View Full Version : Weatherman Accuracy, a trip report

01-20-2005, 02:19 AM
Believe it or not, 0 for 2 on Friday and Saturday, but I can't really complain about either day. Friday, after seeing that the forecast was supposed to be "sunny", Junior, Emmett, and I headed south to shoot the Second District. As mentioned, we were already well south of the state line before coming to the conclusion that the sun was never going to come out except for the 2 minutes it showed itself through a sucker hole here and there. It wasn't a total loss as we checked out one of the tunnels from the original CS alignment between Helenwood and Robbins for most of the morning.

http://www.cmherndon.com/other/tunnellining - Several layers of brick lining in said tunnel.
http://www.cmherndon.com/outtakes/jcrnewrivertunnel - Junior checking out the north end of that tunnel.
http://www.cmherndon.com/nonrail/creektunnel - Here's an interesting one. What we believe was originally supposed to be a railroad tunnel has a creek running through it.
http://www.cmherndon.com/outtakes/toilet - Ah yes, what would something like this be without and outtake? We never saw any bears though.

After a harrowing 4x4 expedition to find a photo location, we again waited for the sun to come out (hopefully) for some shots of 251 at Mountain View. Of course, the sun didn't come out.

http://www.cmherndon.com/upphotos/ns251up5889mtnview011405 - 251 at Mountain View. I think that GE was dead since the train was moving slow, and all I heard was that trailing SD40-2.
http://www.cmherndon.com/other/artsy251 - An "artsy" type shot of 251. No matter what Emmett tries to tell you, the photo is supposed to look like that.

Heading back north towards Kentucky, we stop at Ratliff to shoot 283. I made the mention of it probably having an 86-foot Hi-Cube stuck in the middle of the train. Lo and behold, it did. Here's the head end of the train passing the old Blue Diamond loading facility near Ratliff.


Around Revelo, Emmett captures this shot of the "Eskimo Suit"


We headed back north in hopes of catching a 123 with some SP power. We catch it around Burgin, but the train picked up a new lead unit of the pumpkin variety. Go figure. And you know what, the sun finally came out on the way home. That's just enough to make a man upset.

A "Cloudy" day was forecast on Saturday, and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. I'm guessing the weatherman must be dyslexic (or is it lysdexic?) or something. I may just have to concur with Emmett about that weather rock thing. We got a late start though, but were met with several quality trains. There are NO GE's in this next bunch.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=91687 - A late 275 rolling under the Danville Bypass with a Conrail blue SD70. I wonder how much suspicion we raised standing on that bridge...

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=91688 - 287 at the wye with a "punkinized" SD70MAC (actually a pair). This scheme looks better on an EMD, but it's still ugly. If this were a Dash 9, I probably wouldn't have even bothered.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=91690 - That 275 again at Palm. I honestly think that GE was dead.

Some inspired (i.e. high rate of speed) driving allowed us to beat the train to South Fork, where I got the following shot of 275. That GE must've been dead because I never heard it.


Some less inspired driving back north allowed us to catch 133 again. It snuck up on us as Emmett mentioned shooting it at (of all places) Moreland, and the 128.7 detector went off just as he said that. We must be living in a parallel universe since the weather was "cloudy" and the SD50 leading 133 was "clean"...


That concludes the ramblings for now. Hope y'all enjoy, and thanks for looking!

01-22-2005, 06:02 PM
If anyone had problems viewing the links to my personal site in this report, the problem has now been resolved and the site should work just fine now.

01-25-2005, 12:53 PM
I do enjoy your photo reports Celab! :)