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    It would be well worth the trip! Ain't you heading out here for the cousins funeral? A moose got in front of a pickup on I-94 a couple days ago. Poor guy, the moose. The pickup ain't to nice to see either, no pics tho. So, it's just 5 hours past here to get to the 108 and 110!
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    Eee-gads! Moose no wanna see that! Some meese just don't know their limitations...
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    Unfortunately it ain't only moose that don't know their limitations. It wasn't any kind of purty pics my kid showed me of the moose or pickup. Anyway, it would be well worth a trip to them hills to ride and then chase that train. It's not just the seeing and hearing, there are the smells and feelings of motion and such that make it well nigh a perfect train ride!
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    First couple photos are from vacation I took in July. I still haven't been out as much as I would like.

    This is the L&N depot at Greensburg. While the railroad has been gone since at least 1979, the building is still there. Tracks ran to the left in this picture.
    L&N Greensburg Depot, Greensburg,KY 7/13/2020 by Jeff Wagoner, on Flickr
    CSX Q202 northbound at Sonora. This was formerly train Q142, an intermodal train, but has changed recently to pick up autoracks in Louisville. Q143, its counterpart, is now Q203.
    CSX Q202, Sonora,KY 7/13/2020 by Jeff Wagoner, on Flickr


    Yesterday I visited the Henderson Sub in western Kentucky. The weather was actually decent (especially by August standards) and the railroad was fairly busy. I noticed the southbound signals at Romney were green for a southbound train, so I proceeded to Crofton to wait. About 20 minutes later, Q503 arrived. I'd walked out in a field I thought would be dry (save for morning dew) and quickly found out it was quite muddy the hard way. Guess it's all part of it!
    CSX Q503, Crofton,KY 8/7/2020 by Jeff Wagoner, on Flickr

    Q503 met northbound empty coal train U013 at Kelly a few miles south. U013 proceeded to the siding at Crofton, where it met Q029 coming south, but I could not get a photo. I then went north to Nortonville and caught U013 there.
    CSX U013, Nortonville,KY 8/7/2020 by Jeff Wagoner, on Flickr

    The dispatcher had mentioned several southbounds were coming, first being Q647. So I waited at the overpass. I'd heard Q647 blowing its horn for a crossing north of me, but moments later I also heard another horn to the south, so I knew there was going to be a meet. The northbound, J732, a Hopkinsville(Casky) to Madisonville and back local came creeping up. I could hear Q647 by the time 732 was at the bridge, so I was hoping I'd get a photo of them meeting. It actually worked out pretty well:
    CSX Q647/J732, Nortonville,KY 8/7/2020 by Jeff Wagoner, on Flickr

    J732 was kept waiting as Q025, another priority intermodal train came south. Q025 usually follows Q029 out of Evansville and is typically a monster train, 10k feet and with DPU power. Today was no different.
    CSX Q025, Nortonville,KY 8/7/2020 by Jeff Wagoner, on Flickr

    A little while later a second Q503 came south. I'm guessing one of the two trains I saw with this symbol was delayed further north for some reason, which put them hours apart on the HD.
    CSX Q503-06, Nortonville,KY 8/7/2020 by Jeff Wagoner, on Flickr

    I hung around for a little while but by then it had quieted down. Some track work was going on for a bit but nothing else seemed too close. A work train was moving down at Casky for a bit. A little later J726 left Madisonville to go north but I didn't venture that far. Q501 came south but I'd started home by then.

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    That snaky "S" in the trees is a pretty sight!

    This was taken while this train was pulling in to Curry siding just east of Glendive. Under powered and only allowed to use the lead unit for some reason, (fuel savings?) Curry is at the beginning of the climb up to Beaver Hill summit.
    This guy was leaving town late one afternoon just after the sun went behind the western hills,And this load of Bakken crude was sitting on the west end awaiting a crew to head west.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badlandnp View Post
    Under powered and only allowed to use the lead unit for some reason, (fuel savings?)
    Probably so, Trip Optimizer software at work.

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    That and rule changes. Here to Laurel and back is limited to notch 5. Only time excepted is if you are under 15 mph, then as soon as you exceed 15, start dropping the throttle to 5. Micro managed engineers and train running. Not much fun.
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    I made the video yesterday.
    Sexiest fat man alive.

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    That video of NKP 765 on the first page hooked me to read the rest of the thread. Loved the photos!

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    Last Friday, August 28, I happened to catch a meet on CSX in Catawba, SC. Not the most photogenic place, but here's some pictures.



    789 (an ES44AC) was leading a southbound empty coal train.



    505 (an AC44CW) is coming out of the siding with the Greenwood, SC to Hamlet, NC freight train. It just happened that the first cars on the northbound were gondolas carrying large blocks of granite.
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    I shot this video today.
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    Another video.
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    A Lancaster and Chester train shoving a cut of covered hoppers in Heath Springs, SC, toward the ADM soybean oil plant in Kershaw.



    The shoving distance is about 6 miles. They have to run around the train in Heath Springs because the tracks in Kershaw are already full.
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    With the weather starting to cool off and the smoke clearing from the recent fires out west, I ventured out last weekend.
    This is the KCKLIN (Kansas City to Lincoln) manifest. It left Omaha and is in route to Lincoln WB.
    It's crossing the Platte River just east of Ashland, Ne at a place known as Linoma (Lincoln-Omaha) which is a old small private camping/fishing resort.
    I've been trying to get this shot all summer long without much luck.
    I've shot trains on this bridge all year long but not from this angle.


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    A trip to the Henderson Sub yesterday. I keep visiting the same location over and over...need to change it up. I was actually going to but the spot I wanted to try had a lot of vegetation in the way.

    CSX N321, Nortonville,KY 10/8/2020 by Jeff Wagoner, on Flickr
    CSX Q503, Nortonville,KY 10/8/2020 by Jeff Wagoner, on Flickr
    CSX J732-08, Nortonville,KY 10/8/2020 by Jeff Wagoner, on Flickr
    CSX Q025, Nortonville,KY 10/8/2020 by Jeff Wagoner, on Flickr

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    Somebody clearly needs to do a better job of ballasting. Take a soft brush and clear all that excess ballast off the tops of the ties before wetting with isopropyl alcohol and then applying the diluted... oh, wait. Never mind.

    Seriously though, same location or not, nice pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OTFan View Post
    Somebody clearly needs to do a better job of ballasting. Take a soft brush and clear all that excess ballast off the tops of the ties before wetting with isopropyl alcohol and then applying the diluted... oh, wait. Never mind.

    Seriously though, same location or not, nice pictures.

    Thanks! Seeing the real life track like that makes me feel better about having ballast on the ties on my own layout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimRacin14 View Post
    Thanks! Seeing the real life track like that makes me feel better about having ballast on the ties on my own layout.
    That section is probably scheduled for another day's work by the surfacing gang. Compare the adjacent main.

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