I'm hoping Greg might chime in on this as I am making a few assumptions here. I'm pretty sure they prefer to start crews in Crivitz when the train/job they are going to operate is at that location. This way they keep taxi's out of the loop. But on the end of the line I am familiar with, a train arriving Green Bay may have physically started at Pembine, Crivitz, Stiles Jct., etc. But to my knowledge, the crew itself starts at Crivitz. Another example is today. The train that came into GB tied up north of Green Bay a day or so earlier because the crew ran out of time. The crew taking the train into Green Bay taxied down from Crivitz. I'm sure they would like to avoid this as they have to pay the taxi and the crew isn't moving a train when in a taxi. How far north they went after leaving GB I wouldn't know. If there was no work in Crivitz and the crew had a lot of time left, maybe they continued north and then taxied back to Crivitz. Another example, on March 8th I followed the line GB to Pembine and found nothing, not even an idle engine. But, the next afternoon a train arrived Green Bay. Maybe the same crew took it all the way from Channing, but I doubt it. And, they didn't meet anyone on their way south. I guess what I am saying is that to me they probably have a plan they would like to stick to, but traffic/customer demands and track conditions can trump those plans. Hopefully this isn't completely incoherent. Whew...
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