If Soda Ash comes in contact with water, it hardens to a concrete-like substance. Sometimes you'll see it in the yard where there have been leaky cars.
Yeah UPRR, I got bumped down to the yard extra board, just for a cup of coffee as it turns out...worked one job then my road bid got picked back up. Looks like the second grain season is in full force, we had three extra jobs called in addition to the pool turn to run those Grain Shuttles up to the Port of Kalama, WA.
Do you ever get those leased Canadian motors in your neck of the woods? Those monster SD90MACs that are purple with CEFX reporting marks? I've had those the last few trips, and they're really nice. Very comfortable, the refrigerators work and there's a hotplate and a coffee pot down in the nose. They have little drawers on the conductor's side with blank forms; I thought UP and BNSF were crazy with all the paperwork, you should see some of the forms the Canadian crews have to fill out.