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Author Topic: Rainy days on Norfolk Southern's CNO&TP (Central Kentucky) July 2017  (Read 48 times)

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Offline Jeff_W

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A few years ago, I found via online railfan groups that NS train 289 would be coming down the CNO&TP with an Illinois Central SD70 in the famed "Death Star" paint scheme leading. I've been photographing trains regularly since 2007 and the only "death star" I'd ever seen in person was an old GP10 on display at Carbondale,IL. On a very rainy July 4th, I made the hour drive over to NS to attempt to catch 289. I waited for it at Burgin and got another shot of it and a few other trains at Faulconer before heading home (and to work). A few days later on the 6th I went out again, dealing with a similar weather forecast, but with the entire day off from work I could stay out longer.

We have a saying here in Kentucky, "If you don't like the weather, wait ten minutes and it will change."

289 rolls through Burgin...I don't think I had to wait long for it to arrive. Not the first time I've cut it close!
https://flic.kr/p/VbK3XM']NS 289, Burgin,KY 7/4/2017[/URL] by https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluegrassrailfan/']Jeff  Wagoner[/URL], on Flickr
NS 216 gets moving north at North Wye near Faulconer. The rain was relentless.
https://flic.kr/p/WmML8o']NS 216, Faulconer,KY 7/4/2017[/URL] by https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluegrassrailfan/']Jeff  Wagoner[/URL], on Flickr
A simple roster shot of the IC SD70 class unit, #1000. I like the standard cab SD70s even though they're not that common. I need to pick up the ones Athearn has done in N scale.
https://flic.kr/p/VbK2Mk']Illinois Central #1000, Faulconer,KY 7/4/2017[/URL] by https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluegrassrailfan/']Jeff  Wagoner[/URL], on Flickr
NS 215, counterpart to 216 and one of the hottest trains on the CNO&TP, crosses over from Main 1 to 2 at North Wye. By this point the rain was letting up a little bit.
https://flic.kr/p/WqhmW6']NS 215, Faulconer,KY 7/4/2017[/URL] by https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluegrassrailfan/']Jeff  Wagoner[/URL], on Flickr
By the time 289 got moving, the rain was mostly a drizzle, and standing outside wasn't too bad.
https://flic.kr/p/WmMGXW']NS 289, Faulconer,KY 7/4/2017[/URL] by https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluegrassrailfan/']Jeff  Wagoner[/URL], on Flickr

Two days later, I was back at North Wye, as train 25A passes another stopped southbound at North Wye. 25A terminates a few miles south of here at Danville,KY, the power usually returns north as train 200.
https://flic.kr/p/VdGMxb']NS 25A, Faulconer, KY 7/6/2017[/URL] by https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluegrassrailfan/']Jeff  Wagoner[/URL], on Flickr
NS 117 was the other southbound in the above photo. It had gotten a recrew and was on the move, with two Kansas City Southern "Southern Belles" in tow.
https://flic.kr/p/Wimsxr']NS 117, Faulconer,KY 7/6/2017[/URL] by https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluegrassrailfan/']Jeff  Wagoner[/URL], on Flickr
The skies were still looking halfway decent when 215 came through Burgin, though the leaves on the trees had turned in anticipation of weather.
https://flic.kr/p/VdGK3G']NS 215, Burgin, KY 7/6/2017[/URL] by https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluegrassrailfan/']Jeff  Wagoner[/URL], on Flickr
NS 295 was not far behind 215, at this point the sun had actually come out!
https://flic.kr/p/Vgr82p']NS 295, Burgin, KY 7/6/2017[/URL] by https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluegrassrailfan/']Jeff  Wagoner[/URL], on Flickr
I drove south of Danville, trying to change things up a bit. Arriving at Milledgeville, about 10 miles south of Danville, I noticed dark clouds beginning to roll in. Storms are pretty common here during the summer months, but they usually don't last long. When I heard NS 40Z call the signal at Bowen to come south, I noticed it was starting to rain. Wanting to get a shot of a train running through a rain shower was a goal today, while waiting I muttered "C'mon, rain".  By the time I heard the train blow its whistle for crossings north of me, the rain had really started coming down, along with a little bit of lightning and thunder! Think I got a bit more than I asked for, but I think it was worth it!
https://flic.kr/p/VUhsZ3']NS 40Z, Milledgeville,KY 7/6/2017[/URL] by https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluegrassrailfan/']Jeff  Wagoner[/URL], on Flickr
Having tempted Mother Nature, I left Milledgeville after the rain subsided a bit (watching 148 pass with the Virginian heritage unit leading) and went back north. By this time NS train 61R, a steel train from Indiana to points north, was coming off the Louisville District with an a rebuilt SD90MAC, called SD70ACU by NS.
https://flic.kr/p/WimpHD']NS 61R, Faulconer,KY 7/6/2017[/URL] by https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluegrassrailfan/']Jeff  Wagoner[/URL], on Flickr
61R passed me in time to meet NS 175 coming the other way down Main 1.
https://flic.kr/p/Vgr5bV']NS 175, Faulconer,KY 7/6/2017[/URL] by https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluegrassrailfan/']Jeff  Wagoner[/URL], on Flickr
NS 143 was the last southbound I photographed for the day, as it was getting late in the afternoon and I was ready to dry off.
https://flic.kr/p/Wimo8V']NS 143, Faulconer, KY 7/6/2017[/URL] by https://www.flickr.com/photos/bluegrassrailfan/']Jeff  Wagoner[/URL], on Flickr

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Re: Rainy days on Norfolk Southern's CNO&TP (Central Kentucky) July 2017
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2019, 08:33:39 PM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign: Thanks for sharing
      regards Derek

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Re: Rainy days on Norfolk Southern's CNO&TP (Central Kentucky) July 2017
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2019, 10:12:31 PM »
Yet another great set of pics!!  :thumbsup:

I see what you mean about the weather there! You are certainly to be commended for your persistence in the rain!

I like the death star livery, and can see how it got the name.  :thumbsup:

I always love your photos. Thanks for posting.  :beers:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

 

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