0230-0425/05-09-2022 started off with D-3 asking ED-8 if it mattered which track they went down when they went E. In a few seconds, there was a scratchy "Freight Main East." ED-8 will be a repeated reception.
Things went into quiet mode until 0246 when D-3 gave FI-2 permission W to CPF-AY, making it sound like they had been at Arrowhead, the frequency of same making it seem like there had already been a transition to having joint-venture jobs handle joint-venture traffic.
Close on that came a now-semiclear D-3 giving someone with the 1642 --TC? -- permission to reverse direction and head E on the 1 between Paterson Road and CPF-Camp. 0248 provided Dispatcher hash, followed at 0252 by "ED-8 crew" being the sole clarity.
0257 offered up "ED-8, drop the 3, and come back *15 or 50*," strong enough to indicate they were at E Fitchburg, the C soon adding that they were in the clear by 2 cars on "this" end. Radio silence -- at least for me -- would now start.
At 0304, the 333 WLs were dark, the expectable Stops for the 334 ELs and darkness for the 1 WB stagger and 335s to follow.
Up Da Hill, the 345s were dark, and there had been no apparent art-project progress on the W abutment of the Timpany Boulevard UGB. The yard -- no surprise since ED-8 was E -- was crammed, the Extension and 1, 2, and 4 having a mix of general, again heavy on covered hoppers that included at least 2 shorties. There were also gons, a RailBox, and at least 2 tented centerbeams on the E end of 4. The tie stack between the House and the MART fence looked undiminished.
EB and at 0329, somebody told somebody else that there were 3 to a hitch, the rest of the countdown lost to decreasing elevation and increasing topographical obstructions. 3 later, the 333 WLs were dark. Brief hashes would occur on either side of the EB staggers for 330 -- Approaches -- and past the all-dark everything else up to and including the FG WLs.
At 0340 someone -- probably the ED-8 C -- had told the E that the air pressure was coming up on the rear and was at 42 and climbing. At 0347, KCIR 5972 was in the FI-1/2 parking spot. If they'd brought any trashes W, they were probably on West Side. That was also when ED-8 told D-3 they were down to 24 loaded autos and were ready to stretch them E. A breaking D-3 confirmed that they were lined and locked normal and OKd them to head down to Derby, adding something broken about pulling MTs.
Having a more direct route and more favorable aspects than I did, ED-8 was already crossing the Main Street/Rte. 13 UGB while I sat a red light at 0352.
The EB staggers at Derby were blocked from view by 1 or mebbe 2 more covered hoppers on the RVJ stub, but the marker continued EB at 0354, There was also enough new foliage that there was no view from Nashua Street.
At 0355, D-3 called out to Q426, and then a second time, adding CSXT 872, in sync with the to-the E power noise I'd heard going to my car. D-3, however, answered ED-8, who -- in broken and beeping mode -- said something about getting a penalty cuz the cab signal changed and gave him 3 seconds to respond. More to follow.
At 0358, D-3 again reached out to Q426, but switched immediately to FI-3 -- three. That would be the last heard to, from, or about either of those alphanumerics, naught at all for either POAY/AYPO or AY-3, for that matter.
At 0359, somebody said, "Roger, here we go," and a minute later, a generally clear ED-8 advised that the cab signal went from Clear to Medium Approach, giving them 3 seconds to go from 40 to 30, not possible with a freight train. D-3's response was hashed, and ED-8's response had only "1000' W of" for clarity, a breaking D-3 advising he'd say something to somebody.
At 0417, D-3 advised ED-8 when they got down to CPF-WL that he wanted to talk to them. 2 later, there was ED-8 hash to D-3 whose own hash included an "Alright, roger." At 0424, there was more hash with beeping, but naught in response from D-3 got to me by the end of 0425, so I went inside. Dunno whether the PTC problems were systemic or peculiar to ED-8.
Edited to add that among the things dark in Fitchburg pre-0400 was the Cleghorn Cumby's.
"A gray crossover is definitely not company transportation."