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by justalurker66
Sat Feb 13, 2021 9:11 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: New Signal Installation Below Blue Water Bridge?
Replies: 21
Views: 9504

Re: New Signal Installation Below Blue Water Bridge?

The bollards are nicer than the Jersey barriers. The gate doesn't look too restricting but it does make it clear that people are not supposed to drive down the tracks. Nothing will stop a motivated person.
by justalurker66
Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:41 am
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: Elkhart, Ind.
Replies: 415
Views: 94724

Re: Elkhart, Ind.

It is interesting where they have been parking them. NS has been breaking the strings up to fill the space between the derail east of CP 421 to the yard, cutting for crossings.
by justalurker66
Sun Jan 31, 2021 2:44 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: CN Flagging crossings in Pontiac
Replies: 18
Views: 6889

Re: CN Flagging crossings in Pontiac

CN does like to have a higher axle count to ensure their systems detect trains. One reason for the light engine speed limits is braking. Heavy engines that need a little help from the other cars in the train. On the South Shore in Indiana they have the following equipment restrictions: Passenger Tra...
by justalurker66
Fri Jan 29, 2021 1:05 pm
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: Elkhart, Ind.
Replies: 415
Views: 94724

Re: Elkhart, Ind.

Not far. :)
by justalurker66
Fri Dec 25, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: GLC GP38 incident
Replies: 46
Views: 13364

Re: GLC GP38 incident

Doktor No wrote:
Fri Dec 25, 2020 11:54 am
... for stupid terminations that happened because a TM had a vendetta or had to make bones with the upper management.
Protecting employees fired for "stupid" reasons is good. Protecting employees fired for good cause? Not so good. No railroad needs unsafe employees.
by justalurker66
Wed Nov 04, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Picking up paperwork, St Joe Bridge
Replies: 6
Views: 5555

Re: Picking up paperwork, St Joe Bridge

Which got me to thinking, how do they get CSX bulletins to get to the bridge in the first place? CSX has a presence in Grand Rapids. If Amtrak's fax machine can't receive any CSX bulletins they can go pick them up (or have them delivered to the station, if CSX is willing). It is nice of CSX to pass...
by justalurker66
Mon Oct 19, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: you Must Be Criminals
Replies: 34
Views: 14361

Re: you Must Be Criminals

Steve B wrote:
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:45 pm
It's intriguing that none of the people who are cool with this policy ...
Who are you accusing of being cool with the policy (or, in this case, a definition of suspicious activity)?
by justalurker66
Sun Oct 18, 2020 8:20 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: you Must Be Criminals
Replies: 34
Views: 14361

Re: you Must Be Criminals

If one is interested in the actual rules they can be found on the TSA website ... https://www.tsa.gov/for-industry/surface-security-training-rule It is a training program. The impact to railfans will be that some railroad employees will be trained and understand what the TSA considers a threat. Many...
by justalurker66
Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: you Must Be Criminals
Replies: 34
Views: 14361

Re: you Must Be Criminals

Just remember that the first amendment applies to the government. It does not apply to private property. Auditors need to stick to public property and be careful not to violate any laws. All of our constitutional rights have limits.
by justalurker66
Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:21 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: you Must Be Criminals
Replies: 34
Views: 14361

Re: you Must Be Criminals

chapmaja wrote:
Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:12 pm
I don't know. I think after the lawsuit that would be filed against the government for violating your rights, you might do ok.
If anything the lawyer might do ok.

I have never been arrested, so I can't speak from experience. But getting arrested is certainly not on my bucket list.
by justalurker66
Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Dispatching styles and the “RN”
Replies: 18
Views: 6004

Re: Dispatching styles and the “RN”

How much planning work is needed by a CSX dispatcher serving Michigan in 2020? I see old school dispatchers as the kind who could thread a high priority train past slower trains without congesting their entire territory or their neighboring dispatcher's territories (whether that neighbor worked for ...
by justalurker66
Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Amtrak vs. Car near Bertrand Crossing (Niles.)
Replies: 4
Views: 2868

Re: Amtrak vs. Car near Bertrand Crossing (Niles.)

Often people like this run home and take a stiff drink. Can anyone prove BAC at the time of the incident if the person is not arrested on the spot?
by justalurker66
Sat Sep 19, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Go Go Squeeze email stating rail service starting
Replies: 16
Views: 4405

Re: Go Go Squeeze email stating rail service starting

I am surprised that they know that a train is involved in their shipments. One challenge of logistics is being able to handle the product at both ends. Boxcars work nice if the warehouses at both ends can handle rail (including yard work of re-spotting cars if more cars are on property than loading ...
by justalurker66
Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Car-Train Crash in Gaylord.
Replies: 7
Views: 2909

Re: Car-Train Crash in Gaylord.

David Lang wrote:
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:59 am
I wonder what would happen to people if the cell phone grid just stopped working.
Been there, done that. I predate cell phones. :D

Not sure I want to see what the youth that have never lived without a phone would do if the machine stopped.
by justalurker66
Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: Wabash Indiana Video & One With a 150plus cars & a DPU :)
Replies: 5
Views: 5516

Re: Wabash Indiana Video & One With a 150plus cars & a DPU :)

Since the first time I saw that bridge about a decade ago, I've dreamed about getting an over-under shot with a southbound on the Marion Sub, and a westbound on the Wabash. Got to imagine my odds are nearly the same as hitting the Powerball. The odds of getting an under are fairly slim, let alone a...
by justalurker66
Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: New Amtrak Platform - Hammond-Whiting
Replies: 0
Views: 3842

New Amtrak Platform - Hammond-Whiting

Wandering around yesterday I found a new Amtrak platform under construction.
A section of the old platform remains but Amtrak is not currently stopping here (pandemic suspensions).
2020-08-08 New Platform.png
2020-08-08 Old Platform.png
by justalurker66
Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:35 pm
Forum: Indiana Talk
Topic: Weird move in Elkhart
Replies: 1
Views: 2747

Re: Weird move in Elkhart

I have seen a few trains come out of the yard, stop and back up. I assume that they are either doubling the train or need extra headroom to push it over the hump.
by justalurker66
Tue Aug 04, 2020 12:57 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: New Connection in New Buffalo AMTK.
Replies: 22
Views: 6401

Re: New Connection in New Buffalo AMTK.

*The idea there is to finish that long-stalled CREATE Project at Grand Crossing. So the PM would go from the PM to AML at New Buffalo, AML to CSS at Michigan City, CSS to the IC/Metra Electric at Pullman, then IC to the Waterlevel Route at Grand Crossing. At that point the NS is past most of the ma...
by justalurker66
Sun Aug 02, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Amtrak Asset Line Plan FY20-25
Replies: 14
Views: 4241

Re: Amtrak Asset Line Plan FY20-25

By the way, they did research doing their own ROW to Chicago. It’s in the plan from 2019. I’m not sure where it stands at this point but Amtrak is still exploring all options to fix the timing issues that NS doesn’t seem all that motivated to fix. Plan or wish list? When someone says plan I expect ...
by justalurker66
Sat Aug 01, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: New Connection in New Buffalo AMTK.
Replies: 22
Views: 6401

Re: New Connection in New Buffalo AMTK.

The Midwest Regional Rail Initiative is a bad plan and most of it will never be built. They have St Joseph Michigan and South Bend Indiana served by bus routes on that map! It was a pipe dream written before recreational was legal in Michigan so I assume they had some bad drugs. I like the connectio...