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Re: Tucked Away in the Mountains - By Southern Green on 08/18/07 at 21:04:31 - '100_1465.jpg' 232 KB
Three great ways to see Fontana lake:

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Re: Tucked Away in the Mountains - By Southern Green on 08/18/07 at 21:03:27 - '100_1461.jpg' 271 KB
I was on my way to Knoxville, but I caught him again at the Almond boat dock.

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Re: Tucked Away in the Mountains - By Southern Green on 08/18/07 at 21:02:23 - '100_1456.jpg' 205 KB
Caught the Nantahala trip crossing the Tuckaseegee River Bridge a few miles out of Bryson City on July 29th.

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A&Y JOB - By rsynth75 on 08/04/07 at 19:33:29 - 'AY14.jpg' 53 KB
Tight quarters for the Geep. The line is now broken short of Pembroke St., leaving the crews unable to access the run-around track a mile ahead at the end of the line(see my The Hill in Greensboro thread). I guess NS is planning on abandoning that portionof the line. Crews now have to shove all the way back to the switch in downtown. Unfortunately, I couldn't stick around for that.

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A&Y JOB - By rsynth75 on 08/04/07 at 19:25:19 - 'AY13.jpg' 48 KB
After placing the empties on the main, the loads are then shoved into the plant.

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A&Y JOB - By rsynth75 on 08/04/07 at 19:23:45 - 'AY11.jpg' 45 KB
Pulling out....

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Re: A&Y JOB - By rsynth75 on 08/04/07 at 19:22:56 - 'AY10.jpg' 55 KB
Pushing everything in.... and pulling empties out.

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A&Y JOB - By rsynth75 on 08/04/07 at 19:19:40 - 'AY9.jpg' 47 KB
The are only four hoppers spotted on the spur this day, and the when the crew arrives they basically shove everything up the hill into the plant.

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A&Y JOB - By rsynth75 on 08/04/07 at 19:16:47 - 'AY12.jpg' 42 KB
The A&Y crews use trailing point switching here for working this customer. There are normally 6 hoppers spotted for unloading here. Two are spotted short of the switch, two are spotted outside the fence and two are spotted inside the fence unloading. Once empty, the cars are just merely rotated with the empties pulled out and the loads outside the fence pushed in with a new set to be spotted short of the switch. On this day though, the crew brought nothing up.

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A&Y JOB - By rsynth75 on 08/04/07 at 19:06:59 - 'AY7.jpg' 58 KB
The only customer on this spur is Chandler Concrete. The worker is clearing the track of debris before the train crew arrives

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A&Y JOB - By rsynth75 on 08/04/07 at 19:03:59 - 'AY6.jpg' 63 KB
Crossing Battleground Ave. To the right of the locomotive is where the Furnace Branch switched off to serve Southern Finishing, Richardson-Merrell(producer of Vick's Cough Medicine) and the plants of Cone Mills Corporation.

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A&Y JOB - By rsynth75 on 08/04/07 at 18:59:07 - 'AY5.jpg' 57 KB
Proceeding on under the Washington-Atlanta mainline. The track I'm on is the connection track to the mainline which switches off of the S-line(NCRR) to Raleigh, NC

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A&Y JOB - By rsynth75 on 08/04/07 at 18:55:52 - 'AY4.jpg' 61 KB
After crossing Lee and Eugene, the crew paused so the conductor could throw the switch for the spur remnant of the A&Y to Mt. Airy, NC.

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A&Y JOB - By rsynth75 on 08/04/07 at 18:51:06 - 'AY3.jpg' 54 KB
Found the A&Y Job working but what else, the old Atlantic and Yadkin Railroad on the southside of Greensboro. The train was returning from working Carolina Steel, Lewis Storage and Olympic Foam passing the old Daily Bread flour mill on the short overpass on Bragg Street.

