There was something at Gardner on 08-04-2011 at 0845 that I hadn't seen in awhile: cars on the Dead Track. The reason became clear in another couple of hundred WB yards on Rte. 2. Something WB with lots of racks was putting itself together on 2. From the Pleasant Street bridge, I could see OldPaint 379, a NewBlue, and a Trona OldPaint. The trailer numbers were never visible, nor could I see if the NewBlue was a four-axle or 6-pack. D-3 had a number of "interesting" chats with ED495 and a foreman somewhere to the west about clearing up on 2 in time so the WB could get moving. The radio also revealed that 379 -- whether it was 495ED or POED was never made definite while I was listening -- had picked up 40 racks from Gardner, which seems ample cause for having the Dead Track be overflow. Per D-3, 379 had another hour or so in town, and my ADHD started kicking in, so I headed down Da Hill with a stop at Wachusett to see if there had happened with the north-rail sag on 1 last week on NERAIL by Gary Senecal ( http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=191490
). It appears it got lifted a bit, but I'm guessing there might still be a speed summary on it.
On the subject of speed summaries, the tee intersection on Chestnut Street, Gardner, just north of the Jade is now a three-way stop. There's an approach warning both on a pole and on the street, and to really catch your attention, there's a flashing red LED halo around the newest Stop sign.