Gardner Gawking

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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri May 19, 2017 6:28 am

"The whole road's (fallen)(falling) apart out west," said D-3 ~0450/05-19-2017 to SEPO just before issuing Form D G-302 for Burncoat to MP X-25. To save the suspense, there was no further explanation and/or elaboration -- Zombie-Zone caveats in effect -- before the 0635 end of listening.
There was a C or utility telling someone that the crossing -- mebbe East Wye -- was clear ~0440, but nothing further the way there usually is with 22K, so mebbe 22K figured into the westerly woes.
~0505, Wachusett was MT, the 333 WLs dark, the 334 ELs at Stop, the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs all dark, and no changes were obvious at the 335 lot.
Timing was less than fortunate going up Da Hill. From a coupla miles east of Pearson Boulevard, the 346.6 was just strong enough at 0518 to be audible giving a train too slow to what turned out to be POED, which almost simultaneously was being asked by a Zombie-Zoneish D-3 about whether they had the most recent Speed Summary for Wendell, mebbe another component in westerly woes. The yard itself was crammed: racks on 4, general on 2, general on the westerly end of 1 with a gap and then 4 racks on the east. There was also a solo rack -- set-out? -- on the Extension. Mebbe POED had done a set-off, but unless it was from a main, it didn't look like anything had been picked up, despite the train too slow, so more likely a Parkers recrew. Parkers was MT and the 346 WL -- POED being far enough west by 0529 -- dark. The CPF-345 and CPF-346 signal situation was sameoldsameold.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, but at 0543, 402 was at the platform and facing a Medium Clear on the 333 Controlled Siding WL. 402 got to Fitchburg before I did, but we both crossed John Fitch Highway -- 402 with a Limited Clear -- at the same time. A couple later and at 0558, NewBlue 507 was on East Side facing west with a lumber centerbeam and a box, hinting that FI-1 might be going to Maki's, and further east on Freight Main East was a dark EGT with UPs 6626, 6198, and 7830 , see Bruce Macdonald's http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=237633 of 05-18 at the Milling. Besides the power being UP, so weren't at least some of the covered hoppers.
On West Side on various tracks were cars and a tamper. Dunno if this means West Side is no longer OOS.
A bit later, there was still one covered hopper at RVJ. At 0617, there was a D-3 response to an unheard-by-me ED-9 saying it was the middle of transfer time so later, but by the 0635 end of listening -- Zombie-Zone caveats again -- there was nothing further to, from, or about ED-9. Or 22K or 287 or EDPO, for that matter.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon May 22, 2017 6:20 am

Static -- both for sight and for sound -- was a feature of 0430-0640/05-22-2017.
~0445, there was a car-countdown in progress -- mebbe Fitchburg, mebbe Ayer -- that sounded like something other than 22K. ~0505, Wachusett was MT, the 333 WLs dark, the 334 ELs at Stop, and the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs dark. There -- again -- were no obvious changes at the 335 lot.
Up Da Hill, space was at a premium. Yard 4 had racks, Yard 2 general, Yard 1 racks, and the Extension the solo rack from last week. Main 2 also had racks from somewhere between the still-OOS Pleasant Street OHB and the Timpany Boulevard UGB to in back of the Pratt yard morphing into general that ran to a bit west of New Switch. There were still occasional bursts of static, some IDable as being from Boston West, but otherwise the airwaves were as MT as Parkers and as promising as the 346 WL, dark at 0529.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, ditto the 333 WLs at 0550. Also at 0550, D-3 OKd 287 on signal indication at WL.
Further east, the rotary River Street WBs were both at Clear, the 330 and GL WLs all at Stop, and FG WLs dark, also not hinting at any imminent activity. At 0606, solo NewBlue 507 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot, and a few later, the solo covered hopper was still at RVJ.
The 40.2 gave no defects at 0615 for 92 axles, lining up with 287's earlier OK. As of the 0640 end of listening and with the usual caveats in place, there was no D-3 info to 287 about Gardner activity, but whoever was gonna open up the yard ahead of the PW's arrival would have exceptionally fancy dancing ahead of them, given that the 2 was already occupied.
There was a D-2 shoutout to POED at 0621 about WA, but naught heard to, from, or about EDPO, 22K, or ED-9.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed May 24, 2017 6:44 am

(Spoiler Alert for 0420-0645/05/24/2017: An actual PAS train in actual motion was actually and eventually seen.)

