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    It's been a while since I had the privilege of kicking one of these threads off.

    I went train hunting with my dad this weekend. didn't find very much, but I did stumble across this gem:


    APWX 1004 (1/9) by BGTwinDad, on Flickr

    It belongs to Appalachian Electric Power (APWX), and is rated for 520,000 lb (CAPY). LTWT is 274,300 lb. That's right, this sucker is as heavy as a GP40... and could carry an ES44AC (if you could make it fit). Here's a couple of detail pics, and there are more on my Flickr Photostream.


    APWX 1004 (7/9) by BGTwinDad, on Flickr


    APWX 1004 (9/9) by BGTwinDad, on Flickr
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    Here's a couple more shots we caught. I only had an hour or so, and the pickings were slim yesterday. I've got some shots from earlier in the week I'll post up later.

    NS 5156 (GP38-2) at Nitro, WV

    NS 5156 by BGTwinDad, on Flickr


    NS 5156 by BGTwinDad, on Flickr
    (Note that the "F" is on the long hood end... )

    A beat-up CSX caboose. Caught this one on the run in the car, no where to pull off.

    CSXT 900080 by BGTwinDad, on Flickr

    They've got an almost brand new (12/2011) Genset at the South Charleston, WV yard...

    CSXT 1325 by BGTwinDad, on Flickr

    ... along with the usual stable of MP15ACs and MP15Ts...

    CSXT 1208 by BGTwinDad, on Flickr
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    And a couple more from earlier in the week. Caught a Ferromex riding shotgun on a Northbound NS freight.


    Ferromex by BGTwinDad, on Flickr


    Ferromex by BGTwinDad, on Flickr

    There's more from that trip, but I don't have them uploaded yet.
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    Really neat ....flatcar..? It seems like calling it just a flatcar is an insult. Those trucks are really odd looking in the second picture. It looks like they put 2 regular trucks together and made a 3 axle truck or something...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quetzal View Post
    Really neat ....flatcar..? It seems like calling it just a flatcar is an insult. Those trucks are really odd looking in the second picture. It looks like they put 2 regular trucks together and made a 3 axle truck or something...
    Here's a straight-on side shot:

    APWX 1004 (4/9) by BGTwinDad, on Flickr

    Looks to me like they are articulated vertically, maybe so the axles can ride over vertical changes in the track without losing contact with the rail?
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    Nice one, Sim!


    NS Caboose by BGTwinDad, on Flickr

    I was a bit hamfisted with the dodging brush on this one, but it's not my worst...

    This is the old caboose that's been setting at Nitro, WV for a while.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinDad View Post
    Nice one, Sim!
    Thanks! It's my first one in awhile, auto racing has kept me busy from doing anything else... Got a bit of a break now, hope to have more soon!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinDad View Post
    It's been a while since I had the privilege of kicking one of these threads off.
    Wow! Had to go all the way back to 2Q13 to find your last one! Well worth the wait, though. Those are some real nice shots. I especially like your catch of the Ferromex loco.

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    Just returned from 2 weeks up in the Seattle/Tacoma area. Tacoma Rail primarily services the Port of Tacoma on a lot of the former Milwaukee trackage.
    Naturally the crew parked this WP heritage unit behind a building and this is the only shot I got. This is the first time I've ever seen this engine.

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    This first shot is of the BNSF yard in Tacoma WA. The rest are at Interbay, the former GN, yard in Seattle where my good friend Paul Schmidt reports to work in the signal maintenance dept. There are still a lot of engines sporting the green premerger paint.
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    So I've been kinda lazy lately and need to catch up. Over July 4th weekend my freind Eric and his family and I all went to Altoona. How did we get there? By train of course! We picked up Amtrak's "The Pennsylvanian" in Pittsburgh Saturday morning and caught the return train Sunday afternoon.

