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Making up a grain train at Grenfell, February 16, 2009
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Making up a grain train at Grenfell, February 16, 2009
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« on: Feb 16th, 2009, 6:38pm »
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I heard a train blowing for the crossing(s) east of Grenfell.  Into the old Suburban and down to the tracks!  Just caught two big GE's gliding west through town.  They pulled up at the west end of the elevator track at the west side of town, and dropped off the trailing unit, backed in on the elevator track and commenced to pull cuts out and back them on to the unit parked on the mainline.  Cold day, but no wind.


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Re: Making up a grain train at grenfell, February 16, 2009
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« Reply #1 on: Feb 16th, 2009, 6:42pm »
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Big GE's sounded nice.



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« Reply #2 on: Feb 16th, 2009, 6:45pm »
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After they had approx.  1/2 the cars out and on to the mainline, they stoked up the east facing unit and dragged the cars back east until the last car was clear of the elevator track switch.


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Re: Making up a grain train at grenfell, February 16, 2009
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« Reply #3 on: Feb 16th, 2009, 6:49pm »
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The 8733 then went to work dragging the rest of the cars out on to the main and backing them on to the train.  That done, they backed the whole works back to the crossing just west of the elevator track switch to pick up the men on the ground.  Took a few minutes to clean the windows.


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Re: Making up a grain train at grenfell, February 16, 2009
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« Reply #4 on: Feb 16th, 2009, 6:52pm »
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That done, air is up, we're startin' to pull.
 



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« Reply #5 on: Feb 16th, 2009, 6:54pm »
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And they're gone, off into the wild blue yonder!!


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« Reply #6 on: Feb 16th, 2009, 6:59pm »
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Trucks on the 8733 differ from the trucks on the 8805.
 



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Re: Making up a grain train at Grenfell, February 16, 2009
 
« Reply #8 on: Feb 23rd, 2009, 9:49pm »
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Looks like CP did away with the so-called 'self steering' trucks after the 8700's... seeing them come through our shop, it's kind of odd seeing the same trucks as we have on the CN GE's now!
 
I wonder if it's due to maintainance costs or..?


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« Reply #9 on: Feb 23rd, 2009, 10:58pm »
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Yes, apparently they are a maintenance headache and expensive.

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