Gardner Gawking

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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:40 am

0420-0640/04-23-2018 was -- slow-activity-wise -- like a step backwards. Things were radioactively inactive until transiting a Zombie Zone when a protracted period of garble ensued. Among the few items of clarity were "noncompliant unit." "defective brake," "Deerfield or Rigby," and "maintainer." In the Heavily-Wrinkled Irony Department, D-3 would advise the other party that they were breaking up. 0435 was when D-3 -- still Zombie-Zoned -- told ED-9 something about East Wye. Dunno if ED-9 was the subject of the earlier convo, but there would be a POED in the picture later, more about both of which later.
At 0445, the 333 WLs got shunted, a Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding. At 0446, D-3 began a series of reach outs to ED-9 with the 7627, varying antennas and frequencies with each unanswered attempt. At 0450 and just after 400 gave themselves permission to depart, D-3 got in touch with ED-9, saying he needed them clear of Derby by 0505, if not then they needed to be at West Main for 400. 0451 was when 400's total of 3 flats and 1 bi plus the 1131 did the dropping, and a black of nearby shunters did the darkening at 0454. An offering -- more in anticipation than in thanks -- was made, the immediate reward being Stops on the 334 ELs and darkness on the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs. The 40.2 report for the 400 never got heard, mebbe because of a Westminster-Zombie-Zoned-0516-D-3 to someone, "power" being the sole bit of clarity.
Up Da Hill the Chair City might be better characterized as the Cram City. Racks on Yard 4, general on Yards 2 and 1, and loaded racks on the #2 from somewhere between the still-- yes, still -- OOS Pleasant Street OHB and the Timpany Boulevard UGB and just clear of New Switch. Mebbe the PW Switcher would be coming to town with no MTs and just picking up the rack loads on the #2, but more likely, there would be some exceptionally fancy -- not to mention time-consuming -- dancing done by ED-9 and/or POED and/or the PW. To those who might think that the stone on the southern end of the Heywood mighta gotten dressed and/or that the Extension might have lost its longterm occupants, I applaud your optimism although it is misplaced. At 0525, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, a signal indication for my going EB.
Just outta the Westminster Zombie Zone at 0545, I got to hear D-3 ask POED with the 7542 how they were making out and were they ready to go and to expect 402 to be on time. Instructions for Fitchburg or Gardner? None were heard. The 335 ELs were dark, as were -- at 0554 -- the 333 WLs. The 330.8 WBs showed Clear for 1 and Approach for 2, leading to later musing about whether I mighta missed ED-9. The 330 WLs were both at Stop, the GL Controlled Siding WL at Medium Approach, and the FG WLs at Stop. At 0610, solo KCIR 5966 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot and fuel trucks were tending to the T tie-gang equipment in the old layover. At 0611, the 40.2 gave a no defects on 1 to 28 axles, underscoring the accuracy of D-3's earlier prediction and that POED was probably sitting some where on 2, never did hear a 40.2 for those guys. The last non-driving visual input of the day came from a brace of T loaders in the old North Leominster station lot.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:11 am

For 0415-0640/04-25-2018, there was more activity than just the rain. There was a 0439 and Zombiefied D-3/SEPO-with-the-7528 exchange about the east end of the yard and telemetry and -- per D-3 -- AY-3 calling their marker, naught else being heard to, from, or about -- and with the usual disclaimers -- SEPO later and during listening limits.
Zombie-Zoneishness was replicated at 0442 to a TC -- later more clearly audible as MBTA 06609 -- concerning track work at FG. At 0443, the 333 WLs lit up with the predictable Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding, immediately followed by the 40.2 giving a broken no defects on 2 for 206 axles, followed a minute later by D-3 telling POED they'd hold at Derby for 400 cuzza the previously mentioned track work at FG. At 0456, D-3 would make effective Form D G-303 to AY-6 with NS 8458 at MP 313, a Line 13 saying that could leave MP 313. Naught else -- again -- was heard concerning AY-6, but mebbe -- just mebbe -- they might be recrewed somewhere west and become 287. At 0450, 400 gave themselves permission to depart, and a total of 3 flats and 1 bi plus the 2023 did the dropping at 0451, darkness returning at 0453. At 0455, the T TC would release the #1 within the FG interlocking limits back to D-3, D-3 asking about the #2. The need to drill some more holes and a problem withe drill were complications for that release. At 0505, someone somewhere told someone else that it was "good for 30 MPH." Mebbe at FG, but dunno. The 334 ELs were at Stop, but the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs were all dark. There were a coupla short bursts of mebbe-AY activity, but as of 0516 and at the now-extremity of range, there was no 40.2 report heard for the 400. At 0517, D-3 would advise ED-9 -- only a little about which and much later -- that the Camp should be MT, so they could move up to there.
Up Da Hill had general -- including lotsa covered hoppers -- on Yards 4 and 2, incomplete stone-dressing on the southern Heywood, and the still-ungone gons on the Extension. At 0531, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, prompting the usual.
At 0541, a scratchy D-3 would tell AY-3 something about Track 11, and just a bit later, the 335 ELs were dark, At 0546, the 402 with a total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 11?? was crossing the Princeton Road/Rte.31 UGB, the 333 WLs going dark at 0459. The 330.8 WBs were both at Clear, but my EB trip wasn't -- cuzza a TT taking a touristy approach to going EB on River Street. My impatience quickly turned to thanks -- not only were there 2 sets of 3 red lights at the 330 WLs, but also 1 set of 3 white lights. POED -- remember them? -- with NewBlue 3403 and KCIRs t622 and 7604 got 47 west of of the Rollstone Street OHB at 0558. There were shortie covered hoppers, cuts of slurries, mebbe an HCl tank, and boxes that included a coupla Smurfs. Did I mention that my power-and-car count agreed with the 40.2's axle count of 0443? The GL WLs were at Stop, and a couple later, a WB T hook-armed loader turned off Summer Street and left onto Harvard, indicating tie-work might be getting closer to GL At 0604, 404's C or AC would tell 404's E he was back on board. The FG WLs were both at Stop, but any view about what might be going on within the limits was blocked by intervening buildings. At 0606, KCIR was sitting solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot and the old layover was busy with people getting ready to get busy. With elevation and without obstruction, the mirror view of FG showed a buncha busy domelights.
The EB staggers for Derby both showed Approach, and it wasn't until 0614 -- 7 off 402's 0607 Shirley advertised -- that the 40.2 gave a no defects on 2 to 28 axles. At 0615, D-3 would cancel G-301, 0616 being the cancellation time for G-302, the T foreman having released FG with no restrictions.
At 0623, there was a Zombiefied reception, the only clear word being "Gardner." Mebbe POED, mebbe not. At 0637, D-3 would ask ED-9 if they were calling him. There was a short burst of static, and with naught else heard by 0640, listening was ended.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby johnhenry » Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:37 pm

