• Gardner Gawking

  • Guilford Rail System changed its name to Pan Am Railways in 2006. Discussion relating to the current operations of the Boston & Maine, the Maine Central, and the Springfield Terminal railroads (as well as the Delaware & Hudson while it was under Guilford control until 1988). Official site can be found here: PANAMRAILWAYS.COM.
Guilford Rail System changed its name to Pan Am Railways in 2006. Discussion relating to the current operations of the Boston & Maine, the Maine Central, and the Springfield Terminal railroads (as well as the Delaware & Hudson while it was under Guilford control until 1988). Official site can be found here: PANAMRAILWAYS.COM.

Moderator: MEC407

  by jaymac
 
0220-0421/10-05-2022, started off quiet, naught louder than the rain until 0227 AMTK hash. The Corman equipment had left the X7.8 crossing, but a pair of reflective barricades were on either side of Temple Street. There was a detour sign at Shrewsbury Street, but the sign had gone from Prescott Street.
At 0246, there was Dispatcher-side hash, and 3 later, D-3 answered 426, issuing Form D G301 to CSXT 474 for Burncoat to X25 with a Line 12 for Temple Street, X7.80, Shrewsbury Street, X6.00, and Burncoat Street, X4.60. Yes, given in that order. D-3 had a few more words after the 0248 time effective, but they got sliced and diced by Mount Wachusett. 1 later, there was more Dispatcher-side garble, but D-2's, "BODO" and "proceed eastward" being clear. 3 later produced only 2 words -- "radio check."
At 0254, the 333 WLs were dark, 4 later producing brief Road-side hash. The 334 ELs were at Stop and the 1 WB stagger and 335s dark.
0303 provided Dispatcher-side hash a "Roger" concluding, 1 later being PW Yard's turn for hash.
Up Da Hill, the 345s were dark. From the E FP to the midpoint of the Pratt yard, 4 had a mix of covered hoppers, LPG and unplacarded tanks, and 1 box. The regulator, tamper, and tie display was wet, but otherwise unchanged.
EB, there were a coupla spurts of Dispatcher-side hash at 0320, and the 333 WLs were dark at 0328. Further E, the EB staggers for 330 showed an Approach for 1 and Stop for 2. Post refueling stop, the 330.8 WBs showed a Clear for 1 and a Stop for, the 330s all at Stop and the GL WLs dark.
There had been black tanks visible at the Bike Shop/Zeda's, any possible placards blocked from view. The tanks at the platform were slurries, so an EDPO seemed a good guess. The FG WLs were at Stop, but no power visible, even to the W by the substation embankment. At 0346 and while 1 was still in the gym lot, D-3 gave FI-2 with the 505 permission to open up and occupy the #2 Main at Moores and proceed E to CPF AY. Strangely enough, 505's readback was a bit scratchy, but strong, despite the miles and topography, D-3 gave the time on switch as 0346, FI-2 repeating.
3 later, the FI-1/2 parking spot was understandably MT. There were covered hoppers on the W end of East Side, but neither sight nor sound of possible EDPO power. In another 6, the RVJ lot was active, so there was no view of the EB staggers for Derby, but 1 covered hopper was on the W end of the stub.
At 0402, D-3 repeated that 426 was into DCS at this time, that followed by NECR hash.
0412 was when D-3 answered 16R, rogered whatever they next said., next asking FI-2 if they were able to take the signal at CPF AY, rogering the response.
0420 was when D-3 241d 16R with NS 6950 1 W at CPF AY to 1 and back to their train. D-3 closed out my listening experience with a request to FI-2 to determine if the Moores XVR had been lined and locked normal for the #2 Main, rogering the response.
There had been no encounter with 426 at the X7.8 crossing, naught from the X7.8 talker as of 0421, and no XNG noise as of posting time.

Edited for OT hedzup. -- message boards either side of I-190 in the Rte. 117 area advised of utility work on Sunday, 10-16, from 0500-1000.
  by jaymac
 
