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2018 Operating Reports




November 10, 2018

Time Travel Date: Friday, October 14th, 1927 - Morning Operations
 
DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN STANDARD GAUGE LINES
TRAIN NO. NAME TYPE DIRECTION EMBARKATION TERMINUS CREW
74 Wayfreight WF Eastbound Salida Pueblo GlennG/BobR
4 Denver & Eastern Express P Eastbound Grand Junction Pueblo GlennG/BobR
72 Wayfreight WF Eastbound Salida Pueblo GrantC
15 Salt Lake/San
Francisco Express
P Westbound Pueblo Grand Junction DennyK
79 Wayfreight WF Westbound Pueblo Grand Junction LarryB
 
DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN NARROW GAUGE LINES
TRAIN NO. NAME TYPE DIRECTION EMBARKATION TERMINUS CREW
321 Montrose Local WF Westbound Marshall Pass Montrose DennyK/LarryB
351 Montrose Stock Return WF Westbound Salida Montrose BarryB
397 Big Mine Turn WF Westbound Crested Butte Yd Big Mine, C.B. TomG
315 Shawanno WF Westbound Salida Montrose DanG
398 Big Mine Turn WF Eastbound Crested Butte Barrel TomG
391 Monarch Turn WF Westbound Salida Monarch GlennG/BobR
352 Montrose Stock Special PF Eastbound Montrose Cleora DanG
324 Pitkin Branch Local WF Eastbound Gunnison Pitkin GrantC
392 Monarch Turn WF Eastbound Monarch Barrel GlennG/BobR
 
DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS
ASSIGNMENT LOCATION CREW
Chief Dispatcher Dispatcher Office GaryM
Salida Yard Master Salida Yard Limits KentS
SG Switcher Salida Transfer Yard - West Salida KentS
Cleora Operator NG Yard - Cleora TomG
Barrel Operator Transfer Yard - Barrel - Cleora TomG

EXTRA BOARD:

  • Crew - Club Members: 7, Guests: 3 (Largest Operating group to date)
  • New phone system was excellent! One glitch with system turning off for a couple minutes.
  • Engine #452 performed stiff on tight left hand curves - tended to derail tender.
  • Tortoise motor in helix caught Caboose on Train #74.
  • Shinohara switch on west side of Gunnison Main or ladder has raised area causing bump.
  • Marshall Pass east slope turnout to MP snowshed siding was troublesome.
  • Engine shortage - pulled #321's loco from staging for Monarch Turn.
  • Interchange track at Portland seemed to work out OK.
  • West end turnout at Parlin had bad rail connection to feeder, joiner soldered. May need to be gapped.
  • Used Load Blanks for extra SG loads that are still in the shop.

  • September 9, 2018

    Time Travel Date: Friday, October 14th, 1927 - Morning Operations
     
    DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN STANDARD GAUGE LINES
    TRAIN NO. NAME TYPE DIRECTION EMBARKATION TERMINUS CREW
    71 Wayfreight WF Westbound Pueblo Grand Junction Callum/PeteD
    68 Work Train (Ballast) FF Eastbound Grand Junction Pueblo Callum/PeteD
    1 Scenic Limited P Westbound Pueblo Grand Junction Callum/PeteD
    50 Stock Special PF Eastbound Grand Junction Pueblo Callum/PeteD
    74 Wayfreight WF Eastbound Grand Junction Salida GaryM/DeanD
     
    DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN NARROW GAUGE LINES
    TRAIN NO. NAME TYPE DIRECTION EMBARKATION TERMINUS CREW
    391 Monarch Turn WF Westbound Salida Monarch TomG/DeanD
    392 Monarch Turn WF Eastbound Monarch Barrel TomG/DeanD
    321 Montrose Local WF Westbound Salida Marshall Pass TomG
     
    DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS
    ASSIGNMENT LOCATION CREW
    Chief Dispatcher Dispatcher Office - Salida - Gorge GaryM
    Salida Yard Master Salida Yard Limits BillJ
    Transfer Yard/W.Salida Salida Transfer Yard/West Salida BillJ
    NG Yard NG Yard - Cleora Callum/PeteD
    Barrel Yard Transfer Yard - Barrel BillJ
    Mechanical Transfer Barrel TomG/DeanD
    NG Hostler NG Engine Facilities TomG/DeanD

    EXTRA BOARD:

