On Thursday, August 25, 2005, at 12:39 PM, Clyde Williams wrote:
--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, "Tom Jones III" <tomtherailnut@c...>
The Dutch drop was to get the car from the north end of the engineto the
south end (for example), but without a run-around. So, the movingcar was
allowed to roll past the locomotive that has run away from therolling car,
stopped, reversed, thrown the switch, and run into what was atrailing point
switch. The switch is then thrown again and the car rolls past,putting the
car at the other end of the locomotive. The locomotive now throwsthe
switch, runs out of the spur, catches the rolling boxcar (or thebrakeman
has stopped it), and the train reassembled.to get
As for why - if there is switching to be done, and there is no way
My impression of the Dutch Drop was that, to get a car into a facing
point spur, the engine sped up and then the car to be dropped was
uncoupled. then the engine sped up even more and as it passed the
switch the points were thrown and the car rolled into the spur.
This is a drop not dutch drop.
A dutch drop can be done as I did one when I was a switchman on John Santa Fe in Emporia Ks. Missed our engine by about 3 feet. Using a alco S4. It is very dangerous to do. Never did an other one.
Getting the engine far enough ahead of the car to stop, back into a
trailing point spur (assuming there was one handy) and throw the
switch back would seem impossible, as well as even more dangerous, to
You can't have everything. Where would you put it?