Following up 04/25 at 1330 in Gardner. 22K with NS power at Jade sitting on track 1. ED9 with MEC 7541 and 7500 on 2 with 104 cars getting permission to head west. Had dropped off 7 loaded racks on yard 2 and cleared all the general freight out of the yard. P&W about to enter the yard with 14 general and 18 empty racks, picking up the 7. ED9 to re-crew at Tyters.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:17 am

For 0415-0630/04-27-2018, the apt descriptor might be "atypical." Yes, there were the occasional static spurts, and yes, there was a Zombie-Zone D-3 shoutout to AY-3 -- more about whom later -- at 0430, followed by another Zombie -Zone exchange at 0432, this time with FI-2 and the 5966, advising it'd be a bit before he could take them, but it'd be OK to the Camp. The 40.2 chimed in at 0434 with a no defects on 2 for 4 -- yes, 4 -- axles, so probably for the 5966. Between 0436 and 0437, D-3 issued a number of "OK, roger that" transmissions, but to whom and about what went unheard. There was another D-3 Zombieish at 0440, mebbe to POED. At 0443, the 333 WLs were dark, so a relocation to 334 took place where only the ELs were lit. The dark 1 stagger hinted that the 400 was still west, so a few minutes were invested at 334. No return on investment occurring by 0552, another relocation -- this to 335 -- took place. The ELs were at Stop, the Lead WL at Medium Approach Slow, and the Single WL at Approach. 400's 4 flats, 1 bi, and the 1126 got east at 0456, already 6 after the advertised at Wachusett, the departure OK being called at 0459. At 0457, D-3 told somebody to the east that he would run him -- the 400? -- by him first at Shirley. A 0458 AY-3/D-3 exchange went roughly like this: "We're ready for the light at the Wye." "Of course you are, but you're going to have to wait for 22K (mebbe the just-mentioned somebody and more, much more, about which later) and 400." At 0459, the west got bright as the Approach was called out for the 335 Single, and a presumed EDPO -- more, also, about which later -- with KCIRs 7500 and 7541 got 19 onto 1 and east of the ELs at 0500. There were company gons, boxes that included some NewBlues, and MT centerbeams. If the numbers seem familiar, they're the same power couple that took ED-9 outta Gardner with 104 in johnhenry's 04-25 post.
0506 was when the 40.2 gave a no defects on 1 to 422 axles. 22K? More will follow, cuz in a couple, D-3 told 22K with CSX 5209 that 400 was about 10 late, and they'd hold short of Willows cuz he didn't want to block it, making it sound like 22K was gonna start its 1-to-2 shove either at AY or Willows, not just follow the 400 on 2 from the Camp.
Up Da Hill, there mighta been stuff on Yard 4, but the almost FP-FP racks on 2 and general on Yard 1 -- including MT centerbeams -- obscured the view. Entries in the Sameoldsameold Ledger continued to be the 345 and 346 signals, the undressed stone on the Heywood, and -- drumroll, please -- the 3 high-sided gons on the Extension. At 0523, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, causing me to issue me my own 241.
0517 is 400's advertised at Ayer, but at 0532, D-3 told AY-3 with the 7552 that he'd punch them in when 400 got by. If a Service Alert had been posted for the 400, it had gotten lifted by the time I looked. About the same time, there were car countdowns for 22K -- at least 1 involving 2 different folks on the ground -- and this would occur intermittently through the rest of listening.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were at stop cuz 402 was EB across from Monty Tech on their way to Wachusett. The 333 ELs showed a Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding, not just cuzza 402 but also cuzza the presumed EDPO sitting dim on 1 -- where else? -- at the easterly end of the bend. At 0554, somebody called out a Restricting at AY, and just after that, D-3 told AY-3 that -- just like last night -- he couldn't get a signal at the Willows, so he'd have to 241 them there, a transaction that went unheard. 402 was on the move at the 0545 advertised, 6 flats and the 1055 doing the dropping at 0456. By 0550, there was no change for the 333 1 WL, so the presumed EDPO wasn't going anywhere east soon, so I did.
0553 was the time effective for D-3's G-302 to POSE with the 7609 for MP X25 to Burncoat, letting me know that I would this day not be losing a too-large chunk of my life sitting on the wrong side of the Temple Street/Rte. 140 crossing. My personal margin of safety was increased almost immediately when D-3 advised there would be a live recrew at Still River.
There were numerous and Zombie-Zone FI-2/D-3 exchanges about east and west moves at Derby, time left, tiedown location, and transportation arrangements, no details being clear. What was Clear was the 330.8 2 WB, the 1 being at Stop, as were the 330, GL, and FG WLs. At 0602, the FI-1/2 parking spot was predictably MT and the old layover busy with T tie-gang preps.
At 0607 and into transfer, FI-2 advised D-3 they thought they could make it to the yard, 0604 was when 404 OKd their air, and 0611 -- 4 off 402's 0607 Shirley advertised -- was when the 40.2 gave a no defects on 1 to 28 axles.

(Edited to add POSE progress notes)
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby johnpbarlow » Sat Apr 28, 2018 4:50 pm

Unscientific observation from CPF-Jade II parking lot: last few times I've been there over the past month, while the air plant building is snorting and coughing, the cuts of racks I see on tracks 3 and 4 don't seem to be connected to the air plant's hoses...
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:31 am

