Friday, January 29, 2016

Railfanning 1-26 to 1-28-2016

Hi, I had the opportunity to visit with my friend Stan Short from the morning of January 26 through the early afternoon of January 28. During that period we spent our days photographing trains and the evenings looking at railroad slides. It was great.

Shortly after my arrival on Tuesday morning we headed for CSX.  It was dead and we did not see a train until 2:50 PM when this north bound intermodal came through Doswell, VA with a pier of Tier 4 compliant GEs.

Next up a few minutes later was a southbound coal train (above and below).  I was surprised at how much had changed at Doswell with the addition of a new industry just out of the photo to the left.

During the next half hour Q400 came north and

Amtrak #95 went south.

We set out early the next morning to shoot some dips on the NS mainline starting at Culpeper, VA.  As the northbound Amtrak from Lynchburg was due in about an hour we elected to wait for it photographing NS #213 in the interim.

Number 95 was right on time.

After loading passengers it departed (above and below).

We found our first dip at Midland, VA where we shot NS #35Q (above and below).

Next up was Calverton with a northbound local (above and below).

Our final train of the morning was Amtrak #51, the westbound Cardinal (above and below) just before 1:00 PM.

The next train, NS #211, was at 4:43 PM.

The next morning we hung around Fredericksburg.  Our first train was Amtrak #84 at 10:15 AM (we got a late start).

Next the local backed down from the yard in Fredericksburg to work an industry near the new VRE platform.

Soon after the local went by Amtrak #67, running about 3 hours late, hustled by (above and below)

followed shortly by #89, the Palmetto.

Thanks for looking.

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