CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

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Re: CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

Unread postby Saturnalia » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:39 pm

BL2-1843 wrote:Also, while I counted 121 freight cars on S385, crew said that had 131 cars, meaning there were ten intermodal cars in this train that held 41 containers on my count. Plus, I have no time to note if cars are five packs, three packs, or singles. If a five pack equals one car, its easy to see how many containers could be on just ten cars.

For this reason I always count the "platforms" or "wells" on intermodal and other articulated equipment, because it gives the best estimate of train length, without having to be trying to figure out where the couplers are, or count containers.

So in a 5-pack well or spine set, that's 5 cars to my count. Same for a 3-pack, which would be 3 cars.

For the same reasoning articulated autoracks count as two by my convention.

At least, that's how I count for TRRS. I've heard of this method being called the "long" count, with the "short" count being by actual cars, so a five pack, three pack or one pack would all count as one, as the crews referred to it. So the correct railroad count would be based on each car number, but from a railfanning point of view, you count based on what you're trying to measure.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

Unread postby BL2-1843 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:42 pm

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J3rsdm5 wrote:News on 384?

If you're interested in Q384 regularly, you should consider listening to the SuperScanner, links in "Different Take on a Streaming Scanner" in Railfanning Info. There you can listen in from 5pm or so to hear their progress until at least Lake Odessa. That way you can know when they've left GR and then estimate their time from when you lose radio range to you, without relying on somebody to update all the time. :)


It is the only way to go. If nobody reports anything on the train while in GRP, just listen to the scanner feed all the way to Lake Odessa, then switch over to the Grand Ledge feed and you can hear where they are all the way to the time they are in the range of my own scanner at the house. You may not know his entire power consist but you know what his lead unit is and were he is at as he moves easterly.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

Unread postby BL2-1843 » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:55 pm

Saturnalia wrote:For the same reasoning articulated autoracks count as two by my convention.
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Have done the very same thing for years on counting cars on anything but intermodal. The long articulated autorack cars have also been counted as two cars on my car counts. Thus the reason I count "well or platforms" on intermodals, not the cars, and list containers and cars separately
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

Unread postby SW » Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:04 pm

BL2-1843 wrote:
Saturnalia wrote:For the same reasoning articulated autoracks count as two by my convention.

Have done the very same thing for years on counting cars on anything but intermodal. The long articulated autorack cars have also been counted as two cars on my car counts. Thus the reason I count "well or platforms" on intermodals, not the cars, and list containers and cars separately

Same here. Articulated autoracks = 2 cars, wells counted by how loaded: X doubles, Y singles, Z empties.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

Unread postby trnwatcher » Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:22 pm

2015 EDT Q32625 SITTING AT LAMAR WAITING ON Q32725 TO FINISH PUTTING THEIR TRAIN TOGETHER. 327 HAS STACKS AND CARS FROM BOTH THE ODD YARD AND THE EVEN YARD. 326 IS ALMOST BACK TO THE 28TH OVER PASS FROM LAMAR.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

Unread postby Jochs » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:26 pm

P370-25 is currently departing St. Joseph. Sounds like AMTK 90219 leading.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

Unread postby SW » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:47 pm

SB D736 clearing 7 Mile Rd. CSX 538 + 61 cars.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

Unread postby justin_gram » Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:10 am

Q327-25 westbound at Vine at 00:07 ET. 540 axles, 7640 feet at 91.9 DD.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

Unread postby Jochs » Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:10 am

Q327 is currently going thru Stevensville. 540 axles, 7640 ft at DD91.9 at 12:08am.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

Unread postby KC8RBK » Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:13 am

Saturnalia wrote:
J3rsdm5 wrote:News on 384?

If you're interested in Q384 regularly, you should consider listening to the SuperScanner, links in "Different Take on a Streaming Scanner" in Railfanning Info. There you can listen in from 5pm or so to hear their progress until at least Lake Odessa. That way you can know when they've left GR and then estimate their time from when you lose radio range to you, without relying on somebody to update all the time. :)


My feed will pick up 384 after they get east of Lake O at least as far as Trowbridge. Some days as far as Howell if that may help you.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

Unread postby CantBeShook.WeHot » Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:19 am

d70725 arrived lansing 6am. q38523 in Plymouth since 7am. q38425 in Plymouth since 5:30am. q38524 Toledo VR tower. q38424 RX OH BG205.
d70026 on duty grand rapids.
n80025, e80024, e80025, e80124 in system.
q15125 arrived Cleveland 4am. q15025 wick rd cc93 MI. q50625 Walbridge. q50626 crew on duty Cincinnati. q50725 lima OH. q50726 Michigan ave CH11.
q13225 annulled. Amtrak p37126 st joseph.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

Unread postby BL2-1843 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:21 am

CantBeShook.WeHot wrote:q38523 in Plymouth since 7am. q38425 in Plymouth since 5:30am. q38524 Toledo VR tower. q38424 RX OH BG205.


