February 25th, 2017

Watch for Train Traffic

Flag Stop

Today was not a good day for the dispatcher on the Nevada Subdivision of the Union Pacific (Sparks to Winnemucca). Something was gumming up the works in Sparks Yard. I heard him telling crews over the radio, "There's no room at the inn." (That is, there was no room in Sparks to park trains.) With a shortage of relief crews as well, trains were being tied down in sidings, and the crews were stuck there. In some cases, the usual crew vans (run by a contractor) couldn't get to the sidings in question, because they were in places with no road access. So the dispatcher was obliged to use the one train that was able to get through as an impromptu rail taxi service.

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It snowed about 3 cm overnight. I cleared snow from the porch and sidewalk before going off to the Wigwam for breakfast, where thanks to interacting free-play coupons and some good luck, I won $29, which paid for that breakfast and the one after that as well. Once the snow stopped falling around Noon and the sun came out, all of the snow not in shaded areas (like the north side of Fernley House) started melting pretty quickly. Nevertheless, I'm glad we didn't have any travel plans for this weekend.