It was not a pretty night for the SU-100 crew. On duty at 7:30PM last night(wednesday, 9/13), they had nothing but problems. They had 92 cars, and for power? the 3668, 3674, 3040, and 3020. Not sure of the exact order. by the time they got to the top of Gulf Summit, one of the alcos had shut down 3 seperate times, the 3040 was caked in oil(not sure if it was self inflicted or from being in the line of fire from an ALCo), and the other alco was giving them trouble and had to be restarted more than once. When they hit Port jervis, the plan was to run them east ahead of train 41, one of the last westbounds for the evening. upon hearing of the problems, NJT initially refused the train. they finaly got the OK to go at about 2:30 AM(or thereabouts) and limped up the hill at less than 10 MPH! The 100 crew outlawed at Sparta, and the WS-7 outlawed ahead of them in Odgensburg! WS-2 came to recrew one train, the WS-3 the other. 100 crew finally made it to the hotel at about 9:20 AM, and needless to say it was a long night for all around. And once again, the culprits are orange and black with six axles! Should prove to be an interesting trip home for the crew tonight, what with the wet rail, the leaves starting to fall, and of course the tonnage, usually heavier westbound than eastbound. The power may include the 3618, which stayed behind on the other night, as well as one other "POS" thats been down here for some attention from the other day, as well. Stay tuned!
I know I'm getting old... My insurance company sent me only half a calendar this year!