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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Fri May 06, 2011 11:16 am

Yes and no.
A ribbon-rail train consists of regular flat cars with the racks welded on. The couplers are no doubt well worn and will have a little more slack than usual when empty. When loaded, the rail will sort of hold it all together, so there isn't as much run-in or run-out of slack. The rollers in the racks allow the cars to "float" under the rail a little, but it dampens the slack action at the same time.
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by dbrackin7 » Fri May 06, 2011 11:53 am

Which explains why I didn't see any noticeable slack yesterday. I always wondered what they would do if there were crossings in the way of laying the new rail, I got my answer yesterday for that also, I watched them cut into the asphalt and then lay the rail in the pocket and pave over it, until its ready to be installed. Im surprised they didnt lay more rail though.
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:02 pm

Heads up.
Triple Crown 251 is stopped in Ossian with a set of hot wheels. It has a C39-8 and SD60 (both "standard" cabs) in the lead facing East, for those tired of "catfish".
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by dbrackin7 » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:26 pm

So what do they do in this case pull it slowly or wait for a fix? Since they can't cut bad car/trailer out.
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by Greg46m » Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:49 am

Actually if it's not something that can be easily fixed on the spot they can cut-out the trailer. It requires pulling the bad trailer to a road crossing, cutting off the train ahead of the affected trailer, getting a truck backed up to the bad trailer and pulling it out of the train. Then set down the road wheels, pull the bogie out, couple the train back together and he's on his way again.
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:01 am

As I was leaving, (darn work gets in the way of fanning) I heard Triple Crown Mechanics talking to 251 about where to meet them and the problem axles. Unless they brought the jacks and a spare bogie with them, I think Greg described the solution, which is similar to what they do at Piqua Yard all day long.
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Sat Aug 06, 2011 10:03 am

Is something going on over on the Marion Branch or Waterlevel Route into Chicago?

SAT06AUG2011 both 144 and 175 made their way through Bluffton on the NCD. Both have been going via Marion for long time and today, I saw both (met in Kingsland actaully). 174 shows up about once a month, but these two haven't been back that I know of. To make it more interesting leaving Kingsland, the 175 informed the NCD dispatcher they only had 4 more hours to work. You just have to wonder what is going on when it takes 8 hours to get 20 miles out of town. With only 2 locomotives and 113 cars, it might not have enough dynamic braking to get down the hill into Cincy. One side of the radio conversation faded out as they were discussing the problem, so that may not be the exact issue, but the I could tell the dispatcher wasn't liking what he was hearing.
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:11 pm

Heads up

NS 4610 wearing the green Southern paint scheme is on the point of today's (08sept11) L68. It would make an interesting photo as it has an exCon SD38 behind it, assuming it's not raining where you are.
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Wed Oct 19, 2011 10:07 am

WED19OCT2011
Dispatcher told 25A he may get delayed by a Sperry Rail Car at Montpelier. (I assume the Sperry Car is between Montpelier and Muncie) Not a good day for photos unfortunately.
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Fri Oct 21, 2011 8:25 am

UPDATE:
The Sperry Truck rolled through Bluffton headed West (N) 0900

found a bad piece of rail. Don't expect anything moving Eastbound (S) toward Muncie until around 1130. :(
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:01 pm

WED02NOV2011

Sounds like 216 hit something near CR 800S just before 2100. I'm only hearing the dispatcher's side of the conversation...so I'm a little short on details at the moment.

[UPDATE:]
It was CR100W just North of CR800S. Driver hit the steps on the locomotive. When the conductor walked back, he couldn't find the car. Emergency personell on-scene started checking ditches thinking the car was carried away from the crossing. Lutheran Air helecopter had already been dispatched to the scene and was used as an aerial floodlight in the search. Neighbors watching said the car your looking for sounds like X's. Sure enough, when deputies went to his house 1/2 mile away, there he was, shaken but alive.
216 rolled thru Bluffton at 2315.

Any bets another 5 cars-a-day country road has gates w/ cantilever flashers next year?
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:10 am

NEW PLAYER

Heard train 114 going West (N) through town at 0200 dark. Anybody know O/D of this symbol? It's new to me, anyway. I heard the dispatcher tell them to park on Main 1 after going around HUGO.
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by CIOR » Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:06 pm

Yes, heard about it this past Saturday. Chicago train from what was said, but I didn't get all the details. It was even shown scheduled to run through Frankfort if that makes NO SENSE at all. I'd ask this on the Indiana board and I know someone can fill in the gaps. I was told about it, but didn't pay attention to all the details.
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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by Big Ed » Thu Dec 15, 2011 4:54 pm

Would make no sense for the 114 to go through Frankfort since she's a handoff to the Canadian Pacific at Bensenville Yard in Chicago. Originates in Knoxville...

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Re: Trains seen on NCD!

Post by rrnut282 » Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:46 am

If it's going to Chicago, why did they go East on the ex Wabash? That makes as much sense as going thru Frankfort. :?:

2nd thought: a place to park it to let other trains get off the NKP, perhaps? I've been waiting since I built the Hadley Connection for the day they put in the 2nd track on the pennsy between SAND and JCT to create a passing siding. It's a long trip between W KINGSLAND and E DUNFEE without a place to meet opposing trains.
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