Chatterbox Winter 2019-2020

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, February 10, 2020 2:43 PM

afternoon

Ns sent a westbound train with all kinds of cars Carl would have liked.They also sent a geometry train"brick" eastbound.apparently both of them met at Elkhart today.Cews were still busy going through the mud uptown for the new crossing signals.Matt has to do dishes tonight.I have chores to do as well.

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Joe

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 2:13 PM

The Georgia Rain forest is going to be alive and well.  More flood warnings in west central Georgia.   A new creek has formed in my back yard.  Lifted a weighted spike up and dropped from 2 feet .  It went about 4-1/2 inches into the ground.  Had dead tree finally fall over but did not hit anything but the divots are big and deep.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 2:33 PM

afternoon

Ns had a westbound sand train with 3 CN units go west after work.Contractors were playing in the mud at the crossing uptown.Guessers are on high alert for how much snow is to come tomorrow night into Thursday.Matt is working on some paperwork for school.Chores for me to do.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 3:07 PM

A spike dropped here will likely bounce.

Was supposed to meet someone at 10 AM today to hand off some mis-delivered stuff.  They finally showed up (after much prodding) at 1:15 PM.  I was not pleased.

Winter weather on tap for tonight.  Probably another bust, the way things have been going lately.  The snow board (for measuring snowfall) is all cleaned off and ready to go.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 2:34 PM

afternoon

Ns sent a westbound stack train after work today.Crews were uptown again.The flashers and rather long gates were installed as well.Didn't see any operation yet.Guessers backed off some of the accumulation but we will see.Have things ready in case other wise.Matt has to go do dishes tonight.Chores to do as well.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by Paul_D_North_Jr on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 8:02 PM

mudchicken
. . . All a roadmaster needed to know was drainage/drainage/drainage until it was beyond your control.

First rule in the old PRR CE-78 (or 68?) Maintenance of Way Manual was something like "Drainage is of the first importance in the maintenance of the track structure."

- PDN. 

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Posted by JoeKoh on Thursday, February 13, 2020 2:41 PM

afternoon

Ns sent a westbound stack train after work.Roads were much better too.Matt was delayed 2 hrs.Chores to do.Glad tomorrow is Friday.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, February 13, 2020 3:26 PM

About a half inch of packy snow this morning, and it's snowing again, lightly, now.  The big news is the big chill tonight.  It's supposed to reach pretty far south, too.

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Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, February 13, 2020 4:49 PM

tree68
About a half inch of packy snow this morning, and it's snowing again, lightly, now.  The big news is the big chill tonight.  It's supposed to reach pretty far south, too.

A full foot of 84 and Sunny in NE Florida.

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, February 13, 2020 8:33 PM

We're only looking at -4F or so, but then there's the wind chill, which may reach -15F or less.

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Posted by Deggesty on Thursday, February 13, 2020 8:38 PM

It's 41 F. here now, with rain expected this weekend.

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Posted by CShaveRR on Thursday, February 13, 2020 10:40 PM

Here in Chicagoland, we're expecting our first foray into the subzero--maybe 5 below--tonight...down in the single digits above zero now.  It will be a cold one tomorrow during the day, but will warm up by the weekend.

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Posted by mudchicken on Thursday, February 13, 2020 11:12 PM

Here in the Land of Ah's, Hays KS to be exact, it's -2 right now.

Broke the truck near Salina and limped westward into HaysOops - Sign...coming home from Kansas City (euphoria there will take a while to wear off)

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Posted by tree68 on Friday, February 14, 2020 7:49 AM

It was -12F when I opened the "Rooster Roster" ham net this morning.  It's warming rapidly (already -4.1F an hour or so later), but with an anticipated high of only +5F today, brrrrrrr.

OTOH, there's not a cloud in the sky, which is rather cheering.  

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Posted by BaltACD on Friday, February 14, 2020 8:20 AM

Still recall my days of living in NE Ohio - walk outside on a 'beautiful' -20 degree morning and that first breath would freeze in your throat as you tried to inhale it...eventually you adjusted and could breathe 'regular' but those first serveral breaths were truly 'breathtaking'.

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Posted by CShaveRR on Friday, February 14, 2020 9:57 AM

MC, I remember Kansas City Euphoria from last month.  It is definitely a thing.

(Sorry about the truck--hope it's a quick fix!)

