Gardner Gawking

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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by jaymac » Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:48 am

0320-0540/11-02-2019 -- unlike 24 hours earlier -- was not a time of nearly gale-force rains, so a Saturday trip was made.
The radio busyness started at when D-3 fulfilled Form D G325 -- yes, three-two-five -- to Q426 with CSXT 3743, 0332 being the time effective for G304 to CSXT 6301 with a Line 2 for MP X25 to Burncoat and a Line 12 for Mill Street, MP X18.10. There had discussion about how far 427 would get to go -- Still River -- and whether it would be a live recrew, the live recrew the reason for both Burncoat and the Line 12 in the Form D. Train info was ongoing when D-3 asked POED -- many mores about which to follow -- to stand by, then asking 427 to repeat the train info. The only part that was clear to me was 4920', D-3 acknowledging without repeating.
As it would be revealed, there was track work ongoing between AY and WL -- probably at least part of the reason for the high number of 11-01 G300s -- and D-3 would get involved in a number of convos with TC T669, starting for me at 0337, saying that there was a WB coming shortly and foul time would need to be given up. T669 did that at 0338, and D-3 followed up with POED by saying he'd put the signal in at 312. What happed at 0341? a Single-west-to-1-at-312 241 for POED with the 7622.
In other TC transmissions, D-3 now engaged with the 16024, putting in a 10 MPH restriction for 339-340 at 0344 and confirming that the Foreman would watch the first train over. That train, D-3 advised, would be the 22K currently at 345. Never hear the reason, but given the cold snap, mebbe a pull-apart? The Foreman's Line 4 G302 was cancelled at 0346.
At 0350, the 333 WLs were dark. Given that 22K was well west and POED was well east, it was no surprise that --- the 334 ELs being at Stop -- the 334 1 stagger and 335s would be dark.
While I was WB up Da Hill, a Foreman called out to 22K, naught further hear to, from, or about in short order. 0400 was when an initially-garbling D-3 got on the air, the garble -- probably to TC T669 -- clearing and advising that AYPO was building in the yard and D-3 would need the track back at some time.
As I was approaching the Pearson Boulevard UGB at 0403, Not only were the 345s at Stop, but 22K was crossing over the UGB , the marker east of the 345 ELs at 0409. Given that 22K had a 10 MPH 5 miles to the east, the 345s would stay lit for the balance of my Gardner stay. There were racks on Yard 1 onto the Extension and ditto for 2 and 4.
The Sameoldsameold Ledger entries were the House's brush-cutter and the lower lot's fencing panels and wight bags, but there was R.J. Corman equipment on the House, Corman trucks between the House and MART fence, and a tamper and regulator on the southerly Heywood. If you haven't already seen Chuck Heidorn's http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=253699 of 10-29 posted 10-30, it'll give you an idea.
On my EB trip, there was D-3 garble at 0416, resolving into "you'll be meeting 22K at 335," followed by saying it was OK if they wanted to stop for coffee. The 335s would be dark, the 334 ELs at Stop, the 1 stagger and -- at 0430 -- the 333 WLs dark, so I continued EB, until the westerly River Street UGB, where the sight of a WB caused a reversal of direction back to 333. The WB seemed to be making good progress, already at the ELs when I got to the WLs. Why? KCIRs 7622, 7485, and 7489 got all seven of POED's cars west on 1 at 0443, slurries the predominant species and the 333 WLs going dark at 0446.
Minutes earlier, D-3 had advised TC T669 that 22K would be coming, so the 2 track would be needed. POED called 22K's marker, the 333 WLs came back on at 0447 with a Clear for 2. D-3 advised 22K he'd cross them over after North Leominster account the track work, and NSs 1173 and 4232 plus CP 8870 got 11 racks and a total of 84 well and table positions -- the rear third or so MTs -- east at 0451.
Post refueling, the 330,8 WBs showed a Clear for 1 and Stop for 2, the 330 WLs at Stop. How do I know the seasons have truly changed? The 330 WLs can now be read from the start of the River Street sag just east of Rollstone Street, as well as the easterly end by the metal fab lot.
The GL and FG WLs were dark. At 0507, D-3 got the crew info from 427's recrew, and at 0509, an illegible KCIR was in the FI-1/2 parking spot. There're were illuminated number boards to the east on West Side -- guessing them to be an ED-9, especially given the brevity of POED.
At 0516, the the EB staggers for Derby were both at Approach -- 22K to the east? -- and 2 covered hoppers were on the RVJ stub.
Somebody was doing car countdowns at 0522 and "AY-4" got heard at 0525. At 0527, D-3 reached out to AYPO with the 7517 to get POAY's train info. What got said was garbled, except for the marker being a CSX. D-3 said that there might be signal trouble at WL. Dunno if it might be timing, topography, or no trouble, but naught further was heard by the 0540 end of listening.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by jaymac » Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:15 am

