If this last week is any indication, these next 78 days are going to be gone before I know it. I talked to the RRR board. Need some paperwork and I'm otta here. Looks like I'll make about $200 per month more than I estimated. No need to hang around and run the train.
Had a 6'15" trip on a stack train then a good trip home on a PASKCK
Caught a Coal train up and did about as well as you can... superb power and helpers were waiting.
Didn't sleep well in Helena.. gotta get used to that again after not working for 6 weeks. Called for 0415... should have been called for 0600. So, little sleep for no good reason. Gotta get used to that again. The train ahead did not have as good as power as us and yet did not need helpers. We were right on their block but they went down to Townsend for a train that we waited at Winston for. Gotta get used to that kind of dispatching again. We had 7700 tons so could not solo Bozeman Pass. 400 tons over the guideline which is nothing. Waited 3 1/2 hours in Bozeman for Helpers. Died at Craver.. crew van home... 13 hours on duty. Gotta get used to that. No chance for off duty photo of train.
The RR however will have to pay me for my inconvience.
Lineup was 2330 then 0200 then 0400. I was called for 0500 which means the phone rang at 0300.
Power on the grain train but we kicked out 2 bad orders.
Good trip once under way. The lead unit did not load under 13 mph. that makes it hard to start the train with just the DP on the rear and 1 unit working up front. Some issue with the governor also made the unit smoke badly.