• Gardner Gawking

  • Pan Am Southern (webssite: https://panamsouthern.com ) is jointly-owned by CSX and Norfolk Southern, but operated by Genesee & Wyoming subsidiary Pittsburg & Shawmut dba Berkshire and Eastern,
Pan Am Southern (webssite: https://panamsouthern.com ) is jointly-owned by CSX and Norfolk Southern, but operated by Genesee & Wyoming subsidiary Pittsburg & Shawmut dba Berkshire and Eastern,

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  by jaymac
 
0220-0415/02-07-2024 was busy, but unlike the sky, not always clear. At 0225, the B&E garbled out to the 426, then downgraded to hash, rogered what got said, and garbled some more about D-1. 2 later, D-1 told 426 something about OK and Yard Limits, 426 saying something about 75 cars and 4??? tons. There was a bit more but just hash.
At 0237 Boston East was the hash source.
At 0240, D-Probably2 garbled to 426. That went on for a bit, D-Probably2 advising that 426 was scratchy and hard to read and that there were no changes to the Speed Summary,
0250 was more garble, this from 426 hedzupping FI-2 that there was a bar of metal sticking out from a double-stack at the old Ford Yard.
0254 was when the 333 WLs were dark. A few later and in between the also-dark 334s and 335s, the B&E breakingly advised what would later turn out to be SAED about a pickup on West Main Street and trashes on the East Side.
Most of the way up Da Hill came a mix of self-IDed 16R car countdowns and public safety encroachments. The 345s were all at Stop, hinting that 16R might be either tying down or holding for SAED. NSs 6965, ????, and 4009 were hauling E on 4, trashes sat on 2, and the DODX was no longer on the 1.
EB and at 0307, D-2 garbled about both 426 and 427. It developed that 427 had some knowledge about a car --426's #18 -- that had set off the detector. D-2 would then say that the Chief said to tie down and that he -- D-2 -- would call 426 a cab ASAP, adding that it just wasn't in the cards tonight.
At 0325, the 333 WLs were dark. The EB staggers for 330 were at Approach and the 330.8 WBs, 330s, and GL WLs dark, 0332 being when SAED had advised the B&E that the trashes were indeed on the East Side.
At 0336 an unknown dispatcher breakingly advised Probably427 that they were tp pick up the Selkirks, adding that they needed to pick up the 5 cars.
The FG WLs were at Stop and the FG 2 EL at Approach. Naught except for the T coaches was visible on the W end of East and West Sides at 0340, and a couple later, the B&E gave some breakage to AY-3 with the 7541. 0344 was when D-1 answered 427, next garbling.
At 0346, the RVJ yard was active, so there was no view of the EB staggers for Derby, but SAED's car countdowns started.
At 0349, D-2 answered 426 x2 and again at 0350. What with SAED's activity and changing topography, I got nothing to add on the D-2/426 situation.
0411 was when Boston West served more and unwanted hash, and at 0414 the B&E 241d AY-3 with the 7541 at 312 from the Single W to Freight Main 2.

Dear KittyCat, please reread my wish list of 2023. Think how much it'll benefit your operations.
  by jaymac
 
0200-0350/02-09-2024 was heavy on intermittent Yard-Channel hash, at least some attributable to the B&E.
At 0232, the 333 WLs were dark as would be the 334s, and 335s. At 0239 it sounded like Boston West was talking to DOBO.
Up Da Hill, the 345s were dark, and the yard was pretty much FP-FP on 4 with gons, covered hoppers, a Biewer Sawmills tented center beam, and tanks on the E, the W having covered hoppers and 2 wrapped center beams. From the computer company to mebbe the ambulance company, 2 had scrap gons, covered hoppers and a box.
EB and at 0253, hash got upgraded to garble when D-2 said something to the L067 with the 516.
At 0302, the 333 WLs were dark. The EB staggers were at Approach, all others dark, up to and including the EB staggers for Derby at 0323. 7 earlier, there were trashes on the W end of East Side, the W end of West Side having the T coaches and standing NewBlues 5936 and 5967(W).
Not -- to state the obvious -- a productive trip.