0320-0530/11-04-2019 had more than enough strangeness on the second half of the trip to put this mere mortal civilian at risk of whip-lash.
0320 started out with D-3 giving FI-2 with the 5966 permission to reverse direction from where they stood from the Lafarge Switch to Derby, more about both FI-2 and Lafarge to follow.
With some minor staticky exceptions, things were quiet until 0331 when D-3 fulfilled Form D G301 to Q427 with CSXT 258, they being west and clear of Burncoat and advising they would be tying down at New Bond. Following immediately was a D-3 call to AY-3 with the 7541, asking confirmation that the switch was lined and locked normal for the #1 Main, giving permission on signal indication, and then going into garble mode. Another OK on signal indication came at 0335, this to ED-9 with the 7575 and 7594, they going straight to Deerfield from Camp. More will follow about ED-9.
There were ongoing car countdowns, but with no clear attributable source(s).
At 0347, the 333 WLs were all at Stop, just that being done on1 by 22K with NSs 1005 and 7693. Racks were part of today's train. At 0349, a breaking D-3 would reach out to answer POED with the 7605 a couple of times, POED replying that it hadn't been them. More about POED to -- again -- follow. There was some more D-3 garble, only "AY" and "clear up" clear. The 334 ELs and 1 stagger were all at stop, 22K extending to a bit east of the State Road/Rte. 2A UGB.
The 335 ELs showed a Stop for 1 and a Medium Clear for 2 -- presumably for ED-9 -- even though the 334 2 EL had been at Stop a few earlier. The 335 WLs had no choice but to be at Stop.
Things were quiet on the way up Da Hill, and the 345s were and would remain -- for my brief stay -- dark. Yard 4 was FP-FP with rack loads, 3 more being on the easterly end of Yard 2. The brush-cutter was on the House, as were the tie-handler and carry-car, omitted in error from the 11-02 report. The regulator and tamper were still on the Heywood, the fencing panels and weight bags just to the east. Gone were all the Corman equipment and port-a-potty.
Post offering of thanks, D-3 would at 0411 acknowledge whoever was calling, any immediate developments blocked by Mount Wachusett. At 0420, D-3 would give permission to AY-3 to reverse direction from where they stood on 1 west to AY, and at 0423, D-3 would reach out a coupla times -- without response --to 400.
Today's return was to 335, where the 2 EL was still -- thank you, Deity Of The CPF-345 Dunks! -- at Medium Clear. The east got bright, and ED-9 with KCIRs 7575 and 7594 was west at 0428. Just how short was ED-9? It was light power, a reference to be retained.
At 0435, D-3 -- when I had just gotten onto Authority Drive from Fifth Mass. Turnpike -- got two-way with 400, advising them that there would be another freight -- now approaching 333 -- that should be outta the way in time for them and that they would stay on 1 at FG. My own approach to 333 was just in time to see KCIR 7605 and a NewBlue -- mebbe 10-21 teammate 7518 -- get 27 racks and 46 general west at 0439. The general had a coupla cuts of slurries, isolated wrapped centerbeams, boxes, MT flats, and open hoppers. Dag: When ED-9 runs, they generally do they heavy lifting between AY and 346.
Further east, the 330.8 WBs showed a Clear for 1 and Stop for 2, the 330 2 WL at Slow Clear and the GL and FG WLs dark. At 0453, KCIR 5966 was on the westerly end of LAFX shorties on either the 2 or FME, and at 0500, activity in the RVJ yard prevented a good angle on the probably-dark EB staggers for Derby, but at least 1 covered hopper was still on the stub.
At 0502, there was a generally clear AY-6/D-3 exchange, the clear parts being that AY-6 was ready to go from Fitchburg to Hill Yard with ED-8's light -- yes, light -- power for ED-8, too, for at least part of the power's, if not the crew's trip. The leader ID got garbled, but when clarity returned, AY-6 asked about the pig, hearing they'd be holding cuz AYPO was in the yard.
The rest of my trip was a garblefest, 2 bits of 0515 clarity -- mebbe to or about 22K -- being "333" and "until further instructions."
AY-4? Didn't hear any AY-4 IDs.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by jaymac » Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:14 am

