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Hardcoaler Mar 26, 2015

  1. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Mostly N Scale Staff Member

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    The other end of the same locomotive ^^^^^^
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    Shot by me, July 1985, El Paso Texas.

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    drbnc TrainBoard Member

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    Another El Paso Texas shot, July 1985. Canary taking on sand.

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  5. HemiAdda2d

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    Not many MOPAC units got DBs--the SD40-2C (coal service units) are one notable exception. Nice catch!
     
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    CP 260 Stretching out near Ainsworth, IA
    January 15, 2023


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    CP 7022 as a MidDPU on train 260 near Ainsworth, IA.

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  8. Kurt Moose

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    Nice find Buddy!(y)
     
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    Dark thirty at Saginaw TX 1-15-23
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    From 09/21/1997 at Kings Mountain, KY on NS's Rathole. This route saw large scale line improvements between 1961 and 1963, one of which was the elimination of 3,992 FT Tunnel No. 2 here. You can't see the old portal in this photo, but it's just to the left of the silver relay case. It was replaced by this massive cut.

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  11. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    This must have been quite the project. Might have been been interesting to watch it progress.
     
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    Another shot from the Rathole, this at Tateville, KY in April 2005. Note the wide cut with plenty of room for MofW access on both sides.

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  13. BNSF FAN

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    Great stuff Hardcoaler! There wasn't a lot of coverage if this line upgrade like there was for some other places that were a bit more famous unfortunately. You do have to give the Southern Railway credit for doing this one right. They didn't just daylight a bunch of tunnels, they also planned ahead and made room for future capacity, made room for MoW as noted and also did some line realignments to ease grades and reduce congestion as well. A true first class upgrade by a first class organization.
     
  14. BuddyBurton

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    I second this. Southern had it planned right. I miss the SOUTHERN days.


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  15. Hardcoaler

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    That's a perfect summary @BNSF FAN . Perhaps the remoteness of extensive segments of the line kept fans and the media away. They added clearance enough for catenary, and while that never came to pass, it paid a dividend with stack trains.

    From 03/14/1990 at Nemo, TN is this photo of abandoned Tunnel 24 which we drove our li'l mini-van through. The desk clerk mentioned it at the motel and after a lot of wrong turns in this pre-GPS era, we found it. Some local teens were there and we followed them through in their 4x4 with a light bar. It's a long tunnel with an uneven floor, so we crept along. Thankfully we didn't meet anyone coming in the other direction!

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  16. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Smart engineering on this upgrade. As the image clearly shows, that extra bit of breathing room for MOW also keeps falling rocks at bay and off the tracks. That's a luxury my fav railroad (D&RGW) didn't have available, as their ROW was literally blasted out of the side of a mountain in most places!
     
  17. HemiAdda2d

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    Amtrak 7 makes a tardy approach to Minot in early January 2023.
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  18. Hardcoaler

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    N&W hack 555093, Class C32P at Hagerstown, MD, July 1982. The 'P' in its Class meant it was suitable for pool service anywhere on the N&W system.

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  19. HemiAdda2d

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  20. Hardcoaler

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    I'd never thought of that. Interesting. I think the only hint of B&O pool cabooses was their blue color. Taken same day in Hagerstown, July 1982.

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