Thursday, March 19, 2015

Radio Active (Part Deux)

As it normally works out, the Facing Book word went out that the Norfolk Southern Heritage engine #1074 (Delaware Lackawanna) was leading the 202. That's most excellent because 202 typically comes through Jonesborough in the early afternoon. A heritage motor though town, during daylight hours, leading ... the trifecta! My only other time seeing the 1074 was late at night back in September of last year, so this is one I've been waiting to get a decent shot of.

It was disappointing that the horn on the 1074 wasn't the typical SD70ACe horn, I really like the ACe horns. And it was raining, so that's bad; flat gray skies make for bad pictures. The engine was rather dirty (but it does work for a living) and in bad need of some touch-up paint.

So, based on how long is typically takes a train to get from Bulls Gap the Jonesborough, I planned to leave work early enough to get to Sand Valley, then sprint to Bluff City. But the word came to me that the train was at the 50 mp about 30 minutes before I though it would be. So I left work in a hurry and I got about 1/2 way there when I heard on the scanner that it was already at Washington College, so I knew I wouldn't have enough time to get to Sand Valley afore it got there. Plan B; go to the Salt House and shoot there. But traffic prevented me from making good enough time to get to the Salt House, so I bailed out and shot it at the 3rd street crossing.

NS1074 DLW, 3rd Street, Jonesborough TN, 3/19/15
NS1074 DLW, 3rd Street, Jonesborough TN, 3/19/15
As soon as it was by me, I was back on the road headed for Bluff City. I made such good time out of Jonesborough that I was able to get ahead of it and shoot it at OmniSource (JC Herb-n-Metal).

NS1074 DLW, Omnisource, Johnson City TN, 3/19/15

NS1074 DLW, Omnisource, Johnson City TN, 3/19/15

As soon as it was by me there I was back on the road to Bluff City. This where my traffic luck ran out. It felt like I caught every stop light exactly wrong, and every slow person in the are was double file in front of me. I'd made the trip before and had plenty of time to get to the bridge, but this time I was worried. Traffic cleared for me as I got out of Piney Flats so I made it to the bridge over Boone Lake with about 2 minutes to spare.

NS1074 DLW, Boone Lake, Bluff City TN, 3/19/15
I'd seen the DLW once before, so this is not a new Heritage motor for me. I'm still at 19 of 20.

#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  Lackawanna
 #17 8025  Monongahela
  #2  8098  Conrail
#10  8099  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
        8114  Norfolk Southern
This is not a new Special Interest engine for me.
6920 Honoring Our Veterans
6963 GoRail
  630 Southern Railway Steam
1030 The Forgotten Heritage Engine

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