We're back above zero now and for the foreseeaable future.  I'm still not gonna go out there today.

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Posted by mudchicken on Friday, February 14, 2020 10:05 AM

Broken wheel bearing - headed out about 9:30 AM. Good I quit when i did - It could have failed spectacularly if I had driven any further. Giddyap!

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Posted by JoeKoh on Friday, February 14, 2020 2:34 PM

afternoon

Ns was clear when I lefy work.Matt has to do dishes.Last night csx had a W837 special move.One engine,depressed center flat,3 boxcars,depressed center flat and a caboose with passengers.They also decided to hold up Ns at leipsic by sending 3 southbounds as q 508 held the diamond.We'll see what Csx does tonight.Hope everyone got a hug today.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by mudchicken on Friday, February 14, 2020 6:32 PM

Don't know when it will hit the newswire at CheesePicker Central, but it now looks like the PSR dumbsizing is gonna hit the shortline industry, especially the larger holding companies. G&W just got savaged today. Wonder how long it is before the FRA and the STB start monitoring the sure to fail reporting requirements that have not been met?AngryAngrySigh ... The people doing the cutting have signed their own pink slips. (Circular firing squad?)

Just sat in a meeting involving multiple railroads and the gallows humor is distressing to watch.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Saturday, February 15, 2020 2:34 PM

afternoon

Went to take pictures of the new crossing by work.Ended up following 14n into Toledo.Waited for it at Vickers on the east side.He had plenty of Big red combines on the train.Saw some other trains as well.Typing while I can.Have a tech coming for our internet issues.Matt has to do dishes.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by JoeKoh on Monday, February 17, 2020 2:28 PM

afternoon

Ns was clear after work.Chores to do.

Stay safe

Joe

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Posted by BOB WITHORN on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 12:54 PM
So what happened to winter? Spring weather the past few days in SE Michigan/Northern Ind.
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Posted by Deggesty on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 1:18 PM

What happened to winter? Come out to nUtah; it's 35 right now.

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 2:00 PM

Snow here this morning, rain in the afternoon, and March winds all day.  Up to 42 here at 3 PM.

 

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 2:02 PM

Snow tomorrow, cold.  The wind on the plains makes it seem worse.

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Posted by JoeKoh on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 2:33 PM

afternoon

Ns was clear after work.Gusty westerly winds after work too.Matt has to go do dishes tonight. Way to wet in the swamp yet to play pick up sticks.Chores to do here.

stay safe

Joe

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Posted by mudchicken on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 4:35 PM

Deggesty

What happened to winter? Come out to nUtah; it's 35 right now.

 

agree with Johnny...large glowing orb was sighted in Denver for a few hours between broken clouds. Melted down the snow piles enough that tommorow's snow has some place to be placed whilst shovelling.

Keep the moisture coming!

 

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Posted by CShaveRR on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 4:41 PM

No biz where I wanted it on UP, either.  After a trip out to Winfield for medical appointments, we decided to head west, since Pat could knit in the car, and I hadn't really been out in a while. 

Wheaton--an eastbound manifest.
(Winfield--I'm sure everything imaginable went through while we were in for our appointments).
West Chicago--nothing.
Geneva-Elburn--nothing.
Meredith-Cortland--nothing.
Lunch at Sam's, in full view of the tracks at Cortland--nothing.
Cortland-Rochelle--nothing.
Rochelle--one stack train on BNSF, a light yard and no action on the City tracks.  On the UP--nothing.
Rochelle-DeKalb--one train of westbound coal empties.
DeKalb, at the quilt store:  two stackers and an auto-rack train.
We left the tracks for good at DeKalb.

I'm feeling especially furustrated because many of my colleagues have seen for themselves some freight cars built in 2020.  Me...nada.  I used to win the first-car-of-the-year competition fairly regularly.  One reason for going all the way out to Rochelle was to see whether any of the new Cryo-Trans cars (6525-6549) or ARMN 112000-series reefers had shown up.  Nope.

Joe, our back yard is a bit mushy as well, and there are also sticks to pick up.

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Posted by Paul of Covington on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 4:43 PM

mudchicken
Keep the moisture coming!

   Take ours..... Please!

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Posted by JoeKoh on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 2:28 PM

afternoon

Ns was clear after work.Need to run errands in town.

stay safe

Joe

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