Author Topic: Corona virus and railroading  (Read 361 times)

Joe Fox

  • Museum Member
  • Dispatcher
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,169
    • View Profile
Corona virus and railroading
« on: May 22, 2020, 10:29:12 PM »
Well the virus impact has finally hit the railroad. Well, not really. Just leading them to do some stupid things like combining two trains. Here is a Edpo/AyPo combo I was on the other day. 11,000' of train, at 25mph. Takes a long time for us to go by. Lol.

https://youtu.be/bofeL8NKG3A

Carl G. Soderstrom

  • Museum Member
  • Fireman
  • ****
  • Posts: 404
    • View Profile
Re: Corona virus and railroading
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2020, 12:45:56 AM »
Joe
A few flat wheels on that train?

Is there a reason the containers are only single stack?
For clearance?

For us away guys -- Edpo / AyPo is ??
Po is Portland?

James Patten

  • Administrator
  • Superintendent
  • *****
  • Posts: 3,489
  • Loco for 6
    • View Profile
Re: Corona virus and railroading
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2020, 06:55:44 AM »
AY is Ayer, Mass.  PO is Portland.  ED must be East Deerfield.

Joe, you didn't wave?

Bill Baskerville

  • Museum Member
  • Dispatcher
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,035
  • Life Member
    • View Profile
Re: Corona virus and railroading
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2020, 12:23:10 PM »
161 cars and no caboose...... lotta train.....
~ B2 ~ Wascally Wabbit & Gofer ~

Joe Fox

  • Museum Member
  • Dispatcher
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,169
    • View Profile
Re: Corona virus and railroading
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2020, 04:54:10 PM »
Lol. Yes, there sure were a few. Flat wheel generally occur in yards with hand brakes left on and dragged, or from a train being in emergency. Watched a train from CSX roll by once when I was on a local that hit someone and almost every wheel on the train had flat spots and they were all in the same spot. Strangest sound you could ever hear.

And yea we run single stacks east of Ayer because of clearances. There are a decent number of bridges that barely clear a excess height boxcar.

So right now the East Deerfield and Ayer trains are being combined in Ayer or Portland to make MONSTER trains. I have my theories, but wont say publicly.

John Stone

  • Museum Member
  • Fireman
  • ****
  • Posts: 373
    • View Profile
Re: Corona virus and railroading
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2020, 09:05:20 PM »
CSX has been running a lot of monster trains down our way also. A Q301 had almost 16,000 tons of mixed freight on the Philadelphia Subdivision a couple of days ago. A seperated air hose put the train in emergancy in undulating territory and the distributed power unit was a bit slow getting the message. The resulting heavy run-in was enough to completely destroy the drafr gear on the ends of two trash container cars. Too much train!

Joe Fox

  • Museum Member
  • Dispatcher
  • *****
  • Posts: 1,169
    • View Profile
Re: Corona virus and railroading
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2020, 01:16:42 PM »
John, you would think these places would learn things like this. NOPE. They view repairable damage as a regular operating expense even if it could have been avoided. Makes no sense to me.

Gordon Cook

  • Museum Member
  • Fireman
  • ****
  • Posts: 416
  • Board Member 2009-2015
    • View Profile
Re: Corona virus and railroading
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2020, 01:29:08 PM »
isn't this the "Precision Scheduled Railroading" fad that the industry has embraced now?
Longer, fewer trains cost less, at least so they claim.
Gawdon