View Full Version : Some Ramblings in and Around Louisville

03-05-2005, 05:39 AM
With some good weather forecasted for Wednesday, Emmett, JR, and I decided to make a mini-roadtrip towards Lousy...Loser, er...Louisville. We've hardly ever had an acceptable railfanning trip to Louisville, and that was almost the case on Wednesday with 283's troubles and dark signals at LS Junction. We did a lot of exploring around the area, and even managed to catch a northbound CSX train on the Monon. Sadly though, the sun was wrong so no photos were taken.

Our first stop was in Buechel, at the depot. We knew 223 was coming and searched for a suitable location to shoot it. This plan was ditched when we heard 239 was getting ready to leave and needed a push. I did manage a shot of the depot before we headed that way.

http://www.cmherndon.com/other/buecheldepot compare it to the following photo..


We catch up to 239 at New Albany and see that it's running with an aging C39-8, one of the few acceptable GE's still on the rails today. Yes, you did read that correctly. I never shot it due to the dark nose you'll get for any westbound in the morning. However, shoving on the rear was a new SD70M and an old SD50.


We headed up to Duncan to catch another shot of this train, and to grab a shot of 44A which was also running with SD70M power (and EMD trio as a matter of fact: 2 SD70M's and a GP38-2). While waiting for 44A, I took my "artistic" shot of the day.


44A passes a few minutes later, and the pushers are not too far behind them, seen in the next photo waiting for the signals to clear.


We catch back up to 44A relatively easy, and shoot the train at K&I Junction, right before the train starts over the Ohio River bridge.


A quick stop at the WC Lounge almost caused us to miss a northbound CSX train on the Monon at New Albany. Luckily, we were able to catch it running through the street.

The traffic is dying down a little bit so we start some explorations of more photo locations. That exploration also allowed us to find the following...

http://www.cmherndon.com/outtakes/stucktruck - Whoops

After some exploration, we start heading east since it seemed to be the best option once everything got sorted out. I think there were trains in just about every siding waiting for the mess to clear up in Louisville. One train was even told that they would be at Joyes "forever" in reference to how long it would be before they could head west again. Everything eventually started moving again, but by this time the light was fading fast and we decided to head to the house. Until next time...

Hope y'all enjoy and thanks for looking!

03-05-2005, 01:17 PM
Lousy...Loser, er...Louisville.

My dad used to live in Hardingsburg about 60 miles west of Louisville. We would go to the Louisville Redbirds games at Cardinal stadium at the fairgrounds. The Redbirds usually sucked so I would watch the NS trains running parallel to I-65. Or the planes land at Louisville Intl.

Planes, trains, and automobiles. :smile:

And its not Louisville, its "Kentuckyiana" :eek:

Thanks for the report