The shortness of the 0320-0505/11-06-2019 trip should be taken as proof of the collisions of those confounding variables of bad timing and bad topography, 0320 starting off with D-3 asking AY-3 that the switch was lined and locked for normal movement on the #1 and next giving an OK to proceed on signal indication. Things would remain quiet -- to me -- until 0332 when the 7543 gave what coulda been a garbled update, naught further heard to, from, or about those numbers.
At 0347, the 333 WLs were dark, and the usual pattern of Stops on the 334 Els and darkness on the 334 1 stagger and 335s would follow. From 0351 and for the next few, there would be unattributable Yard Channel garble.
On the way up Da Hill, there was now a flag flying at the Aubuchon building, not the giant of before, but one big enough to let us all know which way the wind blows.
Up Da Hill, the 345s were dark during my brief drive-through. Yard 4 had FP-FP rack loads, rack loads also on 1 and onto the Extension. Dunno what mighta been on 2.The brush-cutter and tie-handler were still on the House, but the tamper and regulator were gone from the southerly Heywood, and the fencing panels and weight bags still awaited removal from the lower lot. AY-3 with the 7622 would get 241d 1 east to 1 at AY at 0403.
The Deity Of The CPF-345 Dunks was in Loki mode today, the post-offering EB straight shot down Da Hill offering only more unattributable garble.
At 0417, the 333 WLs were still dark and further east the 330.8 WBs were both at Clear and the 330 WLs at Stop. The 330 ELs were also all at Stop, despite the minutes-earlier Clears on the 330.8 WBs.
At 0428, AY-3 would get on the air, repeating that they had permission to reverse direction from where they stood and asking if that was correct. Neither response nor repetition was heard, so the Fitchburg platform can be added to the list of Zombie-plus Zones.
Both the GL and FG WLs had been dark, and dark KCIR 5966 was sitting on the west end of covered hoppers on East Side at 0432. A couple later, the Zombieness continued with an AY-?/D-3 convo, clear bits consisting of getting the number of set-off cars and mebbe giving the Train Master a call.
At 0438, the EB staggers for Derby were dark, and a pair of covered hoppers still occupied the RVJ stub. At 0444, there was mush mentioning POED and 7528, followed 2 later by more mush, this time from D-3 to AY-2.
More retentive readers will have noted that there have been no mentions of AY-4 or Q426/427, that being because there had been nothing clearly attributable to them. Ditto for 22K. Before I had left my house, there had been louder-than-a-local power noise, but no Form D cancellation was heard for 426 or 427. 0457 brought silence about Q426 to an end, when D-3 answered them. Anyone thinking that rollercoaster stretch of Rte. 140 just south of the Temple Street/Rte. 140/MP X7.8 crossing is not a Zombie Zone hasn't been paying attention, but in another few hundred feet and few seconds, clarity returned when D-3 told 426 to talk to POAY. Just shy of 0500 and 426 just shy of the Hill Yard? Another entry in The Annals of Precision Scheduled Railroading! Q426 did reach out to POAY, but confoundingly variable topography canceled further reception.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by jaymac » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:53 am

