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Thu Jul 12 23:15:27 EDT 2007

Get 'r' done, didja, Cal?

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Subject: Re: Saw-By

A about a half hour Ed. Cal Reynolds.

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There were two types of saw-bys; one used when only one of the trains was too long for the siding, the other when both were.

The longer train, say the westbound, pulled down to stop in the clear at the west end of the siding, either on the main or in the siding, whichever was specified. The shorter eastbound pulled on in to clear the west end, after which the longer westbound pulled on out. Then when the westbound cleared the east end, the eastbound could go.

The double saw where both trains were too long practically guaranteed the crews would make a lot of overtime, if not go on the hours of service law - it was that time consuming.

One train, say the westbound, pulled in the siding (or down the main if specified) and cut off what the siding wouldn't hold clear of the switch at the east end, leaving his excess on the main beyond the switch. The eastbound would pull in and out the east end, coupling to the westbound's rear and, shoving it ahead of him, would clear the west end. The westbound would then pull his front portion a full train length (the length of the eastbound plus a few cars for safety)beyond the siding, allowing the eastbound to back up, leaving the westbound's rear end between the switches, to the west end and then pull through the siding and out. Then the westbound could back up to the siding, couple to his rear, and go.

Try this on a model layout some time and see how long it takes.

Ed King
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Subject: Saw-By

Harry Bundy recently wrote about a section of track (I don't recall where) in which the siding was too short for opposite meeting trains. The term "saw-by" was used. I presume that a "saw-by" was a method of getting the two opposite meeting trains around each other. Can some one on the list (Harry?) please describe the proceedure of how a "saw-by" was accomplished? Was there a "standard" way of accomplishing said proceedure?


Dave Moorehead
Milford, OH


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