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« Reply #75 on: October 18, 2019, 11:19:52 AM »
I like your photos a lot Jeff.

Do you use a tripod ?

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« Reply #76 on: October 18, 2019, 12:02:35 PM »

 (#3 is the one I'd really like to get, simply for the story behind it about its apparent "collision" with a UFO in 2002)


That would make an interesting diorama!

Nice pictures as usual.  :thankyousign:
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« Reply #77 on: October 18, 2019, 12:47:59 PM »
I like your photos a lot Jeff.

Do you use a tripod ?

I've only used a tripod on the rare occasions I shoot video. As far as my photos being level, I do that in Adobe Lightroom after getting them off my camera's card.


 (#3 is the one I'd really like to get, simply for the story behind it about its apparent "collision" with a UFO in 2002)


That would make an interesting diorama!

Nice pictures as usual.  :thankyousign:

Thanks! I don't know how much truth there is to the story (I admit, I'm a bit skeptical), but it's a fun one.

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« Reply #78 on: October 23, 2019, 10:16:39 AM »
Yesterday I drove out to CSX's "Texas" Sub to try and catch eastbound autorack train Q217. The "Texas" is a nickname for the LH&STL subdivision (Louisville, Henderson & St. Louis - predecessor to the L&N buying the line in 1929) which runs from Louisville to Henderson,KY. The original line was chartered as the Louisville, St. Louis and Texas, but it didn't connect to Louisville (stopping at West Point about 20 miles out, until 1905 when a connection was built), never made it to St. Louis, and certainly never intended to go to Texas! The name stuck though, and railroaders still call the line the "Texas". The line follows the Ohio River closely for most of its route, and is prone to flooding. In the modern CSX era, the line has never been a super busy one, as it really doesn't go anywhere. Louisville is the largest city on line, followed by Owensboro and Henderson. Both end points are serviced by busier CSX routes, so most traffic bypasses the line entirely. These days about 3-4 through trains daily cross the line, mostly autorack traffic. Q217 and Q244 are the the usual pair, but I've seen listings for a Q247/Q248 symbol as well.  Despite the rural nature of the line, there are several large industries at Doe Run, Skillman and Owensboro which all had their own dedicated local trains (J752,J753 and J755) along with another local that runs Owensboro to Louisville.

I had information that Q217 would be a late morning, early afternoon arrival at Louisville, so I left my home after work and before sunrise, hoping to get as far west on the Texas as I could before chasing the train towards Louisville.I made it as far as Irvington, getting there just after sunrise, when a text from a friend told me that I'd just missed Q217 going through there about twenty minutes earlier! After checking maps and trying to decide on what to do, as there's nothing else railroad wise close to Irvington, I opted to drive towards Brandenburg. I'd never been through Doe Run on the eastern side of town, and I knew that power was stored there to switch the industry and that a caboose was also parked in view from the main road. I saw power sitting when I drove through, and passed under the bridge. I checked a side road and crossed the tracks again, figuring I could at least scout out the area for a future trip. When I came back over the tracks, I saw that the power had pulled forward and the locomotive had a headlight on, meaning it would move. I met the train as it crossed the road. One GP38-2, long hood forward, five freight cars, and another caboose that I had not seen on my pass by of Doe Run a few minutes earlier! Not your typical consist on a Class 1 railroad, even for locals. I've shot several other Louisville Division locals, most do not use cabooses for anything. This local, J755-22, would likely need the caboose in a backing movement where the engine could not run around the train during switching moves somewhere along the line.

CSX J755-20, Doe Run, Brandenburg,KY 10/22/2019 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

The caboose is a bit rough looking, but the exterior looks much better than the other one parked at Doe Run.
CSX 900019 - Doe Run, Brandenburg,KY 10/22/2019 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr


Since this is a relatively short post, I'll throw in a few more photos off the Texas.