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Charlotte Light rail test - By electro soundwave on 08/01/07 at 03:08:53 - 'Picture_066-2.jpg' 90 KB
Just got back from the QC. Saw that they are testing the light rail system around the Tremont Rd. area. Got more pics, but I'm tired. Will post more later
 
 


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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Elmo on 07/09/07 at 20:07:31 - 'scx1185.jpg' 129 KB
I recently posted a picture of an MP15AC that was to say the least terrible.  I posted it as it seemed unlikely I might see another here in Monroe yard.  But I did and this time the picture is only not very good.

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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Elmo on 06/26/07 at 22:02:23 - 'kcs_4024_ms.jpg' 115 KB
A rare visitor to Monroe.  I had to chase him down but got him in Mineral Springs.  It was a shadow shot but I got him.

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Re: Lexington and Thomasville - By MattF7SD60 on 06/24/07 at 21:59:38 - 'Copy_of_AMTK_80_062307.jpg' 160 KB
Amtrak 80 makes its daily stop at High Point as he goes by the rear of 158 who is waiting for AMTK 73, AMTK 80, and NS 218.

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Re: Lexington, Thomasville, and High Point - By MattF7SD60 on 06/24/07 at 21:57:07 - 'Copy_of_NS_158_062307.jpg' 189 KB
NS 158 grinds into Thomasville with SD40-2 #3367 leading a trio of sisters on this Linwood-Lynchburg manifest.

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Re: NCTM Rail Days '07 - By Southern Green on 06/15/07 at 21:39:46 - '100_0454.jpg' 204 KB
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Re: NCTM Rail Days '07 - By Southern Green on 06/15/07 at 21:37:39 - '100_0449.jpg' 198 KB
2601...    If only there was more room for creative photography of the trains at the south end of the property.

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Re: NCTM Rail Days '07 - By Southern Green on 06/15/07 at 21:35:47 - '100_0443.jpg' 210 KB
Up next came the geep with her solid Tuscan consist.

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Re: NCTM Rail Days '07 - By Southern Green on 06/15/07 at 21:34:24 - '100_0435.jpg' 156 KB
The light definitely wasn't optimal near noon in the middle of June, but I tried to handle it best I could.

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Re: NCTM Rail Days '07 - By Southern Green on 06/15/07 at 21:31:59 - '100_0434.jpg' 180 KB
Before heading out to my cousin's HS graduation up in Winston-Salem, I wanted to grab some shots of all the trains at the south end of the property. This was easy since the trains ran on 5 minute headways. I also saw NS 212 and a work train pass on the mainline, making for 5 trains in 30 minutes!

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Re: NCTM Rail Days '07 - By Southern Green on 06/15/07 at 21:29:31 - '100_0430.jpg' 190 KB
On the return trip, the rounded end of the car provided a sweet overall view of the complex.

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Re: NCTM Rail Days '07 - By Southern Green on 06/15/07 at 21:27:35 - '100_0412.jpg' 160 KB
We hopped on the Mardi Gras for a quick trip around the property. I'd previously only seen the interior of this car in some of my 611 tapes, but it sure is nice in real life!

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Re: NCTM Rail Days '07 - By Southern Green on 06/15/07 at 21:21:08 - '100_0401.jpg' 167 KB
6133 boarding her Members Only passenger train. The red car is actually one of NCTM's normal heavyweight passenger cars, but still painted and lettered Chicago & North Western for the filming of Leatherheads with George Clooney. The third car is the Pine Tree State, recently donated by the Piedmont Carolinas Chapter NRHS.

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Re: NCTM Rail Days '07 - By Southern Green on 06/15/07 at 21:18:34 - '100_0399.jpg' 182 KB
The gem of the N&W passenger train was the newly restored combine.

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Re: NCTM Rail Days '07 - By Southern Green on 06/15/07 at 21:17:09 - '100_0394.jpg' 190 KB
As the 1860 made her cab-ride runs and 2601 waited in the siding, 620 pushed back toward "Barber" with the Roanoke Chapter's Mardi Gras leading the way.

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Re: NCTM Rail Days '07 - By Southern Green on 06/15/07 at 21:14:53 - '100_0397.jpg' 159 KB
Two and a half locomotives?  

