Did the main part of this derailment occur East or West of Glencoe Rd Crossing? Isn't MPs 201-203 slightly West between Glencoe and Philson, rather than east closer to the Falls Cut tunnel?
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roadster wrote:Management up here was telling us that they believe the airline had a blockage, there may have been ice in the air line which blocked the air flow and didn't allow the brakes to set completely, or not at all past the blockage. Coal hoppers, either ya got crappy brakes or a kicker. Either way, they can be a challenge.Yeah I was wondering about that also. Perhaps the air dryers weren't working properly. The crew that brings the train from Newell to Connellsville has to run around the train at Demmler once they come off the Mon sub. Maybe some snow got in the hoses in that process. I'm not sure which kind of cars they had, the newer aluminum cars or some older NYC cars. When I was in ET training on that hill it was winter and even with snow and ice the brakes on those aluminum cars were pretty nice to handle. But for some reason if you have a lot of the NYC cars the train brakes feel loose. My one trip in ET training, I had to get out of the seat and let my engineer take over. The train was acting real loose the whole way down the hill. We coasted right through the sag and on down into Maxwell. Long story short, we were in full dynamics with 18lbs off the equalizing res and it was just keeping us under controll. It was real quite in that cab..
pharmerphil54 wrote: Dynamic brakes on 2 units will not slow a 130 car freight on any kind of grade.I do not agree with this statement. Under some conditions 2 units and especially 6 motor units with extended range dynamic