Q244-22 is westbound by the old steam era coaling tower at Irvington,KY on February 22nd, 2013. The passing siding at Irvington runs underneath the old tower.  In addition to the siding there are several house tracks here and a spur to an oil/gas dealer.
CSX Q244-22, Irvington,KY 2/22/2013 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
Q244-21 westbound pass the grain silos at Irvington on October 21st, 2013. This is not too far past the tower in the photo above.
CSX Q244-21, Irvington,KY 10/21/2013 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
Q244-15 crossing the Salt River at West Point on October 15th, 2013. The view here is from high atop Fort Duffield, a Civil War era fort that overlooked the Ohio and Salt Rivers. It's a mile hike to this spot from one's car, and it's almost all uphill from where you start!
CSX Q244-15, West Point,KY 10/15/2013 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
CSX Q204-01 at Skillman,KY on April 1st, 2015. The fields have yet to be planted for the growing season. Most of these autorack trains that run west on the Texas ran to Chicago where they would interchange with UP. This meant that UP power was common on Texas sub trains.
CSX Q204-01, Skillman,KY 4/1/2015 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
Q204-01 passes by at Ekron,KY, as farmers go about their business at the local supply store.
CSX Q204-01, Ekron,KY 4/1/2015 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
Q244-07 crosses the swing span bridge at Spottsville,KY over the Green River. This bridge has a bridge tender on duty 24 hours a day for passing trains. It was one of three swing bridges the L&N had in western Kentucky, and the only one today that still sees train traffic. This is about as close as you can get without getting into trouble with the RR.
CSX Q244-07, Spottsville,KY 6/7/2016 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
CSX Q205 at Hawesville,KY on May 17th, 2018.
CSX Q205, Hawesville,KY 5/17/2018 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
A pair of Kansas City Southern "Southern Belles" lead train L204-19 through Cloverport,KY on February 19th, 2013. This ended up being my first photo published in Trains Magazine.
CSX L204-19, Cloverport,KY 2/19/2013 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

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« Reply #79 on: October 23, 2019, 10:25:46 AM »
Some more excellent photographs there Jeff.  :thankyousign:
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« Reply #80 on: October 23, 2019, 03:06:17 PM »
Q244-15 crossing the Salt River at West Point on October 15th, 2013. The view here is from high atop Fort Duffield, a Civil War era fort that overlooked the Ohio and Salt Rivers. It's a mile hike to this spot from one's car, and it's almost all uphill from where you start!
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« Reply #81 on: October 24, 2019, 05:46:55 PM »
Today I found out that Q217 was running a bit later this morning than it did Tuesday, not leaving Evansville until almost 8 am. I left home and made my way to Irvington, and after an hour's wait, got my shot of the train passing the old coaling tower there.
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« Reply #82 on: October 24, 2019, 10:23:01 PM »
Hi Jeff,

Thank you for more great pics.

Just wondered, do the train drivers (engineers) acknowledge your presence with a wave or whistle etc or are they miserable whatevers?

Cheers weave  :beers:

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« Reply #83 on: October 25, 2019, 01:53:16 AM »
Hi Jeff,

Thank you for more great pics.

Just wondered, do the train drivers (engineers) acknowledge your presence with a wave or whistle etc or are they miserable whatevers?

Cheers weave  :beers:

Most wave, some even play with the horn when they speed by. The one in the last photo waved.

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« Reply #84 on: November 13, 2019, 08:35:16 PM »
It's been awhile since I've posted photos (old or new) so I figured I'd do an update.

In mid October 2016 I found out UP #844 would be making a trek through Southern Illinois on the Union Pacific's Chester Subdivision. Since it was a last minute deal for me I couldn't get more than one day off, which meant it would make for a long day trip. I left work and headed west, making it into Illinois by the time the sun came up. I stopped at Carbondale,IL on the former Illinois Central (now Canadian National) line to see Amtrak #390, the "Saluki" picking up passengers for the morning run to Chicago.
AMTK 390, Carbondale,IL 10/19/2016 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
After another 30 miles or so of driving, I arrived at Chester, Illinois, which sits along the mighty Mississippi River. I scouted areas around town to see where I wanted to get a photo. The bridge would've provided a good view over the tracks and river but was busy with semi trucks and other traffic and had nothing to stand on. This location was used in the filming of "In the Heat of the Night" in which a Missouri Pacific train can be seen passing.