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NCTM Rail Days '07 - By Southern Green on 06/15/07 at 21:11:43 - '100_0379.jpg' 224 KB
Here's an assortment of shots from last Saturday...
 
    Slight back-lighting on this shot created a cool effect on 2601 with the caboose train...

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Re: New Hope Valley Railway - By Elmo on 06/11/07 at 17:05:14 - 'nhv_17_800.jpg' 167 KB
I save the best for last.
 
Their power is not all diesel.  Notice the hand brake on the front driver of this lovely tank engine.  And yes it does run.  And can be part of your train driving experience.

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Re: New Hope Valley Railway - By Elmo on 06/11/07 at 16:57:20 - 'nhv_none_800.jpg' 124 KB
Some have no name.  Is it possible they are waiting for something special for this non GE unit.

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Re: New Hope Valley Railway - By Elmo on 06/11/07 at 16:50:55 - 'nhv_1686_800.jpg' 116 KB
Sometimes they just spot painterd over the old name and added their name.

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Re: New Hope Valley Railway - By Elmo on 06/11/07 at 16:43:14 - 'nhv_67_800.jpg' 143 KB
But green seems the most popular color.

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Re: New Hope Valley Railway - By Elmo on 06/11/07 at 16:34:13 - 'nhv_71_800.jpg' 140 KB
Do not tell NS but they have a black with white trim.

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Re: New Hope Valley Railway - By Elmo on 06/11/07 at 16:28:56 - 'bmh_7.jpg' 140 KB
Some of it is big and blue from far away places.

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Re: New Hope Valley Railway - By Elmo on 06/11/07 at 16:27:37 - 'duke_10_800.jpg' 135 KB
They have lots of power, some of it small.

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New Hope Valley Railway - By Elmo on 06/11/07 at 16:20:34 - 'bridge_800.jpg' 138 KB
I suddenly realized this little piece of railfan heaven has been basically overlooked on this forum.  It is located in Bonsal/ New Hill, NC or about 25 mil3s southwest of Raleigh.  Be careful if you go there they will likely offer you a paint brush, hammer or some other restoration tool.  
 
The railroad is a project of the East Carolina Chapter, National Railway Historical Society.  Not only do they have public train rides the first Sunday of the month you can drive the train under certain conditions.  One condition is pay outright to drive it once or drive it free many times (you actually will pay for this with lots of sweat).  


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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Elmo on 06/09/07 at 10:19:24 - 'csx7914.jpg' 82 KB
oh Cy, thanks for reminding me of Norman St.  
 
That train had to stop at Richardsons Creek to let the southbound Q767 into the yard.  Before 767 could clear the yard another nortbound Q-train arrived (shown below approaching Sutherland Ave).    
 
In Summary 6 trains in an hour and half.  In the hour following I heard 3 more.  What a morning.


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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Elmo on 06/09/07 at 10:05:12 - 'csx7802.jpg' 102 KB
Hey Cy  
Glad to see you getting back into the swing of things.   Going video are you?
 
You know it is strange how things work out, Cy Prefers evening railfanning.  I generally prefer mornings.  I guess midday stuff does not count.  
 
This morning turned out to be something special.  I left the house about 7:30 with the intention of getting a breakfast sandwitch and go to the depot for breakfast (my wife is out of town).  As I got in the truck I heard a north bound., I made it to the depot in time to watch q618 scoot by.  On to MacDoo for a sandwitch got back in time for q616 which was chasing 618.  
 
While munching on my sandwitch and savoring my coffee the crew arrived for the south bound Q-train the was tied down on track 1.  Before they could get moving Q767 who had been setting on the Marshville sidiing started south toward Monroe.
 
Then a supprise another northbound Q-train. Here he is approaching Norman St.

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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Southern Green on 06/08/07 at 21:54:25 - '100_0354.jpg' 155 KB
723's crew moved the train down into the yard and came to a stop (probably to wait for a signal) before they departed for Hamlet. In the meantime, I drove down to Catawba St. to get the shot.
 
  After dinner and a few rain showers we came back to the depot, where we found a U*** coal train stopped and about ready to depart for Charlotte. He left shortly, and we chased him to Bakers.

