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As a heads up, the Sierras have 36' of snow. The snow is reportedly at the top or above the tele poles. I have been told the Rotaries will be heading out. They are putting the set together now.
When the spreaders have no more places to push snow or if there is a big slide, then the rotaries will go out. Once you use them and make a "rotary trench", very difficult to spread and flange after that as the trench will freeze solid. Rotaries are the last resort next to closing the Hill
Correct. When we put together the 602, 574 and flanger the crew showed up. The engineer confirmed the walls of snow are high and the snow on the rails are deep. That was at 1:20. As a matter of fact the eastbound Amtrack that left Roseville around noon was sitting in Colfax. They had to wait for the 602 set to get to them and lead Amtrack over the summit. We built the Rotary set this morning to go out today/tonight. They're running ready to go.
I hope somebody here(RRForums) wants to brave the Sierra elements to capture some of this,it may be worth it.
UPDATE: The Rotaries are on the out bound lead from the locomotive facility waiting for the signal. They ARE going out.
UPDATE: At 10:00am they were on the main line. With a max speed of 20mph the their eta in Colfax will be 12:00-12:30.
FYI the RADIO call sign for this special move is SPMW209.
That is what was used this morning eastbound out of Roseville (3-25-11)
Here is the CONSIST of the ROTARY SNOWPLOW SPECIAL.
This was taken off of the Altamont Press discussion board.
I am providing this here for the HISTORIC RECORD because
the Altamont Press website is sadly slated to close sometime
this spring in 2011:
Re: DONNER ROTARYS SPMW209 to DP RV VERY SOON
Date: 03-25-2011 - 10:15
For those keeping score, the consist for the MRVTKF-25 shows to be:
As an aside, the spam code for this post was Jv4LY. Must be an inside joke.
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