Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Prince Willam Parish Church

On the way from our latest trip to Hilton Head we took a short detour by the Prince William Parish church on Old Sheldon Church Road in Yemassee. After seeing the pictures of this place I recognized from several pictures, videos, and movies that reference Sherman's burning of the South on his march to the sea. The following is some information I've gleaned from the interwebs about this church. It's a neat old place that is worth a stop if you happen to be in the area.

The Old Sheldon Church, formerly known as the Prince William Parish Church was built between 1745-1753 by William Bull whose plantation bordered the church grounds. The church was named Sheldon in honor of the family's ancestral home in England. The church was burned in 1779 by British troops during the Revolutionary War, and in 11826 was rebuilt. It's thought that in January of 1865, as part of Sherman's March to the Sea near the end of  the Civil War that the church was burned a second time. Because of a letter dated 2/3/1866 by Milton Leverett , others think that the church was not burned but dismantled by the locals looking for materials to rebuild their homes that were burned by Sherman's army.

Sheldon Church is said to be the first conscious attempt in America to imitate a Greek temple. The original three-and-one-half foot thick colonnaded walls of Flemish bond and the four all-header bond portico columns remain, attesting to the solid construction and master craftsmanship which enabled it to withstand two conflagrations and over two hundred fifty years of existence. The church was built along a row of seven Tuscan columns - six engaged and one outstanding. The western facade had an elegant portico, crowned by a triangular pediment with bulls-eye window and cornice with dentils. The large front doorway had a fanlight above and two round-headed windows, symmetrically spaced, on either side. On the north, five bays between the engaged columns were filled with a single tier of tall, round-headed windows; the other bay was left open for a portico. At the eastern end, above the alter, was a Palladian window, with a round-headed window to each side. Marble sarcophagi in the churchyard bear the names of South Carolina leaders.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

And Then There Was One

One of the more elusive NS Heritage engines finally made an appearance on the Bristol line. The Norfolk & Western 8103 is one of the only two in the Heritage fleet that I have yet to see in Jonesborough - I'm looking at you Virginian. And even better it was leading, the first time it's done that through Jonesborough, and it was during daylight ... winning!

It had spent the previous 6 months working helper duty in the WV coal fields, so when it finally got out of Bluefield and started working mixed freight through Knoxville I thought there might finally be a chance to see it. It was a bit of an anomaly in that it came into Knoxville as a 132 which would take it east through Asheville, but it got changed to an m32 and routed through Bristol because of track work ... Score!

I started tracking it through the fine folk on the Facing Book. The sky was cloudless which makes for tough picture taking, but you gotta shoot'em when they show up. It took the train nearly 8 hours to get from Knoxville to Jonesborough, which brought it into town in the late afternoon. The sun is rather low and the shadows are harsh so I needed to shoot from the north or west side so it wouldn't be backlit. At that time of day you get glare or shadows or both, pick your poison. A few clouds started forming throughout the day, but not enough to cut much of the glare.

The first picture is the 8103 having just crossed 3rd street west of Jonesborough. Whatever it's carrying (maybe zinc) is leaving an interesting fog.


The next three are the 8103 crossing 2nd street just east of the newly reconstructed SR Depot. A polarizer might have helped the glare but I couldn't afford to lose the one full stop of light.

 
  

The next one is the 8103 leaving downtown Johnson City. I intended to shoot closer to downtown to get the train in the shade and cut the glare but I couldn't get parked in the spot I wanted so I kept moving east and pulled over at Elm street where the passenger excursions pick up in JC. The glare was much worse than downtown but there was good light. That fog of material was blowing pretty good through town.


The last one shows 8103 dragging m32 across the Boone Lake (just a creek these days) bridge east of Bluff City. This one is particularly washed out because of the glare. A polarizer would have helped but I didn't get there with enough spare time to try it.


Now if the fine folk at Norfolk Southern would send the VGN through Jonesborough, leading of course, and the Erie and IT leading too ... that would be great.
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I've seen all 20 of the Heritage motors. (* leading)

#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 are the special interest engines I've seen.

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, 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
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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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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
4001   AD to DC Conversion

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
_______________________________________________________________
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.