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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Southern Green on 06/08/07 at 21:49:21 - '100_0350.jpg' 165 KB
SD40-2's 8312 and 8879 deeper into the yard. This set of power was only one of four sets at this end of the yard.

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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Southern Green on 06/08/07 at 21:44:32 - '100_0349.jpg' 154 KB
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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Southern Green on 06/08/07 at 21:43:37 - '100_0348.jpg' 133 KB
The all EMD lash consisted of 723 plus a pair of SD40-2's: 8153 and HLCX 9040.

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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Southern Green on 06/08/07 at 21:41:09 - '100_0351.jpg' 198 KB
SD70AC 723 throttles up past the depot after pausing for a few minutes. I was in position for a perfect shot of the train splitting the signals at the junction, but due to some camera problems I wasn't able to get the shot. Instead I had to settle for the power lines! Power behind the 723 is SD40-2 #8811 and C40-8 #7612.

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Re: Moving from NJ to Cary,NC area soon - By Southern Green on 06/08/07 at 13:13:32 - '100_0093.jpg' 142 KB
on Jun 8th, 2007, 12:54am, NYSW_3636 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
 Hamlet did look busy as hell when we stopped for a csx train and i got to see the seaboard sdp45 on display.

 
                You're right about that: Hamlet is the place to be in the south/central part of the state for some good CSX action. If you ever visit by car instead of train, be sure to check out the depot. The HO scale model of Hamlet in the 50's is outstanding, and if you ask to go in the rotunda then you get this view of the diamond, plus a view of the yard throat and the other parts of the junction.


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Re: Barber Junction - By DannyR on 06/05/07 at 12:05:33 - 'P1060797.jpg' 188 KB
Blowing the dust off an old thread with a reroute
 
 
 
Due to a derailment in Ohio, several trains have been rerouted through Kentucky and Tennessee into North Carolina. One of these trains is NS 218 pictured here at Barber Junction, NC on an overcast and wet Sunday. From this location, it ran to Salisbury then turned north to complete the run to Greensboro.
 
The 218 normally runs from Ohio onto the Pokey running through to Lynchburg, VA. It then turns south and travels to its termination at Greensboro, NC. I met several railfans chasing this "visitor' to the Asheville line because intermodal/pig trains normally do not run this route. This train would have been a sight to see traversing the famed Loops east of Asheville.
 
NS 17M also ran the Asheville District on Saturday and Sunday and NS 18M and NS 217 could have although I don't have confirmation on this.
 
 


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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Southern Green on 06/01/07 at 22:24:23 - '100_0334.jpg' 211 KB
Caught SD40-2 #8400 along Catawba St. tonight waiting for a westbound. The engineer was reading a novel as he was waiting.
 
After a quick dinner we went to the depot to find the signals green, and the westbound came through town shortly behind SD70AC #4789 and an AC60. By then the light was too far gone for good photos, but I did chase him to Waxhaw. I took video at the depot, Houston, Mineral Springs, and Waxhaw, and if I can figure out how I'll post it here.

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Re: N&W's Abingdon Branch - By Southern Green on 05/28/07 at 16:12:12 - '100_0297.jpg' 204 KB
Elkland depot, moved 300 yards from its original location.
 
      After this, we basically followed the Abingdon branch from end the end: I shot the depots in White Top and Green Cove, VA, and then went up through Damascus and on to Abingdon where I saw and shot M class 4-8-0 #433 on display.

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Re: N&W's Abingdon Branch - By Southern Green on 05/28/07 at 16:08:30 - '100_0294.jpg' 201 KB
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Re: N&W's Abingdon Branch - By Southern Green on 05/28/07 at 16:06:24 - '100_0291.jpg' 222 KB
I knew I would find some stuff in Todd, however:

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Re: N&W's Abingdon Branch - By Southern Green on 05/28/07 at 16:03:36 - '100_0255.jpg' 248 KB
This shot showns what exists of a small fill that carried the railroad past the building with the mural on it. After checking out the remnants of the branch in West Jefferson, I took NC 194 up through some of the little towns that the VA Creeper called on, such as Warrensville and Lansing. Not much was visible except for an apparent ROW in some locations, and I didn't see any buildings that would pertain to the railroad.

