Friday, December 05, 2008
Fall in the South
Here is an NS autorack train getting ready to depart Inman Yard. Of interest is that I found the lead locomotive, #2615, sitting in LaCrosse, WI on the 10th of October.
An empty BNSF coal train works through Inman on its way back west.
A westbound mixed freight heads through Inman on the main.
On Saturday, we headed up to Clinchfield country trying to take advantage of the fall colors.
At about sunrise, a Northbound showed up at Thermal,NC.
It then proceeded to meet a loaded southbound coal train as the sun came out.
At Marion, NC we caught up with a southbound grain train
At Toe River siding, just south of Spruce Pine, NC we found another southbound loaded coal train.
A short northbound mixed freight at Spruce Pine, NC.
After an unproductive trip to Green River, NC trying to figure out what the Northbound Mixed freight was running slow for, we found the loaded southbound coal train that gave us the slip. Futher research determined that there is a hard-t0-reach passing siding called Kona that is between Spruce Pine and Green River.
We caught this Northbound at Camp 2 after it waited for 2 loaded coal trains at Rocky.
Trying to get in front of at least 1 of the southbound coal trains that we missed at Camp 2, we went to the south end of Sevier just in time for a Northbound mixed freight to show up and take the siding for the first of the 2 loaded coal trains.
A nicely timed rolling meet at Sevier, NC
After the meet, the Southbound coal loads head out of the south end of Sevier.
Towards the end of the day, the sun came back out and we managed to catch a southbound at Marion, NC.
Just to the right is the NS overpass. Of course, just after this train went through an NS train showed up and took us by surprise so we didn't get any good pictures.
Sunday, we stayed in the Atlanta area, although we had more sun than on Friday. Here is a stack train making it's way through Inman.
At Jefferson Street, we find a mixed freight
A loaded BNSF coal train gets ready to depart Inman
A meet at Jeffereson street
Although the colors weren't as nice as some of the past years (probably due to lack of rain), it was still good to get out and see things I don't normally get to in Wisconsin.
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