0225-0430/10-07-2022 started off with a few spurts of Yard-Channel hash, hash -- even non-company -- being the majority speaker offerings.
The X7.8 XNG had been repaved, so mebbe things might get back to what passes for normal along Temple Street.
There was 0234 Dispatcher-side hash, followed by Road-side hash, followed by D-3 answering M426 and issuing Form D G301 to CSXT 481 for Burncoat to MP X25 with a Line 12 for Shrewsbury Street, MP X6.00. After the readback -- scratchy but clear -- D-3 gave a time effective of 0240, adding a hedzup that Burncoat Street was still OOS. There was more, but by now, Mount Wachusett was making mischief. To save suspense naught further -- including an acknowledgment of time into DCS-- would be heard to, from, or about 426.
At 0249, AMTK hashed a bit, and 5 later, Road-side hash caused D-3 to answer FI-2, followed by more Road-side hash, followed by naught audible outta D-3. Mebbe Mount Wachusett again and/or mebbe he put in a signal.
0256 was when the 333 WLs were dark, Stops on the 334 ELs and darkness on the 1 WB stagger and 335s following.
Keolis Boston East would break radio silence with hash at 0306, and up Da Hill, the 345 ELs were at Stop, the 1 WL at Clear. From the MART garage W to about the ambulance company, 2 in the yard had a mix of LPG tanks, MT Rail/structural steel carriers, a box, more tanks, and covered hoppers. There was also a covered hopper on 4 visible through the gaps up by Royal Steam Heater. The Sameolesameole Ledger entries were the stacked ties between the House and MART fence and -- at 0403 -- 1 covered hopper on the RVJ stub, The regulator and tamper were elsewhere.
A trip W was taken to see what might be shunting the 345s, Naught was visible at the Wilkins Road dogleg, and at 0236, the 346 WL was at Clear, naught visible to the immediate E. What was visible was regulated and untamped stone on the Single, so mebbe the tamper and regulator might be a bit E.
EB and 0336, there was hash from ??, and at 0341, the 333 WLs were dark. Further E, the EB staggers for 330 were at Approach all else up to and including the FG WLs dark.
OT -- The Cleghorn Cumby's had quickly responded to the 10-06 OPEC+ cutback announcement by boosting nonmember regular $ .12 to $3.29. Main Street hadn't -- yet? -- changed its posting.
AT 0357, KCIR 5966 sat dark and W-facing in the FI-1/2 parking spot with an undiscernible something either behind or to the S. Yes, D-3 had talked to FI-2 with the 505 on 10-06, but that was then. At 0400, there was PW Road hash, and 2 later, the hash came from Keolis Old Colony. At 0403, the RVJ lot was active, so no view of the EB staggers for Derby 1 covered hopper already mentioned.
Sparse and sporadic hash would close out the trip.
You know who hasn't been mentioned, and you also know that's only because naught IDable to, from, or about them got heard.
  by jaymac
 
0220-0425/10-10-2022 was quiet until 0227 CSX hash. At 0235, it was the turn of P&W Dispatcher St. Albans to break radio silence, a spell of company Yard-Channel noise starting at 0240.
0253 was when the 33 WLs were dark, 3 later providing some Road-side hash, no response getting to me. The 334 ELs were at Stop and the 1 WB stagger and 335s dark.
Up Da Hill, the 345s were all at Stop. 2 in the yard looked unchanged since 10-07, and 4 had picked up more cars that included scrap gons. Dunno WB or EB. Ties between the House and the MART" To quote the late and great Judy Tenuta, it could happen. And it still did.
As on 10-07, naught was visible at either the Wilkins Road dogleg or just E of 346. The Single's stone also looked as it had on 10-0-7, but the 346 WL -- in correspondence with the 345s -- showed a Stop at 0321.
Things remained quiet EB until 0328 Yard-Channel hash. and 7 later, the 333 WLs were dark.
Further E, the EB staggers for 330 showed an Approach for 1 and Stop for 2.
Even further E, the 330.8 WBs and GL WLs were dark, but the 330s all at Stop, 264's table and wells sitting on 2, but not far enough W of the Water Street OHB to shunt the 330,8 WBs. The FG WLs were at Stop, dark NSs 6950, 8090, and ???? in full compliance by the gym.
At 0351, the FI-1/2 parking spot was MT, and mebbe a tank was to the E of the W end of East Side. 1 later there was Yard-Channel hash, and 5 after that activity in the RVJ lot preculuded a view of the EB staggers for Derby, but not of 1 covered hopper on the W end of the stub. That was also when D-3 241d FI-2 -- now back with the 505 -- on 2 at CPF Derby W back to their train. There was something more D-3 about a runaround, but the Nashua Street sag helped to break that up, as it had FI-2..
There would be silence before and after ??'s 0417 brief.hash eruption.
Yes, this is the observation of Columbus Day, but even Keolis is on a normal schedule. Worcester Main activity? The only thing that got to me was ~2230 X7.8 XNG noise interrupting a spell of light sleep.
  by jaymac
 
