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    Default 2020 Prototype Photos Thread

    A new thread for the new year!

    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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    This came through on the 1st. This is a KCS train that has rights to Omaha from KC but uses BN tracks to get there, KC>Lincoln>Omaha.
    It also serves one elevator in Lincoln. When the MoPac/UP/WP merger took place in 82, MKT was given trackage rights over MoPac's KC to Omaha line, including
    their branchline to Lincoln. Once the Borg absorbed the Katy, that service was given to the KCS.

    That yellow abomination is a PRLX 7212, some sort of 70ACe T4? I heard it was coming through and thankfully is was trailing.
    It wasn't hard to find this train that day, all one had to do was look for the Local Paparazzi and all the foam that they were slinging around.



    I was also finally able to catch a couple of locals from the area.
    The first is a BN local that runs south of Lincoln to Beatrice.
    A friend tipped me off and caught it at several places. This is the original elevator at DeWitt, NE when we pulled up here to wait for the
    for the local, I thought I was in Arizona due to the cloud bank that was rolling in.

    DeWitt, NE 010220


    The local finally arrived, it was only doing 10 mph.



    Here's another local that runs North out of Lincoln to Valley, NE then ties back onto their main to Omaha.
    This one is SB running to Lincoln and is at Valparaiso, NE 010520



    Same train just North of Lincoln



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    So I've been taking advantage of some spare time and decent weather yet.

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    We had a little bit of Fog and Hoar Frost set in Sunday morning so I found a few minutes get out trackside.





    The day before was cool but clear and I took my 600 mm out to the Great Corn Desert to play with it for a bit.
    Caught this 8 unit lashup as it started the climb out of the valley. Then just before sunset, I caught a second one.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    Caught this 8 unit lashup as it started the climb out of the valley.
    Great photo, Allen! These are all fantastic - nice job.

    -Paul

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    #493 moved today under her own power, for the first time in 52 years.











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    And what a beautiful beastie she is. Brings a tear of joy to this moose's eye...
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    Have the diesels arrived on the DSNG yet?
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    CEO of the WC White Pine Subdivision, an Upper Peninsula branch line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpwisc View Post
    Have the diesels arrived on the DSNG yet?
    Nope. The new ones are stuck in legal limbo due to a contract issue, I understand. I'm not privy to all the details, and I don't want to pass along gossip. But suffice to say, they will be several more months. At least.
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    It was frosty yesterday morning, the 24th of Jan. And these oldsters showed the effects of idling in the frost!
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    Awesome! How cool is that!

    Looks like less snow on the ground in Durango (elev 6500 feet) than at Lester, Wash. (elev 1600 feet).

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    Caught that hard shoot UP local again. Yeah I know, "They use that for Local power?"
    It's got some hilly terrain and the track twists and turns a lot. In years gone by, they actually used U50's on this line after they got deregulated from mainline usage.
    Would have loved to had camera back then or a time machine now.

    Touhy, NE



    Agnew, NE


    These were shot on the old CNW line between Fremont and Blair, NE
    I sure miss the green & yellow paint and the nose bells.




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    Nickel Plate running past my home:

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    Was able to catch this eastbound going over the hump out of town, started with video, then ran out of space and finished with stills. My biggest curiousity is what these hoppers carry. They are very beat up, from the inside. Can't imagine grain, sand or pellets causing such damage. I don't have a clue.

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    Attica Arcade Railway video:

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    Here's something you don't see everyday.
    I got a phone yesterday morning from a buddy who said Amtrak was running a test train, #934, through town (on the California Zephyr route) with two of their new Charger locos built by Siemens. I heard they are testing them for their long haul trains now, this one did not have any passengers onboard.

    I first caught it just on the west edge of town.





    Then I hauled a$$ to a bridge just east of Ashland, NE (about 35 miles) where they cross the Platte River.
    As it approached Ashland, I jumped out of the warm truck and walked to the edge of the bridge and got set up.
    Much to my surprise they stopped in Ashland? So not wanting to miss it I stood there on the bridge waiting for it.
    They were waiting for a WB empty coal train to come off the line. After it cleared they released the #934.
    I'm glad I waited for it (and froze for it) as I've been wanting to get a shot on this bridge for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen H. View Post
    Here's something you don't see everyday.
    In addition to being unique, those are really great shots, Allen!

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    Dang, @Allen H., that last UP shot could just about find it's way into a calendar or book.

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    This was an unexpected pleasure and a blast from the past! I worked on both of these units in the past while working at LRC in Livingston in the early 90's. And here they are on the point of an M-train! And in that train, yesterday morning, was this barely re-marked fallen flag.Back to our regularly scheduled pumpkins....
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    Haven't done much railfanning lately, but did catch wind that EB #6 (California Zephyr) was going to be running to late again (9hrs) due to snow in the Rockies.
    So we caught it crossing the Platte River just south of Omaha. Take note that the fresh (rusty) section on the bridge under the loco was the section that washed out due to the flooding that occured last spring. Not seen in the photo is the UP (ex MoPac) bridge to the left. It too got a section washed out as well and took a larger hit due it being up stream of the BN bridge. Where you see all the sand, there's normally water running.
    The Platte is usually nothing more than a very wide creek, where one is able to walk across and is no deeper than around 6' in places.

    Should anyone be interested, here's a link to a special broadcast that NET (Nebraska Educational TV) produced last fall about the flooding from last spring and the magnitude of destruction that it caused. The way it sounds, things are prime for another flood this spring? Ice jams are already causing issues upstream of this location around the Fremont, NE area.
    It's quite interesting.
    https://youtu.be/x8GyFd_bz7Q



    Here are a few other shots I've gotten recently, nothing spectacular, but someone took notice how I inadvertently captured different types of energy in each photo.
    See if you can spot them?


    The tank train is Ethanol.




    Again it's an Ethanol train.
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    Dang, Allen, nice stuff. ...

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