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Re: N&W's Abingdon Branch - By Southern Green on 05/28/07 at 15:59:25 - '100_0253.jpg' 135 KB
After crossing main street in a slight curve, the ROW runs past this cool mural that lets people know that once upon a time a railroad actually did run in Ashe County.

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Re: N&W's Abingdon Branch - By Southern Green on 05/28/07 at 15:54:11 - '100_0249.jpg' 154 KB
Evidently the depot had been moved back from the original ROW, which ran where the road in the photo is.

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N&W's Abingdon Branch - By Southern Green on 05/28/07 at 15:51:40 - '100_0250.jpg' 170 KB
   I was recently up in Ashe County, and decided to scout out the remnants of the N&W's Abingdon Branch. The famous line was cut back to West Jefferson from Todd in the depression era and abandoned in '77. It exists as the Virginia Creeper trail once you get up past the Virginia border, but signs of the line in North Carolina can be difficult to find.
 
   I knew the depot in West Jefferson was still here: For being a hardware store, it still has its railroad character to it.

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Re: Whats the abandoned line south of Marion? - By Near_Brownwood_Dep on 05/23/07 at 01:24:27 - '05-17-07_007re.jpg' 197 KB
Hidden just behind the small tree was this.....
 
So sad.

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Re: Whats the abandoned line south of Marion? - By Near_Brownwood_Dep on 05/23/07 at 01:20:22 - '05-17-07_006re.jpg' 179 KB
While following the ROW into Marion, i got a surprise. When Southern left, they forgot to pack the rails!

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Re: Whats the abandoned line south of Marion? - By Near_Brownwood_Dep on 05/23/07 at 01:17:07 - '05-17-07_005ree.jpg' 97 KB
During a break in the action on the Clinchfield, i decided to do some snooping.
 
I feel like a bit of a fool.....
This trestle looked huge from 221, but isn't.

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Re: Clinchfield 2007 - By Near_Brownwood_Dep on 05/23/07 at 01:07:51 - '05-17-07_001re-2.jpg' 134 KB
Dizzy from the horsepower, i somehow managed to make my way back to Sevier, in fading daylight, for the last pic of the day.
 
AC4400's 517 and 390 roll through.
 
More soon!

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Re: Clinchfield 2007 - By Near_Brownwood_Dep on 05/23/07 at 01:02:46 - '05-17-07_005re.jpg' 100 KB
...backed up by BIG GUN #643, a GE AC6000CW!!!

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Re: Clinchfield 2007 - By Near_Brownwood_Dep on 05/23/07 at 00:51:36 - '05-17-07_004re.jpg' 94 KB
Soon the North-bound they were waiting on appeared. #215, another AC4400 leads....

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Re: Clinchfield 2007 - By Near_Brownwood_Dep on 05/23/07 at 00:27:16 - '05-17-07_003re-2.jpg' 89 KB
That was all for that day. Due to the slow action, i went down to Marion to snap some pics of an abandoned ROW ( posted elsewhere ), but was back a few days later.
I didn't head down here on this day specifically for fanning, as the light was not the greatest due to overcast skies ( made worse by the fact that i later discovered that i had accidentally set my camera to a lower quality mode for this batch ), but i got some opportunities, so i took them.  
 
GE AC4400 leads SD70MAC #4727 into the Thermal siding.

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Re: Clinchfield 2007 - By Near_Brownwood_Dep on 05/23/07 at 00:07:19 - '05-17-07_003re.jpg' 118 KB
While the 2616 was up at Altapass, i caught some chatter on the scanner referring to a south bound, and directing the Geep into the Toe river siding. Soon the South Bound appears...lead by an Ex-Con in the form of SD70MAC #775.

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Re: Clinchfield 2007 - By Near_Brownwood_Dep on 05/23/07 at 00:00:30 - '05-17-07_002re.jpg' 126 KB
The Spruce pine local was doing some switching around Flotation and Altapass. Here the Ex L&N GP38-2 rolls through the crossing at Halltown rd. Thats the toe river siding in the fore-ground.