0220-0410/10-12-2022 was active, but not at the start. At 0221, P&W Road would offer up "Clear for 8."
0225 would be when D-3 answered M427(seven) and would next 241 the MEC 7622 Single at CPF 312 W on the 1.
0230 was FI-2's turn to get a D-3 answer, a standby a second being the initial D-3 response. 0232 was when D-3 reanswered FI-2, rogered what they said, and added he'd make the call. Dunno.
0238 was when D-3 reached out to 264 with a hedzup that there was a TC at 330 and to make lots of noise. The yarding instruction? IM1, so not among the long 264s.
0244 started a both-sides-broken 427/D-3 convo, 427 cuzza distance and D-3 cuzza Mount Wachusett. 2 clearish bits were "426(six)" from D-3 and ""Track 11" from 427. To again conserve precious suspense, those would be last bits of even semiclarity to, from, or about 426 and 427.
0246 provided more mutual breakage, this D-3/FI-2, and at 0249, the 333 WLs were dark, Stops for the 334 ELs and darkness for the 1 WB stagger and 335s to follow.
Part way WB up Da Hill came "BODO." Just those letters and naught else.
Up Da Hill, the 345s were dark. From the W end of Chair City Oil to mebbe the ambulance company, 1 in the yard had 3 boxes and then covered hoppers. The boxes carried BLU reporting marks for Blue Ridge Southern, a Watco property, so it looks like rate division is being maximized. Ties? No changes.
EB and at 0315, D-3 answered 264, and responded with the words that he didn't have any idea. Me either.
At 0318, there was hash involving TC(mebbe T?) 757. I was a bit distracted by trying to stay to the L of cones on a now-single-lane construction zone on Rte. 2 EB, so my audio uptake wasn't all it could be.
At 0321, the 333 WLs were dark, and further E, the EB staggers for 330 were at Approach. All other signals from the 330 WBs to the EB staggers for Derby at 0341 were dark. Yes, 1 covered hopper was on the W end of the RVJ stub.
In between the dark signals, 1 and mebbe 2 TCs with flashing dome lights sat on 1 in back of the Bike Shop/Zeda's, numbers blocked from view, and at 0335, the FI-1/2 parking spot was MT with possible black tanks on the W end of East Side.
At 0352, D-2 asked LA-2 where they were heading in Lawrence, then told them to give him a second.. More would follow, but it was all hashed, this not blamable on Mount Wachusett.
A few brief bursts of unIDable static would follow, and at 0409, D-3 started a badly broken covo -- mebbe even a Form D -- with TC 1273. Dunno what antenna he was using, but Paxton is normally clear in my driveway.
  by jaymac
 
0225-0418/10-15-2022 was a storm-delayed trip, frequent alternations of Yard-Channel and Dispatcher-side hash starting at 0229, a slight variation coming at 0239 with PW Road hash. Clarity on Dispatcher side would come at 0253 when D-3 answered a hashing 16R and told them they were to pull down past the MTs.
At 0255, the 333 WLs were dark, the 334 ELs at Stop and the 1 WB stagger and 335s dark in sequence. Enough WB up Da Hill that Mount Wachusett was a factor and at 0305, D-4 garbled additional words to 16R, naught further IDable to, from, ot about those folks to come outta the speaker.
Up Da Hill, ther 345s were dark. 4 in the yard had boxes, but mostly covered hoppers -- including at least 1 shortie -- from the E FP to the Pratt yard. 2 in the yard had unplacarded tanks, a tented centerbeam, and covered hoppers from the E FP to the W end of Chair City Oil, The Sameolesameole Ledger had the ties twixt the House and MART fence and -- at 0349 -- 1 covered hopper on the W end of the RVJ stub. A 0315 public safety encroachment had proved the scanner was still working.
W of the Rte. 2 EB crest at 0318, D-3 garbled an answer to someone, more garble to follow, followed by a roger and out. 16R was a possibility, but more possibilities will emerge.
At 0325, the 333 WLs were dark, radio silence again the mode. Further E, the EB staggers for 330 mighta been at Approach, but all other signals up to and including the EB staggers for Derby -- at the earlier-noted 0349 -- were dark.
At 0343, KCIR 5966 had been dark, solo, and W-facing in the FI-/2 parking spot, the W end of East Side looking MT.
Quiet would again prevail until 0412 AMTK hash.
As I pulled in the driveway at 0415 to hash, D-3 next answered M427(seven), repeating that M426(six) was E and clear by marker, fulfilling Form D G302, meaning the 0109 XNG noise I'd heard wasn't an auditory hallucination. D-3 then issued Form D G303 to CSXT 4794 for X25 to Burncoat. Line 12? There was none. There had been questions about the power lineup before the new Form D which got a 0417 time effective and more questions after about train length and hazardous positions, those responses getting an unrepeated 0418 roger.
  by jaymac
 