0421 and later, yarding transmissions for 22K were heard, and at 0428, a breaking D-3 told an equally-breaking ED-9 to accept signal indications to cross from Camp to West Main Street.
The 0451 arrival at Wachusett was in time to see Keolis 400 change the Medium Clear on the 333 Controlled Siding to Stop, Stops also being operative at the 334 ELs. As has been pattern lately, the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs were dark, and there were no obvious differences at the 335 lot. Things were a bit more fluid up Da Hill than they were on 05-22. Yard 4 had an almost-FP-FP mix of racks and general, some of the general being tented lumber centerbeams, Yard 2 had racks, and a solo rack was still on the Extension. Out of the usual pattern was the Clear on the CPF-345 1 WL. A trip west was made, and the 346 WL was dark, but there was also a dark Pony down on 2 by First Street where NS 6760 and obscured stablemate -- presumably the 6673 shown in Elijah Jarrell's http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=237756 of the 05-23 28N -- were on a string of racks that didn't even get to the Wilkins Road dogleg. There have been news reports about a Ford CEO change, in part to do with a sales and profit slump. A 0525 re-check showed the 346 WL still dark, so it was back down Da Hill. The 335 ELs were dark, but at 0542, the 333 Controlled Siding WL was at Medium Clear cuzza 402 sitting at the platform. The Stop on the 1 WB just east of rotary River Street UGB and the Slow Approach on the 330 1 WL showed where 402 was gonna be, but there were bass notes audible and WB cars visible by Zeda's easterly lot to show that there was an actual PAS freight in actual motion, as discussed earlier and now being passed by 402. Traffic was light enough to permit a WB leapfrog to Depot Street, where at 0601, KittyCatsInRecovery 7643 and 7561 plus and NewBlue mosquito-killer 505 got 74 east at a progressively slower rate. There were placarded -- presumably paper-service -- tanks, more CHUX lidded gons, 1 Irving and mebbe a dozen Maibec-wrapped centerbeams, a few boxes -- including 1 Golden West Service -- and a larger number of shortie covered hoppers, mostly Brand X, but a few Ciment Québecs. Oh yeah, the next-to-last car was from the T -- the 1711. Dunno if this was the previously announced ED-9 or an unannounced POED. The paper-service tanks, CHUXs, and Ciment Québecs would seem to argue against ED-9, but cars from the east coulda been brought to Ayer by any of a number of trains.
Further east, the FG WLs were dark, and at 0614, solo NewBlue 507 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot, and a bit after that, a solo covered hopper was still at RVJ.
With the usual caveats, there were no words heard to, from, or about 28N, 287, or the unIDd WB as of 0645.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby johnhenry » Wed May 24, 2017 7:57 am

Should "505 got 74 east" actually read "505 got 74 west"? (Just wanted you to know that someone is reading your reports!)
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed May 24, 2017 8:16 am

johnhenry-
Sorry and thanks. Being left-handed, I too frequently substitute "left" for "right," and given that I was facing north, the same musta happened for compass points.
I will attempt to work harder telling my left from my right and my east from my west. To show that foolish inconsistency is one of my spotting features, I had posted the info about the 1711 a bit earlier on the T "Re: Interesting Consists on the North Side" forum w/o messing up the direction.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri May 26, 2017 5:55 am

As for 0430-0635/05-26-2017, there wasn't much motion to see, but strangeness ruled the airwaves.
To get the strangeness out of the way, there was the D-2 side of confabs with POED first heard around ~0510 about a car fouling the ROW. It developed that there were occupants -- unresponsive -- and the local PD got called. It was unclear whether there would be an ambulance transport. It was also unclear where the activity was, but D-3 had earlier told AY-2 that POED was in the picture and 22K was yarding, so that would complicate access between WL and AY, so POED was probably on the Brook, especially since a blocked crossing was involved. D-2 advised POED that if it would take time to clear the scene, the Chief wanted them to shove clear of the crossing, otherwise to cut for it. The resolution went unheard by me. The last heard was a broken D-2 0622 transmission to POED about 309.
In less-strange business, ~0505, Wachusett was MT and the 333 WLs dark, ED-9 told D-3 it would be going East Side, 22K was heard yarding, and the 334 ELs and 1 stagger were all at Stop, as were the 335 ELs and WLs -- yes, the Layover Lead, too. Since there was no marker visible west of 334 and equally since both POED and ED-9 were to the east, anyone guessing that there was a short 287 -- with dark NSs 9278 and 8322 -- on 1 and facing the 335 WLs would be right. Anyone also guessing that there were no readily visible changes at the 335 lot likewise would be right.
Up Da Hill were wet and wide-open spaces: only a solo and heavily-tagged rack on the west end of Yard 4 and in a change with past pattern, no rack on the Extension. At 0534, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, as had been the 345 EL a few earlier. The where and when of 28N, POED, and/or ED-8 went unknown. CPF-345-to-be and CPF-346-to-be remained works in no apparent progress.
Back down Da Hill, 287 was still facing Stops, and -- at 0550 -- Wachusett was MT and the 333 WLs dark. At 0557, it sounded like 287 was getting their OK to proceed on signal indication at 335, and a bit later, the WBs just east of the rotary-River-Street UGB were both at Clear, the 330 and GL WLs all at Stop, and the FG WLs dark, showing no imminent activity, Keolis or PAS. At 0605, KittyCatsInRecovery 7545 and 7622 were on East Side, but -- unless obscured -- no FI-1/2 power was visible. Remaining visible at RVJ was 1 covered hopper.
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