View Full Version : A hardcore type trip.

03-01-2004, 10:25 PM
You ever get the urge to just go out and do something completely crazy? This past Saturday, Emmett, Kathy, Rachel, JB, Steve Blake, and I got that urge. We left Salvisa at 0435 with knowledge that a Southbound parade was on the way, with 167, 223, 123, and Y0G. On the radio, we hear that there's some trouble with the switch at South Fork which causes delays to all the southbounds except for 167. At 0530, we pass Kings Mountain, and are in Norwood 15 minutes later catching I84 meet 167 at 0550. An hour later, we're in Tennesee and stop in Winfield to catch 168 running by at 0700 with NS 9662 leading. 167 rolls by 20 minutes later with BNSF C40-8W 851 in the lead. It has to work Oneida, so that's where we head to, catching 216 with 9559 leading.

It's on to Pemberton now where extra I-94 is caught in the first light of the day with two UP SD70M's leading.


22A is up next at Helenwood with the NS 8960, but at this time of the year, northbounds are relatively hard to shoot in some areas. Now, it's on to Robbins where we get shots of that 167.


Now, it's on to Oakdale, after stopping in Sunbright for another shot of 167.

230 arrives in Oakdale being led by NS 8407, shortly after we do. 167 arrives shortly afterwards. Emmet goes for a shot on the ground, while I walk up to the bridge to get a high shot.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=51904 - Emmett's low shot.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=51908 - Mine, looking down from the bridge.

After 167 passes, 123 arrives at 1110 led by NS 9218. Y0G arrives 10 minutes later, but not with the EMDX unit leading. This had NS 9012 leading which was put on the train at Cincinnati.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=51909 -123

We head a little further south to Harriman, and CP Strange where we catch 123 and Y0G again.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=51899 - 123
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=51910 - Y0G

It's then decided that we should hang out at Emory Gap for a while and we catch 112 at 1220 with SD70M #2603 leading.


After 112 passes, we get some lunch and then head south to Rockwood with 223 practically right on our heels. It was doing a good 50-55 mph as it passed through Rockwood at 1330.


Loaded autorack train 283 was 20 minutes behind it.


A heads up that 215 was running with a Warbonnet and 229 was running with an SD70M set the plans for us to stay around Harriman in hopes to catch the two trains in good light. We head back north to Harriman Junction and catch 175, and then again at Emory Gap.


196 and 197 also pass while we're hanging out at Emory Gap. 197 would go into emergency no sooner than it tail end cleared the road crossing.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=51905 - 197

We get a short break in traffic and head up to the signals at McCoy, just north of Emory Gap. 284 rolls by us with an old C40-8 (#8301) in the lead at 1605 and 133 passes us 20 minutes later with CSXT 7777 leading.


10 minutes later, we catch that 229 in the same location.


After worrying whether or not we'll have good light for 215, it passes us at 1740 with a CLEAN warbonnet.


That's the last shot of the day as we start to head north. We sit at Oakdale for another hour watching 143, M67, and 88Z. 88Z will be the last train we see in TN. We depart Oakdale at 1915 and cross back into Kentucky at 2025. One more train stop is made at Parkers Lake to catch southbounds 236 and I-51, both with catfish leaders. After a stop at one of the 57 Shell stations in Somerset, we head back home, arriving home around 2300 after seeing 25 trains.