Trains on the Pokey today. (NW Mailing List)
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Wed Apr 8 17:48:56 EDT 2009
what is the CTE software?
NW Mailing List wrote:
> > Group,
> > I have some questions about current NS operations on the Pokey. For
> > eastbound coal from Williamson to Bluefield I have heard that in the
> past 3
> > locomotives take the train to about Farm where 3 helpers are added,
> then the
> > train goes to Flattop. At Flattop a Bluefield helper set of 4 locos is
> > added and the tonnage is filled out and the train continues to
> > Is this still the case or have operations changed? How many cars are
> in the
> > train and # of Locos, etc.
> > On the mercandise trains moving between Williamson and Bluefield
> what is the
> > standard practise now? Are helpers used? What is the normal train length
> > and motive power? I guess the trains are probably about 75% loads
> and 25%
> > emptys.
> > Thanks for your help,
> > John Rhodes
> Prior to 10-08, two DC traction GEs up front... three DC traction GEs
> on the rear from Farm to Bluefield... after 10-08, to DC GEs up front,
> two AC traction GEs on the rear Farm to Bluefield.
> Prior to 2001 or so (before the newer GE's took over the helper pool),
> they used four-unit sets of older EMD and GE power
> (SD40/40-2,C30/36-7), with two newer DCs up front.
> Before newer GE's (C39-8s etc) took over leading (mid 1980s), standard
> power set was three SD40/40-2,C30/36-7s up front... with four on the rear.
> If helpers are needed on a manifest, they rate one unit... either they
> get one unit, or a regular set of helpers operates with just one unit
> online... wouldn't surpise me if the newer ES44ACs operate with the
> CTE software enabled as well when pushing a manifest...
> Robb Fisher
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