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Title:  Snoot
Description:  UP had a group of SD40-2s that were known as "snoots" due to their lengthened short hoods. These were set up to carry radio equipment for remote power, then a novel idea which required some specialized equipment. Heres one of them leading a train on the ex Wabash.
Photo Date:  2/19/1986  Upload Date: 11/11/2014 4:06:27 AM
Location:  North Kansas City, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  UP 3764(SD40-2) NS 6083(SD40-2) NW 1604(SD40) NW 8045(C30-7)
Views:  18769   Comments: 2
252 with unusual power
Title:  252 with unusual power
Description:  252 rolls south over the Harpursville bridge behind a trio of 40's. The two trailing units are notable. The middle unit is an ex SOU unit that was converted to a B unit by CP; they changed it by removing the seats and control stand, and boarding up the windows-yes, boarding up: they used plywood. The trailing unit is ex Greater Winnipeg Water District, and a trade from CN-note the road number that falls into CN's SD40 series.
Photo Date:  1/22/2002  Upload Date: 12/26/2013 1:10:30 AM
Location:  Harpursville, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Bridge,Winter,Action
Locomotives:  CP 5612(SD40-2) CP 5475(SD40-2) CP 5394(SD40-2)
Views:  22516   Comments: 7
Classic Erie
Title:  Classic Erie
Description:  The only thing better would have been Erie(or EL, Id take that any day) E 8s on this train, the Southern Tier picnic special, which ran from Port Jervis to Hammond Dam State Park near Wellsboro PA. Here it is on the famous Starrucca Viaduct, a pair of classics if ever there was one.
Photo Date:  8/26/1989  Upload Date: 11/5/2015 2:53:30 AM
Location:  Lanesboro, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  CR 4021(E8A) CR 4020(E8A)
Views:  19631   Comments: 6
Southern power rolls
Title:  Southern power rolls
Description:  A set of Southern SD 40s rolls south through a pair of NW signals with a grain train on the NW Shenandoah Sub, showing the effects of the NS merger four years earlier. Long hood forward was standard practice on the Southern and N&W, so the leader is not running backward.
Photo Date:  9/11/1986  Upload Date: 12/12/2014 2:32:27 AM
Location:  Waynesboro, VA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  SOU 3193(SD40) NS 3276(SD40-2) SOU 3184(SD40)
Views:  15387   Comments: 3
Lucky for the brakie
Title:  Lucky for the brakie
Description:  This southbound throttles up as it passes the Pomona Yard office in a mid afternoon thunderstorm, its ground crew relieved there will be no work for them here today. An SD 40-2 and two 45's make up the power.
Photo Date:  8/9/1980  Upload Date: 11/12/2016 4:54:29 AM
Location:  Greensboro, NC
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Station,Action
Locomotives:  SOU 3314(SD40-2) SOU 3158(SD45) SOU 2353(MP15DC)
Views:  15868   Comments: 3
Everyone can play
Title:  Everyone can play
Description:  The DPU on the TXUX train gets everyone into the game, with KCS, BNSF and UP units in the mix.
Photo Date:  6/27/2016  Upload Date: 7/6/2016 4:19:30 AM
Location:  Gravette, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4194(SD70ACe) UP 6024(AC44CWCTE) BNSF 5831(ES44AC)
Views:  1516   Comments: 6
Title:  Oddball
Description:  Conrail had 100 GP15-1s, all new from EMD in 1979, which were scattered about the system in local service. Most of them survived to the split, with NS and CSX each getting some. CSX had some already, former Chessie units. On NS, they were orphans, and wound up in odd places. One is working the west end of local H2A(I swear, NS picks the letters and numbers out of a hat when they set up their train symbols) passing the Erie station, at right, in Owego.
Photo Date:  12/16/2003  Upload Date: 6/21/2016 5:15:29 AM
Location:  Owego, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Winter,Action
Locomotives:  NS 1447(GP15-1)
Views:  1246   Comments: 3
Last blade
Title:  Last blade
Description:  The last semaphore in service on the Southern Tier witnesses the passing of 41T at west Endicott.
Photo Date:  12/17/2002  Upload Date: 6/4/2016 4:47:51 AM
Location:  Endicott, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Winter,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  CN 5656(SD75I) CN 5273(SD40-2W) CN 5670(SD75I)
Views:  1351   Comments: 1
No its not a model
Title:  No its not a model
Description:  The buildings at Waverly have made an excellent backdrop for train photos for many years, and look like someones model railroad. Here 31T with 65 cars rolls west.
