Two specific observations/questions re: CSX B&A freight ops on Sunday 3/7/21:
1. At 0828, a wb road freight led by a pair of AC4400CW units (with both ACSES II & I-ETMS PTC facilities and with pilots suited for 3rd rail territory ops) crossed Pond St at Ashland with a medium sized consist that included the usual substantial block of loaded C&D gons - what train symbol would this have been? In pre-pandemic/pre-PSR days, this would have been Selkirk-bound Q437 but my understanding is that these days this is B722(?) headed for Worcester? This consist was later observed passing Palmer live cam at 2220 with consist unchanged except that a 3rd unit was added as leader at Worcester. At 0050, this train passed the Westfield bridges live cam with a block of largely empty double stack wells added up front trailed by the consist that originated at Framingham.
2. As I watched the Westfield Bridges live cam, at 2157 I saw W Springfield based local B730 (?) pass slowly west on the #1 track led by a pair of GP40s lugging a good-sized inbound block for Pioneer Valley interchange (eg loaded centerbeams). It returned with at 2238 with the PV outbound cars tacked onto the rear of the same inbound cars. B730 shoved back to the small Westfield yard to drop the outbounds and then headed west again at 2259 to deposit the inbounds given a PV yard track was apparently cleared. At 2343, B730 shoved back with a new set of cars acquired from PV and then finally at 0130, B730 appeared to have departed west for Selkirk, not to be seen again, with the cars originally pulled from PV. In times past, I thought B730 operated as W Springfield - Westfield turn so I was surprised not to see shove east one last time. Is this normal Sunday night operation?
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