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Keith Taylor

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Re: Joe Fox at his day job...
« Reply #30 on: November 14, 2017, 01:12:45 AM »
In Conrails NJ Division Superintendent’s office was a piece or rail on display. The engineer on the third trick humper at Allentown had fallen asleep while humping a train. The retarder operator grabbed the train with the retarders and stopped the train’s movement forward. By the time the crew had walked to the engine close to a mile from the top of the hump....the engine had burned through the rails in eight spots. When I say burned through the rails...not only the head of the rail...but halfway through the web of the rail!
It took a crane to pull the locomotive out of the holes it had dug. It didn’t do the heat treating of the wheels a bit of good either!

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« Reply #31 on: November 14, 2017, 01:32:48 AM »
On a railroad I worked on, the line ran along a river for most of its length, and it was under and near trees. Especially on cool fall mornings, the combination of condensation and wet leaves on the rail set up any unsuspecting engineer for trouble. You'd be rolling along in the third or fourth notch and suddenly notice the speedometer was showing 35 mph and you were slowing down. All eight wheels of the engine would be slipping on the leaves without tripping the wheel slip relay, and you often had to come to a complete stop before you could gain control of the spinning. Sometime, even with sand, it was very hard to get moving again. on more than one occasion, I had to have the conductor stand on the front step and hold a switch broom on the rail to sweep the leaves away and give us half a chance of making forward progress!