View Full Version : Finally Got a Round Tuit - November Trips

12-16-2005, 06:44 AM
The November trip report, live from Procrastinators Anonymous. I guess it's a good thing the weather has sucked here for the past month. Otherwise, I'd probably have way too many photos to work on and not enough time to do so. Come to think of it, I still have stuff from the Newport Aquarium to work on and those were taken back in June...

Anyway, the first weekend in November, I met up with a railroader/railfan friend of mine. Our plan was to go shoot over on the CSX KD Subdivision, but he was only a few times out which pretty much negated any chance of heading over towards Corbin. He ended up getting called while we were sitting at Gradison.

We ended up seeing a handful of trains for the time we were actually trackside. Lo and behold, I didn't write any of these down, but I do remember seeing at least four (215, 132, 044, and 229 in that order).

044 at Gradison. (http://www.cmherndon.com/galleries/rail/2005/11/ns044ns7129gradison110505.htm) The shutter wasn't fast enough to totally freeze and yet not slow enough to totally blur it. The effect is odd, but it's starting to grow on me. Maybe it's just the GP60.

Right after 044 passed, 229 arrived running at track speed through Coon Holler dip.

229 at Gradison (http://www.cmherndon.com/ns229ns6797gradison110505.jpg) - A telephoto would've accentuated the territory a bit more, but you can see how undulating it is. South of here, it's an even bigger roller coaster ride.

Two weeks later, I met up with the same friend. He actually had a day off this time, and we headed over towards Corbin to shoot the CSX. It was kind of slow, but it looked like a few southbounds would be leaving soon. Upon reaching the north end of the yard, we discovered a southbound grain train with a pair of SD40-2s. The leader had "the horn of the gods" on it, and we figured that it may get out relatively quickly. All hopes of that were thrown out the window when they were told to cut their power off.

So, we picked a spot down around the south end of Corbin to sit and wait for these trains to leave. We can see a train switching off in the distance, and I also make the comment about the yard being on a hill and how it would've been nice to have about a 400mm lens since there were three or four empty coal trains draped over the hump.

After about an hour of waiting and listening to The Charlie Daniels Band, we figure it's a great time to get something to eat. Remember those southbounds? That's the same time they start moving. Go figure. As we make our return, there goes a southbound rack train blowing past with a pair of AC's. We beat the train to Woodbine and shoot it from a bridge there.

CSX Q211 - Woodbine, KY (http://www.cmherndon.com/galleries/rail/2005/11/csxq211csxt231woodbine111905.htm)

The train switching turned out to be Q539. It also had a pair of SD40-2s (but not the aforementioned ones) and was waiting for a signal upon our arrival back in Corbin. So what do you do with a pair of SD40-2s and an RS-5T horn? Why chase it of course.

It was moving slow leaving the yard, and we tried to figure out where a good place to shoot it would be. It was gonna be a rocket too, since the train was relatively light and had less than 2000'. We barely keep ahead of it, but manage to get shots/video just north of Wofford where the line crosses KY 26.

CSX Q539 - Rockhold, KY (http://www.cmherndon.com/galleries/rail/2005/11/csxq539csxt8202rockhold111905.htm)

Getting ahead of the train again is no problem since we were on the right side of the tracks. This allows us to get a shot at the south end of Wofford, where the line makes curves around some rock, and crosses KY 26 again.

CSX Q539 - Wofford, KY (http://www.cmherndon.com/galleries/rail/2005/11/csxq539csxt8202wofford111905.htm)

The train passes us before we're back in the truck, but some inspired driving gets us to Williamsburg before the train, but we figured there wasn't enough time to drive into downtown and get the shot with the depot, so on south we went. Luckily, 539 had to go into the siding for a northbound. We stopped by a small coal loadout just south of Williamsburg to wait. The northbound passed us with a B36-7 leading a mixed bag of power. This is where I will give CSX some credit. If it's not a coal train, the power is usually something wild. Not too long after it passes, 539 gets underway and arrives at our location a few minutes later.

CSX Q539 - Emlyn, KY (http://www.cmherndon.com/galleries/rail/2005/11/csxq539csxt8202emlyn111905.htm)

More inspired driving down US 25W followed, and we soon found ourselves just over the state line at Highcliff for what would be the last shot of the day. I was originally just going to watch the train go by and take in the awesome sound, but decided to shoot it anyway.

CSX Q539 - Highcliff, TN (http://www.cmherndon.com/galleries/rail/2005/11/csxq539csxt8202highcliff111905.htm)

With no other trains mentioned or in sight until dark, we figured it would be best to go to the house. No sense of waiting on a train that's not coming, right? I learned this the hard way a few years ago when Julie didn't have her stuff together, but that's a different story altogether.

Now, also in November, my dad and I took what was dubbed "The Ultimate Basketball Trip" to Indiana. The two day trip included stops in Milan, New Castle, Indianapolis, and Nashville. You can find out more about it by clicking the link below.

The Ultimate Basketball Trip (http://www.cmherndon.com/indytrip) - If you're from Indiana and find any information that is incorrect, please let me know and it will be corrected.

Until next time, hope y'all enjoy and thanks for looking!

12-16-2005, 08:21 AM
nice report caleb im really miss your nice reports.also i can see from the pix that the weather was nice in that day.nice shots and waitng to see more from you.

12-16-2005, 11:51 AM
Great shots/ nice shots, Caleb!

bnsf sammy
12-16-2005, 02:34 PM
This is my favorite shot of yours.
You think it might get accepted into the database?

12-16-2005, 04:42 PM
Great report and photos Caleb! Julie has such a nice voice but that lady just cant ever find our Amtrak trains it seems! :shock:

12-18-2005, 07:34 AM
Thanks for the comments, guys.

This is my favorite shot of yours.
You think it might get accepted into the database?

Maybe and maybe not. I now select my best shots for RP, and not everything I shoot. If I go out and take 20-25 photos, I may upload 4-5 of the best to RP and probably another 4-7 to my site. Even though the signal bridge kind of adds to the photo, the last thing needed here is another wedgie. Besides, there are MANY more scenic locations along the CNO&TP.

Live from Mt. Airy, NC...

12-18-2005, 10:23 PM
Very nice shots, Caleb! Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work.

01-02-2006, 01:41 AM

We need to start a collection for a bell tone for your friend Julie. She evidently is deaf. Every time I go out with Fuente she never can find our trains, but always informs us that they may make up time enroute even though she has no idea where they are. How do you lose a train?