Sunday, April 10, 2016

NYC in JBO

Today's 37Q provided another chance to see the NS 1066 New York Central engine leading a train through Jonesborough. Mid-morning runs are tricksy when it comes to lighting because the sun is out of the southeast and my favorite shooting spots are need southwest light. But You shoot what's in front of the camera, amiright?

So here's two from the near the Southern Railway depot being rebuilt near 2nd street in downtown Jonesborough.



After shooting there I figured I could outrun it to Limestone as long as traffic wasn't bad. Well I was only mostly right, I thought I was making good time, traffic was no problem, but I made it to the Limestone and got parked with a full 10 seconds to spare. Here's the results of my point-n-shoot-with-whatever-settings-are-on-the-camera from near the old depot in Limestone.

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I've seen all 20 of the Heritage motors.

#13  1065   Savannah and Atlanta
#15  1066   New York Central
#19  1067   Reading
#12  1068   Erie
  #1  1069   Virginian
  #8  1070   Wabash
 #16 1071   Central RR of New Jersey
#11  1072   Illinois Terminal
  #4  1073   Penn Central
 #18 1074   Delaware Lackawanna
 #17 8025   Monongahela
  #2  8098   Conrail
#10  8099k Southern
  #5  8100   Nickel Plate Road
  #7  8101   Central of Georgia
  #9  8102   Pennsylvania
 #14 8103   Norfolk and Western
  #3  8104   Lehigh Valley
  #6  8105   Interstate
 #20 8114   Norfolk Southern
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These were new special interest engines for me.

6920    Honoring Our Veterans
6963    GoRail
  630    Southern Railway Steam
  911    Honoring First Responders
1030    The Forgotten Heritage Engine
3170w Southern
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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Two on 37Q

Two more of Norfolk Southern's Heritage fleet passed through Jonesborough last week, oddly, both on 37Q, both leading.

Up first was the 1074 Delaware Lackawanna on March 10th. I thought shooting near Yee Haw Brewing in downtown JC would be finally be cool because most of the construction equipment had been removed and the row of cherry trees along the right of way were in bloom. But unfortunately there were still several orange barrels and stacks of stuff near Yee Haw, and the angles available when trying to get the blooming trees in the frame just weren't that compelling. So I ended up with this one:


We then tried to outrun the train to Sand Valley but traffic wasn't going to allow that to happen, but, then, we hear that it has to stop at Hexpol (everyone around here knows it as Burton Rubber), so we cut across before Sand Valley road and caught it parked and took this:


Next up was the 8114 Original Norfolk Southern on March 15. After the relative fail of downtown JC and the success of shooting at Hexpol, we headed straight there to shoot. The difference this time is there were no clouds and I was shooting when the sun was almost directly overhead - making it really contrasty - so the results were a bit underwhelming:

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I've seen all 20 of the Heritage motors.

#13  1065   Savannah and Atlanta
#15  1066   New York Central
#19  1067   Reading
#12  1068   Erie
  #1  1069   Virginian
  #8  1070   Wabash
 #16 1071   Central RR of New Jersey
#11  1072   Illinois Terminal
  #4  1073   Penn Central
 #18 1074   Delaware Lackawanna
 #17 8025   Monongahela
  #2  8098   Conrail
#10  8099k  Southern
  #5  8100   Nickel Plate Road
  #7  8101   Central of Georgia
  #9  8102   Pennsylvania
 #14 8103   Norfolk and Western
  #3  8104   Lehigh Valley
  #6  8105   Interstate
 #20 8114   Norfolk Southern
_______________________________________________________________
These were new special interest engines for me.

6920    Honoring Our Veterans
6963    GoRail
  630    Southern Railway Steam
  911    Honoring First Responders
1030    The Forgotten Heritage Engine
3170w Southern
4000   AD to DC Conversion
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Sonic Duo

Today there were some Norfolk Southern engines with special paint schemes through Jonesborough that I hadn't already seen. They are the 4000 & 4001 that are painted in a special blue, gold, gray and white scheme to commemorate the rebuilding of the units from DC to AC traction. Because of this paint scheme they've been called the Sonic Duo as the blue/gold paint is reminiscent of Sonic the Hedgehog.

