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Author Topic: Jeff_W's Railfanning Thread - U.S. Railroads (mostly)  (Read 1854 times)

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Re: Jeff_W's Railfanning Thread - U.S. Railroads (mostly)
« Reply #90 on: December 25, 2019, 01:18:36 AM »
A photo from today. CSX was running a few trains today. Most of the regionals/short lines were quiet, along with the local jobs it seems.
CSX Q573. Gaithers, Elizabethtown,KY 12/24/2019 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

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« Reply #91 on: December 25, 2019, 05:17:16 AM »
As usual great shots Jeff!

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Re: Jeff_W's Railfanning Thread - U.S. Railroads (mostly)
« Reply #92 on: January 10, 2020, 08:21:07 AM »
CSX Q211-05, Sonora,KY 1/5/2020 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
NS 229, Corinth,KY 1/9/2020 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
NS 179, Erlanger,KY 1/9/2020 (1) by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr
NS 179, Erlanger,KY 1/9/2020 (2) by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

And yes, the guy in the last photo was a fool. He'd been walking between the rails the train was on until he saw it passing the signals in the distance. Fortunately 179 wasn't moving too fast at this point. I saw several others crossing the tracks down there, since there are schools nearby I'm sure it happens on a daily basis.

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Re: Jeff_W's Railfanning Thread - U.S. Railroads (mostly)
« Reply #93 on: January 10, 2020, 08:42:17 AM »
Great pics!  :thumbsup:

Regarding the guy on the track, your tracks are not fenced off?

It would happen here all the time if ours weren't.

People still manage to jump in front of trains, though.
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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« Reply #94 on: January 10, 2020, 09:51:47 AM »
Great pics!  :thumbsup:

Regarding the guy on the track, your tracks are not fenced off?

It would happen here all the time if ours weren't.

People still manage to jump in front of trains, though.

Railroads with fencing on both sides here in the states is pretty rare.

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« Reply #95 on: January 17, 2020, 02:23:41 PM »
Norfolk Southern recently announced that they were putting the 29 SD80MACs they own (all that exist) up for sale...so I figured it'd be a decent subject to post on. There weren't too many units so they weren't something I saw on a regular basis.

A little background on the SD80MAC:
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All 30 SD80MAC units built were delivered to Conrail, and the 28 production units were completed, tested, and painted at the former Pennsylvania Railroad shops in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The other two units rostered by Conrail were EMD demonstrator units that were purchased outright[1] Many consider the SD80MAC to be the last new locomotive Conrail purchased as a truly independent railroad. In the split of Conrail, Norfolk Southern received 17 units (numbered 72007216) while CSX got 13 (800812, being renumbered to 45904602). The former Conrail units were the first AC traction locomotives owned by Norfolk Southern, with the railroad not ordering more until late 2008 with an order of General Electric's ES44AC.

I only photographed one NS SD80MAC leading, seen here at Burgin,KY on July 21st, 2015 with grain train 52A. NS 7214 was former Conrail 4126 before the 1999 split.

NS 52A, Burgin,KY 7/21/2015 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

A few weeks prior to that, I photographed NS 7217 trailing on train M43, also at Burgin. Leading the train was a former UP SD90MAC!
NS M43, Burgin,KY 6/9/2015 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

"The Trade".In 2015, CSX decided to trade its portion of the ex-Conrail SD80MAC fleet to Norfolk Southern in exchange for SD40-2 locomotives. I didn't catch the 80MACs on the move, but I did manage to see the SD40-2 engine move when it came through. I photographed X810 (extra move) in the siding at Sonora,KY after meeting a southbound autorack train on March 12th, 2015.
CSX X810, Sonora,KY 3/12/2015 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

CSX 4591 was the only SD80MAC in CSX paint that I photographed leading a train, seen here with K514 entering CSX's Osborn Yard at Louisville,KY on February 6th, 2012.
CSX K514, Louisville,KY 2/6/2012 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

Occasionally I did see 80MACs trailing. Q502-31 is seen here near Gaithers,KY with your standard AC44CW leading, followed by an SD80MAC and a GP15. A nice contrast of diesel sizes here!
CSX Q502-31, Gaithers,KY, 8/1/2011 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

On January 13th, 2011, I photographed K514 with a pair of CSX SD70ACes (CSX only had 20 of those!) sandwiching an SD80MAC. Probably one of the rarest modern CSX consists you will ever see.
CSX K514-13, Cave City,KY 1/13/2011 by Jeff  Wagoner, on Flickr

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« Reply #96 on: Yesterday at 12:04:48 AM »
Looks like a cold day!  :cold:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Jeff_W's Railfanning Thread - U.S. Railroads (mostly)
« Reply #97 on: Yesterday at 08:26:32 AM »
Hi Jeff,
I really enjoy your posts and photos.
Please keep them coming.
Paul

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Re: Jeff_W's Railfanning Thread - U.S. Railroads (mostly)
« Reply #98 on: Yesterday at 08:35:08 AM »
Excellent photographs, Jeff.

Thank you very much.

Best wishes.

John
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