Re: dutch drop

John Degnan <RailScaler@...>

I've heard this maneuver referred to as "playing bumper-cars"... and I heard that it is/was strongly frowned upon by the higher powers.

John Degnan
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----- Original Message -----
From: Tom Jones III
To: STMFC@...
Sent: August 25, 2005 1:02 AM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] dutch drop

The Dutch drop was to get the car from the north end of the engine to the
south end (for example), but without a run-around. So, the moving car was
allowed to roll past the locomotive that has run away from the rolling car,
stopped, reversed, thrown the switch, and run into what was a trailing 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 throws the
switch, runs out of the spur, catches the rolling boxcar (or the brakeman
has stopped it), and the train reassembled.

As for why - if there is switching to be done, and there is no way to get
the car to the other end of the train except to travel several miles to a
run around, well, many crews won't suffer along with spending literally
hours running to a run-around just to run back. Hence, the Dutch drop.


----- Original Message -----
Subject: Re: [STMFC] dutch drop

> >> Now for the fun and games. A "DUTCH drop". You want to get the car to
> >> the other end of your engine but you have a trailing point switch.
> Why would you even want to do a "dutch drop"?
> The goal is to get the car to the other end of the engine. What reasons
> would there be to do that other than to switch a facing point switch. If
> are going to do a facing point move, why not just do the regular drop?

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