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Nightly Ramble:Happy Hump Day Edition

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fronthump [1]This is the “Happy Hump Day” Edition” The picture to your right is a railroad hump. It’s how cars are sorted in many rail yards around the country. You push the rail cars up the hill, and disconnect them and let them coast down the other side in a controlled manner into their spots in the yard below. This pic was apparently taken sometime in the 80’s, at Conrail’s old Frontier yard, at Buffalo.(You can drill it twice to get the full shot, if you like) You’re standing on Harlem Road, in Buffalo, on a bridge over the yard’s east end, looking west.  That’s Broadway, to your left. Yes, the same Broadway that the Goo-Goo Dolls sang about. Those trees are all gone, today. That’s the hump job front and center and extending to the north west(right of the shot). CSX took over operations at Frontier years ago, now, so it’s rare indeed you’ll see Conrail blue here, anymore. And starting just recently, you won’t see humping going on here anymore, either, since CSX has elected to close up major operations, here, after running a major yard here for most of 100 years. Somehow, “Broadway’s Dark Tonight” seems an appropriate tune.  Anyway, I thought I’d name today’s Ramble to mark the occasion.  What were you thinking I was talking about?