The key and unifying theme for the 0420-0640/04-30-2018 report? Difficult radio communications in the easterly part of D-3 -- and not just for gawkers.
At 0420, D-3 asked AY-3 if they had everything together yet, the answer being -- at least for me -- static and a foreshadowing of things to come. At 0437, TC T288 called D-3 to let him know he wanted a Line 4 on 2 between Derby and Camp. The request was breaking up on my end, and D-3 characterized the transmission as "a lot of hash." There were some further and mutually frustrating attempts at convo and then an unheard-by-me TC suggestion that D-3 agreed to, resulting in a 0441 time effective for Form D G-301 Line 4ing 2 Camp to Derby, but addressed to FI-2 with the 5966 at MP F41. 0443 was the time effective of G-302 -- same specs -- to the TC.
It wasn't until 0448 that the 333 WLs came on -- Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding -- and at 0451, the headlights that had reflected off the rails at the curve east of the 333 ELs went dim. 0453 was when the 400 gave themselves permission to depart, a total of 3 flats and 1 bi plus the 2018 doing the dropping at 0454. 0455 was when noise got made to the east and then the WB whites went bright. A presumed POED with KCIRs 7528, 7575, 7609, and 7602 got 40 west on 1 at 0500. There were CHUX lidded gons, full-size covered hoppers, an HCl tank, boxes that included a OldPaint Big G, and a good number of centerbeams that included Maibecs, Twin Rivers, Irvings, and 1 neither wrapped nor tented. If you're getting that power-ID sense ofdéjà vu all over again, then johnpbarlow's http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=243696 of 04-28 and posted 04-30 may be the cause.
Yes, an offering of thanks was made to the nearest Deity, a transaction of sufficient length for the 334 1 stagger to have gone dark, but of insufficient length for the 335 ELs to have gone dark, red being the color there, as well as at the 334 ELs. My transit of the Westminster Zombie Zone compromised reception of the recipient a 0513 Single-to-1-West-at-312, and my distance to the west, compounded by 400's slightly delayed departure, nullified reception of the 40.2's report on the 400.
Up Da Hill, the 345 EL was at Clear, a strong hint that the presumed POED wouldn't be working Gardner, which -- besides still needing stone to be dressed on the Heywood and still needing disposition of the Extension's persisting trio of high-sided gons -- had only a lengthy string of general on Yard 1. 0524 was the time effective for G-303, the Camp/Derby Line 4, issued to AY-4 with the 7585, along with a request to hold for 400 and consult T288 for access to Camp. A couple later, D-3 told AY-5 with NS ???? he'd take them after 400 and that -- after they tied down -- he'd get a cab to take them back to the yard. Parkers was MT at 0526, and at 0530, the 346 WL went to Stop, the WB now in the near-term. At 0530 and with some extra effort, D-3 gave T288 permission to foul the 1 at Camp between 0532 and 0555. The east got bright and loud, and the 346.6 came on at 0535, giving a no defects, 31°, and 2864' at 0537. A minute earlier, D-3 had given AY-3 with the 7517 permission 1 east at the Willows to 1 FML. Dunno if AY-3 had gotten the earlier 241 at 312.
For the next few minutes and ending at 0539, D-3 ended up serving as the intermediary between T288 and AY-4 to give and get permission at restricted speed from Camp to Keating Switch. That transaction was interrupted when D-3 told ED-9 with the 7592 that he couldn't get them out right away and -- after something about Track 11 -- to stand in place. At 0549, D-3 and T288 again talked, including D-3's summary that AY-4 didn't hear him and T288 didn't hear AY-4, which would eventually get their 241 at Camp called correct at 0553. Dunno their relative positions but -- to start and end the rant -- this is no way to run a railroad.
The 335 ELs had been dark, as were the 333 ELs at 0556, a temporary condition, as 404 called out Medium Approach Slow for the facility at 0600. To rewind, at 0558, T288 had given up the Camp foul time on 1.
Further east, the 330.8 WBs showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 1 WL a Slow Approach, and the GL and FG WLs all Stops. As no surprise, the FI-1/2 parking spot was MT at 0608 and the T tie gang seemed active at the old layover. A minute earlier was 402's Shirley advertised, but -- mebbe topographically related -- never hear anything outta the 40.2 on or near 402's time. There was -- however -- 0613 40.2 activity: no defects on 2 for 6 -- yes, six -- axles. There had been no cancellation heard -- not that that means much -- of G-302, so mebbe it was track equipment. The EB staggers for Derby showed Approach on 1 and Stop on 2.
Occasional and unintelligible were descriptors for radio reception up to 0640.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed May 02, 2018 7:11 am

For 0420-0635/05-02-2018, there was less activity than for the 04-30 report, so less potential for things to go wrong, more about which later.
At 0421, D-3 started a convo with AY-3 and the 7555, making it 0424 for authority to enter the FML #1. At 0429, there was a scratchy AY-4 reach-out to D-3, but a Zombie-Zone transit rendered any meaningful reception impossible. At 0438, ED-9 advised D-3 they were ready for a signal, continued at 0440 with something about crossing over, D-3 saying they -- the not-yet-departed 400? -- were about 15 minutes from Fitchburg, another Zombie-Zone transit producing nothing intelligible.
At 0445, the 333 WLs were lit, a Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding. 0447 was when D-3 acknowledged FI-2 was lined and locked normal and the derail restored. Where? Dunno, but FI-2 -- another more about which later -- was outta range for me, and at 0448, D-3 rogered whatever AY-4 had just said. 0449? That was a 1-east-at-FG-to-1 241 for ED-9 with the 7898 -- yet another more-about-which-later. 0450? 400 gave themselves the OK to depart, a total of 3 flats and 1 bi plus the 1134 doing the 0451 dropping, nobody else near enough at 0454 to prevent the WLs from going dark.
At 0504, D-3 talked to AY-3 -- unheard (again) by me -- rogering (again) their contribution. The 334 ELs were at Stop, and the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs were all dark. A protracted D-3 and and an unheard-by-me AY-6 convo started at 0510, D-3 asking them about San-Vel and next asking if they had been able to call clear of Burncoat. There was -- while the Westminster Zombie Zone got transited -- a Form D G-304 made effective at 0515, Line 13ing someone -- AY-6? -- to leave MP 313. However much that did get heard between 0510 and 0515, what did not get heard was a report for the 400 by the 40.2 -- yet another again-more-about-which-later.
Up Da Hill, there was general -- mostly covered hoppers plus an MT centerbeam -- on the easterly end of Yard 2. The Heywood looked like it had seen traffic since yesterday's rain, but the Heywood's stone still needed dressing, and -- yes -- the 3 high-sided gons were still on the Extension. At 0527, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, so I was EB.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, and the 333 ELs were lit, Stops for 1 and 2, Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding, but not just for 402's departure. Charging up 1 was ED-9 with KCIRs 7898 and 7535, the actual car count being nullified by 402 crossing east and in front at 0456 with a total of 3 flats and 1 bi plus the 1072. If the KCIR numbers seem familiar, then perhaps that's because of Bruce Macdonald's 05-01 http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=243721 and following of ED-8. Like Bruce's, it was my first eyeballing of the wide-cab KCIR: like Bruce's, my viewing took place at Wachusett; but unlike Bruce's, my family name has a different spelling, even though they both mean the same. At 0457, ED-9 had gotten west of the WLs. The first string of cars had LAFX and other shorties, the probable reason for crossing over at FG, and then a good number of unplacarded tanks. Also included were a half-dozen or so shiny blue MassDOT -- MDTX -- stone hoppers, their extended springs indicating a possible trip to the Deerfield Loop. At 0459, the WLs went dark, so I went east.
The 330.8 WBs were both at Clear and the 330 1 WL at Slow Approach. At 0555 and while I was just west of Putnam on Kimball, there was garble on the yard frequency, the only clear words being "on the ground," followed at 0557 by "one's kind of leaning." Signal strength suggested Ayer. There were no other receptions -- even after the new D-3 shift started -- that would add information, but calling crews could be done by landline or cell. Further east, the GL and FG WLs at Stop, and at 0604, the FI-1/2 parking spot was MT and tie-gang activity at the old layover was not yet apparent.
0607 is 402's Shirley advertised, but no report -- not even garble -- was heard from the 40.2, so dunno if it's OOS.
Around 0620, there was a Q427/D-3 exchange about entering Yard Limits, referencing back to the earlier D-3/AY-6 exchange.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri May 04, 2018 7:27 am