The pair had been working out of Roanoke since they were commissioned. I hadn't seen any indication they had moved anywhere else until I saw a post on the Facing Book that said they were on 37Q, and it had left Bristol an hour earlier. I checked with a FB friend to see if it had passed through Jonesborough - and it had - so I figured they were gone. 

About an hour later I got a message that it was still at Telford. So we took off at lunch and drove quickly to the crossing at Telford. We got there just in time to see the tail end of the train passing the crossing. crap. So we quickly took off toward the next crossing. We got there jut in time to see the tail end of the train passing. crap crap. So we took off for the next crossing which was in Chuckey. This time we got there before it. yeah! But then the train never showed. crap crap crap. We waited for 10 minutes then finally checked the scanner and found that it was stopped about 1/2 mile up the track from us. So we drove up that way and found it sitting, behind a bunch of trees. crap crap crap crap. But then we heard them get a TA to leave so we went back to the crossing at Chuckey to shoot.

Then the rains came. oh bother. We only had to wait about 5 minutes before it rolled by. The potential fail in shooting at crossing is having vehicles pull up to the crossing and blocking the view of the train, which is what happened on the last shot. Anyway, here's the five shots I processed. It might be back later in the week on 38Q. Hopefully leading this time.





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I've seen all 20 of the Heritage motors.

#13  1065   Savannah and Atlanta
#15  1066   New York Central
#19  1067   Reading
#12  1068   Erie
  #1  1069   Virginian
  #8  1070   Wabash
 #16 1071   Central RR of New Jersey
#11  1072   Illinois Terminal
  #4  1073   Penn Central
 #18 1074   Delaware Lackawanna
 #17 8025   Monongahela
  #2  8098   Conrail
#10  8099k  Southern
  #5  8100   Nickel Plate Road
  #7  8101   Central of Georgia
  #9  8102   Pennsylvania
 #14 8103   Norfolk and Western
  #3  8104   Lehigh Valley
  #6  8105   Interstate
 #20 8114   Norfolk Southern
_______________________________________________________________
These were new special interest engines for me.

6920    Honoring Our Veterans
6963    GoRail
  630    Southern Railway Steam
  911    Honoring First Responders
1030    The Forgotten Heritage Engine
3170w Southern
4000   AD to DC Conversion
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Big Blue

I finally got to see the Conrail #8098 leading a train through Johnson City and Jonesborough. It has been through Jonesborough on the 22A / 23G route for a week or so, but it's been trailing through during the day and leading through during the night ... until today!

8098 Conrail leading 22A in Johnson City TN (2/9/16)
8098 Conrail leading 22A through Sand Valley (2/9/16)
I saw it earlier in the week training on 22A, which was the first time I'd seen it on local rails.
8098 Conrail trailing on 22A through Jonesborough (2/3/16)
8098 Conrail trailing on 22A through Jonesborough (2/3/16)
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I've seen all 20 of the Heritage motors.

#13  1065   Savannah and Atlanta
#15  1066   New York Central
#19  1067   Reading
#12  1068   Erie
  #1  1069   Virginian
  #8  1070   Wabash
 #16 1071   Central RR of New Jersey
#11  1072   Illinois Terminal
  #4  1073   Penn Central
 #18 1074   Delaware Lackawanna
 #17 8025   Monongahela
  #2  8098   Conrail
#10  8099k  Southern
  #5  8100   Nickel Plate Road
  #7  8101   Central of Georgia
  #9  8102   Pennsylvania
 #14 8103   Norfolk and Western
  #3  8104   Lehigh Valley
  #6  8105   Interstate
 #20 8114   Norfolk Southern
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This is not a new special interest engine for me.

6920    Honoring Our Veterans
6963    GoRail
  630    Southern Railway Steam
  911    Honoring First Responders
1030    The Forgotten Heritage Engine
3170w Southern

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Santa Train 2015

The 2015 version of the Santa Train rolled from Kentucky to Kingsport again. We shot it at Kermit again this year.



Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Original

One of the more elusive members of the  Norfolk Southern heritage fleet has been the NS #8114 - the Original Norfolk Southern. I'd only seen it one other time, in the dark, in the rain, dead in tow trailing 5th of 6. So while it technically counted as a catch it was a lousy picture-taking opportunity which ended with the expected bad picture.

