Re: Here's today,s....
Posted by Elba Steve on 4/7/2017, 3:42 pm, in reply to "Re: Here's today,s...."
Well, here's what I hear on the scanner. The crew, when they are ready to leave Flint, they get clearance from CSX dispatcher in Calumet City to leave, after the signals "come up" at McGrew. Then they are required by CN to call their dispatcher and notify them that they are on the move out of McGrew, and they give any information to CN that verify's train length, tonnage, locomotive number(s), empties, loads, and so forth, to make sure they match CN's pre-forwarded manifest. CN will also let them know about any meets, if any, and where they will be put in the "pass, if need be." Also, the CN dispatcher will ask "how long are they good for", and if either crew member has less than 3 hours left before they "die"on hours, CN will not take them. Once that is all settled, CN will give them a "GVO" number and away they go. After they get out of McGrew, and navigate what's called the #3 unlock" at north Kearsley, that's a switch that has to be moved manually to the Longway Connector (CN old main line), then they call CSX dispatcher back to let them know they are off CSX trackage, and that's when they have them call for a taxi at Port Huron for such and such time. So, my assumption is, that road crew takes the train to P. Huron only, then a switch crew takes it down to St Clair from there. Charles could probably tell you more as to what happens after they get to P. Huron. Most of the times the crew taxi's back to Flint, but once in a while, I hear them say they need to be taxi'ed back to Walbridge. Someone told me a while back that they sometimes go to Mt. Clemens. I've never heard that myself, but, I'm guessing it could happen. Anyway, I know a lot of times, the return crew will be the same guys, as the ones that took the train east the day before. So, they are getting taxi'ed to Flint, and back the next day ti Port Huron. Seems like they would find a place there in Port Huron for them to "rest". Just saying.