Not exactly the Butterfly Effect, but sometimes -- as with 0410-0650/05-04-2018 -- a slight deviation from start-time can produce a series of unexpected results. At 0413, a scratchy D-3 answered I(India)2K, the rest of the possible convo being garble. The strange thing was that I was not yet in a Zombie Zone, and transmission and/or reception for the dispatcher channel remain problematic throughout the time period.
There were partials on the yard channel, but naught clear enough for either meaning or attribution. 0441 did have ED-9 call out either a full or modified Approach for 333 WB on 2 and then call a Stop for same at 0443, so it was no surprise that the 333 WLs were on even before 400 got close to the platform. At 0450. 400 was on the move, no dispatcher-channel departure OK heard, although that coulda been buzzered. O451 was when the Controlled Siding's Medium Clear joined the rest of the WL Stops, thanks to a total 3 flats and 1 bi plus the 1134. As 400 went east, they dimmed and made noise for the also-dimmed ED-9. 0454 was when the brightiewhities came on and KCIRs 7535 and 7898 got their 38 west on 1 at 0458. If there's power déjà vu all over again, there are reasons for that: Bruce Nelson's 05-03 http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=243750 shows them on ED-8, and I had seen and reported on them earlier this week, so they seem to have caught the ED-8/9 duty. The 38 cars? All were Procor or CRGX unplacarded black tanks. A corn-products MT unit train?
Yes, an offering of thanks was made, but being part of a line of worshippers, my transaction took longer than usual. And yes, the 334 ELs were at Stop, but the 1 stagger was at Approach. If ED-9 had not yet cleared 335, the stagger would be at Stop, and if ED-9 had cleared 335, the stagger would be dark. The cause? Tied down on 1 and just to the east was 287 with mebbe a half dozen racks and CG heritage unit 8181 and PlainOldPony 4141, as seen in Michael Cummins's http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=243751 of 05-03. Photographers to the west, the Wizard of Wyeing has smiled upon you by not wyeing! And yes, the 335 ELs had gone dark by the time I gone that nominal extra mile.
On the way up Da Hill and during 400's potential time window, naught was heard from the 40.2, There had been short bursts of yard-channel noise, but not enough to block out a scanned reception of the 40.2 on dispatcher channel.
Up Da Hill the 345 EL showed Clear, showing that ED-9 would like be on a straight shot to Deerfield, this despite Yard 4 being FP-FP with a mix of hoppers, covered hoppers, and gons. The Sameoldsameold Ledger contained some familiar items -- old signals at 345 and 346 and Heywood Stone in need of being finished. However, the Extension now had 1 loaded rack, the 3 high-sided gons having moved on, 2/3rds of them having moved onto the House. At 0530, ED-9 acknowledged a no defects at Parkers, which was where I was parked, but I hadn't heard the 346.6 say anything, again a dispatcher channel mystery. The 2 at Parkers was MT, so I was EB.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, and the nonexecutive decision was made to change the normal return route to a driveby of 334 where 287 still sat, the 334 EL predictable at Stop and the 1 stagger at a G/G Clear. Over at 333, there were WB pigs, so it was back to 335 in time to see either a 22K or I2K with CN 3080, CSXT 5209, and NS 8326 get a total of all-single-high-occupied 142 well and 3 table positions onto the Single at 0601.
Further east the 330.8 WBs showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 1 WL a Slow Clear, the GL Controlled Siding WL a Medium Approach Medium, and the FG 1 WL a Limited Clear. At 0618, an uncoupled KCIR 5966 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot, and the old layover still had track equipment, but activity was unseen. What went unheard was a 40.2 report for the 402, although elevation an topography in Fitchburg don't always support reception of the 40.2.
At 0505, there had been a road-channel question about staying at Shirley, D-3's response being garbled, followed by whoever saying they had 3 units. Sitting on 1 -- not at Shirley, but at North Leominster -- were 3 units, NS 7556, UP 5030, and NS 8326 plus wells however far west. I2K? Dunno, but probably.
Even after the end of transfer, only yard-channel transmissions were heard up to 0650. Dunno whether it was Quiet Time or trouble w/ my scanner.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon May 07, 2018 7:00 am

0415-0635/05-07-2018 started off quiet, only a Zombie-Zoned D-3 to somebody at 0430 and another to SEPO at 0438 being the only audibles.
At 0443, the 333 WLs were dark, so relocation to 334 took place, the 334 ELs at Stop, but the 1 stagger dark when 400 shoulda been shunting. There was a clear D-3 0447 shoutout to ED-9 with the 7875, rogering whatever ED-9 had said, asking about being armed, proposing backing in on FMW for the pickup, and mebbe a clerk being on duty by the time they got there for details. 0451 was when D-3 made effective the cancellation of Form D G-302 to TC 11503 Line 4ing the 1 between Derby and GL. 0452 was when the 1 stagger was still dark, causing a rerelocation to 335, both sides dark. A position was taken up at the 335 lot, and eventually the west did get bright, a total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 2029 getting east at 0459. That's 1 more car than usual, so mebbe a set-swap had taken place before I started listening. In any event, 0503 -- 13 off the advertised -- was when 400 -- more about which later -- gave themselves the OK to depart Wachusett.
Up Da Hill was again Cram City -- racks on Yards 1 and 2 and racks west and general east on Yard 4. The loaded rack was no longer on the Extension, but general extended the #2 from New Switch and over West Switch, almost to the Timpany Boulevard UGB. It was gonna by a busy time for anyone trying to work Gardner. The House still had the 2 high-sided gons, and the Heywood's stone work was still incomplete. 0523 was when parkers was MT and the 346 WL and also the start of the EB part of the trip.
3 minutes later and at the junction of West Broadway, John Street, and Manca Drive came the surprise reception of the day -- the 40.2 intro and track number didn't get heard, but no defects and 24 axles did get heard, right in line with 400's delay. Dag -- from 25+ track-miles away and while on the wrong side of the summit of the Wonderful World of PAS! That miracle of reception was followed by a return to more normal garble when it seemed -- while transiting the Westminster Zombie Zone -- that D-3 was either giving out or cancelling another Form D to a TC.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were at Stop, 402's time getting close, and at 0536, D-3 advised somebody of a 1x29 pickup. At 0541, the 333 WLs came on, showing the expectable Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding, At 0545, 402 was on the move, a total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 1119 doing the 0546 dropping, the 0549 darkening account nobody else near enough.
Further east, the 330.8 WBs showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2. The transit of the Kimball Street Zombie Zone and just ahead of transfer was when D-3 tried to make sure things were set at the Hill Yard, AY-4, SEPO, and Track 11 being points of clarity and probably tying into the earlier 1x29 pickup.
The 330, GL, and FG WLs were all at Stop, and sitting a bit east of the FG WLs was ED-9 with KCIRs 7875 -- another wide-cab -- and 7585, followed by unplacarded black tanks, shortie covered hoppers, and whatever else. Just east and at 0603, KCIR 5966 was sitting uncoupled in the FI-1/2 parking spot and the T tie equipment was where you would expect it to be.
At 0607 and while listening at the Rte. 13 lights, the 40.2 gave a no defects on 2 to 24 axles, tight on 402's Shirley advertised. Yes, the report was more complete than the partial for 400 heard earlier in Gardner, but it still had an ample amount of static.
There was naught else intelligible as of the 0635 end of listening.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed May 09, 2018 7:32 am