Chester is also the hometown of Popeye the Sailor, with statues and signs up all over town.

After watching a couple UP autorack trains pass, I made my way down to a road that paralleled the right of way and the river. At the small dock near the road a steamboat was disembarking passengers to tour buses. This is the "American Queen".


I found a place I wanted to catch the train coming into Chester and decided to park. As I waited more and more cars pulled in, and then the weather started to look ominous, with a storm brewing to the north. I saw a few streaks of lightning and heard thunder, but fortunately it stayed to the north.


After waiting a little bit more, we all heard #844 coming. I managed to snap a photo of it on an overpass as it pulled into Chester. At several towns along the Chester Subdivision the train would be making 10-15 minute stops, which meant us railfans could "leapfrog" the train after catching it at whichever locations we wanted.
UP 844, Chester,IL 10/19/2016 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

After leaving Chester I headed south along Illinois Route 3. The next town I thought to try was Gorham. I drove through a brief downpour (the area in the river valley is so flat you can see rain shafts from miles out). At Gorham the town was already full of cars from people waiting to see the train. I decided the shot from the grade crossing wouldn't do, and on a suggestion from a friend, went a mile north of town where others had gathered near an old Missouri Pacific signal bridge. These were near the end of their working life, and were due to be replaced by newer signals, as seen in the photos below.
UP 844, Gorham,IL 10/19/2016 (1) by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
UP 844, Gorham,IL 10/19/2016 (2) by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
With the train stopping in Gorham, I headed back out towards Illinois Route 3. The road bypasses Gorham and crosses over the UP trackage via overpass. I parked and walked up on the bridge where others were waiting. There was a bit of rain falling but it fortunately let up!  Cars parked along the side road give you an idea of the traffic (mine is parked somewhere down there)

UP 844 was also stopped so a "Z" train (intermodal) could pass. We heard it coming through town and then saw it passing on the other main.
UP 8084 South, Gorham,IL 10/19/2016 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
After the Z train passed, 844 began moving again.
UP 844, Gorham,IL 10/19/2016 (1) by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
UP 844, Gorham,IL 10/19/2016 (2) by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
While I wanted a photo of the train crossing the steel trestle at the Big Muddy River, I wasn't sure where it was and whether or not I could get there in time. I settled for another road which had cars going down it and snapped a photo of the train passing to the north of Wolf Lake, Illinois.
UP 844, Wolf Lake,IL 10/19/2016 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
The train made another stop at Wolf Lake, which let me get ahead again. Traffic was really good on this day, as Route 3 was not busy at all even with the railfan traffic. I pulled into a side road at Reynoldsville. At this point the sun actually popped out of the clouds! There were about 20-25 of us waiting when 844 passed under this set of MoPac signals.
UP 844, Reynoldsville, IL 10/19/2016 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
At this point the railroad continues further south while 3 heads towards the bridge with Cape Girardeau. Chasing the train towards Thebes,IL where the railroad crosses the river would also mean that you wouldn't catch up with it in Missouri. I opted to go towards Missouri. After another wait, I caught the train in sun at Rockwood, Missouri.
UP 844, Rockwood, MO 10/19/2016 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
At this point I decided I had enough photos, and not really knowing the line to the south at all, decided to call it a chase. I swung through Delta, Missouri when I noticed a pair of Southern cabooses sitting in a small grassy area. There were no visible signs of a railroad here so I took a look and found that these were on a recently (as in last 10 years) abandoned short line. This abandoned line was formerly part of MoPac's Belmont Branch, later operated by Jackson and Southern Railroad, St Louis Iron Mountain & Southern tourist line, and Jackson, Gordonville and Delta Railroad. They will probably sit here until the day they're cut up for scrap, which is kinda sad considering they'd be perfect for a number of museums out there.
IMG_8887 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
IMG_8898 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
IMG_8922 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
I drove back towards Cape Girardeau and then over to Scott City, Missouri to a small industrial area. From the road I saw several parked locomotives, including a few ex Paducah & Louisville Geeps!
IMG_8925 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
IMG_8932 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
IMG_8937 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
IMG_8944 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
IMG_8950 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

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« Reply #85 on: November 13, 2019, 08:56:07 PM »
Thank you so much, Jeff, for these wonderful photographs and the amazing films.

