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penn_senseless
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« on: Nov 18th, 2014, 1:51pm »
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This is what a snowfall rate of 3-4 inches per hour looks like on doppler. I wonder if they have to use the "dragons" (jet powered snowblowers) at Frontier Yard? i think henry has said that these snow bands usually happen further to the south of the yard though...


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« Reply #1 on: Nov 19th, 2014, 10:30am »
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Currently all CSX and NS traffic through the area is stopped and being rerouted if possible. Most trains have been tied up in Erie and Collinwood from the west. Short lines are just at a stand still.  
 
The big issue now is equipment and additional manpower cant get  through the 5'drifts to get to the yards.


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« Reply #2 on: Nov 20th, 2014, 3:24pm »
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on Nov 19th, 2014, 10:30am, towny72 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Currently all CSX and NS traffic through the area is stopped and being rerouted if possible. Most trains have been tied up in Erie and Collinwood from the west. Short lines are just at a stand still.  
 
The big issue now is equipment and additional manpower cant get  through the 5'drifts to get to the yards.

 
Thanks for that tidbit of info. I was really wondering how things are faring for the railroads up there. There's quite alot of locals from WNY that post here and im not seeing much about it yet. Im sure they have way more important concerns.
 
Wonder if NS or CSX may have to borrow some rotaries off the western roads? (Do they even still have 'em?


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« Reply #3 on: Nov 29th, 2014, 6:14pm »
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Penn,  
Bit of an update and more of the facts after the fact. Priority freights never did stop running they were able to keep the mains moving. Low priority trains and locals did get stopped east and west of Buffalo due to the fact the snow did give the yards issues. About 24hrs after the storm things were back to normal around Frontier and Bison yards.  With the really deep snow band being rather thin it helped a lot.
 
and yes a few rotarys are still in use out west.


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« Reply #4 on: Nov 30th, 2014, 4:01am »
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Conrail actually had the oldest operating rotary snowplow built in 1899, it was based in western New York, survived into CSX and was sold to a historical society and I believe is still stored serviceable somewhere along the BSOR.
 
BNSF has been repainting their rotaries into the wedge scheme and UPRR has been upgrading a few of their rotaries as well.


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