Kilobytes will be consumed in discussion of 0415-0650/05-09-2018.
The sound side of things started off at 0422 with D-3 241ing TC T 11503-plus-2 1-east-to-1 at Derby, then a 0428 Zombiefied WB 241 at Derby. Having emerged from that Zombie Zone, it was possible -- time effective 0430 -- to hear the cancellation of Form D G-301 that had Line 4d 1 Derby to FG, no switches handled and no new restrictions. 0444-0447 were the limits of a D-3-only-audible conversation with ED-9 -- more about which later -- asking about which track something had been left on, a roger that, is 7534 the leader?, another roger that, 0446 permission too enter the Freight Main WB on 2 at Moores, and as a close, advising ED-9 that I(ndia)3K would need their own permission to enter when they were ready.
0449 was when the 333 WLs came on with a Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding. 400 gave itself permission to depart at 0451, a total of 3 flats and 1 bi plus the 1124 doing the dropping at 0452, things going back to dark at 0455, and D-3 -- in another one-sided reception -- answering and then rogering whatever AY-6 said at 0458. The expectable offering was then made at The Shrine Of The Deity Of the CPF-333 Dunks, an offering with more-than-full return.
The 334 ELs were at Stop and the 1 stagger dark. The 335 ELs, however, were at Stop cuzza an EB that didn't get properly IDd, prompting a return to 333, whose WLs were showing a Medium Clear for 1. KCIR 7643 and NewBlues 7635 and 3402 got 18 -- yes, eighteen -- east at 0515. The presumption was that was an EDPO, not cuzza the gons and boxes, but cuzza the MT centerbeams and placarded tank. To save suspense, naught further was hear to, from, or about the presumed EDPO. At 0513, D-3 advised I3K that permission would be needed to enter the Main and that the crossover was in charge of the Utility, adding they should let AY-3 in first. To again save suspense, naught further was heard to, from, or about I3K. At 0520, someone -- the Utility? -- would advise ED-9 they were on the Main. Given the times and amount of time that D-3 was on the air, it wasn't surprising that there was no report heard from the 40.2 for 400.
An immediate return to 335 was bypassed to get straight up Da Hill where the yard was MT, the House/Heywood situation remaining unchanged. Sitting on the #2 by the platform, however, was a marker, cars to the immediate west including slurries, prompting a supposition that this was a POED. A POED and not an ED-9 cleaning out Gardner? Strange, but more about which later. That Gardner had been cleaned out by this train was shown west of the still-OOS Pleasant Street OHB by the presence of a few racks. The power was up by TJ & Sons, NewBlue 7552 the leader, the ID of the KCIR trailer blocked by the trees. At 0535, Parkers was MT, the 346 WL dark, and naught would heard to from or about the sitting presumed POED.
EB and out of the Westminster Zombie Zone, D-3 would tell ED-9 to tie their train down on FME and then take the power to the other side for a recrew at the Yard Office. At 0554, there was a both-sides-audible exchange, ED-9 wanting make sure about FMW and 40 cars, D-3 saying yes. Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were at Stop, and wells were sitting on the State Road/Rte. 2A UGB, and given the marker on the west, 'twren't I3K. Over at 333, a live recrew was ongoing, NS 7556, UP 5030, and NS 9820 the power. 22K or I2K? Dunno -- never heard, but they did fill between CPF-333 and CPF-335.
Having gotten myself a bit to east and at 0604, 404 was heard calling out a Medium Approach Slow outta the layover. Further east, the 330.8 WBs showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 WLs both Stops, the GL Controlled Siding WL a Medium Approach, and the FG WLs both Stops.
Westside would provide a view not only of solo KCIR 5966 at 0616, but also of a recrew-in-progress for ED-9's headpinned power, KCIRs 7534 and 7585, and it looked like some T equipment work was going on in the old layover. The 40.2 report for 402 had gone unheard, but that could easily be because I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
At 0627, ED-9 would advise D-3 that the new crew was on board and ready for a light to go over and do their work. At 0629, ED-9 would add that with the work they would be at 8100+ and weren't sure, the rest being lost by increased distance and D-3's response lost by Zombie-Zone transit.
There were a few partials on the yard channel, but naught and naught else intelligible.

(Edited to to change 22K's leader number per Bruce Macdonald's http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=243860 of 0509)
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri May 11, 2018 7:43 am

