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cmherndon
12-22-2004, 08:06 AM
This report contains something for everyone. NS, CSX, shortline, old power, new power, EMD, GE, etc. The latter part of the week of December 12th brought some nice sunny weather to central and eastern Kentucky. That said, what does a man do with his free time on those days? Why go railfanning of course! Couple good weather and good power, and you have the railfanning trip. The highlights shall be as follows:

WEDNESDAY: Started late, but caught a few good trains on NS. 58N ran with CSX power, 229 with an aging C39-8, and 215 with an SD70M on the point. Four hours around Danville and points south saw six trains, but those three being the most acceptable.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=88306 - 58N and 229 fueling at Perryville St. Now, why couldn't that power set be turned around? I guess if NS was gonna hit something they might as well just mess up the competition's locomotives.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=88307 - Here's 58N grinding uphill at South Fork. My goodness, that second unit sounded good.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=88308 - Wow, that 223 sure was moving pretty fast as it came around that curve. Must be that extra kick from the EMD.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=88309 - This is what I'd like to see in my backyard. 215 with a fine horsehead SD70M on the point.

THURSDAY: What, we actually chase locals too? But of course. This past week, T19 had B32-8 #3541 for power. The decision was made to chase it to Harrodsburg, and one worthy shot was taken at Nevin Station.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=88310 - Three cars. Looks like there isn't much work to do in Harrodsburg today.

FRIDAY: After finishing my Christmas shopping (thank goodness!). I come home and receive word that a military train has KCS power, and has just passed me up. I immediately head south and then find out there was a catfish added to the front. Oh well, 167 still had some good power in the form of an Ex-Con SD40-2.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=88311 - I do believe they forgot to patch up those gaping holes...

SATURDAY: Don't like NS? Well, how about some shots of CSX and shortline trains? Mr. Bell and I had some free time on Saturday and spent the day roaming around Huntington, Ceredo, Russell, and Catlettsburg. CSX ran a couple three trains but didn't actually talk about them on the radio. Isn't that something? Usually you'll be on CSX and hear them talking about 10 trains at once but you never see them. Oh yeah, there's a shortline photo in here too.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=88312 - Wow, even after it's been gone all these years, there's still a C&O sign at Big Sandy Junction. This crew had better be careful when they get to Shelby since there's a good chance of hearing banjo music down there...

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=88313 - Here's an interesting little critter. A Transfer Terminal SW8 converted to an RCU.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=88314 - Loaded grain and four slipping GE's. This crew should also be careful since Hinton, WV is probably worse than Shelby in regards to banjo music.

Thus concludes the trip. If you didn't see anything you like scroll down. If you did, scroll down. If you're not a fan of bourbon, stop here.

On December 11, 2004, Maker's Mark had a "candelight" tour for the ambassadors. This tour being at night also opened up several opportunities for some night photography of a subject other than trains. The tour was pretty cool and even Mr. Bill Samuels Jr., the president of Maker's Mark, was on hand for the event. Now, just a word of note here, Mr. Bell and I are not drunks. We are just cultured rednecks who enjoy good beer, good whiskey, guns, and trains. You can view our photos from the tour by clicking on the link below.

http://www.cmherndon.com/bourbon

Hope y'all enjoy and thanks for looking!

B747
01-04-2005, 04:31 AM
I just want to thank you guys on the CNO&TP for the reports, I have been reading them for months, but have been unable to reply until now. I also am a Kentuckian, but am forced to live out of state for the time being. I love that area, my wife, and I will be retiring somewhere between, Science Hill, and Burnside in about 9 more years. I will be buying property soon as well, and it will be close to the tracks.

Your pics from Catlettsburg, KY in Dec, brought me home to my hometown, Thanks.

Keep them coming, and maybe I will catch up to you Caleb, E.M., or Randy in the future while trackside.

Take Care

Ween
01-04-2005, 06:13 AM
Pope AFB, NC

<---Altus AFB. Welcome to the board!

Chris

B747
01-05-2005, 10:31 PM
Thanks Ween,

I have been using this site for over a year, but have had password issues.

Thanks for the welcome,look forward to contributing.