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Re: Jeff_W's Railfanning Thread - U.S. Railroads (mostly)
« Reply #105 on: March 06, 2020, 08:28:07 PM »
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     Many thanks Jeff   :thumbsup:
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« Reply #106 on: March 09, 2020, 12:31:32 AM »
This weekend I spent two days chasing trains on CSX's Henderson Subdivision.

Driving south Saturday morning on I-65, I caught up with Q143 at Bonnieville. I stayed on the interstate until I got to Cave City, where I managed to beat 143 by a few minutes. The lighting isn't ideal here for southbounds at this time of day it seems.
CSX Q143, Cave City,KY 3/7/2020 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

Q284 was waiting on Q143 in the siding at Cave City, and came north after 143 passed.
CSX Q284, Cave City,KY 3/7/20 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

Following the R.J. Corman Memphis Line towards Russellville, I came upon this northbound near Russellville and raced it back to Auburn. Four units lead a fairly lengthy train through town.
RJC 3815 North, Auburn, KY 3/7/2020 (1) by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
RJC 3815 North, Auburn,KY 3/7/2020 (2) by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

I finally made it to the Henderson Sub, only missing Q503 by minutes. J722 was preparing to leave the yard at Guthrie to head towards Casky Yard at Hopkinsville, with Q502 behind him. I went to Trenton, and watched J722 switch out a car there before also watching Q502 pass. Both trains were facing away from the sun so I didn't bother with a photo. Q029 was supposed to be coming south, but the crew at Casky reported that a traction motor in the single lead unit had locked up, stopping the train. They would have to get power from a northbound, which required using a wye to turn the engine. I was at Casky when the northbound grain train arrived. Q029 had already set out the troublesome locomotive. The train had a second locomotive as a DPU, but probably still not a good idea to underpower the line's highest priority train!


Q025 was the first southbound to show up while I was waiting at Trenton.
CSX Q025-07, Trenton,KY 3/7/2020 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

After waiting nearly four hours for Q029 to show up , I got a photo of it meeting Q028 at Trenton for something different. The hopper dropped off by J722 earlier in the day was kinda in the way.
CSX Q029/Q028, Trenton,KY 3/7/2020 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

Q028 gets moving after Q029 passed. After this train I headed to a hotel in Madisonville,KY. The hotel sits 150 feet from CSX main, and I saw another 5-6 trains overnight.
CSX Q028, Trenton,KY 3/7/2020 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
I also tried a panning shot of the lead unit of Q028. I could easily do it with race cars, but locomotives are a different matter it seems. This is probably one of my better efforts so far.
CSX Q028/CSX 3288 Pan, Trenton,KY 3/7/2020 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

Sunday morning, I left the hotel early, but wasn't able get a decent shot of Q029. K683 wasn't far behind, and I got it at Crofton. I thought it would be a solid train of potash hoppers but it had a few other types of cars mixed in further back. The train was briefly held at Crofton with PTC issues before heading on. The damage from Tuesday's tornado was pretty minor. I saw one small metal structure near the RoW destroyed, along with a carport sitting next to U.S. Highway 41 that had been blown over and crushed a wooden sign to a plant nursery in the process.
CSX K683, Crofton,KY 3/8/2020 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
AVR 4004 was third out in the consist of K683. Not sure where it's from or where it was headed.
AVR 4004, Crofton,KY 3/8/2020 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
Q503 was behind K683. I ran into it as I passed Romney and raced back to Mannington to get a shot from the U.S. 41 overpass there.
CSX Q503, Mannington,KY 3/8/2020 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
Q513 came south a little while later. It had a SD70AH leading, one of about 10 that CSX owns. Definitely something different!
CSX Q513, Nortonville,KY 3/8/2020 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
I chased Q513 south for a bit but the sun was directly overhead. I went to another overpass that I hadn't been to in years for a shot...it was a bit cluttered with other stuff.
CSX Q513, Kelly,KY 3/8/2020 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
I passed J732 and G299 heading south to catch Q025 at Nortonville. The curves are a favorite spot of mine to shoot on the Henderson Sub.
CSX Q025-07, Nortonville,KY 3/8/2020 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
N013 was the last train I photographed before heading home.
CSX N013, Nortonville,KY 3/8/2020 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

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Re: Jeff_W's Railfanning Thread - U.S. Railroads (mostly)
« Reply #107 on: March 09, 2020, 01:30:05 AM »
More great photography, Jeff. :thumbsup:

The pan shot is particularly impressive.

You certainly had a busy weekend!  :beers:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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« Reply #108 on: March 09, 2020, 02:58:15 AM »
More great photography, Jeff. :thumbsup:

The pan shot is particularly impressive.

You certainly had a busy weekend!  :beers:

It was nice to get out for a change, and have the weather (and the trains) cooperate for the most part.

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« Reply #109 on: March 09, 2020, 03:38:56 AM »
Clear blue skies!  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #110 on: March 09, 2020, 07:58:02 AM »
Thank you so much for these tremendous photographs, Jeff.

I agree completely with George regarding the panned shot.

Presumably the line at the Nortonville curves features bidirectional running.

Thanks again and best wishes.

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« Reply #111 on: March 09, 2020, 08:33:43 AM »
As has been said Jeff, some excellent photographs and that panning shot is probably one of your best.  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #112 on: March 09, 2020, 08:35:39 AM »
Nice photos Jeff. The panning shot looks great, although it does make it look like it was racing along at a gallop, rather than their usual moderate pace.

