Gardner Gawking

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jaymac
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by jaymac » Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:48 am

The 0320-0505 time span for the 09-09-2019 report should be taken as an accurate indication of activity being more of the audible than visible type, even that -- for me, at least -- holding until 0336 when D-3 asked AY-3 if they were ready for their runaround -- response unheard by me -- and then asking for them to let him know when they wanted a light at 312.
0538 was the start of a both-sides-garbling FI-2/D-3 exchange, Fi-2 with the 5956 being told they had permission to reverse direction from where they stood, west to CPF-Derby. Kinda sounded like they mighta been at Lafarge, evidence of same to follow. 0345 was more D-3-garbling, mebbe about being lined and locked normal at the Milling, to be followed at 0404 by a breaking 241 to 7541 -- AY-3? -- for 1 at WL.
0349 was when the 333 WLs had been dark, followed in turn at the usual intervals of the 334 ELs at Stop and the 334 1 stagger and 335s being dark.
Darkness also held at the 345s. There were pretty much FP-FP rack loads on Yard 2, Yard 4 being obscured and no changes visible for either the southerly Heywood or House. To save suspense, naught was to be seen or heard to, from, or about 22K. Dunno if they had already yarded or -- more likely -- were holding somewhere.
The post-offering straight shot EB was quiet until 0417 and AY-4's car countdowns, and 3 later, the 333 WLs were still dark. Further east, the 330.8 WBs were at Clear, and the 330 and GL ELs and the 330 WLs were all at Stop, the FG WLs being dark.
At 0430, FI-2's car countdown was heard, and at 0432, KCIR 5956 was seen shoving shorties EB on East Side, a 3-step and more countdowns to follow.
If 22K was holding at North Leominster, they weren't on the Main Street/Rte. 13 UGB, and no good angle for the EB staggers for Derby offered any positive or negative confirmation a few later.
AY-4 continued to provide proof that the scanner hadn't died, but lack of audio input for or from AYPO or Q426/7 caused some wondering about them.
Never heard anything to, from, or about AYPO, but CSXT 708 reached out to D-3, advising that they were west and clear of Burncoat and tying down at New Bond, D-3 fulfilling Form D G-302 at 0448. Proof of ongoing scanner viability would be provided for the next 17 minutes by AY-4 and Boston West.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by johnpbarlow » Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:19 am

At 0535, this just in on WCVB Ch 5 news: "Railroad train car carrying new vehicles catches fire in Gardner"
https://www.wcvb.com/article/railroad-t ... r/28976800

Apparently happened around 11pm Monday night - would this have been PAS 22K or P&W WOGR turn?

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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by jaymac » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:24 am

Per the GFD Chief, 1236/09-10-2019 was the start of the calls, as reported in the 09-10 Gardner News: :https://www.thegardnernews.com/news/201 ... in-gardner.
The accompanying photos show the car on the 2 west of the Timpany Boulevard UGB. No finding of cause was in the article, just a mention of investigation.
I'm not gawking today, so there's nothing more I can contribute except for thanks to johnpbarlow for his post.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by jaymac » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:35 am

Al LaPierre caught the burned rack http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=252911 after it had been relocated to the House. ED-9 is IDed as passing WB and FI-1's C is eyeballing, FI-1 possibly having spotted the rack on the House.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by jaymac » Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:43 am

