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One Tough Day

Martin Burwash

It was the beginnings of a nice summer Sunday in 1988. I could just picture the first trick Seattle East Dispatcher taking the desk, his first cup of coffee steaming to his right. Just about the time the third trick man is out the door, the radio speaker crackles with the bad news. An eastbound stack train, already short on hours, has stalled halfway through the Cascade Tunnel and has to perform a reverse move. It was the beginnings of one tough day on the mountain. (more)


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Well, since we were under a blizzard warning for most of Connecticut, I decided to be a complete moron and not heed Governor M. Jodi Rell’s advice to stay home, and ventured out at the height of the storm. Since it was Sunday, I couldn’t stay in the area around Lebanon if I wanted to catch any rail action – NECR typically doesn’t run south of Palmer, MA on Sundays. So it was off to the Amtrak station in Old Saybrook, CT – at least I could catch a few trains there. Plus, track speed through the station for the Acelas is 90 MPH. Oh, yeah…. (more)


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