Trains seen on NCD!

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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:20 pm

In theory, yes. In practice, meh.
Because it can come East at Claypool or Alexandria, depending upon crew availability and traffic, it would be a large window as to the time it rolls through.

Just looking at some of my notes from the last two months, it has rolled through Bluffton at 0630, 0800, 0830, 1750, 1830, 1930, 2030, 2100, 2115, 2300 hours. 7-9pm is the most popular time. Figure it was in the fort an hour or so earlier. The timing of the crew change, waiting at HUGO and Kingsland for other trains, etc will have an impact.
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Thu Dec 26, 2019 2:17 pm

NS appears to be playing with the schedule again.
282 and 216 used be regular evening/late evening trains on the North End of the NCD. Lately, they have been late morning/noonish trains.

200 has also shifted to roll through before noon moreso than afternoon. With this change traffic has grown. It used to have around 120TEU (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) and now it is well over 300 to rival 282 and 216 for size.

It also appears they are using the intermodal trains to move excess power. Lately all the day-time intermodal trains (day-time for me, at least) have have four or five units on the point instead of one or two. Speaking of moving power, I have seen two light power moves in the last 10 days. 961 and 951 were 7 units moving North from Cincy. Not sure where they went after Muncie. It's been over a year since I've seen any light power moves (outside of Progress Rail delivery trains)

Anybody else seeing this?
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:24 pm

Somebody is having a bad night. 25A was put into the siding. There was another southbound past Winters RD, but it doesn’t fit. 288 was told to stop while in Bluffton blocking all crossings. When they re-started the suffered a separation between the 90th and 91st cars.

An hour later and they are looking for space in sidings north of kingsland/market to clear the interlocking to get 288 by. Just in time for the freezing rain and snow tonight.
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:02 pm

It's been a while, but I saw my first autorack train (289?) in a long time heading South THU04JUN2020. For the last three months, you'd see a car or two, maybe a block of six in a merchandise train, not a solid unit train. Since PSR ate the brains of rail leaders, 289 (the regularly scheduled rack train to the Kentucky Mixing Center) had a long block of mechandise cars in front of the racks. This one was all racks. One can hope this is a sign of things to come and not a one-time thing.
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