  • Youth Force: (1) age 5.
  • Mini-crew today! Club Members: 2, Guests: 4
  • Transfer Yard ladder Switch #6: Both points needed resoldering and motor died. Recommend new switch point and Tortoise.
  • Barrel switch #31 needed adjustment on throw bar to micro-switch contact . Micro-switch not closing tight.
  • Staging deck Yard Ladder Tortoise to Track #5 inoperable - may be loss of power to tortoise motor.
  • Radio communications: 6 radios removed from service as inoperable. With small crew, radios not used.
  • Gray's Siding west switch - Switch polarity failure - frog not changing - shorted out track to Marshall Pass - needs isolation.
  • Gray's Siding east switch - Derailments, slight kink on turnout but "S" off switch - may need to be replaced with #8 RH turnout.
  • Gorge - new rock face protruding into track space hitting cars, need to blast some rock out.
  • Poncha Junction - Scenery protruding into track space hitting cars, (between PJ prior to Otto bridge) need to cut back.
  • Barrel Operations: 1st time operating removing NG loads and inserting SG loads. One operator for SG and one NG.
  • Barrel Operations: Need to tighten up drawer slides for load drawers. Need throttle holder. May need shelf for loads.
  • Parkdale: Corner shelf requested.
  • Monarch/Crested Butte: Recommend shelf space for load transfers.


  • July 14, 2018

    Time Travel Date: Monday, October 17th, 1927 - Afternoon Operations
     
    DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN STANDARD GAUGE LINES
    TRAIN NO. NAME TYPE DIRECTION EMBARKATION TERMINUS CREW
    2 Scenic Limited P Eastbound Grand Junction Pueblo DennyK
    51 Stock Return WF Westbound Pueblo Grand Junction NoeleC
    RylenC
    73 Way Freight WF Westbound Pueblo Grand Junction TomG
    ParkerG
    8 Panoramic Special P Eastbound Grand Junction Pueblo Callum/PeteD
    65 Fast Freight FF Westbound Grand Junction Pueblo Callum/PeteD
    1 Scenic Limited P Westbound Pueblo Grand Junction DaveC
     
    DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN NARROW GAUGE LINES
    TRAIN NO. NAME TYPE DIRECTION EMBARKATION TERMINUS CREW
    316 Shavanno P Eastbound Montrose Salida PeteD
    Callum
    327 Crested Butte Local WF Eastbound Gunnison Crested Butte DaveC
    391 Monarch Turn WF Westbound Salida Monarch DennyK
    GrantC
    352 Montrose Special PF Eastbound Montrose Cleora NoeleC
    RylenC
    392 Monarch Turn WF Eastbound Monarch Salida DennyK
    GrantC
    397 Big Mine Turn WF Westbound Salida Crested Butte RylenC
     
    DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS
    ASSIGNMENT LOCATION CREW
    Chief Dispatcher Dispatcher Office - Marshall Pass GaryM
    Salida Yard Master Salida Yard Limits KathyS
    Transfer Yard/W.Salida Salida Transfer Yard/West Salida KathyS
    NG Yard/Hostler/Cleora Salida NG Yard/Barrel/Cleora GlennG

    EXTRA BOARD:

  • Our Youth Force numbered four, between ages 5 and 17.
  • Eight guest operators!
  • Transfer Yard ladder Switch #6 died.
  • DG Mainline Switch #2B was slow to close, possibly not closing all the way
  • NG Turntable Switch #17 needs notch in stock rail to "nest" point rail, many gons derailed while pushing through switch.
  • Scenic Limited (Zephyr) Observation car rear truck had 1 derailment.
  • Radio communications was terrifically worse than ever. More interference possibly from proximity.
  • Pre-OPS Briefing was shorter thanks to guidelines sent out with Ops notice.


  • June 9, 2018

    Time Travel Date: Monday, October 17th, 1927 - Morning Operations
     
    DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN STANDARD GAUGE LINES
    TRAIN NO. NAME TYPE DIRECTION EMBARKATION TERMINUS CREW
    15 Scenic Limited P Westbound Grand Junction Pueblo GlennG
    RylenC
    71 Way Freight WF Westbound Pueblo Grand Junction GlennG
    RylenC
    4 Denver Eastern Express P Eastbound Grand Junction Pueblo KentS
    2 Scenic Limited P Eastbound Grand Junction Pueblo PeteD
    66 Fast Freight FF Eastbound Salida Pueblo KentS
     
    DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN NARROW GAUGE LINES
    TRAIN NO. NAME TYPE DIRECTION EMBARKATION TERMINUS CREW
    315 Shavanno P Westbound Salida Montrose DaveV
    NoeleC
    391 Monarch Turn WF Westbound Salida Monarch PeteD
    GrantC
    346 Baldwin Mixed WF Eastbound Baldwin Gunnison KentS
    358 Crested Butte WF Eastbound Crested Butte Cleora KentS
    355 Baldwin Return FF Westbound Cleora Baldwin PeteD
    323 Pitkin Local WF Westbound Pitkin Gunnison DaveV
    NoeleC
    392 Monarch Turn WF Eastbound Monarch Salida DaveV
    NoeleC
    322 Montrose Local WF Eastbound Montrose Salida GlennG
    RylenC
    398 Big Mine Turn WF Eastbound Crested Butte Barrel KentS
    DaveK
    352 Montrose Fall Special PF Eastbound Montrose Cleora GrantC
    352 Helper H Eastbound Parlin Marshall Pass KentS
     
    DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS
    ASSIGNMENT LOCATION CREW
    Chief Dispatcher Dispatcher Office - Marshall Pass GaryM
    Salida Yard Master Salida Yard Limits GerryG
    Transfer Yard/W.Salida Salida Transfer Yard/West Salida GerryG
    NG Yard/Hostler/Cleora Salida NG Yard/Barrel/Cleora BarryB

    EXTRA BOARD:

  • We had 5 new first time operators, including two under age 18.
  • Switch #1 - West Salida Main 1st/2nd Switch, motor problem - replace with Tortoise.
  • Electrical issues in Salida yard/mains?
  • Salida dead rails resoldered.
  • Radio communications worsen with more operators. Need to go to Handsets.
  • Pre-OPS Briefing not available because of untimely computer update. Put on thumb drive.
  • Largest group of Operators to date.
  • Fell behind on SG schedule and left 3 trains at Embarkation locations, but ran one unscheduled.
  • Ran all NG schedule except one, but ran one unscheduled.


  • April 14, 2018

    DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN STANDARD GAUGE LINES
    TRAIN NO. NAME TYPE DIRECTION EMBARKATION TERMINUS CREW
    2 Scenic Limited P Eastbound Grand Junction Pueblo BarryB
    8 Panoramic Special P Eastbound Grand Junction Pueblo GaryM
    71 Way Freight WF Westbound Pueblo Grand Junction GlennG
    7 Panoramic Special P Westbound Pueblo Grand Junction GaryM
    72 Way Freight WF Eastbound Grand Junction Pueblo GrantC
     
    DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN NARROW GAUGE LINES
    TRAIN NO. NAME TYPE DIRECTION EMBARKATION TERMINUS CREW
    392 Monarch Turn WF Eastbound Monarch Salida GlennG
    GrantC
    397 Big Mine Turn WF Westbound Salida Crested Butte GrantC
    316 Shavanno P Eastbound Montrose Salida BarryB
    355 Cleora Special WF Westbound Cleora Baldwin GlennG
    355 Helper H Westbound Grays Marshall Pass BarryB
    343 Pitkin Mixed WF Westbound Pitkin Gunnison KentS
     
    DENVER & RIO GRANDE WESTERN SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS
    ASSIGNMENT LOCATION CREW
    Dispatcher Dispatcher Office - Marshall Pass GaryM
    Salida Yard Master Salida Yard Limits TomG
    Transfer Yard Switcher Salida Transfer Yard/West Salida TomG
    NG Yard Hostler Salida NG Yard/Barrel/Cleora KentS

    EXTRA BOARD:

  • Switch #17 - Salida NG Turntable, Hankscraft motor gears shot.
  • Cleora Switch from Mainline to Main #1: NG needs guide rail to protect point.
  • Staging Deck Reverse Loop: FT A-B-B-A too much amperage draw, need to reset.
  • Crested Butte switch nearest to tunnel exit at Coke Ovens - inoperative.
  • Recommendation - Hammerheads preferred over simple throttles (KentS).
  • Zephyr cars with derailments in helix.
  • Baldwin trains were in wrong order in Baldwin staging.
  • Salida Switch #25 had some loose connections on the tortoise.
  • Lesson Learned from Barrel: Extract more NG empty gons by using 1st Main, divert trains on siding if necessary.
  • Monitor in Dispatch was useful observing progress.



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