0225-0420/10-17-2022 was a period in which sounds outnumbered sights and not cuzza ambient light levels.
There was 0236 hash that would clear to 16R with NS 6957 saying they were lined and locked normal, D-3's side of the convo all hash. 16R would get more airtime.
0245 was when D-3 answered AY-3, OKd them on signal indication at 312, and then asked their engine number, ??09 getting to me, but not repeated by D-3.
At 0252, D-2(two) called out to M426, immediate developments getting hashed, and 3 later and with Mount Wachusett then less a factor came the end of a Single-W-to-2 241 at 312, presumably for AY-3. 426 will get more mention.
0256 showed dark 333 WLs with later Stops on the 334 ELs and darkness on the 1 WB stagger and 335s.
0304 offered up "FI-2" and then hash, D-3 answering at 0305 and giving them and the 5966 permission to reverse direction from where they stood -- Arrowhead? -- and proceed W to CPF-AY,
Up Da Hill, the 345s were dark, 1 and 2 in the yard seemed copies of 10-15, but 4 now had occupants. Having not been moved, the ties still showed solidarity with that protest song of yore.
EB and at 0316, a spell of public safety activity occupied the airwaves, things going back to RR business at 0319 with Boston West.
At 0328, the 333 WLs were dark, and further E, the EB staggers for 330 were ar Approach, all else up to and including the EB staggers for Derby at 0353 dark, 1 covered hopper on the W end of the RVJ stub.
A few minutes of listening got lost during a Cleghorn Cumby's refueling stop --$3.39 nonmember v. $3.57 at the Main Street, Leominster Cumby's -- but at 0338 and again at 0339, a reasonably nearby FI-2 called out to D-3, no response getting to me, usually a hint that a signal mighta been put in. There was a 0347 KCIR occupant of the FI-1/2 parking spot, but it was the 5933, not the 5966 noted earlier. Swap-out coming? The W end of East Side looked MT.
At 0357, there was Dispatcher-side garble, followed by D-2(two) again reaching out to M426, this time IDing the leader as the 5968.There was more from D-2 to M426 at 0404, but Increasingly unfavorable topography hashed anything further, No receptions or XNG noise that might indicate any M426/7 activity to the W.
At 0416, D-3 answered 16R, rogering what they next said and advising that they'd need a 241 at WL. That didn't get heard by my 0420 end of listening.
  by jaymac
 
0225-0420/10-19-2022 started off with frost on the car roof. There'd also be frequent fog from catch-basins, but the car thermometer never got below 33º.
At 0229, D-3 answered FI-2, rogering that they were stalled out, asking how many cars they had, and rogering again. At 0230, M426 called D-3. After what was now 0232 hash, D-3 answered M426 and then acknowledged that they were into DCS. To save suspense, there would be no further clarity outta the speaker to, from, or about M426 or M427. 0232 was also when D-3 returned to FI-2, saying they should split their cars in half, 4 to Fitchburg, and then go back, asking if they needed a cab for an assist, rogering whatever the response was.
0235 Road-side garble produced naught further, but more favorable spacing and topography at 0250 produced 16R car countdowns, Fitchburg, given signal strength and later receptions. 0258 featured darkness on the 333 WLs with --sequentially-- Stops on the 334 ELs and more darkness on the 1 WB stagger and 335s.
Up Da Hill, the 345s were also dark and the yard MT. Stacked ties? Mais oui!
Given the mob-scene of paving activity seen a bit earlier on Rte. 2 EB by the Princeton Road/Rte. 31 exit, State Road/ Rte. 2A was the exit of choice today. There had been Road-side hash at 0327, and the 335s, 334 WLs and 1 WB stagger were as before, the same for the 333s at 0332. A minute earlier, D-3 answered 16R, rogering what they said and then saying something -- now broken --about the 3 AY cars not fitting, adding more breakage about the Camp and shoving back to the yard.
Further E, the EB staggers for 330 were at Approach, all else up to and including the FG WLs dark.
Starting at 0341, there would a variety of 16R receptions -- Road clearer at 1st than Dispatcher-side -- involving handbrakes, car countdowns, and a "take her ahead."
At 0346, the FI-1/2 parking spot and W end of East Side were MT, the same time as "16R, 62 on the marker" and "62 up here, too." Given the increase in the C's signal strength, guessing they might be around OX. That would be the last clarity to, from, or about 16R.
At 0351, 1 covered hopper was still on the W end of the RVJ stub, but activity in the yard prevented any view of the EB staggers for Derby.
Occasional non-company hash would break the silence, brief Dispatcher-side hash coming at 0410.
0416 was when a garbled D-3 reached out to ?? on Yard Channel, not even static coming outta the speaker by the end of the 0420 end of listening.
  by jaymac
 