For 0345-0550/09-14-2019 -- yes, a Saturday report, and no, having naught to to with triskedekaphobia -- there were some surprises. A mix of silence, static, and garble constituted the early listening, it being obvious that there was ongoing yard work, but it not being clear who the workers were.
Clarity emerged at 0405 when the 7.8 announced it was checking train, but since I was already NB on 190, I would not be aging while watching the slo-mo pass in review. The no defects pronouncement wasn't heard, even the Work Zone speed limits on 190 allowing too much distance between the talker and me. There was, however, decreasing distance between me and points to the north/east. At 0408 came a 3-point request for AY-3, the last clearly attributable AY-3 business. 3 later, 22K got advised they were good for either -- not clear to me -- 15 or 50, but unlike AY-3, 22K would be an enduringly IDable presence throughout much of the trip.
At 0419, the 333 WLs were dark, the 334 ELs at Stop the only exception to darkness up to and including the 345s.
At 0433, D-3 would fulfill Form D G302 to Q427 with CSXT 3485, they being west and clear of Burncoat and tying down at New Bond. As for Gardner itself, Yard 4 would have 4 rack loads on the easterly end, and Yard 2 would have 4 MT TTTX flats, also on the easterly end. A day late, the Sameoldsameold Ledger entries continued to be the southerly Heywood's untucked stone and the House's brush-cutter and tank. It probably doesn't qualify for Sameoldsameold status yet, but the burned-out rack and its yellow-tape barricade were also still on the House.
The post-offering-straight-shot-EB proof of ongoing radioactivity came at 0453 when 22K was told the brake test was good. At 0458, the 333 WLs were again dark, 1400 not due out until 0630 and naught else doing any shunting.
Further east and after a refueling stop, the 330.8 WBs were at Clear, while the 330 WLs and ELs and the GL WLs were all at Stop, the FG WLs being dark.
At 0519, the FI-1/2 parking spot was MT, but further east on West Side by the old layover were the lit number boards for an otherwise dark 3400, probably the NewBlue, but too dark to tell for sure. On the theme of dark, that's what the EB staggers for Derby were at 0525.
Other than occasional yarding transmissions, not much else got to me for the rest of the trip.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by jaymac » Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:15 am

For 0325-0515/09-16-2019, there was some juggling of the usual events. Quiet dominated until 0335 when AY-3 with the 7643 got 241d 1 east to 1 FML at the Willows, a hint that the runaround was in progress. At 0350, AYPO reached out to D-3, asking for a signal on east leg of the wye, D-3 advising that it was already in. At 0351, there would be a garbled D-3 reach out, mebbe to BO-1, but naught further heard to, from, or about that crew.
AY-3 got on the air, also at 0351, D-3 advising them to hold on cuz he was dealing with a Form D. At 0403, D-3 would advise AY-3 that he'd head them to West Wye when AYPO had left, no intervening Form D having been heard, at least by me. Mebbe that D was for the West End, a guess prompted by newpylong's 09-15 response to Engineer Spike's post about the Hoosick Junction signals.
Back to chronological order: At 0354, the 333 WLs had been dark, as would be the 334 1 stagger and 335s, the 334 ELs at Stop.
Up Da Hill the 335s were all at Stop, no surprise since POED's backings and forthings had been heard from a few miles away. The power was however-far-west of the Timpany Boulevard UGB, and racks were in motion. Dunno if POED was lifting MTs or fancy dancing was going going on. On the subject of racks, naught would be seen of or heard to, from, or about 22K. The rest of POED's train ran from east of West Switch to between the Dunkses and included covered hoppers, at least 1 Irving centerbeam, presumed paper-service-residue tanks, and slurries. No changes for either the southerly Heywood or House, meaning the burned-out rack continued on display.
The post-offering EB straight shot featured POED until I was outta range, then D-3 answering AYPO at 0424. Their train info was garbled, only the 4876' length being clear, D-3 acknowledged, but didn't repeat the numbers and OKd them on signal indication, wishing them a safe trip to Rigby at 0428.
At 0430, a breaking D-3 would roger whatever had just been said, asking to be advised when they were west and clear of Barbers. Dunno about you, but that sounded to me like Q427 was about to or mebbe had left the property.
At 0431, the 333 WLs were again dark, and further east, the 330.8 WBs were at Clear, the 330 WLs and ELs and the GL WLs all at Stop.
The FG WLs were dark, and so was KCIR 5976, sitting solo in the FI-1/2 parking spot at 0443. Darkness continued on the EB staggers for Derby at 0449, and it wasn't until 0459 that a breaking AY-4 was first heard, advising someone -- D-3? AY-3? -- that they were down at the west end and would clear in another 20 minutes.
Only occasional static would fill out the balance of my trip.
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