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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.Pete
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
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.
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 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."
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.kk
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