    Without further adoo, here's the pics:
    Leaving Pittsburgh (Eric and family are in the pic to the left)


    Arriving in Altoona


    After an "interesting" morning of trying to find a rental car (the reservation Eric made with Avis was never filed) we drove out to Horseshoe Curve to try and enjoy the rest of the day.
    HC incline


    Me and a pair of SD40E helpers


    Helpers on the end of a westbound freight and PRR GP9 #7048


    a 5-loco intermodal


    The Pennsylvanian on it's return trip


    Then we decided to visit the Gallitzin Tunnels to see if we could catch any more traffic going through
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    Sunday morning we headed back out to Gallitzin for a bit and caught some trains

    SD40Es


    Then we decided to go try to find the other side of the tunnels to get some different camera angles. We ended up driving down a State Game Land road open to travel and it took us right down next to the mainlines on the other side of the hill, near which we discovered a hidden cemetary (near which the PRR Red Arrow crash occurred) and saw one of the longest intermodal trains we had ever seen. This haul took almost 10 minutes to roll past, with helpers on the tail.



    I ventured to the portals for some better close-ups



    Surprisingly the single portal was still open on this end, with tracks still running through


    As we headed back toward Altoona, we stopped at the end of the Games Lands road to snap this pic:
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    Our next stop was the Juniata Shops:


    Right next to which is a place I'd love to retire. There's a retirement home right between the shops and a tank car manufacturing company, which the access tracks run both behind and in front of it.


    But more train stuff:
    Old engine hoods


    New crescent cabs awaiting installation


    A line of refurbished locos


    Shop tracks and new Admiral Cabs for the high hood SD40-2 refits


    A Erie Lackawanna F-unit spotted in a line of locos


    Loco ready line. Mostly standard NS units with some UP patches, a NS Operation Lifesaver loco, and the NS Executive train F-units hiding in the middle


    Some SD40-2 high hoods ready for admiral cab refits, one just a bare chassis

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    Some shots of the Alaska Railroad's Farbanks yard.

    The ARR has a somewhat oddly designed yard. There is a set of parallel tracks that basically seem to be an Arrival Departure Yard. On the other side of the highway bridge I am standing on, there is the other half of the yard with engine service, a truck-to-train trailer terminal, a few stub classification tracks, the passenger depot (which has an HO layout in it), many industry tracks, and a coal unloader for the Downtown power plant. The switcher goes back and forth under the highway bridge, slowly picking away at the trains which have arrived. The oil train on the farthest track is almost ready to leave, parked on the immediate departure track. The mainline is the one in front. Trailers, oil, tourists, and coal are most of what the Alaska Railroad carries.

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    I also spotted two NS passenger cars hiding behind the "Special equipment" shed


    Then it was off to the Altoona RR museum where a lot has changed in the 20-odd years since I was there last.





    They're building a new roundhouse to aid in equipment restoration, inside which sat GG1 #4913...I was really hoping it was outside so I could get a picture with it like my grandfather and I had.



    There's apparently going to be a simulator sometime in the future, it's kind of hard to see through the windows..
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    And finally, with a very adventurous and entertaining weekend coming to a close, we hopped back aboard The Pennsylvanian for the final trek home


    In Pittsburgh


    At the Pittsburgh station two passenger cars reside: The Berlin Sleeping Car and the Ohio Central's "Sugarcreek" observation car



    Overall it was a great trip and we all really enjoyed it. I will make a recommendation based on our rental car "adventure"; if you're going to take the train and rent a car, rent from Payless car rentals (I'll find out the name for sure from Eric). It's a 15-20 minute walk from the Amtrak depot (the rest are at least double that) and they have great prices (1/2 off everyone else), all the other companies out there have horrible reputations and, as we found out, will take reservations and then fall through at the last minute on a car. Other than that though, it was great to be out there again.
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    These pictures were shot near where I lived in Sumner WA between Seattle and Tacoma. Taken between 9:00PM and 9:30. Notice in the last shot how close the trains are. That's Mt. Rainier in the background at 14,000 ft.
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