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Re: More onMaking train meets
Which train to put in the siding depended on many factors. If it was a single meet between two trains, quite often the first train arriving would be put in the siding. However, if one train was going to meet two or more opposing trains at that siding, that train would be lined into the siding, even if the first opposing train got there first. Is one train a heavy unit coal train or grain train? Might be best to keep them on the main. Is the siding on a hill where a heavy train leaving would be better off getting a "clear" signal to leave rather than a "slow clear" to leaving the siding and possibly stall or have to hold the train back if leaving going downhill, etc. etc. etc. In train order territory, is it a place where if you let the first arriving train hold the main, they could make a set off or pick up while waiting for the other train to arrive and thus make it more efficient? I guess I can also "preach" a little about the benefit of having "local" dispatchers who know their territory well, rather than someone 2000 miles away in a dispatching center with far too many miles for one person to handle effectively. Off my soap box now!
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