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What do crews do while waiting for signals?
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« Reply #80 on: May 16th, 2010, 6:23pm »
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LOL.  I'm amazed at how much less cranky today's diesels are than those of yesterday.  My company vehicle has a diesel and I was dreading it.  But even when it got down to the teens this past winter she actually turned over without having to wait forever for the glow worm to warm up.
 
My favorite railroad story (not mine obviously) was when LV demoed some U-boats back in the day.  The demo units were to be delivered to PRR and had some newfangled electric toilet than burned what was deposited so that just a small amount of ash remained.  The LV crew didn't know this and one went to use the facility.  The stink was apparently rather pronounced shall we say and the GE rep got an earful about how miserable such a toilet is.  I wonder how long they lasted on the PRR before they were replaced?


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« Reply #81 on: May 16th, 2010, 7:54pm »
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How about working MW in North Dakota at temps around -42 degrees before factoring in the 15 mph winds. One day even with the trucks plugged in all night, they still wouldn't start in the morning. Had to get turboheaters under the engine blocks to get them to crank... then we get trackside and the equipment wouldn't start... tried to fire up the welder so we could plug in the turboheaters again, and the welder was frozen solid. After 4 hours of not accomplishing anything, we gave up.  
 
Another golden day in railroading... another -40 degree day in paradise, crawling under a piece of on track equipment to service it, on a grain elevator side track. The rotten soybeans and other nasty stuff in the gauge got smeared all over my Carhartt, with the consistency of melted marshmallows!!!!!!!! Only 10 more hours to go...
 
MW isn't just cruising around in a hi-railer, although we do occasionally have a do-nothing day.  


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« Reply #82 on: Jan 3rd, 2013, 8:20pm »
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I once say a NS crew stop their SD40-2 at a signal and eat at a trackside diner called Tony's.

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« Reply #83 on: Jan 8th, 2013, 2:03pm »
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Yep.........that's not totally uncommon. Sometimes those guys could sit there for a few hours while waiting for traffic to clear or track-work, etc. Dispatcher gives them an idea of how long they will be "in the hole."
 
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« Reply #84 on: Jan 16th, 2013, 6:13am »
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When I was with UP I can recall many hours spent reading, eating and walking around.  It would take hours to get in to Proviso some days.

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« Reply #85 on: Jan 16th, 2013, 5:53pm »
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on Jan 16th, 2013, 6:13am, NWClassJ wrote:       (Click here for original message)
When I was with UP I can recall many hours spent reading, eating and walking around.  It would take hours to get in to Proviso some days.

 
 
When I was a clerk, I worked as a Porter on 3rd trick sometimes.  They'd tell me to go pick up the crew out of Columbia, SC, and I could sit there as long as an hour and a half.  Especially if the train stalled  in the lead to Hayne Yard, SC, (which was pretty common).  They didn't WANT me to move, or do something else while the crew was 'stuck'. So I'd sit there next to the Spartanburg County Fairgrounds---dozing, eating, reading, and looking out for any suspicious characters that might approach at 3 AM.
 
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« Reply #86 on: Dec 4th, 2016, 8:14am »
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If there's a bar nearby they go for a 6 pack...the D&H used to do that all the time

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« Reply #87 on: Dec 4th, 2016, 1:39pm »
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on Dec 4th, 2016, 8:14am, ch8ch wrote:       (Click here for original message)
If there's a bar nearby they go for a 6 pack...the D&H used to do that all the time
On many roads that would be the fastest possible route to unemployment.


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