She is a hugely impressive locomotive and it is to the very great credit of Uncle Pete's management and stockholders over the years that she was never retired from service.  Renumbered for a while, but not retired.

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« Reply #86 on: November 13, 2019, 08:59:03 PM »
I have to agree with John - some excellent photographs and that locomotive just seems to ooze power.   :thumbsup:
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« Reply #87 on: December 01, 2019, 04:02:59 PM »
Another post..since it's been awhile since I've made one in this thread. Haven't really photographed anything in the last month, either the weather's lousy, or I've been feeling lousy, or I don't feel like getting out at all. CSX power (and Class 1s in general) is so predictable these days that it's kinda boring shooting variants of GEVOs after awhile.

However, last December, one of Union Pacific's six heritage units came through Kentucky on Norfolk Southern, twice in the span of about nine days. Since I had to work both days (of course), my chasing was limited,but I still managed to get a few good shots.

First up is a few photos from a trip on 12/1, then a return to the CNO&TP the following day when I found out that UP 1989 was leading a southbound. UP 1989 was on train 46Z the first time around, which I believe is a grain train.


223 passing through at Waddy. Waddy is probably my favorite place to shoot on the Louisville District, since the numerous curves on the siding offer so many photo ops, plus they're easily accessible from the parallel road.
NS 223, Waddy,KY 12/1/2017 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
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NS 376 passing through Waddy.
NS 376, Waddy,KY 12/1/2017 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
Return trip on December 2nd.
NS 46Z, Burgin,KY 12/2/2017 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
UP 1989 Roster Shot, Danville,KY 12/2/2017 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
NS 46Z, Kings Mountain, KY 12/2/2017 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

I tried chasing the train south of Kings Mountain but it barely beat me to my planned spot just north of Eubank. Since I had a 70 mile drive home and then to work that night, I called it quits. On December 11th I got another chance with UP 1989 as it led train 223 through the Louisville District. I shot it at Fisherville and Waddy in decent light.

NS 223, Fisherville,KY 12/11/2017 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
NS 223, Waddy,KY 12/11/2017 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
NS 223, Waddy,KY 12/11/2017 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
NS 223, Waddy,KY 12/11/2017 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

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« Reply #88 on: December 14, 2019, 10:31:28 PM »
A few shots from this week.

Q025 at Trenton,KY on CSX's Henderson Subdivision on Wednesday. This train was a monster, 11,500 ft, well over 2 miles long!
CSX Q025, Trenton,KY 12/11/2019 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

Thursday I drove down towards Bowling Green,KY hoping to catch J756 running on the 10 mile long Glasgow Branch. I've caught it before, but haven't chased it in awhile. Saw Q573 heading south and raced ahead to get him, seen here passing between Smiths Grove and Oakland.
CSX Q573, Oakland,KY 12/12/2019 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

J756 had already finished its work, and headed south with a pair of Geep rebuilds and a lone boxcar. It met Q142 just north of BG at Gossom, a siding on the railroad. I caught Q142 at Smiths Grove with one locomotive on the head end and one on the rear. 142 met Q241 at Bonnieville before proceeding to Louisville. I was hoping to score a photo of a meet but had no luck.
CSX Q142, Smiths Grove,KY 12/12/2019 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
CSX Q142 (DPU loco), Smiths Grove,KY 12/12/2019 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr



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« Reply #89 on: December 24, 2019, 12:11:10 AM »
A few from last week.

J756-19 on the Glasgow Branch at Oil City,KY.
CSX J765-19, Oil City,KY 12/19/2019 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
Q575 at Franklin,KY.
CSX Q575-18, Franklin,KY 12/19/2019 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

 

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