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by C&O Dispatcher
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Railroad Bridges
Replies: 16
Views: 553

Re: Railroad Bridges

As part of my training back in 1970, I lowered and raised the C&O Black River drawbridge one time only. Same with the Saginaw River bridge from Washington Ave tower in 1976. I also worked about 5 years on a railroad swing bridge on the Mississippi River. That was an interesting job, especially if y...
by C&O Dispatcher
Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:57 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Railroad Bridges
Replies: 16
Views: 553

Re: Railroad Bridges

As part of my training back in 1970, I lowered and raised the C&O Black River drawbridge one time only. Same with the Saginaw River bridge from Washington Ave tower in 1976. I also worked about 5 years on a railroad swing bridge on the Mississippi River. That was an interesting job, especially if yo...
by C&O Dispatcher
Mon Mar 29, 2021 9:47 am
Forum: Model Railroading
Topic: Athearn Genesis Chessie caboose
Replies: 4
Views: 1669

Re: Athearn Genesis Chessie caboose

I also enjoyed your video! And of course the subject matter is spot on for me! I'm ready to line up a signal or put out a train order, or something!
by C&O Dispatcher
Tue Mar 23, 2021 8:19 am
Forum: National / Other States Talk
Topic: CP to Buy KCS
Replies: 59
Views: 6460

Re: CP to Buy KCS

The CP's Chicago-KC route via Savanna-Clinton-Davenport-Ottumwa and St. Paul to Savanna (south of La Crosse) is mostly single track TWC territory (with some CTC) and via former MILW/CRIP trackage which went to Soo Line. Seems like some upgrades will be needed if volumes to KC increase.
by C&O Dispatcher
Fri Mar 19, 2021 1:11 pm
Forum: Chit Chat Babble Room
Topic: PTC/DIB Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1414

Re: PTC/DIB Question

Thanks, guys! That's what I was thinking, but I'm out of the loop on this newer technology. (Remember: I'm from the flimsys and carbon paper era!). I've been watching that VRF camera in La Plata, MO and it came up in the chat. WB's often wait there between signals, and the next signal is around a cu...
by C&O Dispatcher
Fri Mar 19, 2021 8:55 am
Forum: Chit Chat Babble Room
Topic: PTC/DIB Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1414

PTC/DIB Question

Not sure where else to put this question. Just wondering if the PTC display overrides the requirement to run prepared to stop and actually observe the next signal when delayed in the block?
by C&O Dispatcher
Fri Mar 12, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: Utica depot location?
Replies: 4
Views: 633

Re: Utica depot location?

A tattered remnant from bygone days
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by C&O Dispatcher
Sat Feb 27, 2021 9:08 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Plymouth is now busy again??
Replies: 39
Views: 4100

Re: Plymouth is now busy again??

The way CSX and LSRC operates the Novi/ Wixom area has become interesting since CSX spun off north of 7 Mile (a few miles north of Plymouth). D735 (from Toledo) will run up to Lincoln Yard in Wixom during the evening and tie-down the train in the yard and park the power on their “engine track”. Z12...
by C&O Dispatcher
Fri Feb 26, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Carleton
Replies: 12
Views: 1704

Re: Carleton

Rusty rails --- oh, my! Flashback for me to the 1970's when rails were very shiny. I'm kind of out of the loop, but I presume the tower is still standing? If so, it's about the only building I worked in that remains so.
by C&O Dispatcher
Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:35 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: HESR Zilwaukee
Replies: 1
Views: 584

Re: HESR Zilwaukee

GTWwatcher wrote:
Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:08 pm
Is there an official name for the spur that's used to serve Gavilon Zilwaukee and the Sargent docks?
We always called it the Zilwaukee Spur. Don't know if that's changed.
by C&O Dispatcher
Wed Feb 24, 2021 3:02 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: CTC Machine "Moving Day" 1984
Replies: 4
Views: 920

