Old 07-11-2009, 12:16 AM   #1
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Well, everyone else is doing this, I mise well throw in a thread! Rarest paint scheme/locomotive that you were lucky enough to photograph. Something that is old and rare that you would generally not see on an average day of railfanning.

My number one shot would probably have to be this one..

A B36-7 idles at the C&O signals which were removed in service in April of '08. The B36-7 was retired in June of '09.

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Less than 10 C40-8's still reamain in Conrail paint..

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An SD80MAC on former C&O territory is rare enough, but one in Conrail paint was even better. As of July '09, not a single CSX 80MAC remains in Conrail paint.

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Old 07-11-2009, 12:59 AM   #2
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Supposedly the remaining NS ex-Conrail 80MACs have been put into storage . . .

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Old 07-11-2009, 01:23 AM   #3
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Anyone can catch this engine if they head to the right place, but that doesn't mean there's a bunch of RS-3s out there in CNJ paint:

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I wish I'd been shooting in RAW when I took that shot - I could do alot more with the color.

I'm not sure how many standard cab leader Dash 8s are still roaming CSX rails in this scheme. I just know I don't see them often:

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And they weren't rare when I shot them, but times have changed on Mt. Washington:

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Old 07-11-2009, 02:08 AM   #4
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One of two remaining CR OLS engines.
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Blue 80MAC...none left.
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This one speaks for itself. Not gonna see that anytime soon.
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Old 07-11-2009, 02:16 AM   #5
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I haven't had many rare catches myself, but then again I don't have the chance to railfan often. Before Pacific Harbor Line replaced its entire fleet I did manage to grab a shot of this gem though. Not exactly a great photo, but I was happy to see it.

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PHL also had an SD18 in CNW colors, but the only time I saw it I was unable to get a clear shot due to several obstructing objects...
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Old 07-11-2009, 02:36 AM   #6
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One of my most favorite shots:

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I feel pretty lucky that that I was even able to take this picture in the first place. Just a random day off from work and my friend and I just happened to be driving through the town they worked out of shortly after they went on duty. The trip to deliver this boxcar was one of the last times this line saw any traffic and that was over two years ago. As you can see, it was so scarcely used that they had to use a pick ax and shovel to loosen up the tightly packed dirt in some of the crossings. Today, this line lays neglected and nearly abandoned.

This is a common scene along the line:



So, in my part of the world...a VERY rare photo op and I consider myself lucky for being able to experience it before this line was lost.
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Old 07-11-2009, 03:11 AM   #7
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I had the opportunity to chase the BN/Siemann SD60MAC's half way across Wyoming. There were only four built and one ended up having a fire. Here are three of them behind the UP SD60. Also the EMD dynamometer car is behind the consist.
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I also got an opportunity to see one of the EMD GP60 streamlined version at an EMD open house.
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Old 07-11-2009, 03:15 AM   #8
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I feel pretty lucky that that I was even able to take this picture in the first place.
Wow, and they have one carload of beer in tow.

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Old 07-11-2009, 03:18 AM   #9
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I'll thrown mine out there:

One of 2 blue Spartan Cab SD70s left supposedly:
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According to the last comment, this was a one of a kind loco for SEPTA:
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A pair of Blue Macs...no more:
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A Big Boy "under steam":
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United Way SD40 was just brought out of "retirement" a few days prior:
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Old 07-11-2009, 03:29 AM   #10
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A Cass Scenic Railroad steam engine in Elkins, on a rare offline trip.

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Old 07-11-2009, 03:39 AM   #11
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Last two lightning scheme CNW units with actual lightning.



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Old 07-11-2009, 03:41 AM   #12
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Get in your time machine (or just go to Cheyenne):
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The BNSF Greenface:
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Unique nose-herald'd Oakway:
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A white-face/striped nose ex-BN unit:
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One of the remaining two CNW units:

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The UP 3985:

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The CP 2816:

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Old 07-11-2009, 04:47 AM   #14
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CSX unit in original Seaboard paint. This was the last one before it was repainted:

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Only one or two of these spartan cab SD70's still left in Conrail paint:

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Old 07-11-2009, 05:03 AM   #15
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Hmmmmm Doug, the power in your Conrail shot looks familiar to me for some reason....
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Old 07-11-2009, 05:44 AM   #16
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Essentially just a roster shot, but two BNSF units on a NS coal only route is pretty rare around here.

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GP7 w/ torpedo tubes on a Class I in 2008:
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Yes Darryl....You shot your version in PA and then I picked him up the next night over in Illinois!
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While this is not a great photo and would almost definitely be rejected today, it still represents my rarest catch that I have on RP. This was the last remaining UP SD40-2 in the old late 70s-early 80s paint scheme with "Union Pacific" lettering on the nose instead of the shield. Simply seeing this engine on UP would be rare enough, but catching it leading a train on NS in New Jersey was even more incredible. Last I heard this engine was on the deadline in Hinkle, I wouldn't be surprised if it's retired now.

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While NS SD45-2s are frequently shuttled on road trains between Oak Island and Altoona, they are almost always shipped dead in tow and in the trailing position. For some reason they decided to send one out in the lead on this day. Additionally, they put another widecab in front of the SD45-2 once this train reached Allentown, making this an even rarer shot.

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After CSX piled up a train in Ohio two years ago, they sent a few detour trains over NS from North Jersey to Cleveland. One of these trains ran west in perfect afternoon light, allowing me to catch it going past one of the more familiar landmarks in Pennsylvania.

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In November 2007 an excursion with private cars ran between Philadelphia and Scranton behind Bennett Levin's PRR E8's. I opted to chase the train heading up the NS Portland Secondary as it is one of the more scenic and undershot lines in eastern PA. While the lighting for the head end was poor for most of the chase, this well lit shot of the trailing private car was a nice consolation prize.
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Mine would have to be St. Maries River RR. Being in Ontario, Canada, I don't get out there often

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Not very often, but when the situation arises, Amtrak needs a BNSF unit to limp its train to its destination.
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Old SOO bandit leading a tech train.
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After hearing BNSF 8220 call out approach to Becker, Mn, i assumed another coal train. Not the case.
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Anything other than CSX or NS in Columbia is rare for Columbia, but maybe not in the grand scheme of things. The Ferromex leader on NS was a nice surprise that I got as was the unpatched SP SD40M-2 on CSX. Rare, but obviously not improbable. So in going through my shots in the database, I think I have to say that my rarest catch is an Illinois Midland unit on the NS in Rock Hill --

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I think this is a rare catch. Well, there are quite a few 38-2's but onlye one in the weight and power for the U.P.

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That rail is shiny and you're deaf, correct? Anyone else see the impending issue here?!
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