Was busy between 1530 Wednesday, and about 1430 yesterday, got both WACR freights on Wed, and yesterday morning departures of FLSW? and likely an RDBD. Got the B&R job at Albrecht Road in Clarendon, although they stopped just south of the Route 4 crossing for some odd reason. Still moving at a slow clip through the area, although it looks like a solid amount of ballast has been dropped.
The 263 over the mountain was short (2215 and 432 with just 21 cars), but they didn't leave until just before 11am.
I took off for the other WACR, the granite operation up at Barre. There was a derailment Wednesday night, two cars went off at the crossing of Ayers Street in downtown Barre. When I showed up at Montpelier Jct. just before 1300, they had already spotted the loads (on the north leg of the wye for some reason, apparently that isn't the "right" way), and were retrieving 9 empty gons dropped off by Wednesday's NECR 323. 804 in the lead, with the Natchez GMTX leaser trailing. They finally took off at about 1315 or so after pulling halfway over the crossing, and then backing halfway down the wye (???). The train crawled into Barre, and stopped with the last car behind the station. While waiting for them to cross VT 14, I noted an XPO truck park his trailer right over the crossing, and returned to the train to find they were still waiting for the work at Ayers to be completed. As I was leaving, they decided to take off as well, and it was a "race" to the crossing, to tell the driver he was about to lose the back of his trailer. Of course, they pulled up right as he moved, good timing for all. They made it over the crossing, and parked before Ayers, I returned home before seeing the conclusion of the day's work on the line.
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Avatar: NHVT 669 sits at the south end of the "Pompy" line in White River Jct., VT on 4/29/1993. Photo by Richard Roberg.
Is there a sight worse than a rabid foamer sprinting towards your clean photo/video angle with a tripod, so he can set up two feet from the rails?