Edited to remedy finger hash.
  by jaymac
 
0200-0410/02-12-2024 was quiet until 0228 D-2 garble to 427 about Ayer setoffs. There was more, but hashed.
At 0231, the 333 WLs were dark, the same for the 334s and 335s.
Up Da Hill, the 345 ELs were at Stop and the 2 WL at Medium Clear. An unIDed EB with NSs 6953, 6171, and 8064 was shoving W back to the rest of its train on 2 after leaving a long string of trash on 4. There had also been more trash sitting on the 2 on the Timpany Boulevard UGB. The rest of the yard looked MT.
With update paperwork still to go, I got EB, the broken update coming at 0317. Curiously, naught -- not even hash -- came outta the speaker in acknowledgment.
At 0320, the 333 WLs were -- temporarily at least -- dark. The EB staggers for 330 were at Approach, and post refueling stop, the 330.8 WBs and all others up to and including the EB staggers for Derby at 0334 were dark.
At 0328, the T coaches had been the only visibles at the W end of EFitch, and 2 later had been the start of intermittent Yard-Channel hash. 427?
At 0352, the B&E answered somebody, Mount Wachusett and the Yard Channel being confounding variables. 0408 was more B&E garble, this about the Camp.

Let's all think happy thoughts about the coming snow. All the state roads I was on had been pretreated.
  by jaymac
 
0210-0405/02-14-2024 was remarkably quiet except for early CSX Boston Sub and NECR hash.
At 0244, the 333 WLs were dark, as would be the 334s and 335s.
0250 was when Boston West called out to DOBO for their power and gave a roger.
Up Da Hill, the 345s were dark. 4 in the yard had a long string of trash sitting in the same position as the setoff of 02-12, possibly even the same cars.
EB at 0311 was the start of intermittent Yard-Channel hash.
At 0315, the 333 WLs were dark. The EB staggers for 330 were at Approach, all others dark up to and including the EB staggers for Derby at 0335.
At 0329, the W end of East Side had been MT. The W end of West still had the T coaches and -- numbers obscured -- just S of the coaches sat 2 coupled and dark NewBlues.
The intermittent Yard-Channel hash would continue, and finally at 0400 there was Channel 1 activity when D-1 called M427. There was a 0403 repeat, but naught further by the end of 0405 so I went inside.

Edited for update: XNG noise at 0515, 0519, and 0524, appropriate for probable M427 at Temple, Shrewsbury, and Burncoat Streets. No additional noise for New Bond as of 0538, but that could be cuzza wind, tie-down, or recrew.
  by jaymac
 
