Got a call from Underiner Honda... they found me a 2011 Si... that'll work Waiting for a new car makes it easier somehow
RR content - never fails again... take some time off.. deadhead and catch the ML... little sleep, 13 hour trip all night, non promoted asst., they are killing me. I love my job, I love my job, I love my job. Deadheaded up to Helena yesterday arriving 1140. ML for 0245, should be the end of the half
START DATE/TIME END DATE/TIME DESCRIPTION CREW 2011/09/18 1000 2011/09/18 1345 DEADHEAD LAUREL POOL LA12 Job: DHLA 01 From LAURMT To HELEMT Train: DHLAV 2011/09/19 0115 2011/09/19 0935 LA12 LA12 Job: LA12 01 From HELEMT To LAURMT Train: MSPOLAU118 2011/09/20 2215 2011/09/21 0810 LA12 LA12 Job: LA12 01 From LAURMT To HELEMT Train: GBYLRGT919 2011/09/21 2245 2011/09/22 0735 LA12 LA12 Job: LA12 01 From HELEMT To LAURMT Train: XKALMNS921 2011/09/23 1500 2011/09/24 0005 LA12 LA12 Job: LA12 01 From LAURMT To HELEMT Train: MLAUMIS124 2011/09/24 1745 2011/09/25 0100 LA12 LA12 Job: LA12 01 From HELEMT To LAURMT Train: ERBESXM156 2011/09/28 0800 2011/09/28 1140 DEADHEAD LAUREL POOL LA21 Job: DHLA 01 From LAURMT To HELEMT Train: DHLAV 2011/09/29 0245 2011/09/29 1530 LA21 Job: LA21 01 From HELEMT To LAURMT Train: MMISLAU128
222 days to retirement. I hired on MRL on 2/22/88... never dreamed I'd still be here. Best RR in the USA to work for.
I changed the date of this old post to revisit this as we hit about 8 deer all at once last night. At the last minute they ran in front of the train. Got all ground up and separated the air hose between the first two units causing us to go into emergency brake application. You would think that all the noise we make at 29 mph wide open with two big 4400 hp GE's on Winston hill would be a deterrent but obviously not
Do Deer Whistles really work?
It's an issue that keeps coming up on both of the motorcycle touring forums I attend. These guys are my very best friends. I am fond of all of them (some more than others) Some are morons (not nec the same some)
Some think deer whistles work, or a least hope deer whistles work. Or deer avoidance system. Can I say 4 words? Anything for a buck. Get it? Sorry.
Can I say just a few words? Nope. Don't have the ability to remain silent.
OK... here goes, I have hit about 800 deer... I hit on the average about 20- 25 deer every year.
I am a locomotive engineer, that's right I run the train in Montana
The locomotive is equipped with a 165db whistle... we call it a whistle 'cause horn does not begin to describe how loud it is. Get in front close and it will damage your hearing forever in one 8 sec blast.
The locomotive also has a very loud bell AND 4 70V headlamps that put out 300,000 candle power EACH... that's right, 1.2 million candlepower. The heat from these actually hurts as we walk into the front door.
Now, add to all this the 90+db from the engine itself plus the high pitched squeal from the steel wheels on the steel track.
Deer respond in any number of ways. 1. They completely freak and jump 30+ feet, zig, zag... fling themselves into a river etc. 2. They do absoulutly nothing 3. They don't even break stride, just continue slowly step by step into the path of the locomotive which at 60 mph puts out a bow wave that will nearly tear your unbuttoned light jacket off 4. Look up, hesitate, turn, turn again, stop, either step in front of the train enough so just the head gets hit and is thrown 300 feet down the track in front of us. (OK, just one time)
Now the abuse that will get me the boot from Mellow possibly... bear in mind I am trying to save a life here and emphasize how STUPID it is to rely on deer whistles. Nothing works, Deer have very primitive brains and are even stupider than people who believe in deer whistles.
They do however work against elephants, giraffes, zebras etc. I have never hit one of those.
I have had close calls with Eagles, Hawk, numerous birds.
They do not work against elk, dogs, oppossom, porkupine, black/brown bear, people (standing or sitting), snakes, turtles, owls, ducks, white pelicans, rabbits, but most of all they do not work against cows, sheep and (drum roll).....Deer. I have hit all of those so many time I lost count. Many times multiples at one time.
Get real people, everyone here is smarter than this, just cause we would like 'em to work does not make it so. Sorry Jack.
I'm bumped... I'll have to mark up tomorrow. I noticed I am granted time off for 2 days then denied the days I asked to have of to return from Colorado. I guess I was expected to use the transporter again. (See the BearSTOC blog here...) I had to return earlier than planned because of it.
I had a great summer. Now back to work. I do get to run the train.
Here is a map of the from the SPOT device of the STOC events I rode. See the BearSTOC blog here
Click the map to enlarge
Short half: START DATE/TIME END DATE/TIME DESCRIPTION CREW 2011/09/03 1630 2011/09/04 0325 LA13 LA13 Job: LA13 01 From LAURMT To HELEMT Train: CEBMSPB087 2011/09/04 1520 2011/09/04 1900 DEADHEAD LAUREL POOL LA13 Job: DHLA 01 From HELEMT To LAURMT Train: DHLAV1 2011/09/06 1443 2011/09/06 1443 LAYOFF 2011/09/14 0001 2011/09/14 0001 MARK UP Job: From To Train: 2011/09/14 1903 2011/09/14 1912 NOTIFY PLACE LA13 Job: From To Train: 2011/09/14 1912 2011/09/15 1040 PLACE..BUMPED Job: From To Train: