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  • Discussion of the operations of CSX Transportation, from 1980 to the present. Official site can be found here: CSXT.COM.
Discussion of the operations of CSX Transportation, from 1980 to the present. Official site can be found here: CSXT.COM.

Moderator: MBTA F40PH-2C 1050

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  by Milepost20
 
B724 has CSX 2813 (Ex Conrail GP38-2) trailing today. Should lead South and just arrived at Bestway @ 1530
  by Milepost20
 
Since Monday of this week a tie crew has been working between Southboro and Clinton. The 6206 is tied down at Teknor with the flats for loading the track machines. I didn’t see any new ties dropped north of Clint so it looks like that’s as far as they will go.
  by arcadia terminal
 
Last Friday 7/19 in the PM there was a ballast regulator in the siding and two work trucks at the Linchfield St. crossing in Leominster, so they must be doing spot work on the end of the branch.
  by johnhenry
 
On Monday 7/23 at 5:15pm I observed the train southbound crossing Rt62 in Lancaster. It was backing up, with 6 empty center-beams followed by 2 box and 3 tanks pushed by 2 engines. The engine horn was sounding the crossing signal (from 11 cars away) and there was no protection at the crossing or anyone on the train at that end. I guess they didn't want to go all the way to Leominster for the run-around but I was pretty surprised to see this - crossing at a State Highway that way! Is that kosher? Since they had 2 engines they could have split them at the lumber yard siding so as to be able to lead southbound.
  by Backshophoss
 
CSX no longer allows "top and trailing" locos on each end of a local freight,due to an accident on the NEC with a trailing loco.
  by arcadia terminal
 
The local was working Leominster around 5:15pm yesterday and then headed home. No track equipment visible.
  by Milepost20
 
They were only working for the week. Friday morning at 2:30am an extra took everything back south to Framingham.
  by MBTA F40PH-2C 1050
 
johnhenry wrote:On Monday 7/23 at 5:15pm I observed the train southbound crossing Rt62 in Lancaster. It was backing up, with 6 empty center-beams followed by 2 box and 3 tanks pushed by 2 engines. The engine horn was sounding the crossing signal (from 11 cars away) and there was no protection at the crossing or anyone on the train at that end. I guess they didn't want to go all the way to Leominster for the run-around but I was pretty surprised to see this - crossing at a State Highway that way! Is that kosher? Since they had 2 engines they could have split them at the lumber yard siding so as to be able to lead southbound.
should prolly have kept some details of that story to yourselve....pple wonder why RR'ers dislike buffs
  by Douglasphil
 
CSX is very strict regarding 'shove' rules and I am very certain the crew did not blind shove across a State Highway. The conductor was riding the point but you just didn't happen to see him. If they had hit an auto or pedestrian doing that the consequences would have been dire and all crew members are well aware of that.
  by Spacecase2012
 
johnhenry wrote:On Monday 7/23 at 5:15pm I observed the train southbound crossing Rt62 in Lancaster. It was backing up, with 6 empty center-beams followed by 2 box and 3 tanks pushed by 2 engines. The engine horn was sounding the crossing signal (from 11 cars away) and there was no protection at the crossing or anyone on the train at that end. I guess they didn't want to go all the way to Leominster for the run-around but I was pretty surprised to see this - crossing at a State Highway that way! Is that kosher? Since they had 2 engines they could have split them at the lumber yard siding so as to be able to lead southbound.
As a former conductor, there's no way in heck there wasn't a conductor on the back. The guys out there aren't dumb. He was probably just on the other side. I agree with what someone else said, keep some details to yourself or you could get people in trouble. Same reason they hate getting their picture taken. Higher ups have been known to frequent railfan sites and see pictures they don't like. What happened on the NEC wth a trailing loco that made Csx quit using them?
  by AmtrakLocomotiveEngineer
 
Backshophoss wrote:CSX no longer allows "top and trailing" locos on each end of a local freight,due to an accident on the NEC with a trailing loco.
What was the incident you reference. I vaguely remember the new rule of now locomotive on rear unless it is manned, but I thought it stemmed from some sort of incident where the loco got away or was stolen.
  by Backshophoss
 
Believe it was a "run away" on a NEC freight local,trailing unit was not set up properly after a switching move.
The Ban came a day or 2 later.
  by Knucklehead
 
Massive amounts of MOW track machinery have been working on the Fitchburg Running Track this week. There are ties piled up along side of the line. Looks like tie and tie plate replacement, perhaps resurfacing (although most of the ballast which was last dumped by Conrail has disappeared into the track bed).

CSXT just did a tie replacement on this line last year, however, it still needed a great deal of work after that!! I observed (from a safe distance) many old tie plates cut in half on totally rotted and missing ties, broken joint bars, etc.
  by Milepost20
 
FYI - B724 is only Mon-Wed-Fri now for starting a few months ago
  by johnpbarlow
 
Still waiting for CSX to put up the For Sale sign on the Agriculture Branch...
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