0200-0405/01-19-2024 started off 1 minute deep with a reminder to expect a deer anytime, anywhere, and in any state of motion.
0217 would be the start of a coupla minutes of Road-side hashes. 0231 would be when the 333 WLs were dark and the the hash would be Dispatcher side. The 334s and 335s would be dark -- temporarily, as will be seen.
Up Da Hill and at 0243 somebody called an OK on EDSA's marker. The 345 ELs were at Stop and the2 WL at Medium Clear with EB tanks on 2 at the Timpany Boulevard UGB, NSs 6951 and 8012 and BNSF 7512 running through with mixed general that included a good number of USG sheetrock centerbeams. Next came a fair number of blue double-stack trash and then a fair number of racks, all onto the Single at 0254. Who called the marker got revealed at 0250 when SAED called the B&E about the Parkers detector and got told it was OOS. 4 was FP-FP with mixed general with a box and few covered hoppers on 2 across from the MART garage.
EB and at 0303, there were Road-Side and then Dispatcher-side hashes, only "427" being clear. At 0308, the 333 WLs were dark for a bit, the EB staggers for 330 showing an Approach for 1 and Clear for 2. At 0318 , the B&E began a convo with EDSA about whether the trashes were for Arrowhead or Republic. After mebbe checking the bills, EDSA said it was for Republic, the B&E saying they should go to Ayer and that the trash would go to the Camp. He didn't know about the freight. He had no instructions and was trying to contact the Train Master.
Oh yeah and back to the 1st entry: Just W of Depot Street in W. Fitchburg, there was another test -- successful -- of deer-and-driver reflexes.
Post refueling stop, the 330.8 WBs were dark, as would be all others -- temporarily, again -- up to and including the EB staggers for Derby at 0332.
At 0326, the West Side T coaches -- now on 2 tracks -- were the only visibles on the W end of EFitch. There had been Road-side hash at 0328, 0330, and 0331, and at 0332, D-1 started Form D G101 to 427 with CSXT 1712 -- an SD40E3 on some rosters -- for WOR1 to Burncoat. I was in the RVJ lot at the time, and D-1 was scratchy and 427 hashed. The time effective was 0334, and D-1 added that there'd be a live recrew at New Bond, the crew on at 0430. To wrap up 427, there was 0431, 0435, and 0440 XNG noise for Temple, Shrewsbury, and Burncoat Streets. Unfortunately, the relocated Burncoat defect detector was too broken to get an official ID.
At 0343 there was brief Yard-Channel hash, and at 0403 the B&E began a 1-sided-to-me convo with EDSA about whether the trash and racks would both fit on the Camp without blocking the XNG. I was getting cold, so I went inside instead of waiting.
  by jaymac
 
0200-0410/02-21-2024 started at the start with P&W Road hash, things going quiet until 0218 + a bit more with Dispatcher-side hash, mebbe involving EDSA.
At 0234, the 333 WLs were dark, as would be the 334s. The 335s, however, were at Stop, EB general clearing the MP/EL at 0240. If that was EDSA, then it was a strange 1 cuz there were 0 racks on the tail. Naught further would be seen or heard of that EB.
At 0247, the B&E OKd somebody W on signal indication after what had sounded like a broken update, so mebbe an SAED? The 345s ELs were at Stop and WB trashes were on the Timpany Boulevard UGB, but a WB can move down grade quicker than I can navigate to Parkers, so there was naught to see there but the waiting signal bungalows and precast base. The 346.6 went unheard, so guessing it's still OOS. At 0257, the B&E gave SAED their Deerfield instructions -- straight into the yard and R8 to R7 plus wishes for a good night.
Back a bit E, the yard was MT and the 345s still at Stop.
EB and at 0308, there was Dispatcher-side hash, and at 0310 and 0311, SAED called the B&E. There was naught further, so mebbe he gave them a light.
At 0318, the 333 WLs were dark. The EB staggers for 330 were at Approach and others dark, up to and including the FGs.At 0327, there had been B&E garble with "wye" and "AY-3" clear. 4 later was the start of a broken Form D G301 to TC T907, no readback or time effective heard.
0332 was when the side-by-side strings of T coaches were the only visibles in the W end of EFitch.
1 later, D-1 started Form D G103 to M427 with CSXT 475 at Graniteville for WOR1 to Burncoat, correct and effective at 0336, but after a D-1 request for a repeat on the read-back. D-1 advised that they'd go through Ayer and tie down at Still River, a repeat again requested for the acknowledgment of the information. Yes, KiityCat, your peeps are still having comms probs.
At 0338, the RVJ lot was active, so there was no view of the EB staggers for Derby.
At 0339, the B&E gave the 427 an "all correct," so mebbe a 241 had gotten eaten by the topography..
0345 was when FI-2 -- changed quickly to AY-3 -- called the B&E. There was Road-side hash 3 later, the B&E confirming that the power was the 7518 and garble following. At 0358, AY-3 again called the B&E this time with garble about FI-2. That would be the last to come outta the speaker, save for P&W St. Albans Dispatcher garble at 0402, so no idea what might be happening around the Willows.
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