Old 09-13-2006, 10:08 PM   #1
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Some of the better lines I've heard over the scanner

"We're going to put you up in the hole at Berne to meet Happytrak"
"Still hauling ass at 11mph"
"I think I can, I think I can, I think I can..."
"What do you mean bad crossing [gates wouldnt go down]? I see it working...I dont want to get out"
"BNSF 741 to Wenatchee Yard, we'd like to report a toilet that wont flush *pause* and a microwave with the cord cut off..."
"Its that guy in his Volvo again" (refering to me)

I know I've heard a lot more, but those are hte best ones I can remember. Anyone got any other good one-liners?
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Old 09-13-2006, 10:19 PM   #2
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A few gems heard in this area.

"Check box 7, S-E-V-E-N, do not foul limits ahead of....yourself." - Heard during a derailment cleanup.

"23-A number....Ah, crap. I got so much crap out there I don't know what to do now." - Busy day for the dispatcher.

"How does that signal over at Shelbyville work again?"

"23G, y'all go ahead and get comfortable there at Tucker."

"Let's make it Track Warrant number...(dispatcher belches)...Sorry boys, I was eatin' some butterbeans."
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Old 09-13-2006, 10:29 PM   #3
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"How does that signal over at Shelbyville work again?"
Yeah caleb i've heard that one before
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"Hey you in the white hat, go home, yes you, in the green shirt." (refering to Joe LeMay).

"BNSF 4623 to east end over. (5 mins later) BNSF 4623 to EAST END, over. East End dispatcher, who's calling, over. B-N-S-F 4-6-2-3 TO THE EAST END DISPATCHER, OVER! East End dispatcher, I cant hear you well, repeat please. This is the BNSF 4623 Calling the EAST END DISPATCHER , OVER! East End Dispatcher, im not gettin you well, what was that number? Jim, Forget it, use that new cellular phone you got." Raido Trouble that day with all that rain

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Old 09-13-2006, 11:42 PM   #5
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Old 09-13-2006, 11:49 PM   #6
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Great thread!

I was train watching in Lockport on Monday. I was wearing my BEARS jersey the day after they trounced the Packers 26-0. The engineer of a passing westbound BNSF train must have noticed my scanner and jersey. He gave me a "Go BEARS" over the scanner.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------"7795 west to the DS1, over. Ransom grain train to the DS1, over. Earth to Mars, Earth to Mars, over."

The DS1 responded about an hour and a half later after after the crew had been trying for that long.

"DS1 to the 7795 west. Are you ready to proceed? Over."

The engineer of 7795 stated "Yeah, we've been waiting for about an hour and a half.

The DS1 then gave an "Okaaaaaaaaaaay" over the scanner.

That was a funny day, and we saw a lot of trains to boot!
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"The Omaha dispatcher 11 answering an emergency call on West Chicago 52 for the third time, over." I didn't hear that one over the scanner. My friend recorded it off the scanner.
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"Hey sucker, you're not the dispatcher here; if you think you can do a better job then me, come out to Omaha and apply. Otherwise, be quiet!" My friend also recorded that one.
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Old 09-13-2006, 11:54 PM   #7
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"BA66 come back 4834.5 cars to a stop."

"BA57 come back 15 cars to a joint (two seconds later.) two cars, one car, that will do!"

From a couple of old black guys "Easy Muthaf*ka thats gas!"
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Old 09-14-2006, 12:10 AM   #8
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I just turned my scanner on, so I don't know who was conversing or what exactly they were talking about:

Man 1, "They hog tied me with my jockstrap."
Man 2 replied, "Yeah, they looked pretty tight."
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A dispatcher finished a track warrant with his initials D-A-P, the conductor repeated B-A-P. The dispatcher repeated himself with, "No, that is D-A-P. As in 'Dumb As a Post.'
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Old 09-14-2006, 12:39 AM   #9
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Were are you guys getting these scanners? Are they legal?
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Raidoshack, and yes, very yes
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Were are you guys getting these scanners? Are they legal?
I got mine at RS. They are legal, but use varies from state to state.
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I also bought mine at Radioshack. I've never been questioned by the cops about my use of scanners.
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Well im not sure but here in indiana there not but i heard in kentucky they are
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I'm inclined to agree, very awesome thread idea.
"WOOOHOOO!" Heard right before a track inspection train came through at somewhere between 60 and 70 mph.

"Ralph, stop singin' that stupid song!" Don't know what song he was singin'.

"BNSF Defect Detector, milepost number [not sure], total axle failure..." Yeah, I didn't see many trains after this.

Oh, and one time while riding Metra home from Chicago with Glenn Davis and Joe Lemay, a conductor saw our scanners, then took Glenn's(in a non-malicious way), and blew into his radio to hear himself.
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Well im not sure but here in indiana there not but i heard in kentucky they are
They are legal in Indiana as well. You just can't listen to public safety frequencies unless you have a HAM license, member of the media, have approval from the chief of police.....etc etc.
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CP freight to local engineer-

"Happy Birthday, Lonnie!"
"Thanks, did you get me a cake?"
"Oh sorry, I forgot..."
"Hey, I thought you were my friend!"

and from that same local engineer a few months later- "Hey, there's our Taliban friend" (referring to me)
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"It's a little hot to be out taking pictures today, Chirs." (it was 84F...hardly hot!!)

"It's nice you keep Chris company when he's out taking photos." (M-SUPMIN to my wife who was waiting in the car)
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Great thread, great read. Thanks for the chuckles
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When a train was cleared to depart the yard in Seattle:
"Happy to be generating revenue tonight."
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From a veteran engineer, to a brand new engineer as their trains passed in a meet, on a very busy night...
"See, Junior? Always remember that. It's possible to get a Restricting Signal and still be happy."
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Not from a scanner, but still a classic.
Female dispatcher to Hiab operator, "Do you have time for a quick one?"

[Hey, I was on my way to a safety meeting, OK? ]


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Dispatcher: "BNSF Grand Forks Dispatcher"
Train: "Dispatcher, this is the BNSF xxxx (I don't remember the number). We want to get a warrant east of Grand Forks but the [BNSF] Superior Dispatcher isn't answering. We've been trying to reach him for 20 minutes. Do you know where he is?"
Dispatcher: "Uh...he's probably outside again smoking a cigarette."

And the following conversation happened a couple Januarys ago between a dispatcher and an MoW employee sent out to fix the temperature sensor on a defect detector in Staples, MN. It helps to know that the dispatcher had a very obvious Texas accent.
MoW: "Dispatcher, the detector at Staples is now reading minus 12 degrees."
Dispatcher: "So you're telling me the thermometer's still broken?"
MoW: "No...I fixed it. That's the actual temperature."
Dispatcher: "Oh my God!"
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Overheard out in Nevada during the great UP - SP melt down...

Female Dispatcher: "I can't get you into Elko, it's plugged and I've got a train in every siding ahead of you. Just keep going and we'll figure out later where to send the van."

Crew: "OK"

Female Dispatcher: "This is the Barnum and Bailey Circus Railroad, over and out!"
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And the following conversation happened a couple Januarys ago between a dispatcher and an MoW employee sent out to fix the temperature sensor on a defect detector in Staples, MN. It helps to know that the dispatcher had a very obvious Texas accent.
MoW: "Dispatcher, the detector at Staples is now reading minus 12 degrees."
Dispatcher: "So you're telling me the thermometer's still broken?"
MoW: "No...I fixed it. That's the actual temperature."
Dispatcher: "Oh my God!"

And that was a warm day! Gotta love northern Minnesota.
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