Sort of off topic, but not really, but not really worthy of starting a new post, IMO....
Conrail does a significant amount of run through freight traffic between the Chemical Coast and the Amboy Secondary, between Wood adn Essay interlockings on the Coast Line. There is also the steel mill in Perth Amboy which seems to ship out at least a dozen to two dozen cars daily.
Anyway, yesterday was an exciting day for freight on the Coast Line. The dispatcher didn't pull up the signal at CQ (where the Church and Essay running tracks meet and the end of NJT control) in time for a westbound freight that was leaving the Coast Line at Essay (SA42 was teh crew). This was a VERY LONG train....I couldn't hear the car count, but it had to be at least 30 cars, probably more.
Well, when the dispatcher finally realized that he didn't bring up the signal, and brought it up for them, it was too late, as the train already stopped, and then of course, they coulnd't get going again!!! There was actually a freight stalled on teh coast line!!! It was very funny to listen to! The dispatcher kept asking "are you guys pulling? You're still fouling River and Essay" The engineer would come back adn say "we're trying, but we're not doing so well" So they went back and forth a few times, adn finally the engineer said "we're stalled here, I can't get 'er movin" So then the Coast Line dispatcher, who already had to quickly stop a westbound before it passed through Wood so he could reroute them if necessary, said for them to make a cut and double up the hill to clear up. The engineer said okay, but let me try once more.......and low and behold, they got the trian moving, adn eventually it cleared up.
Never a dull moment!
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