I was walking the dogs down Bank St. in Wyckoff the other night (because it parallels the tracks) and I caught NS 5294 going by with a short string of covered hoppers. The only reason this is notable is that sparks or embers were coming out of the exhaust stack as it went by. Is that common? I have never seen it before - not even from 5294, which probably goes by my house just about every day. It wasn't like fireworks or anything, but a couple/few at a time, consistently, as it went by. That seems like it's maybe not a good thing.
"Don't open the gates!! Who the hell needs a wooden horse that size anyway?!?!"