But, I finally got a good chance with great weather, it wasn't close to home but it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. As has become the norm, the chase started with a post on the Facing Book. The 8114 was leading train #745 which pulls about 100 empty coal cars from Asheville NC northeast through Bulls Gap. The only remaining issues is timing - about 4 hours  - the train's travel to the selected intercept point in Bulls Gap. Any time a train travels that far the chance of delays is huge, the saving grace is there's a crew swap in Bulls Gap so it will hang around there a little while for that.

I scoped out a nice expansive curve just west of Bulls Gap and planned my 1 hour travel time to give me a chance to move if the light was bad or the shot just wasn't that good. I turned on the road that goes into beautiful downtown Bulls Gaps on time, BUT, the train was already there, blocking the road into downtown. Krep. 

Plan B: go east of town to the road that crosses the track at the far end of the yard and see if I could see the motor from there. When I got to the crossing there were already several folk from the Facing Book group still waiting, excellent, I hadn't missed it.

I hung out with those guys, took a long distance shot of the #1068 Erie that was parked just north of Moore, and waited until 745 was ready to leave Bulls Gap then executed Plan C which was going to the crossing at Whitehorn Rd where there was an old building that would provide some interesting backdrop.

The light was still pretty good when the train got to me, the clouds were epic, and the old building was looking older. A new set of signals and cross-bucks had been added to the crossing since I was last there, so I had to move farther east than I intended, but it worked out fine.



The following is the shot of the Erie and a shot of the 8114 working the yard I took while at the crossing at Moore.


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I've seen all 20 of the Heritage motors.

#13  1065   Savannah and Atlanta
#15  1066   New York Central
#19  1067   Reading
#12  1068   Erie
  #1  1069   Virginian
  #8  1070   Wabash
 #16 1071   Central RR of New Jersey
#11  1072   Illinois Terminal
  #4  1073   Penn Central
 #18 1074   Delaware Lackawanna
 #17 8025   Monongahela
  #2  8098   Conrail
#10  8099k  Southern
  #5  8100   Nickel Plate Road
  #7  8101   Central of Georgia
  #9  8102   Pennsylvania
 #14 8103   Norfolk and Western
  #3  8104   Lehigh Valley
  #6  8105   Interstate
 #20 8114   Norfolk Southern
_______________________________________________________________
This is not a new special interest engine for me.

6920    Honoring Our Veterans
6963    GoRail
  630    Southern Railway Steam
  911    Honoring First Responders
1030    The Forgotten Heritage Engine
3170w Southern

Thursday, September 10, 2015

NS 9-1-1

It seemed quite appropriate that Norfolk Southern latest engine with a specialty paint scheme made it's maiden trek through Jonesborough on the eve of 9/11. The NS-911 Honoring First Responders and the NS-6920 Honoring Our Veterans led train number 068 down the Bristol line on its way to the Tennessee Valley Railway Museum in Chattanooga for the weekend's festivities.


I started tracking it on the Facing book and I knew it was going to be by here after dark but, as happens a lot of the time, it kept getting a little more behind all afternoon and evening. I took up my usual location for west-bound trains - behind the courthouse in downtown Jonesborough - and took a bunch of test shots with the flash setup, then waited in the sprinkling rain, oh bother. It finally got to me just after midnight. Both engines and the 17 passenger and exhibit cars they were dragging were nice and clean, like they'd all had a recent bath.

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I've seen all 20 of the Heritage motors.

#13  1065   Savannah and Atlanta
#15  1066   New York Central
#19  1067   Reading
#12  1068   Erie
  #1  1069   Virginian
  #8  1070   Wabash
 #16 1071   Central RR of New Jersey
#11  1072   Illinois Terminal
  #4  1073   Penn Central
 #18 1074   Delaware Lackawanna
 #17 8025   Monongahela
  #2  8098   Conrail
#10  8099k  Southern
  #5  8100   Nickel Plate Road
  #7  8101   Central of Georgia
  #9  8102   Pennsylvania
 #14 8103   Norfolk and Western
  #3  8104   Lehigh Valley
  #6  8105   Interstate
 #20 8114   Norfolk Southern
_______________________________________________________________
This is a new special interest engine for me!

6920    Honoring Our Veterans
6963    GoRail
  630    Southern Railway Steam
  911    Honoring First Responders
1030    The Forgotten Heritage Engine
3170w Southern