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Date: 08/04/20 13:32
Any word on Raton Line rock train?
Author: rgzfan

No sign of it in Springer as of 2:33 pm... #3 was on time, #4 is 1/2 hour late or so.



Date: 08/04/20 14:04
Re: Any word on Raton Line rock train?
Author: DRGW483

I have nothing helpful on the BNSF trains. Have you heard anything new on a semaphore execution date?

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Date: 08/04/20 17:26
Re: Any word on Raton Line rock train?
Author: rgzfan

Electric cooperative waiting on EIS and approval from state for poles on state property. September at the earliest.

DRGW483 Wrote:
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> I have nothing helpful on the BNSF trains. Have
> you heard anything new on a semaphore execution
> date?
>
> Posted from iPhone



Date: 08/04/20 18:36
Re: Any word on Raton Line rock train?
Author: DRGW483

Thank you. It’s amazing what is required to string a couple of power lines in the middle of nowhere...

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/04/20 18:39 by DRGW483.



Date: 08/04/20 18:49
Re: Any word on Raton Line rock train?
Author: rgzfan

There was a big push from about 7/23-7/30 to validate the installed new circuitry and test the system. They must have been using 220 off the existing lines, because they only have (new) meters at a couple locations. I saw the new (rotated away from track) signals illuminated numerous times during this testing period.

The validation/testing period culminated in a meeting of what seems to be the district signal manager and about 5-7 signal maintainers near Charette Lakes Road on 7/30 as #3 came through. That was an odd place to have the final meeting, because the nearest signals are 2 miles east and 1 mile west. After that, I never saw the DSM again and signal work on the line more or less dropped to zero. 

This week, track people have been busy connecting conductors to rail at the new installations. The installers ran wires to the rails, but track has to make the actual connection. They seem to complete maybe one or two locations per day. There was some talk of replacing insulated joints, but I've seen no evidence of rail cutting or thermite welding.

SIgnal maintainers were out near 719 and 720 today, but I couldn't figure out what they were doing. The signal maintainers and construction foremen are very pleasant individuals. One of them lives in Springer and has cows and goats and a pretty house with a green roof on a hill at the edge of town.

DRGW483 Wrote:
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> Thank you. It’s amazing what is required to
> string a couple of power lines in the middle of
> nowhere...
>
> Posted from iPhone



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 08/04/20 19:01 by rgzfan.



Date: 08/04/20 21:57
Re: Any word on Raton Line rock train?
Author: callum_out

Wow, you have to have real faith in your job to locate in Springer, def not a TE&Y position.

Out 



Date: 08/05/20 07:22
Re: Any word on Raton Line rock train?
Author: bnsfjordan

The rock train is currently in Raton.  It was brought over the pass in two cuts yesterday.  Looks like it is planned to run early tomorrow morning.



Date: 08/05/20 07:54
Re: Any word on Raton Line rock train?
Author: rgzfan

Thanks for the info. I'll set my alarm clock. Does anyone have any idea how fast it will go? Freight speed limit? Slower?

bnsfjordan Wrote:
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> The rock train is currently in Raton.  It was
> brought over the pass in two cuts yesterday. 
> Looks like it is planned to run early tomorrow
> morning.



Date: 08/05/20 08:11
Re: Any word on Raton Line rock train?
Author: bnsfjordan

Should be 45.

rgzfan Wrote:
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> Thanks for the info. I'll set my alarm clock. Does
> anyone have any idea how fast it will go? Freight
> speed limit? Slower?
 



Date: 08/05/20 09:13
Re: Any word on Raton Line rock train?
Author: bnsfjordan

Looks like they've decided to run it this afternoon.  Crew should be to Raton around 1330 if their van is on time.



Date: 08/05/20 10:15
Re: Any word on Raton Line rock train?
Author: Cumbresfan

bnsfjordan Wrote:
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> Looks like they've decided to run it this
> afternoon.  Crew should be to Raton around 1330
> if their van is on time.

Would this be an all BNSF crew or one with an Amtrak pilot? When BNSF wanted to run a shipper special over the route (which they still own) two years ago , Amtrak chief Anderson denied them use saying no Amtrak crew was available to pilot.



Date: 08/05/20 10:42
Re: Any word on Raton Line rock train?
Author: bnsfjordan

BNSF crew.  There are a few guys who are qualified on the line.

Cumbresfan Wrote:
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 Would this be an all BNSF crew or one with an
> Amtrak pilot? When BNSF wanted to run a shipper
> special over the route (which they still own) two
> years ago , Amtrak chief Anderson denied them use
> saying no Amtrak crew was available to pilot.



Date: 08/05/20 20:15
Re: Any word on Raton Line rock train?
Author: coach

Cumbresfan Wrote:
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> bnsfjordan Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Looks like they've decided to run it this
> > afternoon.  Crew should be to Raton around
> 1330
> > if their van is on time.
>
> Would this be an all BNSF crew or one with an
> Amtrak pilot? When BNSF wanted to run a shipper
> special over the route (which they still own) two
> years ago , Amtrak chief Anderson denied them use
> saying no Amtrak crew was available to pilot.

What a great  guy, that Mr. Anderson.  Really knows how to build friendships and develop good relations.  Really, what a nice guy.

 



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