0320-0525/11-08-2019 was another demonstration that a quiet start doesn't always typify the rest of the trip. Quiet was how things were until 0530 when D-3 hedzupped FI-2 that 22K was coming through Fitchburg and the runaround would be after them. In another few, 22K's marker got called, and there will be more about both FI-2 and 22K later.
At 0351, the 333 WLs were dark, and at 0354, D-3 and AY-3 with the 7797 began what would be an extended series of exchanges, AY-3 sounding clearer than might be expected, what with me at 334 and AY-3 mebbe at the Milling. AY-3 advised that they had 2 hours left and hadn't yet taken their lunch. D-3 responded that they would go to the Milling and be cabbed back from there. The 334 ELs had been at Stop and the 1 stagger dark, but Approach came on at 0355. Next, D-3 called out to the LGT with AY-3's crew, advising that 22K was going through Derby and that they were to follow 22K. There was a further discussion involving half the train and a long walk at OX. The reason for AY-3's clear transmissions was now clear.
The Approach on the 1 stagger? It wasn't for a WB, but an EB on 2. A presumed EDPO with elephant-impressionist KCIRs 7489 and 7500 got east with ~58 at 0400. The "~58" is cuzza some mid-train flats, not easy to count with headlights bouncing off the roadside fencing at the intersection of Authority Drive and Fifth Mass. Turnpike. As well as a solo Big G box, there were more TBOXs than I've seen in a long time. There were also mebbe a dozen MT centerbeams, presumed paper-service tanks, and CAI cars. The 1 stagger went dark at 0402, so I went WB, seeing darkness at the 335s.
In more signs of seasonal change, not only were a number of roads treated, but the slope lights on Mount Wachusett were lit.
On the way up Da Hill, there was occasional unattributable garble, possibly car countdowns.
The 345s were dark, remaining so for at least the duration of the drive-through. Yard 4 had FP-FP rack loads, 5 more of the same on the easterly end of Yard 2 and the midpoint of Yard 1 having a few general. The Sameoldsameold Ledger entries continued to be the brush-cutter and tie-handler/carry-car on the House and the fencing panels and weight bags in the lower lot. But wait! There's more! in between the brush-cutter and tie-handler/car-car were a tamper and regulator. Dunno if they were the same ones that had been on the southerly Heywood earlier and also dunno if the tamper, regulator, and tie-handler/carry-car mighta been busy north of the Main Street crossing.
Garble -- again mebbe car countdowns -- was the immediate input on the post-offering EB straight shot to 333, the WLs dark at 0432. in another couple, there would be a breaking D-3 reach-out to AY-5 with the 7622, not much more about which later.
Post refueling stop, the 330.8 WBs showed a Clear for 1 and a Stop for 2, the 330 2 WL at Slow Approach. The GL WLs mighta been dark, but the FG WLs were at Stop, the presumed EFDPO having done just that on 2 in back of the gym. A breaking D-3 had fulfilled Q427's Form D G303 at 0447, more about 427 to follow.
At 0451, the FI-1/2 parking spot was MT, but there were flashing lights in the T engineering yard. Mebbe crews to treat platforms and walkways?
It was D-3 back to 427 at 0453, confirming they were tied down at New Bond and that a local crew would be there later. 0457 was when the EB staggers for Derby were dark and also when there were still 2 covered hoppers on the RVJ stub.
D-3 did get back to AY-5 with the 7622 at 0507. Dunno what AY-5 mighta said, but D-3 turned his attention at 0508 to FI-2 with the 353, giving permission to reverse direction from where they stood and confirming that the Lafarge switch was lined and locked for normal movement on the #2. The next question was whether FME or FMW was desired. FWM being the choice, FI-2 would have to wait for 400 to clear.
22K would be heard doing car countdowns, but their usual chorus-mate, AY-4, had no clear receptions during my trip.
At 0516, D-3 advised the LGT with the 7797 he'd let them know when they were east of WL and that 400 was coming. That was my last clear reception of the trip.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by jaymac » Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:39 am