Re: CTC Machine "Moving Day" 1984

They could do some amazing feats back then. I just remember them TRYING to cut in the new/over the old signal system in GRP. More then once wying power over at Franklin/Market/Century they would completely lose us. More then once we were accused of running reds! The question, "Where are you now?" a...
by C&O Dispatcher
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:41 am
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: CTC Machine "Moving Day" 1984
Replies: 4
Views: 920

CTC Machine "Moving Day" 1984

The CTC machine for the Ludington Sub was located on the top (3rd floor) level at Washington Ave tower, right next to the drawbridge. The Wash Ave operator was located on the 2nd level, and there was one of those spiral stairways between the two levels. The "south end" machine and the chief dispatch...
by C&O Dispatcher
Wed Feb 24, 2021 7:42 am
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Plymouth is now busy again??
Replies: 39
Views: 4100

Re: Plymouth is now busy again??

It was either 1987 or 88 that I recall a derailment somewhere on the Plymouth Sub and they detoured an eastbound CP train via Baldwin and Saginaw. I didn't get to participate since it was already off the Ludington Sub into Saginaw and headed south when I went in to work that day. Might have even bee...
by C&O Dispatcher
Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Plymouth is now busy again??
Replies: 39
Views: 4100

Re: Plymouth is now busy again??

I don't recall exact date, but someone will. I seem to recall the very first ones actually ran Det-Toledo and then over the B&O to Deshler and then west. Not sure when started running via GR.
by C&O Dispatcher
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:55 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Plymouth is now busy again??
Replies: 39
Views: 4100

Re: Plymouth is now busy again??

The busiest that I remember Plymouth was mid 70's to early 80's -- around 30-35 manifest trains per day plus coal, grain and locals. But, I suppose you've heard me say this a million times by now! This was, of course, prior to the CP trains, but by then CSX was running fewer manifests of their own.
by C&O Dispatcher
Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Michigan Talk
Topic: Plymouth is now busy again??
Replies: 39
Views: 4100

Re: Plymouth is now busy again??

I think the CSX train to Port Huron originates at McGrew and LSRC handles the PH traffic north from Wixom and vice versa for the CSX PH run.
by C&O Dispatcher
Mon Feb 22, 2021 5:39 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: C&O Elmdale Sub Operations 60's-80's
Replies: 24
Views: 4109

Re: C&O Elmdale Sub Operations 60's-80's

The only reason the yard was called Lincoln is, of course, because of the Lincoln/Mercury plant that used to be there. From a railroad perspective, Lincoln and Wixom were two different stations (and sidings) in the timetable so railroad employees had to know the difference for operating reasons.
by C&O Dispatcher
Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:43 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: C&O Elmdale Sub Operations 60's-80's
Replies: 24
Views: 4109

Re: C&O Elmdale Sub Operations 60's-80's

Wow! That's quite a relief job for sure! Doubt you'd find that kind of dedication to a job anymore! I didn't hire out until 1970 and worked Kearsley for a time, then several years at Carleton before moving to Saginaw and working extra board there for 5 years, some operator work but mainly dispatchin...
by C&O Dispatcher
Mon Feb 22, 2021 12:36 pm
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: C&O Elmdale Sub Operations 60's-80's
Replies: 24
Views: 4109

Re: C&O Elmdale Sub Operations 60's-80's

When I worked as a block operator from '66 to '68, the Ionia Local out of Ensel would frequently have a load of Mustangs from the Metuchen, New Jersey, plant for Shelby conversions at the A. O. Smith plant in Ionia. I think this only lasted for about nine months. That would have been an interesting...
by C&O Dispatcher
Mon Feb 22, 2021 7:33 am
Forum: Historical Q & A
Topic: C&O Elmdale Sub Operations 60's-80's
Replies: 24
Views: 4109

Re: C&O Elmdale Sub Operations 60's-80's

Thanks for all of the comments. I think it's good sometimes to tap our collective memories!