0220-0425/10-21-2022 was rich in hash, starting at the start with some that did include "derail" and then "good for 40," suggesting that 264 might be putting themselves away. In another few, D-3 gave FI-2 with the 5948 -- more to follow -- permission to reverse direction from where they stood and proceed W to CPF Camp.
Dunno for sure if M426 might be having a time-change, but on 10-20, there had been 1230 XNG noise, and 11 hours later at 2330 more XNG noise woke me up, but I musta gotten right back to sleep, cuz 1 never heard a 2nd set.
Amid ongoing hash, the 333 WLs were dark, Stops for the 334 ELs and more darkness for the 1 WB stagger and 335s to follow.
Up Da Hill, the 345s were all at Stop. 2 in the yard was pretty much FP-FP with LPG tanks and covered hoppers, 4 having a goodly of mixed that included a wrapped centerbeam and more covered hoppers. The Sameolesameole Ledger continued to be the tie stack between the House and MART fence and -- at 0400 -- 1 covered hopper on the W end of the RVJ stub, lot activity precluding any view of the EB staggers for Derby.
A short trip W was taken naught visible either at the Wilkins Road Dog leg or just E of the 346 WL which showed an Approach at 0322. The W was quiet, so I got EB, and at 0328, the 345 ELs were still at Stop, more than enough time gone by for an EB to no longer be shunting the circuit. Relay issues or reset? Dunno.
EB produced some hash that mebbemighta been D-2 to BODO. EB also produced getting off on the State Road/Rte. 2A exit cuzza another paving cluster on Rte. 2E at the Princeton Road/Rte. 31 exit. The 335s and 334s were as before, and at 0341, the 333 WLs were dark.
Further E, the EB staggers for 330 were at Approach, all else up to and including the FG WLs dark, and at 0355, KCIR 5948 was dark, solo, and W-facing in the FI-1/2 parking spot and the W end of East Side MT.
Occasional spurts of hash would follow, including at the end of the 0425 end of listening.

OT fuel-price comparison for nonmember regular at the Cleghorn/Main Street Cumby's -- $3.39/$3.57.
  by jaymac
 
0215-0415/10-24-2022 started at the start with "16R, back it up 10 cars to a stop" on Yard Channel, the car countdowns strong enough for the W end of Hill Yard. 16R would be the primary source of T&E receptions on an ongoing basis as distance, topography, and elevation allowed.
At 0249, the 333 WLs were all at Stop, dark NSs 6951 and 4127 in compliance on the 1, DS trashes to their W for a presumed EDPO. Over at 334, the ELs and 1 WB stagger were all at Stop, but the 1 was MT and no marker visible to the E, so a short EB. The 335s were dark.
At 0306, D-3 241d M427 -- power ID lost -- from the Single W to 1 at CPF 312, and up Da Hill, the 345s were also at Stop, 264 on the 2 with dark NSs 6957, 1234, and 3614, wells and presumably tables however far W to the Timpany Boulevard UGB ! and 2 in the yard had general that included tanks, covered hoppers, and at least 1 wrapped centerbeam.4? Dunno. Ties? Yes.
0315was the start of D-3's side of a convo with M426(six) that asked about the facings of the rear 2 engines, repeating the question to CSXT 479 about the facings of the rear 2., then saying something broken about swapping the 487 with the 427. Next came time-effective 0321 Form D G303 to CSXT 479 at MP X18 for MP X19 to MP X25 with a Line 4 for the Single being OOS between MP X18 and MP X19 in charge of a Foreman and a Line 12 for Mill Street, MP X18.10. Guessing the Foreman was of the C&S variety. Next came the word that the middle engine -- the 481 -- needed to be the leader going back to Worcester. D-3's attention now went to 427. 1 of their MECs was to stay in the yard, the other going to Worcester. Hill Yard would be a busy spot.
EB at 0327, there was Yard-Channel hash, and at 0332, the 333 WLs were Stop, the presumed EDPO still there, but possible recrew transportation in the lot.
Further E, the EB staggers for 330 were at Approach, all else up to and including the FG WLs dark.At 0346 the FI-1/2 parking spot and W end of East Side were MT, and 5 later, activity in the RVJ lot prevented a view of the EB staggers for Derby, 1 covered hopper visible on the W end of the stub.
At 0358, D-3 answered a hashing M427 and then went into Hash Mode himself with something about room for the freight cars, then clearing a bit to say that the freight cars would go onto the waters on IM-1. D-3 then advised AY-3 that 427 was about to clear AY, that being the last clarity until the 0415 end of listening.
  by jaymac
 
