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Hoppers? Feb. 13th, 2009 @ 02:24 am
I know we are all fans here but any hoppers as well?
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You know... Feb. 12th, 2009 @ 12:11 am
There's something extra haunting and compelling about the sound of a well tuned K5LA on a dark, windy, rainy night.
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BNSF 8031 in Easton, PA Feb. 29th, 2008 @ 12:30 pm
This morning I returned to yesterday's hot spot near Hugh Moore Park in Easton, PA. This westbound train was pulled by NS 9972 and BN 8031. This is the first time I've photographed a BN engine in action, and at that, it's been a good decade since I last saw one in person. I've edited it to show the BN engine, since the NS in front was passing under me and was rather blurred.

Are these green-and-gray BN's going to some day be painted orange and green to fit into the BNSF paint scheme similar to how all those beautiful blue Conrails are being painted NS black and white?

x-posted to my journal for myself

CEFX 3161 & NS 3424 Feb. 28th, 2008 @ 05:14 pm
I'm posting this part to share and part to ask a question about the engine in this photo. I took it today in Easton, PA. It's a west-bound train, lead by the blue engine with no other markings aside from CEFX and its number. (Behind is a "typical" Norfolk Southern.)

I've never seen an engine with CEFX on it, and I'm not sure what it is. I could spend the next 3 days flipping pages of dad's train magazines but I was hoping someone would have a quicker answer that'll save the trouble. Is it related to another railroad? Any information is appreciated.

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Thanks! x-posted to my journal.

New Orleans: The New Orleans Public Belt RR in the French Quarter Feb. 8th, 2008 @ 07:47 am

Two engines owned by the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad pulling a mixed-consist freight train along the New Orleans Riverfront.

Even before the storm, many folks began to forget just how significant the Port of New Orleans is to the United States. While other ports along the Gulf Coast have taken away business from New Orleans, the city's port is still the one at the mouth of the biggest river in the nation. As such, it's the largest port for rubber and coffee imports, and a major port for grain exports. a

The NOPB Railroad connects rail traffic from the major carriers with port facilities. Hopper cars carrying grain use NOPB to access elevators on the river, and the railroad connects a number of cargo wharves and a large container/intermodal facility with the rest of the nation.

NOPB is owned by the City of New Orleans. It was established in 1904, operating over 25 miles of main track including the Huey P. Long bridge across the Mississippi) and 75 miles of yard track.

These two engines are approaching the "Moonwalk," which is the walkway in front of the river across Decatur St. from Jackson Square. It's a tricky area to navigate for both streetcars and trains, because tourists are crossing over from Washington Artillery Park and the French Market parking lot to the Moonwalk. Still, the trains must roll, servicing the wharves on either side of the French Quarter.

Because of its location, New Orleans is still quite the train city, in spite of the general decline of passenger rail in the last 50 years. Three Amtrak trains terminate at New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal: The Crescent, the City of New Orleans, and the Sunset Limited. Additionally, several railroads have significant facilities and operations in the metro area, on both sides of the river. The city government in the early 20th Century was aware that the interests of competing railroads might not coincide with those of the city, hence the creation of the Public Belt.
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