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Date: 08/28/23 10:16
Enginemen: Did you ever pump off your buddy's air?
Author: ApproachCircuit

Well these two guys wern't buddies obviously.
I've never heard off this before. I sure wouldn't do it but I guess it's been done by a few here and there.
So I'm in the Locker Room tying up and there are a couple of Hoggers talking between themelvers.
Oh Wow: They are stating that Engr "Y" cut in his air on Engr "Z". Now this is on the Oil Cans
The Oil cans , if you had experienced helper crews behind you , were a piece of cake. After all, ABD Brakes!
My only guess was that "Z" was going too slow and "Y' being an old head and a crackerjack got pissed off.
Now "Z' was a pill: he would sit in the locker room with an open ruled notebook and say that he had perfected
a perpetual motion machine and he seemed to be serious about saying so. If he wasn't inventing, he was writing Hit C&W music
for all the C&W big nmes.
Now there is no reson you can't balance the grade dropping down into Mojave at 33-35mph with the Oil. My guess "Z" was dogging it
account the Oil had a reputation as a controlled Run-A-Way which wasn't true. He took the 3rd buyout and left, Qh yeah, everytime you meet this
guy out on the "Road" he would call you and say there was something wrong with your train. Every time! It got old!



Date: 08/28/23 15:03
Re: Enginemen: Did you ever pump off your buddy's air?
Author: tehachcond

ApproachCircuit Wrote:
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> Well these two guys wern't buddies obviously.
> I've never heard off this before. I sure wouldn't
> do it but I guess it's been done by a few here and
> there.
> So I'm in the Locker Room tying up and there are a
> couple of Hoggers talking between themelvers.
> Oh Wow: They are stating that Engr "Y" cut in his
> air on Engr "Z". Now this is on the Oil Cans
> The Oil cans , if you had experienced helper crews
> behind you , were a piece of cake. After all, ABD
> Brakes!
> My only guess was that "Z" was going too slow and
> "Y' being an old head and a crackerjack got pissed
> off.
> Now "Z' was a pill: he would sit in the locker
> room with an open ruled notebook and say that he
> had perfected
> a perpetual motion machine and he seemed to be
> serious about saying so. If he wasn't inventing,
> he was writing Hit C&W music
> for all the C&W big nmes.
> Now there is no reson you can't balance the grade
> dropping down into Mojave at 33-35mph with the
> Oil. My guess "Z" was dogging it
> account the Oil had a reputation as a controlled
> Run-A-Way which wasn't true. He took the 3rd
> buyout and left, Qh yeah, everytime you meet this
> guy out on the "Road" he would call you and say
> there was something wrong with your train. Every
> time! It got old!

You'd better not be "dropping down into Mojave" at 33-35 mph with the oil loads.  If some official has the radar gun on you. the entire crew is going to get an unpaid vacation.

Brian Black
Castle Rock, CO



Date: 08/28/23 20:14
Re: Enginemen: Did you ever pump off your buddy's air?
Author: SanJoaquinEngr

Sounds like KFI Wilson and DA.

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Date: 08/31/23 17:09
Re: Enginemen: Did you ever pump off your buddy's air?
Author: engineerinvirginia

I had to push a stalled train that was on the verge of running out of time...we had to get him over the mountain and into a siding...when we took off I said..." I'm gonna push you track speed...just let me know when you drop over the top, and I'll get ready to give a little dynamic!" He said Ok, and we took off but he probably didn't think I'd really shove him track speed! He about cried a river to get dynamics set up and slow him down, but we got him pushed into the siding...actually our engines were hanging out but dispatcher allowed us to reverse direction from where we stood. 



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