg of the wye, D-3 advising that it was already in. At 0351, there would be a garbled D-3 reach out, mebbe to BO-1, but naught further heard to, from, or about that crew.
AY-3 got on the air, also at 0351, D-3 advising them to hold on cuz he was dealing with a Form D. At 0403, D-3 would advise AY-3 that he'd head them to West Wye when AYPO had left, no intervening Form D having been heard, at least by me. Mebbe that D was for the West End, a guess prompted by newpylong's 09-15 response to Engineer Spike's post about the Hoosick Junction signals.
Back to chronological order: At 0354, the 333 WLs had been dark, as would be the 334 1 stagger and 335s, the 334 ELs at Stop.
Up Da Hill the 335s were all at Stop, no surprise since POED's backings and forthings had been heard from a few miles away. The power was however-far-west of the Timpany Boulevard UGB, and racks were in motion. Dunno if POED was lifting MTs or fancy dancing was going going on. On the subject of racks, naught would be seen of or heard to, from, or about 22K. The rest of POED's train ran from east of West Switch to between the Dunkses and included covered hoppers, at least 1 Irving centerbeam, presumed paper-service-residue tanks, and slurries. No changes for either the southerly Heywood or House, meaning the burned-out rack continued on display.
The post-offering EB straight shot featured POED until I was outta range, then D-3 answering AYPO at 0424. Their train info was garbled, only the 4876' length being clear, D-3 acknowledged, but didn't repeat the numbers and OKd them on signal indication, wishing them a safe trip to Rigby at 0428.
At 0430, a breaking D-3 would roger whatever had just been said, asking to be advised when they were west and clear of Barbers. Dunno about you, but that sounded to me like Q427 was about to or mebbe had left the property.
At 0431, the 333 WLs were again dark, and further east, the 330.8 WBs were at Clear, the 330 WLs and ELs and the GL WLs all at Stop.
The FG WLs were dark, and so was KCIR 5976, sitting solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot at 0443. Darkness continued on the EB staggers for Derby at 0449, and it wasn't until 0459 that a breaking AY-4 was first heard, advising someone -- D-3? AY-3? -- that they were down at the west end and would clear in another 20 minutes.
Only occasional static would fill out the balance of my trip.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by jaymac » Wed Sep 18, 2019 5:51 am

For 0320-0525/09-18-2019, the activity was more heard than seen, although the first clear hearing didn't happen until 0339 when D-3 241d AY-3 with the 7545 1 east to 1 at CPF-AY. There would be a number of garbled car countdowns in the near term with a number of possibilities, as will be seen.
At 0350, the 333 WLs were all at Stop, 22K with NSs 7230 and 4079 holding dark on 1. Racks? None that I saw. A minute later, D-3 fulfilled Form D G302 to Q427 with the CSXT 5436, acknowledging that they were clear of the entire territory. The 334 ELs and 1 stagger were all at Stop, the wells extending to the west. The 335 ELs and WLs were also at Stop, wells -- MTs -- extending west of the ELs again. For those keeping track, the tie-handler maintained its post in the 335 lot.
Mount Wachusett now being in a position to exert influence, there was some garble on my way up Da Hill, where the 345 ELs were at Stop, radio silence, however, being in effect. There were WBs sitting on the #2 from west of the Timpany Boulevard UGB to a bit east of the Pratt yard, MT centerbeams and shorties among the visible. What weren't visible were any cars in the yard. Not only did 22K not have any racks to the east, but they hadn't left any for the PW. Well, there was 1 rack-- the burn-out on the House, joined by the tank and brush-cutter, plus the southerly Heywood's untucked stone.
A mini-trip west was undertaken, and the 346 WL -- like the 345 1 WL -- was at Clear. Sitting down by First Street and the power unIDable except for the distinctive GE idle was the headend of a presumed POED. While at Parkers and at 0429, came sounds of D-3 reaching out to FI-2 -- response and follow-up unheard -- and next to AY-6 at San-Val, followed by D-3 calling to AY-6 on Channel 2, total weirdness cuz I can be 20 miles closer to Ayer and not understand D-3 on Channel 2. Again naught further was heard.
On the way EB, a stop was made on the West Main Street side of the the still-OOS Pleasant Street OHB. The MassHighway site alleges that things are in the construction phase, but only Dig Safe markings for water lines and a few panels of temporary cyclone fencing were proof of that.
Sp -- what should happen at 0437 when I was EB and already east of the Pearson Boulevard offramp? Anyone guessing that the 346.6 came on should self-reward with a trip to the nearest Dunks or other similar entity. Had an EB done the triggering or had the presumed POED gotten the light? Answer to follow.
