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    Not much done this weekend, but I did dig up this old Ektachrome slide from March 15, 1978, of the Slate Fork Mine Run passing the fixed distant signal in approach to the Clinchfield-Southern crossing.

    Slate Fork Mine Run 3-18-78.jpg

    That's Southern GP38 2822 on the point, with 2815 trailing and eight hoppers on tow. The job will tie up at Southern's Andover, Va., yard, the former Interstate RR hub where the Southern originated all its Appalachia Division trains beginning in 1965 (following the acquisition of the IRR in 1960). Southern also acquired the Slate Fork and its lone SD-9 in 1965.
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    @Paul Schmidt

    Nice shot mate ... has an eerie sort of feel to it - I like it!
    Cheers Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    Nice shot mate ... has an eerie sort of feel to it - I like it!
    Gloomy late winter's day is what the layout lighting creates, Tony. The camera tends to make it warmer than it appears to the naked eye.

    "Eerie feeling," is good! If someone had said "Erie" feeling, then I've not captured the Southern vibe very well.

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    @Paul Schmidt

    Yeah, just a tad north of south for Erie
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    always loved the paint on the locos
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    Quote Originally Posted by wombat457 View Post
    @Paul Schmidt

    Yeah, just a tad north of south for Erie
    "Look Ahead, Look South" my friend!

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    After changing scales and being gone for the last four years I decided to come back and see what all my old friends have been up to. This Damndemic Virus has given most of us a lot more free time. I wanted to ask you Paul, where did you come up with the 1978 date on that slide. Isn't that the yellow target signal you got from me? I'm thinking more like 2015 or 16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Whiteman View Post
    After changing scales and being gone for the last four years I decided to come back and see what all my old friends have been up to. This Damndemic Virus has given most of us a lot more free time. I wanted to ask you Paul, where did you come up with the 1978 date on that slide. Isn't that the yellow target signal you got from me? I'm thinking more like 2015 or 16.
    Hello Michael!

    Just keeping with the era the Slate Fork Branch is set in; a bit of whimsical fiction re: "finding" the slide.

    Yes, that's the SA fixed-approach signal you built.

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