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Wanderer

Post by Wanderer » Sun Aug 20, 2006 12:31 pm

mcmannors wrote:Except for Roselle Park, none of the platforms (high or low) can fit eight cars.
Which with the engine off the platform can fit nine cars plus one door.

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Raritan Sets...

Post by Wanderer » Thu Aug 24, 2006 2:43 am

Here are the sets from tonight. Listed as positioned West to East as usual…

Revenue:
  • Eng: NJTR4116 - Cab: NJTR6016
    Eng: NJTR4122 - Cab: NJTR6003
    Eng: NJTR4125 - Cab: NJTR6006
    Eng: NJTR4127 - Cab: NJTR6015
    Eng: NJTR4128 - Cab: NJTR6013
    Eng: NJTR4135 - Cab: NJTR5026
    Eng: NJTR4209/NJTR4200 - Cab: NJTR5020
    Eng: NJTR4217 - Cab: NJTR6043
Ballast:
  • Eng: NJT4301/NJTR4137 - Loads: n/a - Empties: 2 - Last Car: NJT9135
Shop:
  • Eng: n/a

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Post by ScottTheNiceGuy » Thu Aug 24, 2006 8:58 pm

4147 was on the RVL today with six mixed and a Comet V cab (I was across the street at Kean and couldn't see it well).

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Post by Jtgshu » Thu Aug 24, 2006 9:23 pm

4137 was the second unit and coupled with an F40. I dunno what train it was eastbound, but I passed it, and then saw it laying over in the club
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Post by Wanderer » Fri Aug 25, 2006 10:57 am

ScottTheNiceGuy wrote:4147 was on the RVL today with six mixed and a Comet V cab (I was across the street at Kean and couldn't see it well).
They swapped things up some…
  • Eng: NJTR4116 - Cab: NJTR5020
    Eng: NJTR4122 - Cab: NJTR6003
    Eng: NJTR4125 - Cab: NJTR6006
    Eng: NJTR4127 - Cab: NJTR6015
    Eng: NJTR4128 - Cab: NJTR6013
    Eng: NJTR4147 - Cab: NJTR6016
    Eng: NJTR4209 - Cab: NJTR60xx
    Eng: NJTR4217 - Cab: NJTR6043
Corrections welcomed. Update to come soon.

There may very well be another two-locomotive set again today from what I am hearing. Don't know why this is becoming a mini-trend. Unless HEP failures have become that bad…

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Post by mcmannors » Fri Aug 25, 2006 1:12 pm

Wanderer wrote:There may very well be another two-locomotive set again today from what I am hearing. Don't know why this is becoming a mini-trend. Unless HEP failures have become that bad
No extensive HEP problems that I know of.

Maybe the company just wants to test the engineers to see how good they are at spotting trains going west! :-D

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Post by Wanderer » Sat Aug 26, 2006 2:15 am

It was explained to me tonight. It's a move by some mechanical genius that after a locomotive comes out from major work, they feel they should be "better safe than sorry" and run doubled.

Sets tonight were:
  • 4116/6/5020
    4119/6/6020
    4122/6/6003
    4125/6/6006
    4127/6/6015
    4128/6/6013
    4135/7/5026
    4137/6/6057 - Solid C5 Set
    4147/6/6016
    4300 - Whitehouse Siding Work Train
And Amtrak tonight suffered signal problems, as well as the Busy Blues. A syndrome by which Dock Tower's phone is 100% of the time busy when North Jersey tries to contact him about running trains. The result?
  • 5435 +0:08m
    5709 UNKNOWN DELAY
    5439 +0:03m
    5441 +0:41m
    5711 UNKNOWN DELAY
    5903 +0:32m
    5447 +0:30m
    5713 +0:31m
    5449 +0:17m
    5451 +0:07m
    5715 +0:09m
    5455 +0:09m
Next time, answer your phone.

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Post by mcmannors » Sat Aug 26, 2006 3:12 am

I believe that Lenny, the regular late afternoon/early evening guy at Dock, took a day off. So obviously, the place went to "hell in a hand basket". And Lenny's assistant (some woman) just started a week or so ago. I guess Bob (this is deplorable!) from Section B was unavailable to fill in! :wink:

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Post by Jtgshu » Sat Aug 26, 2006 11:42 am

Wanderer wrote:It was explained to me tonight. It's a move by some mechanical genius that after a locomotive comes out from major work, they feel they should be "better safe than sorry" and run doubled.
It sounds like a damn good plan to me; I'd much rather have the locos "test" after work done than have to trust a single loco "fresh from the MMC" — which, ninety-nine percent of the time, spells trouble, when anything is "coming from the MMC".

