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Date: 11/20/20 14:36
UP 958500 MW Denver, CO, 20 Nov 2020
Author: cozephyr

UP 958500 MW Maintenance of Way is an Relco model PU3200A-6 built 18 May 2020 unit based on an SD40-2 frame (note the six-axles) from the Hawkeye Facility at Albia, Iowa.  This self propelled set departed UP's 36th Street Yard northward on the Greeley Subdivision, Denver, CO.  NO sound video - Enjoy!



Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 11/20/20 14:50 by cozephyr.

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Date: 11/20/20 14:42
Re: UP 958500 MW Denver, CO, 20 Nov 2020
Author: ns2557

Have yet to see one of these in person. Nice grab. Are these operated by T&E or MoW crews?  Ben



Date: 11/20/20 14:48
Re: UP 958500 MW Denver, CO, 20 Nov 2020
Author: cozephyr

Beleive maintenance of way folks man these 2020 unit sets.



Date: 11/20/20 15:26
Re: UP 958500 MW Denver, CO, 20 Nov 2020
Author: PHall

ns2557 Wrote:
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> Have yet to see one of these in person. Nice grab.
> Are these operated by T&E or MoW crews?  Ben

MoW personnel operate them. That's why they have the MoW number and are labeled "Maintenance of Way".



Date: 11/20/20 15:56
Re: UP 958500 MW Denver, CO, 20 Nov 2020
Author: tomstp

Another way to screw train crews.



Date: 11/20/20 15:56
Re: UP 958500 MW Denver, CO, 20 Nov 2020
Author: GP25

The body shell looks like its from an SD50 or 60 That CP Rail had at one time.

Jerry Martin
Los Angeles, CA
Central Coast Railroad Festival



Date: 11/20/20 16:23
Re: UP 958500 MW Denver, CO, 20 Nov 2020
Author: ns2557

tomstp Wrote:
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> Another way to screw train crews.

Bet my money that this is a very contentious issue. Probably not alot of very happy T&E guys in regards to the "who operates them, kinda like the RCO Jobs around. Ben



Date: 11/20/20 16:57
Re: UP 958500 MW Denver, CO, 20 Nov 2020
Author: PHall

ns2557 Wrote:
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> tomstp Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Another way to screw train crews.
>
> Bet my money that this is a very contentious
> issue. Probably not alot of very happy T&E guys in
> regards to the "who operates them, kinda like the
> RCO Jobs around. Ben

Oh I have no doubt at all that they have done it this way to get around the language in the contract.
 



Date: 11/20/20 17:42
Re: UP 958500 MW Denver, CO, 20 Nov 2020
Author: dcfbalcoS1

      MoW personnel may operate it but surely that person is locomotive qualified ?????  Right?      or
                 Does a regular engineer run the contraption and MoW just operate the equipment on the cars behind?
 



Date: 11/20/20 18:44
Re: UP 958500 MW Denver, CO, 20 Nov 2020
Author: EricSP

That piece of MOW equipment is ugly enough to make a freight train take a dirt road. Ironic. Don't you think?



Date: 11/20/20 19:42
Re: UP 958500 MW Denver, CO, 20 Nov 2020
Author: MP555

It's good to see CP and UP buy their own material handling work equipment.  Now their own MOW employees can operate them rather than having their work taken by Herzog and Georgetown Rail.



Date: 11/21/20 05:29
Re: UP 958500 MW Denver, CO, 20 Nov 2020
Author: Bob3985

This is becoming an issue with engineers. They have MOW employees operating these just as they do tampers and spreaders.
But are these gentlemen qualified on the operating rules or do the dispatchers have to establish blocks of protection for their movements 
like they do with system gangs?

Bob Krieger
Cheyenne, WY



Date: 11/21/20 07:30
Re: UP 958500 MW Denver, CO, 20 Nov 2020
Author: MP555

Bob3985 Wrote:
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> But are these gentlemen qualified on the operating
> rules or do the dispatchers have to establish
> blocks of protection for their movements 
> like they do with system gangs?

They would be qualified on whatever maintenance of way operating rules UP has in place. If you mean do they operate on signal indication, I would speculate they do not.



Date: 11/21/20 12:06
Re: UP 958500 MW Denver, CO, 20 Nov 2020
Author: tomstp

One other comment:  If it runs on an SD-40 platform and trucks , sounds like a SD-40 and even has vents looking like it has dynamic brakes, has throtle and brake and board switches, then it is a SD-40 in spite of its dress.  Right?



Date: 11/21/20 12:58
Re: UP 958500 MW Denver, CO, 20 Nov 2020
Author: dan

they modify the controls to be like a mow machine



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