Trains seen on NCD!

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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by Notch 8 » Wed May 09, 2018 9:01 pm

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Tue May 08, 2018 5:38 pm
Well someone tried to have some fun.
Monday 07May18 NS train 25A was stopped somewhere between Bluffton and Montpelier ( I think it was Keystone) with the police on-site. Three intoxicated trespassers were removed from the train. Unfortunately, their dogs who were brought along for the ride got incarcerated in the pound. I could hear the dispatcher talking to 177 who was stuck behind 25A that the dogs were getting aggressive and it took even longer to remove them from the train. (did they have to wait for the dog-catch crew to show up)
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Thu May 10, 2018 8:50 pm

not too many details have been released to the public. Two guys and a girl were waaay over the legal limit. They were from TX, NY and PA, so not sure how they came together on the train.
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:25 am

FYI
Greenplains LLC sold the Bluffton Ethanol Plant to Velaro. It was a part of a package of three ethanol plants. There was a quote from the president of Greenplains stating the three plants was only 20% of their capacity and there were some transfers of rail equipment and storage.

The article in the local paper had no details on what Valero will do: keep everything the same, increase production, reduce production. Currently, the plant is shut down (no plume from the stack) and I saw several cranes around the grain bins this week. The last ethanol train left Monday and went to the Fort.
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:41 pm

The plume is back (the plant is running). NS called a special L6Z local to finish switching the ethanol plant on a Sunday. ( I think they needed the power back in the fort more than the plant needed switched.)

Elmer and Elsie have been reassigned as NS7130 was still sitting at the West end of the plant this morning where L69 died last night.
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:53 am

Guess who's back?

yup NS 196 and 197 are back running on the NCD. Not sure what the endpoints are yet, but fairly certain they run the full NCD, Cincy-Fort.
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:20 am

Mon04FEB2019
Dispatcher told the relief crew for L69 they had to wait for a "wreck train" to back around HUGO.
Was there a wreck somewhere that required a wreck train, or did I mis-hear?
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:39 am

More DPU on the NCD:
This past week, I've seen several versions of train 702 running South out of the fort. (I assume it is coming in from Chicago) It is a LOADED coal train with up to 137 cars. So far, only BNSF power on this train and 2x2 with the DPUs on the tail. One day, they stopped the train in Kingsland siding to set up the DPU since it arrived with all four units on the point.
NS 142 had DPU fairly regularly, but I haven't seen it lately.
NS 123/124 that head to/from Frankfort/Lafayette/Peoria? at Muncie, seem to have DPU mid-train when they get over 100 cars.
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by Bob Durnell » Wed Jul 03, 2019 6:40 am

I saw one of these trains the other day, and photographed it at Nuttman Avenue, but left before the end of the train. I never gave it a thought that it might have DPUs on it. DANG.
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:08 pm

Ha! you know what they say when you assume. :wink:
It's interesting as historically, very little coal has moved on the NCD. I don't know if this is a new train (i.e. won this round of delivery contracts), a temporary re-route from flooding elsewhere, or an experiment to see if DPU can overcome their reluctance to run coal this way. I've only seen it for two weeks, so can't say one way or the other on its permanence.
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Mon Jul 15, 2019 11:32 am

And just like that, the coal train is gone. I haven't seen it in a week now.

Did NS change their policy on calling signals? Radio has been eerily quiet since the beginning of July. Even the local isn't very talkative while switching the ethanol plant.
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