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Re: Clinchfield 2007 - By Near_Brownwood_Dep on 05/22/07 at 23:52:03 - '05-17-07_001re.jpg' 177 KB
Back to the Clinch, and the first thing to greet me was this sign.
 
Can someone tell me the exact meaning of this?
It became obvious that it has something to do with track work, as CSX seems to be doing a lot of maintenance on this line over the last few weeks.  
 
As a result, there wasn't as much traffic as usual, but i did get a few good pics.

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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Elmo on 05/22/07 at 10:26:11 - 'csx375.jpg' 138 KB
Q 616 building up speed after stopped on the siding in Waxhaw to let Q614 pass.

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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Elmo on 05/19/07 at 12:18:42 - 'csx7682.jpg' 171 KB
Cy, once in a while I get thing to go my way, no often buy sometimes.  My camera lense suffers badley from flair and everything looks foggy and out of focus.  I have been trying to correct this by hand with varied levels of success.  I discovered a trick in photoshop the does it for me and much more accurately.  
 
Well it seems the city's beautification project is good for railfan photography, at least for a while.  This should be a good angle this winter when the sun is more to the south and before those new bushes grow too big.  I could always hope CSX might have a car full of ROUNDUP spring a leak and pass by <G>
 
Here is CSX 7892 (C40-8W) leading train Q714 across the Charlotte Ave Overpass and entering Monroe yard.


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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Elmo on 05/12/07 at 10:50:54 - 'waxhaw2.jpg' 150 KB
Well today was to be the day.  What day?  The one where I got my shot of kids on the pedestrian walkway in Waxhaw watching a train pass under them.  Well got up and there was a heavy overcast.  Well another non suitable day.  A short time later the sun started to peak through, so off to Waxhaw I went.  I arrived with enough time to set up for the morning trains going toward Hamlet.  The trouble is it was too early for folks to be active and on the elevated walkway.  
Seems the time or the shot will be in the afternoon.  As bad weather was forcast for this afternoon I come home with this almost what I wanted shot.
 


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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Elmo on 05/09/07 at 14:36:50 - 'baby_gevo.jpg' 121 KB
On the way back from my scouting trip I noticed this baby locomotive.  While we were talking when I securing permission to take his picture, he told me he wanted to grow up to be a GEVO.
 
Somebody really needs to talk to Baker Feeds about child labor laws  
 

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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Elmo on 05/09/07 at 14:24:26 - 'csx8360.jpg' 118 KB
I generally like more sunlight to photograph trains.  But most of the last week was been very cloudy and I was beginning to suffer withdrawal so I struck out looking for locations with possibilities to add some variety to my picture.   I arrived at this location just east of Marshville as F704’s power split the cross bucks, marking a crossing into a farmer’s field.   CSXT 8360 a SD 40-2 was running around its train to head back to Monroe.

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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Elmo on 05/03/07 at 08:40:19 - 'csxt7745.jpg' 188 KB
They would have had troubles writing such a ticket the other morning, no crew.  A stack train pulled into the yard about 4 am and tied down leaving the crossing blocked.  It was not moved until nearly noon.  
 
It not only blocked street traffic, but for a while stopped all railroad traffic.  It seems the stack train was tied down on track 1.  A second stack train arrived from Atlanta bound for Charlotte.  It came into the yard on the main and had no place for the power to run around the train.  All the other tracks were full the result, total gridlock.  The dispatcher would not even let F792, the Charlotte side switcher out of the yard to do its work.  It seems he wanted to keep the Charlotte side open so he could move the stack train whenever a crew arrived.  
 
The second stack train was in the yard long enough they had to re-crew before departing.    
 
Slowly the gridlock expanded every direction.  It was dark before things started approaching the normal confusion.
 
As for the close crossing.  I suspect that was a visability issue for those approacking the crossing from the south.  The amount of warning signals at Norman seem to support the idea that this has been a dangerious area.
 