Lenny runs a HELL of a railroad — he wants the trains OUT of there!!!!!!!!! And if not, you will get the wrath of the sarcastic remarks, which he has to be king of! haahhha

Is there an NJT liaison in Dock tower, other than the supervision at Newark Penn? IMO, it would be much easier if there was an NJT person up at Dock so they can see what is going on up there, and problems with busy signals could be reduced, if North Jersey could simply contact the NJT liaison…the liaison could then contact supervision on the platforms and give them a heads up as to what is going to be going on.

However, I'd tend to think that the RVL trains were late for more than just the reason of Dock not answering the phone, but rather due to congestion east AND west and through Newark Penn, and even more likely late connecting trains from New York.

There are a handful of VERY critical switches at Dock, which if they go bad the railroad comes to a crawl, whereas others can sort of be bypassed, and gone around. Even so, when a maintainer has to throw each switch(es) manually, with verbal permission, it takes a lot of time, and if there are several switches that are acting up, oh boy — take off your shoes and relax a while.
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Post by mcmannors » Sat Aug 26, 2006 2:32 pm

Jtgshu wrote:However, I'd tend to think that the RVL trains were late for more than just the reason of Dock not answering the phone, but rather due to congestion east AND west and through Newark Penn, and even more likely late connecting trains from New York.
The word I got was that there were catenary problems on Track 4 due to a balloon hitting the overhead wire. I guess it was one of those silver "Happy Birthday" type of balloons, huh? From what I hear, one of those can knock out a railroad single-handedly! :-D

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Post by Jtgshu » Sat Aug 26, 2006 3:10 pm

WOW, yeah, they are amazing to watch — I saw one in NYP make contact with the wire, and it was pretty damn cool and scary at the same time — as soon as it hit, there was a pretty good size explosion and a nice little fireball and then the catenary power was lost for a little bit.

With the problem being on Track 4, that would explain why the RVL trains got hit so hard with delays,
On the RR, "believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see"
John, aka "JTGSHU" passed away on August 26, 2013. We honor his memory and his devotion to railroading at railroad.net.

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Post by Wanderer » Sat Aug 26, 2006 3:35 pm

Jtgshu wrote:Lenny runs a HELL of a railroad — he wants the trains OUT of there!!!!!!!!
That he does. And he can be tons of fun on the block line also. I have an acquaintance of mine who has worked at that station for 30+ years. I've heard her and Lenny go back and forth now and then when things get dull. Entertaining to say the least.

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Post by Wanderer » Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:31 pm

Just a quick report from tonight. Nothing terribly exciting. There was an impromptu CNJ homecoming, however…

30-Aug-2006 - Roselle Park, NJ
  • West - 20:37 - X4101W - NJTR4101/NJTR4215
    East - 20:49 - 5452 - NJTR6043/6/NJTR4128
    West - 21:18 - 5715 - NJTR4125/6/NJTR6006
    West - 22:23 - 5455 - NJTR4128/6/NJTR6043
    East - 22:34 - 5454 - NJTR5026/7/NJTR4117
Notes: 1. NJTR4101 was facing West, and NJTR4215 facing East. Probably just ballast power.

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Post by Wanderer » Sat Sep 02, 2006 11:50 am

Here's your sets from last night...

Union - 14.4
01-Sep-2006
  • NJTR4116 - 6 - NJTR6013
    NJTR4117 - 7 - NJTR5026
    NJTR4122 - 6 - NJTR6082
    NJTR4124 - 6 - NJTR6046
    NJTR4125 - 6 - NJTR6006
    NJTR4127 - 6 - NJTR6015
    NJTR4128 - 6 - NJTR6043
    NJTR4147 - 6 - NJTR6016
    NJTR4207 - 6 - NJTR6020
    Non-Revenue: NJTR4200/NJT4301

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Post by blockline4180 » Sat Sep 02, 2006 1:23 pm

Like I said in the other thread…F40PH-2CATs are ruling the RVL once again!!!!
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