I dont think there is a topic for this so might as well create one, anyone here can report sightings of the P&W stone trains (CHFP and FPCH).......
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rscott417 wrote:I think this is relevant to this thread, not a P&W follower but saw them crossing over the BQE in Queens friday (23rd) around 6:20 pm 3 P&W scheme engines and 3 (I think) GATX blue engines. Caught me by surprise as i was merging so no #'s but a very long mix of open hoppers. as for when do they operate, I work in the bronx on E Tremont and whenever I work a friday 3-11 it is guaranteed the plant will start shaking around 7 and the engineer i work with gets hesitant and i have to tell them its just the freight train across the street, so every friday evening it comes through the bronxThats FPCH you are referring to, no need to be surprised though, that train runs on fridays, mondays, and wednesdays around 6-7pm northbound.
DogBert wrote:Does anyone know why they occasionally leave one of the locomotives on the rear of FPCH (heading back to new haven)? This only happens on occasion (twice in the last week though) - I'm assuming it is to aid in switching when they get back to CT?If you are seeing the train operating on the NEC then FRA regulatiions require that there be an Automatic Train Stop equipped locomotive on each end. However in my area (East Providence, RI) P&W almost always runs a unit on both ends of a train even on branches that don't require any NEC running. this is to make switching easier, as you surmise...
I'm pretty sure the loaded CHFP train never runs with a loco on the rear, which would eliminate the possibility that they simply didn't have an EOT to use (which is the only other reason i can think of to place a loco back there.
It's always running, but not doing any pushing.