At 0445, the 333 WLs were still at Stop, 22K still on 1 and the Controlled Siding not yet set for the 400 which, a minute later, would call our an Approach at the 334 EL and start making noise for 22K. I had decided to keep ahead of the 400, and saw to the east, a Stop for 1 and a Clear for 2 on the 330,8 WBs, a Slow Clear on the 330 1 WL, Medium Approach Medium on the GL Controlled Siding WL, and darkness on the FG WLs.
As a hedzup, a message board was up at John Fitch Highway, advising the seeking of alternate routes starting on 10-07 for paving on Summer Street, hopefully ending the Raised Structures Slalom of late.
At 0456, the FI-1/2 parking spot was MT, and a minute later, D-3 would start his side of a convo with EDPO -- the EB earlier at the 346.6, stating that 22K was ahead at 333, but would be moving, and after that, EDPO could get down to Fitchburg. Dunno where EDPO was, but it seemed kinda quick for them to have set off racks -- if they had any -- at Gardner. Mebbe that would happen at Fitchburg, FI-1 to do the back-haul.
A couple after that, AY-4 would reach out to D-3, D-3 rogering whatever they'd said. O502 -- and a bit early for 400 to be on the block -- the EB staggers for Derby showed a Stop for and a Clear for 2, a possible answer coming at 0506 with the sounds of FI-2 being busy, mebbe at Derby or Lafarge, That was the same time as AY-4 was also active.
The rest of the trip was pretty much occasional static.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by jaymac » Fri Sep 20, 2019 5:39 am

For 0325-0527/09-20-2019, the start was slow, but the finish -- especially as the odd point of closing precision might hint at -- got busy.
Things were quiet except for a bit of 0332 garble, but picked up a bit at 0348 when AY-5 advised D-3 they were on the lead at FG, D-3 OKing them on signal indication and advising that they'd be taking 1 at Gardner. After 22K was outta the way, AY-5 would head west at 346 and then back on 2 to do their work.
Activity continued at 0350 when AYPO with the 7627 started a convo with D-3 about room for set-offs and Tracks 9 and 7, D-3 giving some info back that included 1x41 Watervilles on 7. At 0352, the 333 WLs were dark, the usual progression of Stops on the 334 ELs and darkness on the 334 stagger and 335s holding.
Most of the way up Da Hill came a breaking D-2 241 to POED, deets lost.
The 345 1 EL was already at Approach in anticipation of AY-5, and 22Ks power -- NSs 3652 and 1115 -- was heading west on 2 to reconnect with the rest of the train. There were loaded racks on Yard 2 with general -- hoppers, covered hoppers, and an MT centerbeam -- to the east. The racks on Yard 1 appeared to be MT, and there were company gons extending east onto the Extension. The Sameoldsameold Ledger entries continued to be the southerly Heywood's untucked stone and the House's burned-out rack, tank, and brush-cutter.
The post-offering EB trip featured a 0418 D-3/22K convo, D-3 checking on how they were doing, 22K saying fine, and D-3 further advising that AY-5 was on the way and that as soon as 22K cleared 346, AY-5 would head west, adding that as soon as AY-5 cleared 345, D-3 would put in the signal for 22K. To save suspense, naught further would be heard to, from, or about either 22K or AY-5. There was also an exchange about Track 4 having been MT.
The EB trip was not to 333, but to 335, just in case AY-5 hadn't gotten west yet. As of 0430, the 335 ELs stayed dark, so they were probably well west. The 333 ELs -- yes, E -- were dark at 0435.
Further east and after a refueling stop, the 330.8 WBs showed a Clear for 1 and a Stop for 2, the 330 2 WL a Slow Approach, the 330 1 WL and the ELs all at Stop, while there was a Medium Approach on the GL Controlled Siding WL.
At 0443, AY-4 would make their presence heard, as they would for much ofthe balance of the trip. The FG WLs were dark, and at 0449, dark, solo, and west-facing KCIR 5976 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot, and 0455 was when the EB staggers for Derby were dark.
Among the unheard had been AY-3 and Q427, 427 taking care of that indirectly at 0509 when the 7.8 came on, timing such that I was the 5th SB vehicle in line at the Temple Street/Rte. 140/MP X7.8 crossing for the combined 0514 announcement of no defects and gate-raising.
As I was pulling into my driveway at 0522, 427 advised D-3 they were running out of time and would tie down at Burncoat without a recrew and were clear of MP X6.
But wait! There's more! AYPO -- remember them? -p gave D-3 their info -- 7627 and 7517, 104 cars (the total given first and then with a 28x76 breakdown), 6312 tons, 6686', hazardous positions, and marker status (armed), D-3 giving them permission on signal indication at WL at 0527.
6k+ tons and 6k+' to 2 units? May Friday the 13 + 7 smile on all those on the FML!
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