View Full Version : And now for something completely different...

09-30-2004, 12:11 AM
This doesn't involve a man with a tape recorder up his nose, up his brother's nose, or any other crazy Monty Python sketch. This past weekend, Emmett, Randy, and I took a trip south to attend the Oak Ridge Horn Honk at the Southern Appalachia Railway Museum which was on Saturday. Be sure to check their site out at www.techscribes.com/sarm/sarm.htm, and be sure to stop by and ride the train if you're ever in the area. That said, the three of us spent two days shooting NS on the Second and Third districts, plus the K&O main. The highlights will be in three sections this time.


We met up with Mark Wurst around Emory Gap, and were in hot pursuit of a 175 with a CN SD75I leading. Most of the morning was spent on the Third District until we head back to Emory Gap, and hear the dispatcher talking to a 168. We end up catching it at Blair, and just outside of Harriman. Mark decides to head home after this and the three of us continue on, getting our last shots of the day at Harriman Junction. The Highlights:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=79671 - 167 passing the J. M. Huber plant at Roddy, TN behind UP and WC power.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=79673 - 197 passing the Spring City Depot behind a pair of flamethrowers.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=79674 - An NS SD70M and a Conrail SD70 lead train 283 by CP Strange.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=79676 - 196 negotiating the curves at Harriman Junction in the last shot of the day.

That concludes Friday. After we ate and returned to the hotel, the three of us engaged in a little bit of "Redneck Railfanning." What is that you may ask? After a long day of watching trains, we went back to the hotel, got our folding chairs, sat on the balcony, drank beer, and watched trains.


Saturday was spent entirely at Oak Ridge for the Horn Honk. Special thanks goes out to Steve Forrest and all the guys at SARM who made this event possible. This was a rather interesting departure from how we usually spend our weekends. Two locomotives did runbys, a former L&N GP30 and a former Lehigh Valley C420. The Alco was delievered the night before and made its appearance at around noon. The event was then followed by a train ride in the dark for all who attended. Here come the highlights from Saturday.

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=79690 - The GP30 doing a runby.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=79694 - VLIX 2064 (Former Lehigh Valley #408) smoking it up like an Alco should.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=79698 - 2064 posing with some Southern Railway passenger cars.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=79699 - 2064 and 3059 side by side.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=79700 - 2064 viewed out of the conductor's side of SARX 3059.

You can view the rest of the photos from Oak Ridge at www.cmherndon.com/oakridge. Thus concludes Saturday.


After a greasy egg sandwich at the McDonald's, we start to head north, with a stop at Nemo for a few hours. Nothing moved until we decided to leave. Go figure. After we catch one at Nemo, we start heading north again, intercepting a few trains between Nemo and Oneida before heading to the house. The Highlights:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=79701 - UP and SP SD70M's lead 230 past the yard at Emory Gap.
http://www.cmherndon.com/outtakes/id60.htm - Whoops, I think we forgot something.
http://www.cmherndon.com/other/id17.htm - The south portal of the old 23 Tunnel at Nemo which was bypassed along with #24 in 1963.
http://www.cmherndon.com/outtakes/id59.htm - These two shots show Emmett and Randy exiting the old 24 Tunnel.
http://www.cmherndon.com/other/id18.htm - A photo of the south portal of the old 24 Tunnel.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=79702 - 197 exits the Nemo South Tunnel behind a pair of Orange Roughy.
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=79685 - The ranks of older power lead 123 through Sunbright, TN
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=79686 - Ballast train 920 rounds the curve just south of the signals at Sunbright.

Thus concludes the weekend trip.

Hope y'all enjoy, and thanks for looking!