Posted 03 October 2017 - 12:34 PM
Drifts and frozen switches? Yikes. When I started this thread, I forgot that I might get way too much information from all of you experts! I refuse to worry about it for the next few days, when I will be complaining about the heat in Sacramento.
I have a week for it to all melt, although it's supposed to snow up there again on Saturday. I think we go through Glacier National Park exactly a week from today. It will be 11 degrees overnight the night before, but sunny and a high of 29 degrees the next day.
If it is breakfast time, and they are thawing out switches, I will concentrate hard on my omelet and try not to think about it. I do wish I was brave enough to look out the window for animals, though. I saw mountain goats and black bears at the Oregon Zoo and would love to see them in their natural environment.
I just got a coupon for 15 percent off my first purchase at Fannie May in Chicago, so you know where I will be going as a reward when we finally get there!
Just for the heck of it let's throw in broken rails, too. And the weight of ice from ice storms bringing down the code lines (which is not much of a concern any more as code lines are mostly gone in favor of code transmission through the rail). Some years ago I was on an EB trip where all of that happened in North Dakota. Pilot hi-rail preceded the train to find broken rails, found one. Had to wait for an MoW crew to fix that (must have been fun in sub-zero weather). Then the code lines (coated in ice) failed and we had to run at restricted speed flagging every dark signal on the Hillsboro Sub between Grand Forks and Fargo.
However, that was only one trip. For many years I took the EB regularly in December with the major problems being delays from the oil train traffic.
PS - See's beats the heck out of Fannie Mae.
Edited by zephyr17, 03 October 2017 - 12:41 PM.
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