Thanks very much.

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« Reply #113 on: March 09, 2020, 12:47:01 PM »
Thank you so much for these tremendous photographs, Jeff.

I agree completely with George regarding the panned shot.

Presumably the line at the Nortonville curves features bidirectional running.

Thanks again and best wishes.

John

The double track there is part of a five mile long siding. There used to be two sidings (before that, just one at Nortonville), Nortonville and Romney, and this bridge was just north of the Romney siding. With PSR coming along and the running of longer trains, they decided to connect the two sidings up. It's a fairly new project. There's also a crossover about halfway through.

Here's what the curve looked like about seven years ago:
CSX Q025-19, Nortonville,KY 1/19/2013 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

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« Reply #114 on: April 01, 2020, 12:42:32 PM »
Since things are down pretty much everywhere at the moment, I'll dig into the archives. Kentucky is pretty much at a state of lockdown due to CV but if one really wanted to, they could get out and go for a drive. I've still decided to wait this thing out, though at some point I may venture trackside after work one morning for a brief railfanning trip.

Six years ago (March 2014), I took one of my weeks of vacation of work and practically spent the entire week out railfanning somewhere. At that point there was still quite a bit of variety out there. Lease units on CSX, BNSF and Canadian units(CN & CP) on NS due to the oil boom out in the northwest. CSX still had a variety of their own motive power as well.

I may not write as much in detail as I do with previous posts, as there are a lot of photos here.

March 17th, 2014
 The first day of my vacation I spent up on CSX's LCL Subdivision (Louisville,KY-Latonia,KY onto Cincinnati,OH) chasing after a CEFX AC44CW... nicknamed "Bluebirds" for their blue scheme. I haven't shot too many of these so it was a nice change. After letting it go on I spent the rest of the day photographing whatever else came up.

CSX Q226-16, Frankfort Avenue, Louisville,KY 3/17/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

CSX Q226-16, Buckner,KY 3/17/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

CSX Q226-16, La Grange,KY 3/17/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

CSX Q504, Glencoe,KY 3/17/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

CSX W021, Glencoe,KY 3/17/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

CSX Q505-17, Sparta,KY 3/17/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

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« Reply #115 on: April 01, 2020, 12:44:40 PM »
March 18th, 2014
My friend and I spent this day waiting in New Albany,IN on Norfolk Southern's Southern Railway heritage unit, which was supposed to be leading a westbound out of Louisville and into Indiana towards St. Louis. It never ran in daylight...but we still did see a few trains on NS, as well as CSX.


CSX Q237-18, Brooks,KY 3/18/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

NS 375, New Albany,IN 3/18/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

Is there anything duct tape can't fix? by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

NS 375 pushers, New Albany,IN 3/18/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

CSX Q201-18, Brooks,KY 3/18/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

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« Reply #116 on: April 01, 2020, 12:46:45 PM »
March 19th, 2014

On my third day off, I went east towards Norfolk Southern, managing to catch a different NS heritage unit (which was one I'd already seen), plus some Canadian visitors on both NS and CSX's CC (Cincinnati,OH-Corbin,KY) Subdivison where I finished my day out.

NS 197, Moreland,KY 3/19/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

NS 179, Moreland,KY 3/19/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

NS 289, Burgin,KY 3/19/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

CSX Northbound, Butler,KY 3/19/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

CSX Northbound, Kenton,KY 3/19/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

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« Reply #117 on: April 01, 2020, 12:49:20 PM »
March 20th, 2014
On day 4, my friends and I met up and the three of us once again headed east towards Norfolk Southern in central Kentucky, then headed south trying to find places to shoot trains in the deep cuts of the "Rathole". The railroad was very busy. Highlight of the day was seeing a Santa Fe warbonnet on NS 40G.

NS 890, KD Tower, Keno,KY 3/20/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

NS 197, Winfield,TN 3/20/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

NS 890 DPU, Winfield,TN 3/20/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

trains3202014 022-001 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

trains3202014 014a by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

trains3202014 041a by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

trains3202014 056a by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

trains3202014 072a by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

NS 229, Kings Mountain,KY 3/20/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

trains3202014 089a by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

NS 123, Palm,KY 3/20/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

NS 74J, Moreland,KY 3/20/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

trains3202014 119a by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

NS 40G, Bowen,KY 3/20/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

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« Reply #118 on: April 01, 2020, 12:51:25 PM »
Took me a minute to spot the duct tape, but I found it! :thumbsup:

Great pics!  :beers:

I like the trestle and signal gantry shots.
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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« Reply #119 on: April 01, 2020, 12:53:40 PM »
March 21st, 2014
On day 5, my friends and I decided to give NS in central Kentucky another go. Not as busy as the previous day, but still managed to see a few interesting things, like the BNSF H1 (paint scheme) locomotive leading a southbound over the "rollercoaster" at Gradison.


NS 216/NS 197, Bowen,KY 3/21/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

NS 890, Kings Mountain,KY 3/21/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

NS 197, Milledgeville,KY 3/21/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

NS 229, Kings Mountain,KY 3/21/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr

NS 890, Kings Mountain,KY 3/21/2014 by bluegrassrailfan, on Flickr
NS 223, Gradison,KY 3/21/2014 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

 

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