 
Elmo
 
p.s. Here is the second trains power waiting to run around its train.
 


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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Elmo on 05/02/07 at 10:51:39 - 'csx8701.jpg' 96 KB
F 704 local to Marshville is down to single power CSXT 8701 an SD 60.  Here it is headed out for the this mornings run.


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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Elmo on 04/24/07 at 14:19:27 - 'up7605.jpg' 124 KB
UP/GE’s environmentally friendly demo comes through Monroe

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Re: Lancaster and Chester - By Elmo on 04/22/07 at 15:44:35 - 'Standing.jpg' 163 KB
Some of the folks left standing at the Fort Lawn "station" as the train pulled out toward Lancaster.  
 
I think their train length is restricted by avability of run around locations.  
 


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Catawba SC - By Elmo on 04/22/07 at 15:16:06 - 'csxt6039.jpg' 199 KB
Well this must have been a major Railfan week end.  My wife said their was something on one of the news shows about it.  I know I saw several around myself.
 
As Cy seems to have covered Monroe to Hamlet.  I thought I might insert something from the west.
 
Here is the Boatwater Switcher near Catawba SC. And it is not even an SD-40-2  It is a GP-40-2


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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Southern Green on 04/22/07 at 14:16:18 - '100_0104.jpg' 116 KB
The sun glints off the locomotives as they head toward one of the many small hogbacks on the Monroe Sub.

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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Southern Green on 04/22/07 at 14:14:26 - '100_0102.jpg' 165 KB
CSX 273's crew gets some natural AC as they roll through Marshville at track speed. I chased this train from Peachland to Monroe, and intercepted him at Peachland, Marshville, the Tyson Plant in Monroe, and Sutherland Avenue in Monroe.

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Re: Hamlet - By Southern Green on 04/22/07 at 14:02:37 - '100_0099.jpg' 238 KB
After leaving Hamlet, we went to Laurinburg to check out the L&S. Not much was going on, so we set out for home on 74 hoping to catch a few trains along the way. I eventually caught up with 273's train in Peachland, chased him into Monroe. I'll post those shots on the Monroe thread.

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Re: Hamlet - By Southern Green on 04/22/07 at 14:00:01 - '100_0096.jpg' 142 KB
Just after exiting the depot, I shot CSX 273 leading a westbound manifest onto the Monroe Sub.

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Re: Hamlet - By Southern Green on 04/22/07 at 13:56:41 - '100_0092.jpg' 158 KB
We went up to the depot rotunda to get an overall view.

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Re: Hamlet - By Southern Green on 04/22/07 at 13:55:01 - '100_0088.jpg' 164 KB
Ex. Con #7386 assisting...

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Re: Hamlet - By Southern Green on 04/22/07 at 13:53:13 - '100_0085.jpg' 187 KB
             I stopped by Hamlet after my trip to the ACWR , caught three trains (not including two others waiting their turn to run through the junction), and photo'd two of them. Second train of the day came off the Wilmington line and was headed by AC44 325.

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Re: Lancaster and Chester - By Elmo on 04/22/07 at 07:37:12 - 'Lc2.jpg' 220 KB
What you see is what you get  
 
They only used 96 and the three cars shown.  They ran from Fort Lawn to Lancaster.  When the got to the rear gate to the facility at Lancaster they Ran around the train and then pushed the cars to the Mesum and everyone went in.  After a short visit the departed back to Fort Lawn with 96 running Cab forward.  As they arrived at the Fort Lawn Fire Station they again ran around the train and pushed back to "depot" area.  
 
 
Cars Used
Hoillywood Beach (Pullman) (Seaboard)
J. Pickney Henderson (Katy) (L & C 1202R)
Golden Tower
 
I will be Posting more shots here and on LINK URL , under Elmo Bass, as time permits.
 
Here is a quicky of 96 running cab forward as it leaves Lancaster toward Fort Lawn.
 
 


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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Southern Green on 04/21/07 at 23:02:01 - '100_0012.jpg' 209 KB
After this shot, the engines proceeded into the yard and I left for Aberdeen.

