Basic Rules of Railroading
We finally got a little snow here in the cornfield. As the terrain is flatter than the proverbial pancake, any wisp of wind whips things into a bit of a ground blizzard. Having little else to do on a fine Sunday, I took a friend from work along with. Erik is not a railfan, but he was really bored ( a common affliction in this part of the cornfield). I introduced him to the finer points of chasing trains in the snow. Four wheel drive is a necessity as stopping for snow drifts is not optional and getting stuck is the ultimate sin. Needless to say, we had a good time.
We chased this train from New Castle to the northwest side of Muncie before we caught it. 66 empty grainers and two engines.
While positioning ourselves to catch the grain train. Erik saw this pair of light engines headed east into Muncie. The problem?
You can't have two trains going the opposite direction in single track territory!
I'm not entirely sure what was going on here. When we arrived, the grain train was backing into a siding with the light units following him in. All I can figure was that he left part of his train on the main as both tracks were now occupied. I've never seen this maneuver before.
The light power backed up to the cars on the main. They had to ram them pretty hard several times to get the pin to drop. But now the lead unit is facing the wrong way.
While the slamming and banging was going on the original train pulled ahead and exchanged crews. There seemed to be alot of people milling about. I think one group was a local crew who brought the light units out. A crew cab came along and dropped off two guys who would eventually take the train west.
Still not sure what they're doing. The unhooked the lead unit and ran up to get on the main. Then they backed onto the other two units and the train. At least they had one unit facing the right way now.
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