Mixed train

chessie Jun 26, 2005

  1. chessie

    chessie TrainBoard Supporter

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    Here's a great train that I caught yesterday on the Norfolk Southern... No two units are alike!

    [​IMG]

    Harold
     
  2. BNSF FAN

    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

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    GREAT shot Harold!!!!!! :cool: :cool: :cool: Looks like one of those whoses railroad is it shots and that GATX unit looks sharp!
     
  3. Southern Rail Fan

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    Is that a Montana Rail Link unit at the end?
     
  4. chessie

    chessie TrainBoard Supporter

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    Yes, it is a Montana Rail Link SD45 unit.

    Harold
     
  5. chessie

    chessie TrainBoard Supporter

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    The GATX unit looked very sharp.... when I first saw it from a great disance, I thought it was a Conrail unit! :rolleyes:

    Harold
     
  6. Southern Rail Fan

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    Interesting! In looking through the pictures, I am surprised at the amount of locomotives from other railroads that appear seemingly everywhere.
     
  7. chessie

    chessie TrainBoard Supporter

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    Either as lease units or in pool power. :D

    Harold
     
  8. chessie

    chessie TrainBoard Supporter

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    This train was a mixed bag of power... The GATX unit was clean and looks to have been recently shopped; the second unit, a NS GP38AC was smoking a lot; the 3rd unit is an ex-SP tunnel motor, it had stickers on the cab door stating "B unit only"; the 4th unit was an ex-CR GP40-2; and the 5th unit was the MRL SD45.

    This was the first time that I have caught an MRL unit of GATX unit sublettered GMTX

    Harold
     
  9. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    That train was a really good catch Harold [​IMG] But you do seem to catch a lot of trains with a mixed bag of power :D
     
  10. chessie

    chessie TrainBoard Supporter

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    Not to be funny, but that is what I live for! "Normal" trains are boring to me. :rolleyes:

    Harold
     
  11. BMRR

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    Great picture !!! Now that's something you don't see every day. :cool:
     
  12. chessie

    chessie TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome BMRR! Another NS fan? :confused: Just a wild guess.... Do you see any NS action down your way?

    Harold
     
  13. Flash Blackman

    Flash Blackman TrainBoard Member

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    Chessie:

    Where in Raleigh is that location? Good railfan spot?
     
  14. chessie

    chessie TrainBoard Supporter

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    That's Boylan Junction.... a good place to photograph trains from. Here's a better shot of the trackage:
    [​IMG]

    Harold
     
  15. chessie

    chessie TrainBoard Supporter

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    It is an interesting place... I take pictures from the bridge (there are several more in my RailImages album), which allows me to get a different perspective; I can get a lot of roof detail shots too, useful for modeling.

    The bridge is new and wide... large sidewalks and parking is fairly close by.

    The shot above shows some of the interesting trackage (and history) of the area.... The track that is cutting across at a diagonal is actually the "original" Norfolk Southern, then Southern, tracks from Raleigh to Fayetteville. The area in the lower right quadrant is where Boylan Tower once stood... it was a large interlocking plant tha controlled the junction.

    The CSX train is on the same track that the NS train was on because there is a "shared" track territory between Raleigh and Cary where it is two tracks and they generally follow "right hand running". (Trains leaving Raleigh for Cary and beyond generally use the track on the right of the train).

    Harold
     
  16. chessie

    chessie TrainBoard Supporter

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    The track on the left of the train is actually a long spur, with a couple of sidings, and also leads off the "old" NS track to the small yard that is on the other side of the bridge.

    Harold
     
  17. chessie

    chessie TrainBoard Supporter

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    Here's a picture taken from the other side of the bridge....
    [​IMG]

    Harold
     
  18. chessie

    chessie TrainBoard Supporter

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    Here's a better shot of the same vicinity:
    [​IMG]

    Harold
     
  19. chessie

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    Notice this train is not following the "right hand running" convention.... this is because this train is making a move from Glenwood Yard (about 3 miles away) down to the Junction. The train will pass the switch on the other side of the bridge, then back his cars into the tracks seen in the upper right hand corner. [​IMG]

    Harold
     
  20. chessie

    chessie TrainBoard Supporter

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    Most likely, this train is full of cars for the feed mill a couple of miles away, so they will back the train all of the way down there and spot the cars!

    Also, the Amtrak station, an old Southern Rwy. station, is just out of sight of the yard tracks.

    Harold
     

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