0315-0515/11-11-2019 was no holiday and not just because Keolis was on regular schedule, although things were holiday-quiet at the start.
The first input was visual and at 0327 -- WB black tanks on the Rtes. 12-140/MP X8.7 UGB -- with the expectable audio input from the 7.8 at 0331. What followed was not expected: At 0334, the 7.8 announced "dragging equipment," followed at 0335 with "dragging equipment, dragging equipment, transmission over." There was no immediate Q427 call to D-3, but more will follow.
At 0343, FI-2 with the 353 reached out to D-3, wanting to go from FG with 14 to West Side, not much more about FI-2 to follow. A minute later, EDPO with the 7898 reached out to D-3, advising that that POED had advised them of a broken wheel, so they were stopping to check it out. To save suspense, more will be seen concerning EDPO, but naught would be seen or further heard to, from, or about POED.
At 0347, the 333 WLs were dark, and a couple later, D-3 would get the ID of EDPO's defective car, the problem being on the B end, and asked to hear when things were lined and locked normal at OX. There was more, but the seldom-constant triangulation involving Mount Wachusett was now in an unfavorable phase.
The 334 ELs were at Stop, and the 1 stagger and -- in another few -- the 335s were dark, and at 0357, D-3 asked EDPO if the set-out would be anchored, response unheard.
Up Da Hill, the 345s were and would -- for the few I was there -- remain dark. Yard 1 had loaded racks west of the switch, 2 was pretty well loaded with more loaded racks, and 4 was fairly full of general. The E-W lineup of tie-handler/carry-car, regulator, tamper, and brush-cutter was still on the House, as were the fencing panels and weight bags in the lower lot. Mebbe I missed them on 11-08, but there were a buncha crumpled buckets -- spikes? -- by the MART fence. 0407 was the start of the D-3 side of a convo with 427. There had been a low-hanging brake-shoe, but all was OK. They were on the way to Burncoat and would call west and clear. To again save suspense, I would hear naught further on that front. Mount Wachusett again?
Post offering and EB, there was garble from AY-? with the 7541, frequently on AY-3, but not sure today. 335 was today's destination in case POED materialized. As noted earlier, they didn't.
At 0427, the 333 WLs were dark, and at 0428, EDPO confirmed -- as requested -- that the #2 was lined and locked normal and 2 cars had been set out. Changing topography mushed most of the requested update, only 3450' being clear. D-3 said that he'd put in the Derby signals and EDPO would follow AYPO, now leaving Ayer.
Further east, the 330.8 WBs showed a Clear for 1 and a Stop for 2, the 330 WLs and ELs all at Stop. The GL and FG WLs were dark, and at 0441, the FI-1/2 parking spot was MT. At 0447 and following some Yard Channel garble, the EB staggers for Derby showed an Approach for 1 and a Clear for 2. EDPO on 1? The covered-hopper count on the RVJ stub was now 3.
At 0452, D-3 OKd EDPO on signal indication at AY, asking to be advised if there was trouble so he could contact Keolis. A Restricting got called and rogered by D-3, who asked to be advised of what showed at WL. Dunno -- never heard.
At 0457, came the first of a number of clear AY-4 receptions that included AY-4 advising D-3 at 0514 that Track 1 was clear and they were at East End. 0515? That's when either 22K or a relief AY local repeated 1-2-3 and racks to San-Vel if possible, otherwise to South Track.