0220-0435/10-26-2022 started off with 264's car countdowns, receptions of which would go on for another 1/4 hour, topography and distance permitting. Also at the very start was a Dispatcher-side "west to Arrowhead" during a break in 264's transmissions, more about Arrowhead to follow.
At 0325, the 333 WLs were dark, Stops on the 334 ELs and darkness on the 1 WB stagger and 335s to follow.
Partway WB up Da Hill came D-3 asking M426 if the ? was back to normal, followed by the words that they'd take M427 back to Worcester and that LA-18 would handle the power. The time into DCS was asked for and got rogered without repetition.
All the way up Da Hill, the 345 ELs were at Stop and the 2 WL at Medium Clear. At the Timpany Boulevard UGB, there had been general on 2 that included a tented centerbeam and on 1 racks -- later seen as MTs -- with a marker just E of the E end of the Jade. Through the gaps, NS power was WB in the yard, so I got WB to see what I could see. There was naught visible at the Wilkins Road dogleg, but in case there were MT flats there, I went to Parkers where there was naught audible or visible except for the Stop on the 346 WL at 0326. EB, an EB trip in backa LaChance Furniture was made, dimmed multiple units between just E of the E and and a bit W of the Pleasant Street UGB.
Back by the Jade (yes, ties still by the fence), there was both radio silence and no flare from the EB's headlight, as earlier. At 0334, D-3 had called 11R, and 11R answered, solving the ID of the WB, but naught else came outta the speaker until an unattributable 0337and while EB "Take it ahead.". The WLs were now all at Stop, so mebbe EB had gotten E on signal indication while I was W. Dunno.
There were a few brief spurts of static until 0348 when the 330 WLs were dark.
Further E, the EB staggers for 330 showed an Approach for 1 and a Clear for 2, all else up to and including the FG WLs dark.
At 0401, somebody advised that there were 6 to a hitch and the the FI-1/2 parking spot and W end of East Side were MT.
At 0407, D-3 answered 16R, acknowledged that the PT --no "C" got heard by me -- was acting up, and OKd taking it off.
At 0408, the EB staggers for Derby were dark, the W end of the RVJ stub having 1 immobile covered hopper and 1 bouncing bunny.
At 0411, somebody told somebody else they could start her back for 20, ant further countdowns unheard.
0418 was when D-3 told 16R their next stop was Ayer -- the Clear on the 2 EB stagger for 330? -- and then added breakage about their setoff.
0424 was AY-3's turn to get a DS-3 answer, he breakingly advising that 16R would be setting off at Ayer, FI-2 was at Arrowhead, and the Keolis commuter would be coming.
3 later, FI-2 with the 5948 got permission to reverse direction from where they stood and proceed W to CPF AY, D-3 then asking where they were looking to go, later adding "as soon as the inbound gets by."
0430 was the start of the D-3 side of a convo with AY-3. Would their entire train fit on South Track, yes or no? After their answer, he said it would be West Main Street for them and that they could take care of them tonight.
Naught else escaped the speaker by the end of the 0435 end of listening.
  by jaymac
 
0215-0440/10-28-2022 was -- as the timespan indicates -- busy, starting at the start when D-3 answered AY-Relief and asked their engine number , then giving the 7463 a broken 241 involving 2 and the Camp. A hedzup followed that FI-2 was working the E end of the track, followed by a hedzup to FI-2 that AY-Relief would be taking cars off the W end of the track.
At 0228, there was Dispatcher-side garble, possibly D-2, and at 0242, D-3 -- Yard Channel mebbe -- engaged in a brief and both-sides-hashed convo with ???.
0249 was when a merely breaking D-3 talked again with FI-2, deets lost except for a final roger.
At 0251, the 333 WLs were dark, and 1 later, there was D-3 hash that may have included "New Bond," more about which later. There were Stops for the 334 ELs and darkness for the 1 WB stagger and 335s to follow.
Up Da Hill, the 345s were at Stop. 2 in the yard had a mix of full-size and shortie covered hoppers and unplacarded and LPG tanks from the E FP to mebbe just beyond the ambulance company, 4 having at least a few covered hoppers visible over the LPG tops. A trip W was undertaken to search for a shunting source, naught visible at LaChance, the Wilkins Road dogleg, or just E of the 346 WL, at Stop at 0318. 3 earlier, D-3 had 241d AY-Relied again, this time 1 E to 1 at CPF AY. The Sameolesameole Ledger? the tie stack between the House and -- later -- 1 covered hopper on the W end of the RVJ stub.
EB, the 345s were still lit at 0328, plenty of time for an EB to have cleared. Because there had been another paving cluster on Rte .2 EB at the Princeton Road/Rte. 31 exit, I had exited again at the Rte. 2A exit, The 335s mighta been dark and the 334 ELs at Stop, but at 0337, the 1 WB stagger was at Clear, going dark 2 later. D-3 now got on the air with M426, issuing time-effective 0343 form D G302 for Burncoat to MP X 25 to CSXT 478. D-3 asked for the power lineup and would roger without repeating at 0351. To close out M426, there was XNG noise to the W at 0445, 0500, and 0504, appropriate intervals for Prescott, Gates, and Newell Hill.
At 0344, the 333 WLs were at Stop, but going EB, there was the sight of WB power by where the steam plant had been. Back at 334 and at 0348, NS 6971 and UPs 6919 and 7461 -- power for 10-27's 264 -- was W and clear with occupied tables and wells and a greater number of racks at 0352. 1 other change was that the Controlled Siding WL had gone to a Medium Approach.
At 0353, D-3 reached out to 264 with yarding instructions -- IM-1 to IM-2, there being 6 waters on IM-1 and 5 trash on IM-2 and 264 close enough for their side to be heard. 3 later, 264 let D-3 know that their cab signals would go into penalty over 20 MPH.
The EB staggers for 330 had been at Approach, and post refueling stop, all else up to and including the EB staggers for Derby -- at 0417 -- dark, the FI-1/2 parking spot and W end of East Side MT at 0412.
Except for a few random spurts of hash, the only clear reception came at 0432 when Boston West started a convo with a Foreman.

