Mar 26, 2015
KCS 4030 West leading a stack train on the Union Pacific Clinton Sub at Bertram, IA.
UP 8910 was MidDPU.
June 18, 2022
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This morning's Silver Star (#92) at Pontiac, SC on the former SAL main, again running late in daylight.
Does the Silver Star run thru this territory at night, normally?
It's in the mid 90s again today, so let's cool off with a rolling icicle:
From June 1995 in Corsicana, Texas.
Yes, in both directions. I wish we had some of those new Siemens units here -- I love seeing them in your pictures.
Spotted this unusual car, parked in town today.
Must have been dropped off last night, since it was not there last night!
Reporting marks:. CCS2170
Looks like a coil car.
Good pic catches.
Found another episode from the same series on TV this morning, Train Robbery. A comment on the YouTube reads that it was filmed at SP's Santa Susana train depot in Simi Valley. We're expected to believe that the lever that controls the train order signal controls a mainline switch. Much more aerial and ground train footage with this one.
Calera, AL, 10/18/1987 in CSX's colorful early days.
Calara is a neat spot, with an important former SOU line crossing the former L&N main between Birmingham and Montgomery, plus it's the location of the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum.
Also noticed that she was lining the switch for a siding or spur. Not the main track. Hmmmm.
One thing that was kind of cool in the station office was a neatly organized rack of train order hoops.
That was a good episode although I noticed some anomalies, too. The engineer used an abbreviated grade crossing signal for everything, including approaching a tunnel. And, it was amazing how they were able to switch between a PA and an EMD without stopping the train!
Ahh, Hollywood. They do the same with airplanes. Taking off you see a 727, in flight it changes to a Convair 880 and landing it is a 707. Just use some "stock" footage. However in the above TV series, at least they kept with the same railroad. I have seen movies where the same train is represented by multiple railroads. Only rail geeks really care. Mom and Pop in Des Moines, Iowa couldn't care less.
A common faux pas I notice is the use of air horns as background sound effects in street scenes from the 1930s. Well yeah, there were diesels then, but steam whistles would have been by far the norm. Stuff like this is so dumb to overlook. Makes you wonder about the production crew.
Hey how about in Dallas or Houston?
And, I don't know how many model pictures I've seen with derailed trucks. The modeler takes extreme care to make his layout look totally real and then doesn't make sure everything is on the track. Yeah, THAT doesn't stick out.
Speaking of sticking out... These poles are about to return to the earth from whence they came. CP Portal Sub, MP 478.