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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by jaymac » Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:55 am

0320-0530/11-13-2019 was the sort of time period that made me glad that gawking was the closest I ever got to railroading -- 14° in Gardner and only a couple warmer to the east, that made even colder by a steady NW wind.
Except for a garbled -- D-2? -- Form D, things were quiet until 0332 when D-3 told AYPO -- more about which later -- that it was OK to go ahead, garble next ensuing. A few later came the word that the hind 1 was to be set off on the NC wye. Dunno how long AYPO was, but a walk along the Merrimack? Yummers!
At 0345, FI-2 -- another more about which later -- with the 353 reached out to D-3, whatever response being missed by me. At 0350, the 333 WLs were all at Stop, 22K -- yet another more about which later -- with NS elephant duo 7604 and 7664 having done just that on 1 a bit west. Yes, there were racks and wells and mebbe tables, but there would also be a surprising something else. At 0354, D-3 reached out to AY-6 -- 1 more more about which later -- but Mount Wachusett was now getting in a position to work mischief, so immediate developments went unknown. The 334 Controlled Siding EL and 334 1 stagger were at Stop. The 2 EL, however, was at Approach Medium. The 335 2 EL was at Medium Clear, but whatever equipment move might be happening hadn't as of 0410, so I continued WB, hearing AY-4 -- yes indeed, another more about which later -- at 0412.
Up Da Hill, the 345s were dark. There was general -- including covered hoppers, SSEX open hoppers, and coil cars to the east -- on Yard 4, and Yard 2's view was obscured by rack loads on Yard 1 that extended from just west of the switch to the westerly FP. The House still held the brush-cutter and tie=handler/carry-car, but the tamper and regulator were elsewhere. The fencing panels and weight bags weren't elsewhere. Before the offering of thanks was made, a breaking D-3 reached out to ED-7, confirming that things were lined and locked normal and derails restored.Towards the end of the EB trip down Da Hill, D-3 241d AY-6 with the 7500 1 east to 1 at Camp. There was more, but Mount Wachusett...
At 0435, the 335 ELs were both at Stop, the WB move on 2 presumably complete, and at 0439 came the sounds of 400 doing their air. 0443 was when the 333 Controlled Siding WL went to Medium Clear, 22K still holding.
Further east and at 0446, their was a both-sides-breaking D-3/AYPO convo, sounding like a deets-lost-to-me update, with D-3 adding he'd be in contact with D-2. The 330.8 WBs showed a Stop for 1 and Clear for 2, the 330 1 WL at Slow Approach. The GL and FG WLs were dark, and at 0453 and AY-6 got into a convo involving hazmat residues and FI-2 having added 10 to 13. At 0454, the FI-1/2 parking spot was -- no surprise -- MT, and 2 later, there was a garbled D-3/AY-6 exchange about hazardous. Topography was more favorable at 0458, the time of D-3's fulfillment of Form D G301 to Q427, they with CSXT 2927 being not just west and clear of Burncoat, but also clear of the property.
At 0500, D-3 would give yarding instructions to 22K -- 1 to 2, set off the car to Track 10, and racks to San-Vel. That was also the time that the EB staggers for Derby showed a Stop for 1 -- FI-2? -- and Clear for 2, the covered-hopper count steady at 3.
0505 was a point of interest, both to show the mutability of prior plans and also new priorities. 22K was now to go to 1 to 2 and leave the racks tied on, the trash car to go to the old Ford plant, then -- depending on time determined by commuters-- racks to San-Vel. Dag! That musta been a high-priority trash car! Potential PAR/PAS Traffic Growth indeed!
Naught further would be heard concerning 22K, but an AY-4 car countdown at 0530 ended the listening experience.

Edited for correct traffic growth reference.
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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by johnpbarlow » Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:12 am

Is the MoW gear being used to rehab the track in the yard at Gardner or is it being used on some other project?

