One bite from this radioactive squirrel and I'll have a new recruit for my army of zombie railfans...
I sure picked a hell of a day to stop drinking...
What do you mean the Silverliner V test train took our slot??
Ooh, once again my underwear has become tangled in a cow-catcher...
You've gotta stop that charter train!! If it hits the bridge with the steel eating ivy everyone will be killed!!
Where's the train going? I thought this was a photo stop.
No pictures! I told my girlfriend I had to attend a funeral!
With these pictures nothing will be able to stop our terrorist attack.
What do you mean the train's broken and we have to switch to a new one?
If CSX doesn't move the bulldozer off the tracks soon this trip will be over!!
Everybody hurry up and use the bathroom. We'll only be in the relay track for a few minutes until the next R3 arrives...
And now the conclusion....
Well we pick our charter up at West Trenton where an hour had been budgeted for lunch and a bathroom stop. The train had relayed on Track 2 next to TRENT tower so that the next local train could lay up on track 1 allowing the charter to pull out and stay ahead of it for a nice express run. Here we see Vince standing in the cab of replacement Silverliner II #252.
Because SEPTA trains do not have bathroom, the single stall in TRENT tower had to make do for the entire group. TRENT tower is currently used as a crew room for the R3 service and despite having closed as an interlocking station in 1994 it retains most of its old US&S CTC console which controlled this and other area interlockings.
It's always amazing how minimalist the S-IIs are. The roofs of Modern EMUs are always covered with all sorts of cutouts for the HVAC and humps for electric equipment. Here we see the B end of 9009 coupled up to fellow palindrome car 252.
Here we can see the SEPTA conductor waiting by his equipment off in the distance next to the SEPTA West Trenton Yard. The dwarf signal on track one has already been displayed for the next R3 local to journey up the single track from CP-WOOD.
The reverse direction dwarf signal on track #1 is displaying a Medium Approach indication, R/*Y*. It is displaying this over a non-diverging route because under NORAC there is no dwarf aspect for plain Approach so Medium Approach must do for all situations.
Later the signal upgraded to Approach Limited which meant the CSX dispatcher in Albany had cleared the signal at CP-WING to give the approaching SEPTA local a better shot through the interlocking. Like Medium Approach this normally two headed indication was displayed on the dwarfs single "head".
Now after the local came we were all expecting for our charter train to pull out, re-board everyone and then depart back for center city. Unfortunately due to our delay with the broken train and all people were still in the bathroom and the local had to depart first. Not a big deal, but then due to a shift change at 1234 Market the new Desk 2 dispatcher forgot about it and cleared a CSX freight train through after the local. YARG!! In this busy pic we can see the charter group lining up for a photo of the CSX freight passing the Silverliner IIs, in the far background you can see the R3 local departing towards Center City and then the westbound signal for CP-TRENT displaying a Restricting for the freight.
The photo line grew as the signal upgraded to approach. The freight train had long since appeared and was coasting/waiting for its signal and some people wanted me to get out of the way. As far as I was concerned they had their backs to the real action :-P
The ordeal was not yet over because now we had to wait for ANOTHER R3 train to pull in before our train could be release. This consisted of the 157-158 SL-IV pair.