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For The Espee Lover in You

January 2, 2015

For the seafood lover in you, you can go to Red Lobster anytime. For the Espee lover in you, you have fewer options. It just so happens that I might have something for you today.

Allow me to serve up a portion of SP memorabilia suited for the hardest of the hard-core fan: a SYSON report from 10/28/88. SYSON was short for system-on, a list of all off-line power that was on the SP.

Back in the day, there was a friendly SP yardmasters with whom I’d hang out with at Cheney yard. I’d visit him typically on Friday evenings. He was always glad to provide line-ups and other miscellaneous info.

Among the information I requested was what trains had off-line power. Back then, off-line power was much less common than today, so knowing when and where to see it was valuable information. My friend didn’t know offhand how to find the information, but he made a call and was told about the SYSON report.

He showed me how to run it and from that point on I was like a kid in a candy store. But that was then, and this is now.

Just taking pictures of trains will get Homeland Security officers knocking on your door. No joke. But that’s a post for a different day.

As for the report itself and how to read it, if you knew the SP, no explanation is necessary. If you didn’t know the SP, no explanation is possible.

(The report is divided into 3 parts. Click to enlarge.)




One Comment leave one →
  1. Dan Pugh permalink
    January 4, 2015 4:07 pm

    I understand about attempted security. This week I tried to take a look at the Heartland Flyer one morning in the cold before it boarded in Oklahoma City. I was not even allowed on the stairs leading up to the track level.

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