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What do crews do while waiting for signals?
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What do crews do while waiting for signals?
 
« on: Dec 23rd, 2002, 2:20pm »
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Greetings!
 
A question that occurred to me a few days ago:  
 
One of the irritants in train crews' lives is waiting for signals.  Something's tied up ahead and the train has to sit in one place for an hour or two or maybe even longer.  What do crews typically do during that time?
 
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Re: What do crews do while waiting for signals?
 
« Reply #1 on: Dec 23rd, 2002, 5:24pm »
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Sometimes a crew will "go for beans," usually meaning one or sometimes all of the crew will go grab a burger or pizza if a place is close by. I once saw the entire crew of a CSX local eating lunch at the deli section of an A&P.  .
 
Otherwise, I guess they just wait around.  


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Re: What do crews do while waiting for signals?
 
« Reply #2 on: Dec 24th, 2002, 7:53am »
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be bored?

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« Reply #3 on: Dec 26th, 2002, 12:47am »
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Have an up to date copy of Trains, MR, MRC or R&R.  
 
If it was me, I'd have a copy of ESPN or SI.


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Re: What do crews do while waiting for signals?
 
« Reply #4 on: Dec 26th, 2002, 10:56am »
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Hi All,
 
Check out my posting in "Fallen Flags, Southern Pacific" under "SP, Tall Tales, and some Short" and you will have an eye witness report on said subject. It was a great lunch, by the way.


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Re: What do crews do while waiting for signals?
 
« Reply #5 on: Dec 26th, 2002, 7:49pm »
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I work for CN and usually I .......  
 
1.Eat (All CN power are equiped w/ microwave ovens)  
2.Use the restroom
3.Read  
4.Get out and walk around , fresh air .
5.Make phone calls that need to be made via cell phone , call home .  
 


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« Reply #6 on: Dec 28th, 2002, 9:58am »
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Just yesterday, I was eating in a diner at Kingston, NY. The diner is located right next to CP-90 on the River Line. Finished dinner, went out in the parking lot, and a train is pulling up to the dwarf signal on the siding, which is now green. The dispatcher gave the train permission to move onto the main whenever ready, but the train stayed put. Just then, walking right past me comes a member of the train crew, walking towards the track with a bag of takeout from the diner. He climbed on and the train continued north.

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Re: What do crews do while waiting for signals?
 
« Reply #7 on: Dec 29th, 2002, 11:21am »
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Thats funny NJ Railfan   , shh... keep quiet  

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« Reply #8 on: Dec 29th, 2002, 10:04pm »
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on Dec 29th, 2002, 11:21am, CN5710 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Thats funny NJ Railfan   , shh... keep quiet    

 
hehe, I gotcha.  


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Re: What do crews do while waiting for signals?
 
« Reply #9 on: Dec 29th, 2002, 10:59pm »
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on Dec 29th, 2002, 11:21am, CN5710 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Thats funny NJ Railfan   , shh... keep quiet    

Eh.... Dave??
 
It's no secret!  
 
Tim Horton's Donuts had a TV commercial where the train crew stopped beside their shop while the engineer picked up coffee and donuts to go.  


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« Reply #10 on: Dec 31st, 2002, 12:19pm »
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I know guys , just pulling yer chains    
I love Tim Hortons , there is one in Imlay City where we have a siding but it's like a 6 mile walk to get to Tim Hortons from the siding .  
 
Usually if we stop the dispatcher will say you might want to grab a coffee or something , Durand has a grocery store with a great deli , heck one time jukeman went over to the IRON HORSE and bought me and my conductor dinner while we were working Durand .


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« Reply #11 on: Dec 31st, 2002, 12:21pm »
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on Dec 29th, 2002, 10:59pm, Ken V wrote:       (Click here for original message)

Eh.... Dave??
 
It's no secret!  
 
Tim Horton's Donuts had a TV commercial where the train crew stopped beside their shop while the engineer picked up coffee and donuts to go.  

That is hilarious , was it a CN engineer  


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« Reply #12 on: Dec 31st, 2002, 2:51pm »
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That is hilarious , was it a CN engineer  
The railroad in the commercial was fictitious. Someone told me they used equipment and train crews from the Guelph Junction Railway (an Ontario short line)


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Re: What do crews do while waiting for signals?
 
« Reply #13 on: Dec 31st, 2002, 10:51pm »
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Another spot where crews routinely drop off and go to beans is Cove, PA, just up US-11 from Enola.  The DeCoven Diner there serves good down-home food -  try the sausage-and-biscuits!  Right across the street is a large parking lot that's still a pretty good spot to watch Amtrak & NS - if you don't show up just in time for a lull.
 
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« Reply #14 on: Jan 1st, 2003, 11:04am »
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BUT sometimes we have to stop in the middle of nowhere and then you have to really rough it  

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Re: What do crews do while waiting for signals?
 
« Reply #15 on: Jan 1st, 2003, 11:13pm »
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While waiting for signals in Detroit, I don't generally leave the power. Otherwise, the main points have been taken...
 
1.Eat  
2.Use the restroom
3.Read  
4.Get out and walk around , fresh air .
5.Make phone calls that need to be made via cell phone , call home .


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« Reply #16 on: Jan 2nd, 2003, 5:17am »
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heck one time jukeman went over to the IRON HORSE and bought me and my conductor dinner while we were working Durand .     [/quote]
 
Yep that's me, Mr. Food. gotta keep them boys fat n' sassy.


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« Reply #17 on: Feb 17th, 2003, 3:32pm »
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Just before the hard drive quit, UP_wife posted a note about how her husband had sat nearly all day and waited for 16 trains to go around him just the other day.
 
That reminded me of our trip back from Wyoming in '97, during UP's big meltdown.  On a long hot day we drove the whole length of Nebraska on US 30, parallel to the UP racetrack. Border to border, we counted 40 big, beautiful UP trains - not one of them moving, many of them empty and crewless. Some of that was due to a big pileup at the east end of the brand-new triple track.  At a rural crossing where an eastbound and a westbound were parked and the crews were hanging out in the road, we stopped to talk briefly with them.  As I said in my original response to UP_wife, I won't repeat their salty comments about the company, the Omaha dispatchers, etc., but then I'm sure she heard all that from her husband anyway.  
 
During that awful period, with so many trainmen reporting to their trains just to sit still and outlaw, there must have been some mighty creative "waiting" going on.
 
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on Feb 17th, 2003, 3:32pm, trainwatcher1100 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
That reminded me of our trip back from Wyoming in '97, during UP's big meltdown.  On a long hot day we drove the whole length of Nebraska on US 30, parallel to the UP racetrack. Border to border, we counted 40 big, beautiful UP trains - not one of them moving, many of them empty and crewless. Some of that was due to a big pileup at the east end of the brand-new triple track.  At a rural crossing where an eastbound and a westbound were parked and the crews were hanging out in the road, we stopped to talk briefly with them.  As I said in my original response to UP_wife, I won't repeat their salty comments about the company, the Omaha dispatchers, etc., but then I'm sure she heard all that from her husband anyway.  
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on Feb 17th, 2003, 7:27pm, NJ Railfan wrote:       (Click here for original message)

That's some experience!

NJ -
Sure was.  Downright spooky.  And frustrating, because we had hoped to do some pacing along that stretch. Pacing stopped trains doesn't present much of a challenge and gets old real quick. But at least we didn't have to worry about speeding tickets.
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