Photo Date:  6/23/2004  Upload Date: 1/6/2013 3:47:33 AM
Location:  Waverly, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CN 5547(SD60F) CN 5736(SD75I) NS 8946(C40-9W)
Views:  2302   Comments: 6
Last train through the signals??
Title:  Last train through the signals??
Description:  Well, probably the last one Ill see here. Class unit KCS 3900 leading the Q KCSH splits the side by side searchlights at MP 187 near Anderson Mo late in the afternoon of Feb 26 2012. New signals have been going up in a steady southward pace, and the new lights can be seen on the ground here. Gentry and Siloam Springs got new home signals during the week of 02/20. This one is not long for the world.
Photo Date:  2/26/2012  Upload Date: 2/28/2012 1:09:28 AM
Location:  Anderson, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 3900(SD70MAC) KCS 4053(SD70ACe)
Views:  1601   Comments: 3
Unusual scene
Title:  Unusual scene
Description:  SNOW in Arkansas!!! A trio of Belles rolls a southbound past the Allen Canning warehouse in Siloam Springs as seen from the US 412 overpass.
Photo Date:  2/13/2011  Upload Date: 2/13/2012 12:49:09 AM
Location:  Siloam Springs, AR
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Winter,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4110(SD70ACe) KCS 4112(SD70ACe) KCS 4123(SD70ACe)
Views:  1561   Comments: 7
Into daylight
Title:  Into daylight
Description:  CP 5566 rolls out of Belden tunnel and starts its downhill trip into Binghamton
Photo Date:  10/16/1993  Upload Date: 1/22/2012 2:13:27 AM
Location:  Tunnel, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Tunnel,Action
Locomotives:  CP 5566(SD40-2) DH 7312(GP38-2) CP 6044(SD40-2)
Views:  1137   Comments: 4
Belle on the Illinois
Title:  Belle on the Illinois
Description:  A pair of Belles lead a northbound empty grain train across the Illinois River
Photo Date:  9/11/2011  Upload Date: 1/21/2012 12:25:57 AM
Location:  Watts, OK
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 4686(ES44AC) KCS 4125(SD70ACe)
Views:  1204   Comments: 8
Fall color
Title:  Fall color
Description:  CP train 413, a reliable northbound morning departure from Binghamton, passes some fall scenery at Crocker Hill Road. Note the two SOO SD 40-2's. They were becoming a rarity by this time.
Photo Date:  10/18/2004  Upload Date: 12/5/2011 12:01:53 AM
Location:  Port Crane, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CP 5698(SD40-2) CP 5920(SD40-2) SOO 6612(SD40-2) SOO 6611(SD40-2)
Views:  1306   Comments: 4
WJAL 18 crosses the Delaware
Title:  WJAL 18 crosses the Delaware
Description:  Allentown based local WJAL 18 crosses the CNJ bridge and heads up the Washington Secondary-the former DLW-toward Hackettstown NJ. Note the remains of semaphore signals protecting the interlocking.
Photo Date:  4/25/1985  Upload Date: 8/7/2011 2:40:51 AM
Location:  Phillipsburg, NJ
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Bridge,Station,Signal,Action
Locomotives:  CR 1978(B23-7) CR 7943(GP38-2)
Views:  2068   Comments: 12
GG 1 ready to roll
Title:  GG 1 ready to roll
Description:  PRR 4920 awaits its next run toward DC or Philly at Sunnyside Yard, as seen from the Long Island RR. My dad took the photo on his way to work.
Photo Date:  11/10/1964  Upload Date: 7/20/2011 1:59:20 AM
Location:  Sunnyside Yard, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Passenger
Locomotives:  PRR 4920(GG1)
Views:  1671   Comments: 16
KCS 3131 Elk River
Title:  KCS 3131 Elk River
Description:  KCS 3131/TFM 1426/1423 lead southbound grain over Elk River at Ginger Blue MO
Photo Date:  7/27/2008  Upload Date: 1/15/2011 1:23:46 AM
Location:  Ginger Blue, MO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Bridge,Action
Locomotives:  KCS 3131(SD40-3) TFM 1426(SD40-2) TFM 1423(SD40-2)
Views:  1390   Comments: 8

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