OT -- $3.59 nonmember regular for the Cleghorn Cumby's, $3.67 at Main Street.
  by jaymac
 
0220-0410/10-31-2022 was more to the left side of the trick-or-treat continuum. The start started with a few minutes of Yard-Channel hash with a signal strength suggesting that that the E end of the yard might be the origin. Quiet would resume until a brief spurt of Road-side hash at 0241.
0252 was when the 333 WLs were dark, Stops for the 334 ELs and darkness for the 1 WB stagger in sequence. At 0257, there was a another spell of Yard-Channel hash, D-3 a possible contributor.
The 335s were dark, as would be the 345s. 4 in the yard was pretty much FP-FP with mixed, including scrap gons, LPG and unplacarded tanks, a box, a coil car, and lotsa covered hoppers. Tie-stack? ✅
EB, AMTK hash was long enough to be IDable at 0314, and at 0322, the 333 WLs were dark.
Further E, the EB staggers for 330 showed an Approach for 1 and a Stop for 2. The 330.8, 330 WLs and GL WLs mighta been dark, but the 330 2 EL showed a Clear until it got dropped by FI-2 with KCIR 5963 at 0332.
While I was EB and at 0334, FI-2 called out to D-3. Naught further got said, so guessing they got their EB light for 330. FI-2 already had a Limited Clear on the FG 1 WL, shorties on the 2 from the credit union however far W, so guessing Lafarge might be getting a visit.
At 0337, the FI-1/2 parking spot was -- natch -- MT, as was the W end of East Side, and 6 later, the EB staggers for Derby were dark, 1 covered hopper still on the W end of the stub.
There would be brief hash eruptions, only the 0352 1 from NECR long enough to be IDable.
0409 was when D-3 answered 186R, rogered that the switch -- and mebbe derail, too -- was lined and locked normal and that it'd be E to San-Vel.
Those who haven't been mentioned din't get any IDable receptions outta the speaker.
  by jaymac
 
0220-0410/11-02-2022 was pretty much on the quiet side, most of the receptions hash or garble from D-2 to a TC Foreman concerning Lowell Junction and Vale.
There was an equipment convention at the X 7.8 with caution signs turned away on either side. Besides the backhoe and trailered Bobcat, there was a Doosan truck vac and a trailer of what looked like 6" conduit, so guessing more Temple Street disruption.
0235 offered up hash from M236 and D-3 answering and giving out time-effective 0238 Form D G303 to CSXT 484 with a Line 2 for Burncoat to MP X 25 and a Line 12 for Sterling Street, MP X 16.80. 2 later, there was brief hash from M426. Coulda been time into DCS, but there was no D-3 response heard, this while I mighta been in a ZombieZone.
0246 would be the start of the intermittent and hashed/garbled D-2 receptions.
At 0253, The 333 WLs were at Stop, dark KCIR 7609, NewBlues 7518 and 7550, and -- to round out the full PAR/S spectrum -- OldPaint 353 on 1 and a box and slurries trailing, suggesting an EDPO. All was Stop at the 334s, ditto for the 335s, the marker just a bit E of the WL, just as the power had been just a bit E of the 333 WL. Dunno when the tie-down happened, but that cram-job was a remarkable descending-grade braking performance, particularly so if the rail had been wet.
Up Da Hill, the 345s were dark and the yard MT, but not the spot between the House and MART fence.
EB, D-2 continued to offer occasional proof of scanner function, and at 0326 -- the same time as Wachusett remained unchanged -- D-3 answered somebody, no immediate further results getting to me, except for "FI-2" and hash 1 later.
The EB staggers for 330 were at Approach, all else up to an including the EB staggers for Derby at 0345 being dark.
At 0340, the FI-1/2 parking spot had been MT, but covered hoppers were on the W end of East Side, as would a solo covered hoppoer be on the W end of the RVJ stub.
There had been brief 0342 garble "AY-3" escaping into clarity, and the only other IDable hash would be from AMTK at 0349 and D-2 at 0352.
  by jaymac
 
