CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

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Re: CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

Unread postby Jetlink » Tue Nov 26, 2019 11:55 am

Q329 at Woodbury 10:45 am. CSX 5477 and 3434 leading. I didn’t count cars but well over 100.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

Unread postby Tom49801 » Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:10 pm

Jetlink wrote:Q329 at Woodbury 10:45 am. CSX 5477 and 3434 leading. I didn’t count cars but well over 100.

Q329 reported by the DD at mp CH126.3 @ 11:07am with 480 axles & 7,300 feet long. 117 cars for the typical axle math.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

Unread postby Tom49801 » Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:34 pm

E800-23 with BNSF engine #8400 appears to be at Wells Siding mp CG43.3 @ 13:30 & probably dropping off the pusher engines. Heard him reporting from the east end of Wells but should have gone over DD44.2 a few minutes ago.
​DD44.2 reporting E800-23 @ 14:49 with 644 & 9,482 feet long. BNSF engine #8400 + 1 & 158 cars. No idea what the extra cars are until he arrives Bangor in a few.
​E800-23 at Bangor mp CG60.7 @ 15:07:15 with BNSF engines #8400 + #8479, 43 Inter-modal empties, followed by 131 empty coal cars. ​Saw a darker coal empty different from the rest, #RWSX 94587. He cleared the St Joseph Bridge @ 16:04
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

Unread postby justin_gram » Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:11 pm

E80023 around Vine currently.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

Unread postby TSS » Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:18 pm

Tom49801 wrote:​E800-23 at Bangor mp CG60.7 @ 15:07:15 with BNSF engines #8400 + #8479, 43 Inter-modal empties, followed by 131 empty coal cars.


Just saw it go past Glenlord.

I love how CSX has quit pretending this is anything other than a backwater operation. Got some TOFC empties that need to go back to the BNSF? Stick ‘em on the front of the coal empties. Why not!

Got a repaired bad order car on a spur with a six axle restriction and D700 has six axle power and only a couple cars? Why, have Q326 stop and use a dozen cars to grab the the car that needs to be picked up. What else would you do with the hottest train on the railroad?!
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

Unread postby SD80MAC » Tue Nov 26, 2019 5:49 pm

TSS wrote:
Tom49801 wrote:​E800-23 at Bangor mp CG60.7 @ 15:07:15 with BNSF engines #8400 + #8479, 43 Inter-modal empties, followed by 131 empty coal cars.


Just saw it go past Glenlord.

I love how CSX has quit pretending this is anything other than a backwater operation. Got some TOFC empties that need to go back to the BNSF? Stick ‘em on the front of the coal empties. Why not!

Got a repaired bad order car on a spur with a six axle restriction and D700 has six axle power and only a couple cars? Why, have Q326 stop and use a dozen cars to grab the the car that needs to be picked up. What else would you do with the hottest train on the railroad?!

?????

The coal trains already go right past CSX's 59th St intermodal yard and right to the BNSF. Why burn an extra crew and extra locomotives when you already have a train going there? Sending them via Q327 would take them to Barr yard, which would clog that yard with unnecessary cars and require another crew to bring them to the BNSF.

D700 has a hard enough time making it back in 12 hours with all of the work they have. Perhaps they didn't have enough time to pick up said bad order. Maybe said bad order was a hot car and needed to move on the next train available. If Q326 had enough time, why not have them stop and pick it up?

These are both instances where the PSR solution actually makes sense and saves money, crew starts and equipment.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

Unread postby TSS » Tue Nov 26, 2019 6:07 pm

SD80MAC wrote:These are both instances where the PSR solution actually makes sense and saves money, crew starts and equipment.


Agreed. I’m not disputing that operationally, both of those moves make sense. I’m just being a little sarcastic because I find it a sad to see our local railroad with so few trains and so little traffic that such moves make sense.

Last summer, I paid a visit to my original home town of Moorhead, MN, and watching the endless parade of BNSF trains made it painfully obvious how slow things are in West Michigan.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

Unread postby kd_1014 » Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:12 pm

SD80MAC wrote:
TSS wrote:
Tom49801 wrote:​E800-23 at Bangor mp CG60.7 @ 15:07:15 with BNSF engines #8400 + #8479, 43 Inter-modal empties, followed by 131 empty coal cars.


Just saw it go past Glenlord.

I love how CSX has quit pretending this is anything other than a backwater operation. Got some TOFC empties that need to go back to the BNSF? Stick ‘em on the front of the coal empties. Why not!

