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Train pics & questions
« on: September 20, 2020, 06:56:09 PM »
So is there anything unique about this engine? I drive across a busy track sometimes 6 times a day. It’s not unusual to see someone parked by the track with a tripod setup. I always want to ask what they’re doing, but I don’t want to offend either. Anyways, this past Saturday and today there was at half a dozen people standing by the tracks, with many cameras etc. I pulled up and stopped, bc I never argue or even risk arguing with a train. Anyways, several people started gesturing for me to “get my nether regions across the track posthaste”, or something along those lines. I did, and noticed there was a train about to get going on the sidetrack. It looked relatively normal, but I snapped a pic of it to ask the train people here who know more than I

Said locomotives




This pic I snapped just because the other week.




And finally, when the train stops thiiiiiiiiis far away from clearing the crossing, you know you’ve done pissed in the universe’s cheerios.



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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2020, 08:28:56 PM »

  Looks to be a couple of Union Pacific Electro Motive Diesel power units. Standard of the industry, However you gotta watch those train fanatics, they're worse than Guzzisti's. My oldest brother plans his vacations around this or that train related excursion annualy .

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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2020, 08:45:26 PM »

I have a couple of these in my Lionel collection. They are the SD70 ACE
The EMD (Electro Motive Division) SD70ACe (often nicknamed "Ace" or "The Ace" by most railfans, builders, and employees) is a type of six-axle, 16-cylinder, 4,300hp AC-traction diesel-electric locomotive which was first introduced in 2004 (the prototypes built the previous year), and has been in production since 2005.

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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2020, 08:53:19 PM »
If your pictures were actually taken in Georgia, the excitement may have been due to the presence of Union Pacific engines, a long way from their normal stomping grounds. Train fanatics, aka foamers, tend to get worked up when something unusual is in the area. I am assuming those tracks are now owned by Norfolk Southern based on the second picture.

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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2020, 10:23:19 PM »
If your pictures were actually taken in Georgia, the excitement may have been due to the presence of Union Pacific engines, a long way from their normal stomping grounds. Train fanatics, aka foamers, tend to get worked up when something unusual is in the area. I am assuming those tracks are now owned by Norfolk Southern based on the second picture.

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You are correct. Pics were taken in Atlanta proper, just off Bolton Rd. And most trains are the black ones like the second pic. Maybe they got lost? 😂😂😂

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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2020, 12:00:27 AM »
I saw BNSF engines in North Carolina a few years ago.  I asked about it then, and I was told it had to do with a freight backlog and rail companies leasing engines from each other.

Or something to that effect.

As for the people gathering at grade crossings with cameras, they are "trainspotting."
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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2020, 05:48:00 AM »
If your pictures were actually taken in Georgia, the excitement may have been due to the presence of Union Pacific engines, a long way from their normal stomping grounds. Train fanatics, aka foamers, tend to get worked up when something unusual is in the area. I am assuming those tracks are now owned by Norfolk Southern based on the second picture.

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Thats my guess also. Big honking UP power, running in a strange place.

Im a huge train fan myself, and as I sit reading this, and drinking my coffee, im looking at the main line between albany NY and Boston Mass right out my window about 100 feet away..  I do enjoy when a odd ball comes by.
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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2020, 06:36:57 AM »
I am also a train fan but more into model trains, 1940 era. My commute to work crosses the old New York Central, now CSX mainline from New York/Boston to Chicago. I have seen UP, BNSF including some in their old Southern Pacific and SF Warbonnet paint schemes on those tracks as well. Not so much into modern trains though. I am fairly clueless when it comes to diesels made after about 1960.
I do have 4 UP SD70ACe's in the Building America, Spirit of UP, and George HW Bush schemes, my only modern power.
This was taken by a friend a few years ago just down the road from me. Its the Union Pacific Business train led by an engine called Spirit of UP. It was named after a WWII B17 that was funded by the employees of the UP during The war..





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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2020, 06:08:58 PM »
UP at present has a lot of locos not being used. NS instead of buying new units leases locos from UP.
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« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2020, 11:37:28 PM »
BNSF have a big yard just up the road from me in New Westminster British Columbia. It's interesting how the railroad companies share each others tracks and rolling stock.
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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2020, 05:18:57 PM »
Ran across lots of trains the past two days. Belington, WV.





Oakland, Maryland.











Got another picture of this monster in Rowlesburg, WV. Could not figure out how to get closer. :(







Oh, and one plane.







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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2020, 06:43:26 PM »
Nice pics John!

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« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2020, 07:31:19 PM »
The "monster" appears to be a Jordan Spreader. Best google the name as it evolved over the years. It was a multi function tool that could plow snow and spread ballast on the track.

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« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2020, 09:12:40 PM »
Thanks, GG.  I wish I had D Kalals talent.  I just point and shoot.

Pete:  Yeah, we had the ID on that monster from Charlie, I think.  I photographed it previously on one of my rambles.  I was really hoping to get down to it this time but just couldn't find the access road. 
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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2020, 09:16:37 PM »
The "monster" appears to be a Jordan Spreader. Best google the name as it evolved over the years. It was a multi function tool that could plow snow and spread ballast on the track.