If the extended sampling parameters -- 0415-0700 -- for 05-11-2018 are to be believed, the observation period was busy. And it was.
Between 0422 and 0424, D-3 engaged in a one-sided-to-me convo with AY-5 about whether 21 or 23 had been spotted -- it was 23 -- and about a repaired cripple and about 26 MTs and getting about AY-5 back to AY. At 0436, D-3 told POED he'd get back to them in a few minutes. More about both AY-5 and POED later.
My 0443 arrival at Wachusett was timed well enough to see the 333 WLs go from all Stops to dark and next hear D-3 tell POED with the 7528 that he was ready to take them west after 22K went by, the assumed-by-me cause of the just-darkened 333 WLs. 0445 was also radioactive, D-3 telling 22K to keep coming to Ayer and get east of AY ahead of 400. 0446 was when the 333 WLs came back on, this time with the predictable Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding for 400's equally predictable trip east. Radioactivity resumed at 0450 with D-3 telling Q427 they could depart New Bond Street as they wished and 400 telling themselves they could depart Wachusett. The Controlled Siding WL got dropped by a total of 3 flats and 1 bi plus the 1128 at 0451, darkness -- temporarily -- resuming at 0453. 0456 was when someone called out an Approach for 335, and all Stops reappeared on the 333 WLs at 0501. At 0509, the 40.2 gave a no defects on 2 to 306 axles, the right time for 22K, and KCIRs 7605 and 7489 and NewBlue 350 -- presumed and later confirmed as EDPO -- came to a stop and went dark on 1 at 0511, the same time D-3 told 287 they'd follow POED.
Yes, an offering was made, and just afterwards at 0513 and close on 400's Shirley advertised, the 40.2 gave a no defects to 20 on 1 to give them a view of the WLs. I was just a bit southwest at 0513, but that reception was scratchier than the 0511. The subsequent view at 334 -- ELs and 1 stagger alike -- showed all reds. A red unseen was the EB's marker, the train being short enough that the tail didn't extend west of the curve. The 335 ELs and WLs were dark despite the earlier dawn, and -- even though it's gone unmentioned for more than a bit -- the tie-handler was still in the lot.
Up Da Hill, there was an almost FP-FP string of general on Yard 2 that included MT centerbeams and LPGs. At 0529, D-3 would advise POED with the 7528 that there was track work at Derby and that he wanted to run them ahead of 402. As far as entries for the Sameoldsameold Ledger, you can count the 2 high-sided gons on the House, the incomplete stone work on the Heywood, and the old-school signals for 345 and 346. Yes, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark at 0537.
During both the WB and EB transits of the Westminster Zombie Zone, there had been dispatcher-channel garble, no surprise given the activity level and approach of transfer time, but clarity resumed at 0549 when TC 11503 plus 3 got 241d east on 1 at Derby, getting a 0552 241 west onto the lead at Derby, and finally getting a 0554 cancellation of Form D G-301 Line 4 for Derby, no switches handled and no new restrictions. The 335 ELs were dark, and EDPO was at still at 333, its tail -- MT centerbeams -- just west of the platform. There were also a few wrapped centerbeams and boxes, a coupla Ciment Québec shorties, and even gons carrying what mighta been new stick rail.
What is one of the positive traits of the RBOX? It's easy to spot through foliage, especially WB by the old steam plant? Was I WB, too? Yes.
Back at the 335 lot, POED with KCIRs 7528, 7535, and 7643 got their 45 off 2 and onto the Single at 0607, with a good margin before 404 would need 2 to get east. Beside plural boxes of the RBOX persuasion and even a coupla Smurfs, there were slurries in blocks, and Maibec, Ledwige, Irving, and other centerbeams.
Further east, the 330.8 WBs showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 1 WL a Slow Clear, the GL Controlled Siding WL a Medium Approach Medium, and the FG 1 WL a Medium Clear. At 0628, KCIR 5966 was solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot, and there was no visible tie-gang activity at the old layover.
At 0630, D-3 would tell AY-5 that they -- transportation? -- would be there any minute, garble garbling the rest. 0636-0637 would have additional and broken D-3 transmissions, this time to ED-9, the clear bit being trying to get them around passenger trains. Clarity -- except for location -- would resume at 0638 when EDPO called out an Approach. The 40.2 would also be clear at 0642 -- 404's Shirley advertised -- when it reported no defects on 2 for 28 axles.
287? With the usual caveats, not further was heard to, from, or about them, but with Derby freed up, they mighta been holding there.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon May 14, 2018 7:05 am

0415-0645/05-14-2018 was a mixed sampling period. The first intelligible sounds came at 0425 when D-3 engaged in a convo with FI-2 and the 5930 -- their side unheard by me -- about being lined and locked normal on the #2 and to come on down to the Camp. The 0444-0446 period had the D-3 side of a convo with AY-3, the clear bits being if it was going to be done, it should be done quick; runaround; and the Milling. Another 0446 D-3 was to 22K with NS 2583, advising that they would follow 400. 400 was already at the platform and facing a Medium Clear on the 333 Controlled Siding WL, getting on the move at 0450, 4 flats and the 2018 doing the 0451 dropping. 0453 came, and the WLs did not go dark. Instead the 1 was now showing Medium Clear. At 0448, it had sounded like 22K was calling out a signal, but at 0456, the WLs went dark. However and at 0458, the WLs came back on, and the west began to get brighter. NSs 2583, 7698, 7014, and 7556 got a total 122 positions -- mostly wells and with 3 separate table tri-packs and mostly occupied with single-highs -- east at 0505. 4 units? At 0507, the Medium Clear reappeared on the Controlled Siding WL, and 0509, darkness was again the WL mode. In other radio news, the 40.2 gave a no defects on 2 to 20 axles -- 400's time and count -- at 0512, and a semi-Zombie-Zone D-3 told someone at 0514 they'd be waiting for 400 to get by. One other bit of signals intelligence came at 0520 when the 40.2 gave a no defects on 1 to 8 -- yea, eight -- axles. FI-2? Never did hear a count for 22K.
Indeed, an offering had been made, and indeed, the 334 ELs were subsequently at Stop and the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs dark.
Up Da Hill, there again were capacity/access issues: The westerly half of Yard 1 had general, there was a mix of westerly general and easterly rack loads on Yard 2, Yard 4 had racks, and the Extension had a solo rack while both mains were open. 2 high-sided gons still were at home on the House, and a reasonable polish was on the wear-surfaces of the Heywood, Heywood stone still looking to be put back in place. At 0543, D-3 241d AY-3 -- 7534 -- 1-east-to-1 at AY, 0540 was when Parkers was MT, the 346 WL was dark, and I was EB.
One additional Gardner note: The Pleasant Street OHB was taken OOS on 08-04 or 05-2014. Winter 2018-2019 is the start of reconstruction per a look this morning at the Commonwealth's projects site.
Back down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, a 0556 ditto for the 333 WLs. The 330.8 WBs showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 1 WL a Slow Clear, the GL Controlled Siding WL a Medium Approach Medium, and the FG 1 WL a Limited Clear. You can gather your own data if you want, but the intersection of Summer Street and John Fitch Highway is a particularly bad spot to receive the 40.2. I know it said something at 0509 -- close to 402's time -- but details were lost and from less than 6.5 track-miles away. 0510 was when KCIR 5930 was sitting solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot, and plenty of equipment was seen in the old layover. There had been no mention of a Line 4 for Derby today.
Once I had gotten east of the Gardner crest, 22K's ongoing yarding transmissions were pretty much the proof that my scanner was working. There was a 0642 D-3 to AY-3 advising that they could get in the yard after the next commuter, but -- with the usual caveats plus 7 minutes off-air during transfer to make the Leominster Home Despot marginally richer -- there was naught heard to, from, or about ED-9 or POED or 287. Remember Gardner?
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Wed May 16, 2018 7:48 am

