NS 25 - M

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NS 25 - M

Unread postby M.D.Bentley » Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:13 pm

Anyone ever heard of the train before ? What I know, N/B on the Detroit line. 1 NS engine a lot of empty inter-modal equipment. Changed crews at Waterman . CP crew gets on board and heads for the tunnel :shock: . I have been working at Delray for about 18 months ( and counting ) and have not encountered this arrangement before. Anyone heard anything about this ? Thank you for any input.
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Re: NS 25 - M

Unread postby hoborich » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:14 pm

Sounds like CP needed some intermodal equipment. Train was handed off to them. Might be coming back with some special loads. Just guessing.
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Re: NS 25 - M

Unread postby hoborich » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:22 pm

Probably irrelevant, but last night on the Chesterton Railcam, I saw an NS train going west, with around 100 empty intermodal cars. Some were flats, some were the old well cars and some were trailer flats with the pedestals up. But all were empty. Sounds like they are moving intermodel cars around where they might be needed, or into storage.
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Re: NS 25 - M

Unread postby Saturnalia » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:30 pm

hoborich wrote:Probably irrelevant, but last night on the Chesterton Railcam, I saw an NS train going west, with around 100 empty intermodal cars. Some were flats, some were the old well cars and some were trailer flats with the pedestals up. But all were empty. Sounds like they are moving intermodel cars around where they might be needed, or into storage.

Intermodal is notoriously fussy about being in high demand some days of the week and slack in others. It fluctuates a lot. Therefore they get to spend a lot of time and money running empty equipment around.

Granted, intermodal equipment has some of the best utilization figures anywhere. Anything unit-train related can't really ever exceed 50% utilization basically by definition - loaded one way, empty the other.
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