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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Southern Green on 04/21/07 at 23:01:03 - '100_0010.jpg' 161 KB
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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Southern Green on 04/21/07 at 22:57:18 - '100_0009.jpg' 211 KB
Stopped by the depot yesterday afternoon before setting out for Aberdeen, and caught HLCX SD40-2 7169 and SD50 8624 running around a cut of cars they had just cut off of. Edit: The same unit in the shot above.

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Re: The Aberdeen Carolina & Western - By Southern Green on 04/21/07 at 22:48:26 - '100_0075.jpg' 238 KB
One last shot of the ACWR. I only posted a fraction of what I shot, so if ya'll want a few more just shout.

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Re: The Aberdeen Carolina & Western - By Southern Green on 04/21/07 at 22:46:27 - '100_0077.jpg' 204 KB
These two were visible, too.

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Re: The Aberdeen Carolina & Western - By Southern Green on 04/21/07 at 22:44:55 - '100_0074.jpg' 203 KB
What could that be?

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Re: The Aberdeen Carolina & Western - By Southern Green on 04/21/07 at 22:43:45 - '100_0069.jpg' 130 KB
Back in Aberdeen, the engines cut off the train and ran around the wye. Soon they started pulling the train back to Star, and I chased them for a little bit (in bad sunlight, I got mostly video) up to Pinehurst where they stopped for an unknown reason. Then we left the train and headed up to Star to look around.

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Re: The Aberdeen Carolina & Western - By Southern Green on 04/21/07 at 22:40:29 - '100_0061.jpg' 243 KB
Photo run-by (outside of Candor) on the return trip. The train was pretty full, and it was great getting to meet lots of new people.

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Re: The Aberdeen Carolina & Western - By Southern Green on 04/21/07 at 22:38:43 - '100_0051.jpg' 186 KB
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Re: The Aberdeen Carolina & Western - By Southern Green on 04/21/07 at 22:37:47 - '100_0044.jpg' 207 KB
Taking the siding: The engines will pull us the last mile or so to Candor and then run around the train.

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Re: The Aberdeen Carolina & Western - By Southern Green on 04/21/07 at 22:36:27 - '100_0043.jpg' 182 KB
Samarcand

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Re: The Aberdeen Carolina & Western - By Southern Green on 04/21/07 at 22:35:14 - '100_0029.jpg' 205 KB
We were up early this morning to catch the train: 25 miles to Candor, behind Canadian GP40-2's 703 and 9556.

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Re: The Aberdeen Carolina & Western - By Southern Green on 04/21/07 at 22:31:52 - '100_0017.jpg' 192 KB
I had a great day on the ACWR!
 
     The excursion left Aberdeen at 8:30 this morning, so I drove out there Friday night with my dad tagging along. We decided to check out Aberdeen evening in the sweet evening light just in case there were some shots that wouldn't be possible the next morning in such good light.
 
  My first shot of the ACWR: GP16 #1606 at Aberdeen. It was also my first trip out with my new camera.

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Re: Lancaster and Chester - By Elmo on 04/21/07 at 21:52:35 - 'LC1.jpg' 187 KB
I enjoyed a beautiful day on the L & C.  Iy was nice to see some passenger carrs rolling.  Ans they were fully loades each trip.  To be more exact they had a long standby list.  
 
Below is ol' 96 starting its treck across the Catawaba River.
 


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Re: Monroe - 2007 - By Elmo on 04/14/07 at 22:13:58 - 'bigu.jpg' 184 KB
It is a shame modern railroads do not give their power a little character like the one above.  All we get is monotone with a yellow face,  At least SP was black with a red nose.  Making it a bloody nose.  What do you call one with a yeller nose?
 
Speaking of yeller noses, that is the only thing the 8 units pulling this coal empty shared in common.   If it took 8 to pull an empty,  how many would it take to pull it loaded?
 
Actually only two are assigned to the train the remainder are shuttle engines going to Bostic.  

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Re: Wilmington - By Southern Green on 04/14/07 at 13:19:39 - 'wt_2.jpg' 155 KB
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