Pete

Yep. I posted a link to a website that confirmed what it was on the Tag-O-Rama topic.






Kind of surprised to see Western MD #82 at Belington. I guess the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley isn't running any excursions out of Elkins right now and they're using other locomotives for freight operations. #82 is an EMD BL2, one of the few in existence and even fewer still running.
 
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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2020, 09:25:07 PM »


Went to the Big Boy 4014 in Coffeeville, Ks.
He drew a pretty big crowd. Hmmmm, seems like a different world  :sad:
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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #16 on: October 09, 2020, 05:34:27 PM »
I have passed this building in Grafton West Virginia a hundred times.





I took a closer look today and saw:





Well damn. Is that the old B&O depot?  Grafton is awfully rundown but it used to be a hopping place.

Also, while out riding today I found this impressive looking rail bridge. Impressed me anyway.







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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #17 on: October 09, 2020, 06:22:32 PM »
Something about railroading that sticks with you...i still have dreams (& nightmares) about riding the rails - 35 years after leaving the job.
Hours were too cRaZY for me.
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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #18 on: October 09, 2020, 07:00:37 PM »
I have passed this building in Grafton West Virginia a hundred times.





I took a closer look today and saw:





Well damn. Is that the old B&O depot?  Grafton is awfully rundown but it used to be a hopping place.

Also, while out riding today I found this impressive looking rail bridge. Impressed me anyway.









Great photos. I used to go out to Grafton about once a year. There was a great little restaurant called the "Four Corners" right at the intersection of 50 and 119. About 12 years ago, it was torn down and replaced by a Walgreens.  :angry: I'd always stay at the Crislip Motor Lodge.

Something about railroading that sticks with you...i still have dreams (& nightmares) about riding the rails - 35 years after leaving the job.
Hours were too cRaZY for me.
Fun job...when the weather is nice!

I think about my (very) short railroad career, no dreams or nightmares though. Only 22 years ago for me. Crazy hours was why I left too.
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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #19 on: October 26, 2020, 12:00:07 AM »
So I saw an interesting Norfolk Southern car and engine parked on the sidetrack I go past. I had to take a picture.





Looks kinda old timey. Anyway I thought it was cool and figured I’d share. Thanks, Robert

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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #20 on: October 26, 2020, 08:06:17 AM »

     Norfolk Southern research train....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH575y1HZE0

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« Reply #21 on: October 26, 2020, 01:06:05 PM »
Thanks Paul! That was very interesting.

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Re: NGC - Train pics & questions
« Reply #22 on: November 03, 2020, 07:02:13 PM »
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  on any given day there is a guy with about 10 camera's set up taking pic's{ a little rail knowledge} BNSF runs east - west through town but Union Pacific runs North-South an the tracks cross each other you talk about noise clickety clack.
Rain or shine the guy sets there taking pics.
Must get pic's an sells them.
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« Reply #23 on: November 06, 2020, 11:58:16 PM »
You have probably seen one of these traveling slowly on the rails near you. It measures any track misalignment using a light beam and corrects it.
If the rail is low it grabs the rail and pulls it up then tamps the ballast under the cross-tie.
I repair quite a few of the alignment detectors and invented a derail alarm for the buggy.

This one is folded up with the buggy in the travel position, normally the buggy is pushed out about 20 feet in front and shining Infra-red light beams back at the main unit.
The light beam passes across a shadow board you can see just in front of the cab to the detector at the rear of the unit.
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« Reply #24 on: November 07, 2020, 07:03:58 AM »
Great pic, GG.
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« Reply #25 on: November 07, 2020, 09:57:06 PM »
One of my post retirement jobs is transporting BNSF railroad crews on dead heads and dog catches. A couple of times I have transported metric train crews to the airport so they can return to their home yards. They come from all over to do this specialized job.
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« Reply #26 on: November 08, 2020, 08:45:01 AM »
 ^ So I'll bite , what's a "dead head or dog catch" ?  Peter

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« Reply #27 on: November 08, 2020, 10:09:28 AM »
Dead head is crew going back to the yard. Dog catch is picking up the crew at a siding or some other remote location.  I did a dog catch with an assist this morning at 3a.m. Crazy hours.
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« Reply #28 on: November 19, 2020, 02:52:55 PM »
I saw BNSF engines in North Carolina a few years ago.  I asked about it then, and I was told it had to do with a freight backlog and rail companies leasing engines from each other.

Or something to that effect.

As for the people gathering at grade crossings with cameras, they are "trainspotting."

I dropped a crew off at a train last week. One of the motors, as the crews call them, was marked "Ferro Mex". Yup, a Mexican locomotive. Surprised me.
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« Reply #29 on: November 19, 2020, 11:22:53 PM »
One of my post retirement jobs is transporting BNSF railroad crews on dead heads and dog catches. A couple of times I have transported metric train crews to the airport so they can return to their home yards. They come from all over to do this specialized job.
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Where is the home office for BNSF, I'm asking because they have a facility just down the road from me in New Westminster British Columbia, their trains seem to use CN tracks.
Kind of a neat name Burlington Northern Sante Fe
I found this map
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