0415-0705/05-16-2018 was an unusual period, as shall be seen.
Getting to the car produced a chilling sound -- a crossing horn-signal coming across the Wachusett Reservoir. If it was from a WB, would I get north of the Temple Street/Rte. 140 crossing before they activated the gates? I did, and i never heard the 7.8 talker, nor did I see headlights at any of the Rte. 140 visibility spots, so the assumption was that it was an EB. That assumption would be proven false at 0651 by D-3 when he announced that Form D G-303 was fulfilled, POSE having just advised him that the power was swapped and telemetry armed and that they were clear of Burncoat by visual ID. Thank you, not only randomness of timing, but also 10 MPH on the Worcester Main!
At 0429, D-3 would tell someone -- mebbe AY-4 -- something about someone else. Details were compromised by a ringtone over the air, but there will be more. At 0430, D-3 would acknowledge that ED-9 with the 7595 was lined and locked and visually normal on the 2 at Moores and could head for the Camp. Yes, there will be more about ED-9. 0434 produced a both-sides-Zombied D-3/AY-3 exchange, and 0440 produced a Zombied 40.2 -- track garbled and total axles 1-8 and mebbe a lost 3rd digit. Curiously and 0537, there would be another total axles 1-8 from the 40.2 on 2 at 0537, so mebbe track equipment, but never heard -- not that that means anything -- a Line 4 being cancelled for the Slab City area.
At 0445, there was a D-3/FI-2-with-the-5930 exchange about changing sides with 1 car, the final details being broken, 1 bit of clarity being asking about headroom and that light-power ED-9 was almost to them. The answer to the question about how many Deerfields there were for ED-9 was garbled. 0446 was when the 333 WLs came on, a Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding in readiness for 400, which was on the move at 0451 with 2 bis sandwiching 2 flats and the 1036. Dropping occurred at 0452 and darkening at 0454. The 334 ELs were at Stop, and to make things seem sameoldsameold, the 1 stagger and 335 ELs and WLs were dark. At 0509 and well after 400's time, there was a Zombie-Zoned D-3 to someone about 330 to GL. 0511 was when ED-9 and a clearer D-3 talked about entering FME, and at 0513 and close to 400's time, the 40.2 gave a no defects on 2 for 20 axles.
Up Da Hill, there racks on Yard 4, racks and a few MT general to the east on Yard 2, and racks on the westerly part of Yard 1. The Extension had 1 rack to the west, and a bit further east was a covered hopper. The situation on the House and Heywood was unchanged. At 0526, D-3 241d AY-3 with the 7585 from east leg of the wye east to 2, but to clear up quick so a train could get by. At 0528, Parkers was MT and the 346 WL dark, so I did the usual, hearing D-3 tell POED at 0530 to keep coming, and hearing at 0535 the 40.2 give a no defects on 1 to 124 axles. At about the same time, AY-4 doing car-countdowns would become a frequent occurence.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, the 333 WLs showing a Medium Clear for 402's self-OKd 0545 departure, a total of 4 flats and 1 bi plus the 1119 did the 0546 dropping, and nobody else was yet close enough at 0549 to prevent darkening. Further east, the 330.8 WBs showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2. Solar glare prevented a read of the 330 WLs, but did not prevent seeing a WB by the Putnam Street OHB. Traffic lights slowed catching up with the WB at any point before the 335 lot, where POED with KCIRs 7541 and 7500 would get 42 onto the Single at 0610. There were gons, MT centerbeams, a mix of acid and slurry tanks, and boxes that included a NewBlueNoLogo BM. This was not the right axle count for the 40.2's 0535 and also a little quick. 404 and D-3 would exchange greetings, 6 flats and the 1055 getting onto 2 at 0612.
333 was bypassed this time, and the 330.8 WLs again showed Stop for 1 and Clear for 2. This time, indication -- this time noise -- came just east of the Rollstone Street OHB, so yet another reversal was effected, this time to 333, where ED-9 with KCIRs 7595, 7875, and 7835 -- ED-9 with 3 units? Dag! -- got 32 west on 1 at 0628, shortie and full-size covered hoppers plus unplacarded tanks dominating.
Having other things to do, another attempted swing east was not made, except by Rte. 2 to I-190. At 0640, there was a D-3/ED-9 convo, confirming the 0x32 pickup and advising that there were 6 Deerfields in Gardner, but mebbe buried, so check later, the results of the promised later check going unheard by me. D-3 had also engaged in a 1-sided-to-me exchange with 28N at 0636, so mebbe they were the 124 axles reported at 0535.
The usual patterns were not always followed today.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Fri May 18, 2018 7:23 am