0215-0415/11-04-2022 was beginning-to-end AY-3 in Hill Yard, so much so that only the more notable receptions will be noted.
The equipment at the X 7.8 was still pretty much there, a coupla pieces moved up to the next intersection N and dig-lines on the NB side of Temple Street/Rte. 140. so guessing the work not company-related.
At 0236, 16R reached out to D-3 on Channel 1, both next going into garble mode. 16R will reappear.
0247 was when a breaking D-2 reached out to BODO, no immediate -- but later -- developments.
At 0250, the 333 WLs were dark, Stops for the 334 ELs and darkness for the 1 WB stagger and 335s following.
Up Da Hill, the 345s were at Stop. 2 in the yard had mixed general from the E FP to some point beyond the MT markered racks from Royal Stem Heater beyond the Timpany Boulevard UGB. The view at the Wilkins Road dogleg had offered up DS trashes, so not a 265 but mebbe an 11R. The 346 WL was at Stop at 0317 and the power too dark and E to get an ID
To rewind a bit, at 0306, D-3 had reached out to 16R, asking their plans for Ayer, rogering what they said, and saying he thought the Camp was clear. At 0315, FI-2 had gotten told 1st to hold back, then that 16R had only ?? racks and was now in the clear, so FI-2 could continue down. The tie stack was Gardner's entry for the Sameolesameole Ledger, more to follow on the RVJ stub.
EB and at 0328, there was Boston West hash, followed the same minute by "5 more cars, AY-3" while still W of the Rte. 2 EB crest. Knife-edge gain exemplified!
0333 was when the 333 WLs were dark. The EB staggers for 330 were at Approach, but all else up to and including the EB staggers for Derby -- at 0351 -- dark. Yes -- 1 covered hopper was still on the RVJ stub, but had been joined by a slurry and a box.
Earlier, the FI-1/2 parking spot had been understandably MT at 0346, 1 covered hopper visible on the W end of East Side.
At 0356, AY-3 asked 16R where they were going, me hetting hash for a response, AY-3 then saying to keep an eye out for them and to make sure they were in the clear. There was more. but hashed.
At 0400 D-2 again reached out toi BODO and advised they were to tie the train down at Atkinson, D-2 responding to BODO's response with "It's all set up."
The remaining IDable receptions came from AY-3.
  by jaymac
 
0220-0425/11-07-2022 showed high temperatures -- up to 71º -- for a November predawn. PW Road hash let me know the scanner was working at 0222. D-3 confirmed the company transmitters were working between 0236 and 0237 with a total 3 calls to AY-3. Dunno whether they mighta been on Ch. 2 or in a dead spot, but there were no immediate developments. Later, yes.
There was unIDable Dispatcher-side hash at 0244, and 7 later, the 333 WLs were dark.5 later, a breaking D-3 -- thanks yet again, Mount Wachusett -- gave FI-2 permission to reverse direction from wherever they stood and proceed ? to CPF AY. 8 and 9 later, there was more Dispatcher-side hash, enough clear to suggest D-2.
The 334 ELs were at Stop and the 1 WB stagger and 335s dark.
WB up Da Hill and at 0304 came another D-3 call to AY-3, this getting a response, D-3 next asking if they were in the clear for the 427. Whatever D-3's response to AY-3's response was overridden by somebody saying they had a Medium Clear, but the 345 ELs and WLs were both at Stop. a WB marker on 1 up by the the ambulance company. 0305 produced a touch of hash with a clear "POED," so I got WB. There were slurries by the Pratt yard, covered hoppers by the Wilkins Road dogleg, and dim power E of the 346 WL, at Stop at 0319, 5 after D-3 confirmed that AY-3 was lined at locked normal at the Milling and in the clear. D-3 said there'd be a 0530 cab, but then seemed to offer the possibility of a change of plans, deets lost to me. The yard had mixed general on 2 and 4.
EB at 0334, there was D-2 hash to or about LA-?, followed immediately by D-3 garble to or about 427.
At 0335, the 333 WLs were dark, but it seemed there might be a vehicle headlight W of the WLs, more about which later. Further E, the EB staggers for Derby were at Approach. Post refueling stop, all was dark from the 330.8 WBs up to and including the GL WLs.
OT -- Cleghorn was $3.69 nonmember regular and Main Street $3.71.
A breaking D-3 would cancel Signal Truck 1115's foul time between the limits of CPF 333 at 0351, explaining the light I'd seen earlier. Guessing he mighta been by the ELs when I had been there at 0251.
Despite the lack of visible shunting , the FG WLs and ELs were at Stop, and at 0354, the FI-1/2 parking spot was MT, the W end of East Side showing 1 covered hopper followed by a string of DS trashes. There was activity in the RVJ lot at 0400, so no view of the EB staggers for Derby. The covered hopper was on the W end of the Stub, a bulk-hauler blocking any certain view of the slurry and box of 11-04.
The Yard Channel seemed remarkably quiet, but at 0412, D-3 answered a hashing 16R, rogered what they said, and advised that he was waiting for 427 to clear AY and that he'd get them their signal then, quiet resuming for the balance of the trip.
426? Naught -- not even XNG noise -- heard.
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