Got a repaired bad order car on a spur with a six axle restriction and D700 has six axle power and only a couple cars? Why, have Q326 stop and use a dozen cars to grab the the car that needs to be picked up. What else would you do with the hottest train on the railroad?!

?????

The coal trains already go right past CSX's 59th St intermodal yard and right to the BNSF. Why burn an extra crew and extra locomotives when you already have a train going there? Sending them via Q327 would take them to Barr yard, which would clog that yard with unnecessary cars and require another crew to bring them to the BNSF.

D700 has a hard enough time making it back in 12 hours with all of the work they have. Perhaps they didn't have enough time to pick up said bad order. Maybe said bad order was a hot car and needed to move on the next train available. If Q326 had enough time, why not have them stop and pick it up?

These are both instances where the PSR solution actually makes sense and saves money, crew starts and equipment.


Very true, but who was the bright one that put the empty well cars in front of the 131 gons?? That just screams derailment at me.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

Unread postby Tom49801 » Tue Nov 26, 2019 7:38 pm

Q327 was reported by the DD at mp CG19.1 at approx 18:00 with CSX engines #5477 + #3434 & 114 cars. He's gone into Holland to drop off some cars.
​Q327 has his signal, siding to main, at Holland mp CG25.3 @ 19:09
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

Unread postby Doktor No » Tue Nov 26, 2019 8:36 pm

And why would that scream derailment? Empty coal gons come in at only 42K or so, what do intermodals come in at? Not a problem...and there are rules and if the consist goes into the computer that runs afoul the computer kicks out ERROR and the consist can't be printed and the train doesn't go. No consist, no train.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

Unread postby Tom49801 » Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:18 pm

Q327 at Bangor mp CG60.7 @ 20:13:13 with CSX engines #5477 + #3434 & 97 cars.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

Unread postby SD80MAC » Tue Nov 26, 2019 9:27 pm

Everyone seems to think empty coal trains weigh a ton. An empty 130 car coal train weighs about 2800 tons, if that.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

Unread postby Jochs » Wed Nov 27, 2019 1:44 am

N800 is currently going through Riverside.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

Unread postby Saturnalia » Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:30 am

SD80MAC wrote:Everyone seems to think empty coal trains weigh a ton. An empty 130 car coal train weighs about 2800 tons, if that.

Aluminum cars. Lower light weight means more coal can be carried and still fit the 286,000 lb gross rail weight. Besides they usually move in units where tailing tonnage isn't an issue.

It does make for metal spaghetti in derailments though. They get nicely shredded :shock:
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

Unread postby georgehmanning » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:22 am

​@07:38:47am ET AMTK 371 SC44 #4602 arriving Bangor Michigan with 4 super liner passenger cars
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

Unread postby CantBeShook.WeHot » Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:53 am

q32627 new buffalo MI. q32726 arrived chicago 2:30am. q32827 p company detroit. q32927 trowbridge lansing
d70026 on duty grand rapids. d70726 arrived lansing 6am. d70827 set for 2pm lansing.
n80026 arrived west olive 4:30am. n80027, n80028, n80126, e80027 in system. e80025 set to leave west olive noon.
q15027 set for noon north baltimore. q15127 set for 10:30am detroit. q13126 pendleton IN. q13226 QI 219 IN. q50827 overpeck junction OH. q50927 gtw crossing toledo.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

Unread postby BL2-1843 » Wed Nov 27, 2019 10:12 am

Q32927 by Howell at 08:05 with CSX 5303+4061 and 56 cars. Q32827 went east at 07:00 with CSX 339 leading & 94 cars. Today is my bride and I's 55th Wedding Anniversary. Not this year, but 55 years ago tonight we took a short weekend honeymoon trip to Walbridge Ohio. And, yes the marriage has lasted and she still puts up with me.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

Unread postby donnieland » Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:04 am

700 os 112th at 957a - 1 motor and 17 cars going long with 3 coils and I rubber and approx. 13 cement picked up
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

Unread postby TSS » Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:07 am

Decent sized Q326 East at Glenlord Rd/Stevensville right now.

2 locomotives and some interesting loads of tarped scrap (?) in gondolas at the head end.
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Re: CSX Train Location Updates November 2019

Unread postby Tom49801 » Wed Nov 27, 2019 11:52 am

Q326 was seen at mp CG95 @ 10:02am & reported by the DD at mp CG91.9 with CSX engines #5409 + #701 & 128 cars. Cams are down & will listen to radio.
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