by jg greenwood
Recently we (IC) were at the Dynergy/Ameren/Illinois Power plant at Baldwin, IL. to retrieve an empty BN coal train. We arrived before the plant had finished unloading the train. I climbed on the lead unit while the train was being moved to the empty track. On the conductor's desk was an item that I've never seen before; the end of a jumper cable that plugs into the MU receptacle. There was no cable attached, just the metal part. I asked the lady moving the train what it was/what it's used for. She replied that they use it to "fool" the alerter while they unload the train. Anyone out there familiar with this apparatus? I assume she meant that this device fools the lead unit by making the unit "think" that it's in an MU mode, thereby stopping the alerter from working?