0410-0650/05-19-2018 continued the busy streak. At 0411, D-3 told TC T11503 he'd get them going as soon as FI-2 got onto FME and then gave TC T669 foul time on 1 FG to Derby until 0430. 0413? That was when D-3 told POED with the 7620 -- more about which later -- that the waters would go to the Camp. 0420 was when TC T11504 + 4 got 241d 2 east at FG to 2. Never did hear a Line 4, but a Zombie Zone was about to entered, during which transit "AY-3" was pretty much the sole bit of clarity.
At 0445, the 333 WLs came on with the expectable Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding. 0450 was when 400 gave themselves permission to depart, a total of 3 flats and 1 bi plus the 2014 doing the 0451 dropping and nobody else preventing the 0453 darkening. There was a D-3/AY-3 (the 7534) exchange involving switching to do at the west end, Track 9, and leaving shortly (POED?) right around 0456. Further west, the 334 ELs were at Stop and the 1 stagger and 335 EL and WLs dark. 0513 and close on 400's time was when the 40.2 gave a no defects to 20 axles on 1, POED and/or 11503 + 4 as probable cause and/or causes for the change in track.
Up Da Hill, there was a good amount of general on Yard 4, and a good amount of general on Yard 2. One feature of Yard 2 was the number of gons -- a mix of NS and varied Brand Xs. Another Yard 2 feature was on the west end -- dead GMTX 9014. Where that power was bound for dunno.
This week's Sameoldsameold Ledger entries were a bit complicated. Yes, the Extension still had a covered hopper and a rack (now coupled); yes, the 345 and 346 signals -- more about which later -- were still old school; and yes, the Heywood still needed some stone readjustment; but no, the House was now MT. Someone may actually be gonna getting their scrap!
Parkers was MT, but the 346 WL was at Clear, as had been the 345 1 WL a few earlier. In proof that it wasn't a relay malfunction, the west was noisy, the 346.6 joining in at 0531. 22K with NSs 8145, 9790, and 3676 got a total of 130 positions -- all single-high occupied and with only 2 tables -- east of the 346.6 at 0534 with no defects and 53°, my car showing 51°. The real proof that real recalibration might be needed was the 4598' stated as length. At 0536, D-3 gave ED-9 with the 7585 up to Moores Crossover and with authority to enter the #2 Main. If it seems like ED-9 might be a bit close to POED, there will be more about that later. Wow, The Deity Of The CPF-333 Dunks sure had an extended sphere of influence today!
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were dark, as were the 333 WLs at 0554, 402 already well east. Further east and on a side note, it looks like a gas station is going in at the site of the rotary's former McDonald's. Dunno if it'll be competition or replacement for what's already there. The 330.8 WBs both showed Clears, and the 330 WLs Stops, the 330 1 EL a Clear, and the FG WLs Stops. At 0608 and in 40.2 Zombie Zone, there was a no defects on 1 for total axles 3-1. Dunno if there was an unheard 3rd digit or if it was a report for TC T11503 + 4. At 0610, KCIR 5930 was sitting solo in the FG-1/2 parking spot, and there was some activity by the T track equipment at the old layover.
At 0614 and in the North Leominster 40.2 Zombie Zone, there was a no defects on 2 for 1?? axles, POED with KCIRs 7620 and 7524 and NewBlues 3403 and 350 getting west of the platform at 0622 with 32, 142 axles by my arithmetic. There were slurries, boxes that included a NewBlue, gons, and a flat with stick rail. What happened at 0624? Another Zombied 40.2 with a no defects on 2 for 9? axles, the no defects acknowledged by ED-9. Lawrence Street was the observation post this time, ED-9 with KCIRs 7875 and 7585 plus 20 -- 92 axles by my arithmetic -- west at 0630. Corn-product tanks were the dominant species. Whether POED and/or ED-9 would be working Fitchburg and/or Gardner was never revealed to me. Also not revealed to me was where and/or how long 22K would be cooling their wheels.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Postby jaymac » Mon May 21, 2018 7:59 am

0415-0720/05-21-2018 started off slow, but -- as the time span indicates -- sure didn't end up that way.
Quiet -- except for some unattributable noise -- was the early rule. The early -- 0440 -- arrival showed the 333 WLs already on with the expectable Medium Clear for the Controlled Siding. What was unexpected was transportation sitting in the lot as 28N with NSs 6960 and 6941 finished tying down on 2, yes, 2. To the east, D-3 and FI-2 engaged in a convo that concluded at 0451 with FI-2 planning to tie down on the Camp. If plans ever got changed, never heard. At 0450, 400 had given themselves permission to depart, the expectable total of 3 flats and 1 bi plus the 2033 doing the 0451 dropping, and given that 28N was doing immobile shunting, the WLs didn't go dark. A few extra minutes were invested to seen if there would be brightiewhities to the east, but that didn't happen, and an offering of thanks was made The 334 ELs and 1 stagger were as red as red could be, but 28N musta been short cuz not only was it on 2 between the 333 WLs and 334 ELs but also it was so short its marker wasn't visible around the platform curve. The 335 ELs and WLs? As dark as dark could be. 0514 -- 2 off 400's 0512 Shirley advertised -- was when a Zombie-Zoned 40.2 got vocal, track and axle-count garbled.
Up Da Hill? 287 -- marker across from the east end of the platform -- was sitting on 2, the power -- NSs 7563 and 1117 -- on the Timpany Boulevard UGB. There was general -- including MT centerbeams on Yard 4 while Yard 2 had racks and -- as it would turn out -- more. 287's C advised the E that the handbrake securement test was good and that he would be back there to move "that engine," more about which and more later. 0526 was when an Approach got called, the 346.6 announcing herself on the job just a few ticks later. Approach? Yes, the 345 1 WL was at Stop. Noise got made, presumably by the EB for 287, and 0534 was when the no defects and 44° got given, the length feature not in the giving vein today. 0536 was when the EB -- 22K with NSs 7562, 9118, and 9925 came to a stop by the platform. How far west did 22 K go? At least a bit beyond the Wilkins Road dogleg, but not far enough to be visible from the Garlock yard. Since the 346 WL could only show Stop, it was bypassed.
0545 was the start of exchanges between 287 and D-3 about how to handle the engines. To confirm that I had correctly heard the plural form, D-3 advised that he didn't have bills on them, that they were dropped off on different days, that they should be treated like boxcars when the racks -- Yard 2? -- were picked up, and that -- as far as D-3 knew -- they were going to Deerfield. Al LaPierre's http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=244028 of 05-20 shows GMTX 9000 on Yard 1 with racks. Mebbe it got moved, or mebbe it was obscured by 287. Bruce Macdonald's http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=24398 of last week shows GMTX 9014 on Yard 2 with general, so dunno what may or may not have happened or if the 9014 had been taken and another brought up. It sounded like it was gonna take a bit to sort out, so I was EB.
At 0600, D-3 cancelled Form D G-301, a Line 4 to TC T11503. Dunno limits or where 11503 would put up.
Down Da Hill, the 335 ELs were at Stop, no surprise given that it was close on 404's time. What was a bit of a surprise was that 287 -- remember them? -- extended just about halfway along the platform. What was even a bigger surprise was the presumed EDPO sitting on 1, a check at 334 showing that the marker was in between the 1 stagger and the 334 WL. 404 had gotten east of the 333 ELs with 6 flats and an 1100 on its advertised, and at 0623, the 333 1 WL went to Medium Clear, and things next got a little loud, KCIR 7575 and NewBlue 3401 getting 59 east at 0629. There was a Coastal Pro LVL centerbeam; a buncha MT centerbeams; high-ended gons; a couple cars of structural steel; a surprising number of full-size UP-branded covered hoppers, some with SSW marks; 1 CEFX shortie, boxes, a bulkhead of utility poles, an LPG, paper-chemical tanks, and 2 separated Brand X slurries, a thought about which should be held: D-2 at 0630 would tell BFPO to tie down at Westford and that a cab had been called.
Further east, the 330.8 WBs were both at Stop, 1 for 406 and 2 cuz EDPO was still not clear of 330. The GL WLs were both at Stop, as were the FG WLs, EDPO doing just that by the ex-gym at 0643. 0645 was when the 40.2 gave a no defects on 2 to 28 axles, 3 off 404's 0642 Shirley advertised, and 0647 was when the Fi-1/2 parking spot was predictably MT. A bit further east, 2 loaders were in the Engineering lot just off Summer Street.
There would more -- but Zombied -- D-3/287 activity, so dunno what happened there. Also dunno whether 28N or 22K would move first. D-2 was kind enough to establish WA as POED's location right around then with a 241.
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