it's kind of a shame, i always liked working the J. it was usually so nice and quiet, and everybody was really nice and helpful. and once you got the hang of taking track warrants on the fly it was pretty easy. now it's gonna be pretty crowded. hope they keep the cabooses though, they are pretty cool
yeah, it won't be that bad. i've passed that hoop for years running around the new connection to head south on the J, never knew what it was untill recently! the J uses cabooses, usually with EOTs on the back, for their locals. i've seen one used on a job out of Joliet yard that does something or other on the west side of the canal. got to look around in one a few times, they are really depressing inside. all stripped out and torn up. not much more than a drafty shoving platform. you can see where the radios and seats and even beds and the head used to be though. i think they have heat though,seen gas canisters underneath a few of them
Do UP crews run through on the J? I've talked to the driver of a crew van at JB a couple of times. I got the impression that there was always a crew change there. Then often he drives over to Griffith and picks up the same crew again.
things might have changed, but normally crews based out of west chicago would handle coal on the J. probably 50% of the time we would pull loads east of Turner, then shove back over the J, up thru the yard on the downtown lead, up towards the Belvidere sub, cross over to the J through the interchange yard, and either park the trains on the main or the siding just past Hawthorne. the rest of the time we took a single auto train bound for Griffith down the J,3 DPU coals with about 130 cars each for the Will County power plant, one or two for somewhere in indiana, and at least one that went to the CN that we would take up and park on a siding. same with the will counties and the auto racks, just park and tie them down, let the J crew take them the rest of the way.
yeah, they hide the cars full of "dirty dirt" from the contaminated site south of Anne st there. i dunno why they are running DPUs on the stackers, they are really lightweight with almost no slack, the usually have decent power, and it's a lot of work to cut off the rear unit, put the train away, retrieve the dpu, and take it where it's got to go. oh well, it's not my big yellow train set...