Friday, May 22, 2015

Railfanning - 4-20-2015

Hi, Friends Bill Kalkman and Dale Jacobson joined me on a day trip with the primary objective of checking out photo locations between Manassas and Front Royal, VA in anticipation of the N&W 611 excursions scheduled for June 6 and 7. We planned to photograph any trains we saw.  In summary, we did not find much of interest in the way of photo locations along this stretch and we hypothesize that the few good spots we found, mostly just east of Front Royal, will be chock-a-block full of people.

When we stopped to take a look at a spot near Thoroughfare, VA we noticed that the dispatcher changed the direction of travel on a block signal from eastbound to westbound.  We concluded that there would be a westbound fairly soon.  We continued to explore finally setting up at Belvoir, VA where we caught #227.

We did not hear another train while exploring the track west to Front Royal so we headed to Cedarville to wait.  Almost immediately after we exited the car #37Q showed up.

We decided to chase it and easily beat it to the Compton Creek trestle.  A new bridge for US 340 was completed here a couple of years ago and this really opened up the shot.

No. 37Q met #38Q at Vaughn Summit and we set up at Compton Creek for the northbound shot.

We got a quick grab at Overall, VA and then abandoned the chase.

Returning to Cedarville we were able to photogaph #V89 pushing a cut of double stack cars into the Virginia Inland Port.

A few minutes later the two trailing units of #V89's power came south headed for Front Royal (above and below).

Next up was #V86, the Shenandoah, VA to Hagerstown, MD local.

After #V86 passed #228, which had been working the port, continued south (above and below).

About two hours later we shot our final train of the day at Success, #203 (above and below).

Thanks for looking.

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