Last nights Q38425 was by Howell at 04:23, only eight minutes later than yesterday morning. Two BNSF units 7814+6704. 56 intermodal platforms leading ahead of 125 cars behind. 584 axels, 9100 feet long. I see the other two Q384 trains ahead of it aren't doing to well.

Grain load from Webberville sitting in the Fowlerville pass since 08:15, waiting on a road crew to take it east.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

Unread postby 9xs » Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:28 am

Q326 by Miller on NS at 11:13 AM ET
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

Unread postby J3rsdm5 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:51 pm

Thank you all for the scanner feeds! If maybe I start streaming mine, we could probably almost complete the Plymouth sub coverage. Just let me know if anyone would appreciate something of the sort.
I get coverage from Howell (fuzzy but doable) to a few miles east of the east end of South Lyon.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

Unread postby ~Z~ » Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:09 pm

J3rsdm5 wrote:Thank you all for the scanner feeds! If maybe I start streaming mine, we could probably almost complete the Plymouth sub coverage. Just let me know if anyone would appreciate something of the sort.
I get coverage from Howell (fuzzy but doable) to a few miles east of the east end of South Lyon.

Guessing you are in the Brighton/South Lyon area. If you can somehow extend it with a larger outdoor antenna and able to reach Plymouth, I can see that as being far more useful. Then you'd be able to hear when Q385 gets their recrew and can start pulling west. Plus get all the traffic that runs north/east/south out of Plymouth as well.
Listening to the GR feed right now, hearing Q32626 at Sawyer and D70026 at St Joseph. Heard Y121 talkin about shoving back to Zeeland around noon as well. 1:10pm.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

Unread postby J3rsdm5 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:19 pm

I'll see if I can do anything, but running on a student budget kills quite a lot of possibilities. If anyone in Plymouth could set one up, it would be perfect.

At 13:17, 75% sure I can hear a horn outside at the east end of SL.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:43 pm

Something just crossed Beck Road (Plymouth). Not sure which direction it was traveling, but...it could have been a westbound.
It's hard to tell from the windowless meeting room I'm sitting in.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

Unread postby BL2-1843 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:53 pm

GreatLakesRailfan wrote:Something just crossed Beck Road (Plymouth). Not sure which direction it was traveling, but...it could have been a westbound.
It's hard to tell from the windowless meeting room I'm sitting in.


That was probably V79925, grain load from Webberville. CSX 3122+3037 with 90 cars. They met Q38523 at South Lyon, who just passed Howell at 13:45. CSX 4757+954+350 on that one. Six cars of freight on the head end, followed by 24 container platforms and another 161 cars aster that. In between these two, GLC was over on CSX to pick up 40 cars in the Howell pass left by D708 on Tuesday. Power for the Z62426 GLC train was 397+399
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

Unread postby GreatLakesRailfan » Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:24 pm

BL2-1843 wrote:
GreatLakesRailfan wrote:Something just crossed Beck Road (Plymouth). Not sure which direction it was traveling, but...it could have been a westbound.
It's hard to tell from the windowless meeting room I'm sitting in.


That was probably V79925, grain load from Webberville. CSX 3122+3037 with 90 cars. They met Q38523 at South Lyon, who just passed Howell at 13:45. CSX 4757+954+350 on that one. Six cars of freight on the head end, followed by 24 container platforms and another 161 cars aster that. In between these two, GLC was over on CSX to pick up 40 cars in the Howell pass left by D708 on Tuesday. Power for the Z62426 GLC train was 397+399



Thanks BL2. I appreciate knowing what I missed. :D
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates - October 2017

Unread postby GP30M4216 » Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:13 pm

1600 hrs- Q326-26 with the CSXT 3149 leading has 480 axles at CG44.2 and is about to get a shove up Saugatuck hill from D802.

CSXT 6394, a former RF&P GP40-2, is switching the west end of Waverly Yard. Dunno where D700 is.
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