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Re: Gardner Gawking

Post by jaymac » Fri Nov 15, 2019 6:53 am

0315-0518/11-15-2019 was busy, the reason for the end-point precision to be seen later.
At 0316, D-3 would confer with Q427 and the CSXT 812 about whether they had picked up a car at Clinton Siding and what that car's ID was. Dunno if that was on the 426 or 427 side of the trip, and yes, there will be more about 427.
At 0326, there was D-3 Channel 1 garble with only "ready to give up foul time" intelligible, and at 0347, the 333 WLs were dark. 0349 was when D-3 answered AYPO, that thrice repeated in rapid succession. D-2 then stepped on things by telling someone to give a call from Plaistow. The 334 ELs were at Stop and the 1 stagger dark, as would be the 335s.
Up Da Hill, the 345s were and would -- at least while I was there -- remain dark. There were MT racks on Yards 4 and 2, plus -- as later activity would show -- some unseen general. There were also 2 rack loads on the Extension. The Sameoldsameold Ledger entries continued to be the crumpled buckets to the west and the fencing panels and weight bags to the east of the southerly Heywood, as well as the tie-handler/carry-car and brush-cutter on the House. The only response I have to johnpbarlow's 11-14 question is I dunno. I haven't been in Gardner when MOW crews might be. 0357 had been when D-3 answered AYPO yet again, and again, no further developments were heard by me.
On the post-offering EB straight shot at 0417 came the request for AY-4 to drop the 3, AY-4 being an intermittent constant throughout the balance of the trip.
At 0419, the 333 WLs were dark, and a few later, there was D-3 garble received in the West Fitchburg Zombie Zone, that clearing in a couple when D-3 told POED with the 5973 they'd be working Gardner -- 19 racks from Yard 4, 9 racks plus 5 freight on Yard 2, there being 2 cripples west out to stay in Gardner that would have to be juggled. Also, EDPO was in Gardner, and they'd be meeting at 335.
Post refueling, the 330.8 WBs showed a Clear for 1 and Stop for 2, the 330 WLs at Stop, as were the GL WLs. Why? POED was crossing under on 1 as I was crossing over the Water Street OHB at 0432. The FG WLs were dark, and at 0437, dark and solo OldPaint 353 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot.
Over on 2 at North Leominster, the leader's nose at the westerly end of the platform, sat 22K with NSs 9682, 9739, and 9729, the visi gear on the ground suggesting that a new crew was getting ready to get ready to head east, a guess later confirmed. There were racks up front, but the only rack loads at Gardner had been the pair -- possibly RIPs -- on the Extension. Dunno if FI-1 might later be hauling PWs back up Da Hill. At 0447, the EB staggers for Derby showed a Limited Approach for 1 and an Approach for 2, and there were still 3 covered hoppers on the RVJ stub.
Also at 0447, D-3 answered 427, that being the time that Form D G301 was called fulfilled, D-3 asking whether they'd be tying down at New Bond or going off the property. The confirmation on 427's response was -- you guessed it -- garbled, 0454 being when D-3 acknowledged there was a new crew on board and asked for a shout when clear of Barbers, acknowledgment of that coming at 0510.
At 0513, D-3 got in touch with the 22K recrew, asking if the were ready for a Form D "may leave." The next coupla receptions were from AY-4, but 0516 was the time effective for Form D G304, a Line 13 to leave North Leominster. Next would come yarding instructions -- 1 to 2 to 3, racks to San-Vel, and power back to 2. Unlike on 11-13, naught was heard about a trash car going to the old Ford plant.
Also unlike on 11-13, naught was heard to, from, or about AY-3, unless they had been repurposed as the not-yet-mentioned Loaded Grain that D-3 had talked to at 0402 when he acknowledged the switch was lined and locked normal.
"Watching trains is better than smoking meth."
--Source, location, and time undisclosed.

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