Chet French <cfrench@...>
In simple terms, a drop is when the engine and car or cars go in the
same direction during the entire move. A "Dutch drop" is when the
engine changes directions to get in the clear, during the move. On
the IC we just used the term "drop" for either move. Usually the
dutch drop was made where gravity would lend a helping hand with a
slight grade. Often the brakes could be released on a car or cars,
and they would roll by the engine, unassisted. We generally would
give the cars an easy kick uphill, put the engine in the clear, and
wait for the cars to stop and roll back downhill past the engine. I
was still making this move several times a week, 41 years past the
time frame of this group.
--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, ljack70117@a... wrote:
wayto thesouth end (for example), but without a run-around. So, the movingcar wasallowed to roll past the locomotive that has run away from therolling car,stopped, reversed, thrown the switch, and run into what was atrailing pointswitch. The switch is then thrown again and the car rolls past,putting thecar at the other end of the locomotive. The locomotive now throwstheswitch, runs out of the spur, catches the rolling boxcar (or thebrakemanhas stopped it), and the train reassembled.
Johnpoint spur, the engine sped up and then the car to be dropped wasThis is a drop not dutch drop.
Santa Fe in Emporia Ks. Missed our engine by about 3 feet. Using aalco
S4. It is very dangerous to do. Never did an other one.aGetting the engine far enough ahead of the car to stop, back into
dangerous, totrailing point spur (assuming there was one handy) and throw the