RE: [SperryRailService] Re: From The Archives SRS 145 part 19
- HMmmmmm...we always changed the brushes on the fly sort of speak. You were
not really under the car and I do vaguely remember such a rule. I suppose I
was guilty of not making sure that every one knew that I was out there. it
was a combination of circumstances that alowed the incident to happen.
>From: "Tom" <mrbaseball426@...>
>Subject: [SperryRailService] Re: From The Archives SRS 145 part 19
>Date: Tue, 04 Apr 2006 15:08:34 -0000
>Nice post Joe. I must say, that's one thing I DON'T miss. Laying on
>the ground adjusting or changing brushes, on stone ballast, in the
>cold. I don't miss trying to get EVERY last bubble out of those damn
>One thing though, and I'm surprised that Ivan didn't say anything
>considering how safety concious he was. Rule #1 if you go under a
>Sperry car. You take the brake handle with you. That way, no one can
>move that car with you under it.
>--- In SperryRailService@yahoogroups.com, "joseph Klapkowski"
> > The Sperry experience was a great deal of fun as is evidenced by
> > that I can remember it 27 years later. However there were some
> > moments. If you forget about the time that one of us dropped the
> > carriage on the frog (it wasn't me) and the time that I ran the
> > was me), and the sink hole that tried to swallow the Sperry Car
> > we really did not have much in the way of bad experiences (except
> > heart palpatation when I met the Conrail cop in Buffalo).
> > Let me explain about maintenance. the most simple example was the
> > of the detector room. Generally the detector room floor was swept
> > before we went in the hole. That is simple housekeeping.
> > One afternoon we went in the hole and I think it was while we were
> > Waterlevel Main. Ivan became aware that we were going to be in the
> > several hours. So we used the slack adjuster to fix up the brakes.
>I can not
> > remember exactly how it worked but we applied the hand brake and
>then ran a
> > BIG nut up the adjuster. Somewhere along the line in the process
> > under the car and saw a whole lotta metal. There were two lining
> > large crow bars etc.... I think a lot of it was left along the
>Right of Way.
> > Anyway another one of the maintenance things was to fix rthe
> > that held the transponders that were set at 45 degrees to the rail
> > get that right Gordon?) This was a tough job when you were moving
> > the wheels were put togther with hex bolts and they had to be
> > this mineral oil like liquid and you had to get all the air out.
> > The other thing that you had to do was lengthen the brushs on the
> > equipment. These were metal brushes about half an inch wide and
> > long. There was a bolt on the outside of the brush holder and you
> > the bolt with a ratchet and let the brush down.
> > One day, it was a beautiful morning, bright blue Kodachrome skies,
> > humidity maybe the mid seventies. Jimmy was up front while Rodger
>and I were
> > in the rear with Ivan. I was testing while Rodger was Rodgering
>and Ivan was
> > watching both of us. We heard one buzz indicating that we were at
>the end of
> > the siding. We stopped.
> > Ivan got up to get a cup of coffee. He told Rodger to relieve
> > front.
> > I was of course sitting at the testing table. The railroad guy had
> > permission to back up on the siding. It was taking some time to
> > Tower on the radio. I think we were somewhere south of Keating
> > (Thanks David).
> > Well with all these people moving about the Sperry Car I decided
> > would be good to check the brushes. It was sort of like second
> > instance anytime you were in the hole or waiting for a signal you
> > around the car and open the cock on the bottom of an air reservoir
> > let the condensation out. You did not open it for very long, just
> > enough to make sure the water was out. If you did it often, less
> > seconds.
> > So it appeared we would sit for a few minutes. I went into the
> > and got the ratchet, then slid under the chain by open baggage
>door and down
> > to the ballast. In order to lengthen the brushes you had your
>shoulder up on
> > the rail and reached around to the inside to get at half of the
> > the other half faced out on the opposite side of the carrier. I do
> > remember how many brushes there were but I think it was on the
>order of ten
> > or twelve. You only had to adjust the short ones. So there I am
> > Sperry car and thinking this is a great day and sort of doing the
> > automatically ..........................
> > Then I hear a very familiar sound.
> > PPPPPPPPPPPPSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHH
> > The air is off.
> > I roll off to the side of the right of way.
> > The Sperry Car begins to move backwards.
> > From automatic reaction, to fear to anger, I guess that is how I
> > describe the emotions.
> > One minute I am under the Sperry Car doing what I have been taught
>to do ("A
> > Sperry Man is always busy Junor ) The next thing I hear the air
> > out.
> > The SRS 145 rolls harmlessly past me and down the track.
> > Rodger, now going backwards is not really looking up as his eyes
>are in the
> > detector room. I gather myself and just lay there for a moment,
>the warm sun
> > shining on my face. I sit up.
> > The Sperry Car stops. Rodger has spotted me.
> > He climbs down. I stand up and start walking toward the car.
> > I do not remember the conversation but I am sure it went somehing
> > "Are you allrigth?"
> > "Yeah I am fine".
> > By this time the whole car was aware of what had happened.
> > I must have left the inspection room after Rodger went forward `
> > Jimmy came through the car and should have asked ,"Where is junor?"
> > He did not and since he did not have a checklist it was natural
>that he saw
> > nothing awry.
> > The railroad guy got Lyko Tower on the phone and gave the ok to
>back up on
> > the siding .
> > Jimmy gave Rodger three to go.
> > No one knew I was on the ground.
> > Someone should have missed me tough.
> > I walked back to the car and pulled the socket and ratchet off the
> > where I had left them. i threw them up on the engineroom floor.
> > Then I walked back to the rear stairs and went into the detector
> > announced that I was going for coffee and I would be back in an
>half hour or
> > so.
> > Ivan did not say anything.
> > Jimmy probably tried to say something but I do not remember
> > Ivan understood what was going on and did not interfere. If you
> > to be a Sperry Man great! But he was not going to baby you.
> > About a half hour later I reappeared.
> > I sat in the kitchen the whole time trying to decide whether to be
> > not.
> > Life's a bitch. What goes around comes around. Or the Sperry Car
>can be a
> > very dangerous place.
> > That night Ivan came out with a new rule.
> > "The Sperry car shall not move until everyone is accounted for."
> > And that is another edition of "From The Archives"
> > What's in your archives?