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By:Alex Wood
Dates:1/1/2012 - 12/31/2012
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What a pleasant surprise!
Title:  What a pleasant surprise!
Description:  I've long had this feeling that NS follows me everywhere I go...and none the less, they are sitting in plain sight in Bensenville, Illinois. The class unit of the SD70M series, the NS #2600. Too bad her fuel tank has been scribbled up.
Photo Date:  1/1/2012  Upload Date: 1/22/2012 3:47:29 PM
Location:  Bensenville, IL
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 2600(SD70M) NS 9959(C40-9W)
Views:  162   Comments: 0
Don't be so blue...
Title:  Don't be so blue...
Description:  CEFX 1050 waits for it's next assignment.
Photo Date:  1/1/2012  Upload Date: 1/23/2012 2:46:28 PM
Location:  Bensenville, IL
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  CEFX 1050(AC44CW) CP 8752(ES44AC)
Views:  214   Comments: 0
HEY! YOU! Get back here!
Title:  HEY! YOU! Get back here!
Description:  Excitement and desperation builds as we speed through the streets of Elmwood Park trying to keep up with a CP manifest that is increasing in speed. With K3LA airhorns blarring, CITX 3098 accelerates through Elmwood Park Metra station. What a sweet sound those 645's were making.
Photo Date:  1/1/2012  Upload Date: 1/21/2012 10:36:34 PM
Location:  Elmwood Park, IL
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  DME 6081(SD40-3) DME 6090(SD40-3) ICE 6410(SD40-2) CITX 3098(SD40-2)
Views:  257   Comments: 0
Its cold outside.
Title:  Its cold outside.
Description:  The bright red of these newly painted Canadian Pacific Geep's was a welcome site on this dreary New Year's Day.
Photo Date:  1/1/2012  Upload Date: 1/21/2012 10:22:34 PM
Location:  Franklin Park, IL
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  CP 4508(GP38-2) CP 4612(GP40)
Views:  180   Comments: 0
Winter Fun
Title:  Winter Fun
Description:  While Old Man Snow and Jack Frost have some fun with the weather, I have some fun with the Canadian Pacific.
Photo Date:  1/1/2012  Upload Date: 1/21/2012 10:28:08 PM
Location:  Franklin Park, IL
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  CP 4608(GP40) CITX 3098(SD40-2) ICE 6410(SD40-2)
Views:  172   Comments: 0
Oh the joys of CP.
Title:  Oh the joys of CP.
Description:  Who says CP is nothing but new GE's?
Photo Date:  1/1/2012  Upload Date: 1/21/2012 10:33:00 PM
Location:  Franklin Park, IL
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CITX 3098(SD40-2) ICE 6410(SD40-2) DME 6090(SD40-3)
Views:  291   Comments: 0
What a Beautiful Rebuild.
Title:  What a Beautiful Rebuild.
Description:  A Canadian Pacific rebuilt GP38-2 eases a short freight train into the CP's Bensenville Yard.
Photo Date:  1/1/2012  Upload Date: 1/23/2012 4:07:18 PM
Location:  Franklin Park, IL
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  CP 4508(GP38-2)
Views:  138   Comments: 0
Oh and before I go...
Title:  Oh and before I go...
Description:  Just moments away from boarding Amtrak 393 to make my way home, I accidentally stumble upon UP #1996. What luck!
Photo Date:  1/2/2012  Upload Date: 1/21/2012 3:32:35 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  UP 1996(SD70ACe) UP 8688(SD70ACe) UP 5400(AC45CCTE)
Views:  273   Comments: 0
Now THAT is a great train.
Title:  Now THAT is a great train.
Description:  Don't be fooled by the common power AC44 leading this train. It was a real treasure. The Southern Pacific unit trailing and the fact that this entire 150 car coal train was nothing but MoPac and CNW hoppers in original paint. I kid you not.
Photo Date:  1/2/2012  Upload Date: 1/21/2012 10:01:15 PM
Location:  Elmhurst, IL
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  UP 5652(AC44CWCTE)
Views:  189   Comments: 0
The Y-PRCP Warrior
Title:  The Y-PRCP Warrior
Description:  On January 2nd, Y-PRCP (Union Pacific train symobol: Yard Transfer - Proviso Yard - Canadian Pacific Bensenville) ran this ex-SSW GP60 and an unpatched SP GP60.
Photo Date:  1/2/2012  Upload Date: 1/22/2012 3:19:04 PM
Location:  Elmhurst, IL
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  UP 1962(GP60)
Views:  165   Comments: 0
NS 8098
Title:  NS 8098
Description:  This is what NS 8098 is all about.
Photo Date:  4/25/2012  Upload Date: 10/30/2012 4:53:24 AM
Location:  Rockwood, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 8098(ES44AC)
Views:  139   Comments: 0
Hello Lady Blue!
Title:  Hello Lady Blue!
Description:  After getting a heads up the night before, I set out to catch NS #8098, the Conrail heritage unit coming down the CNO&TP. Here she's at Rockwood, TN trailing on NS 275.
Photo Date:  4/25/2012  Upload Date: 4/25/2012 11:58:18 PM
Location:  Rockwood, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 9840(C40-9W) NS 8098(ES44AC)
Views:  176   Comments: 0
Horses at the Gates
Title:  Horses at the Gates
Description:  It may still be a few days before the Kentucky Derby, but these horses are all lined up ready to go.
Photo Date:  5/2/2012  Upload Date: 5/15/2012 5:38:44 PM
Location:  Burnside, KY
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 2571(SD70) NS 9931(C40-9W) NS 9884(C40-9W)
Views:  120   Comments: 0
Posing for the Camera
Title:  Posing for the Camera
Description:  Three northbound trains hold at the Burnside, KY crew change on the NS CNO&TP. This is the new transition between the First and Second Districts of the CNO&TP.
Photo Date:  5/2/2012  Upload Date: 5/15/2012 5:43:47 PM
Location:  Burnside, KY
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 2571(SD70) NS 9931(C40-9W) NS 9884(C40-9W) NS 8961(C40-9W)
Views:  105   Comments: 1
Holding for the Precious Cargo
Title:  Holding for the Precious Cargo
Description:  NS 288 waits as NS 229's precious load, trailers full of UPS parcels, passes by on the main track at a speed of nearly 60 miles per hour. As the old saying goes, "Woe unto the dispatcher that delays NS 229". On this National Train Day, they certainly are not holding 229 up.
Photo Date:  5/12/2012  Upload Date: 5/23/2012 2:53:43 PM
Location:  Spring City, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 8839(C40-9) NS 9485(C40-9W)
Views:  103   Comments: 0
NS 175 Southbound
Title:  NS 175 Southbound
Description:  NS 175 highballs through Spring City past the town's historic Southern Railway depot.
Photo Date:  5/12/2012  Upload Date: 5/23/2012 2:49:40 PM
Location:  Spring City, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 9014(C40-9W)
Views:  71   Comments: 0
275 Meets 288
Title:  275 Meets 288
Description:  A vibrant spring elm tree stands in stark contrast the the darkening skies above Spring City as NS 275 closes in on NS 288 at close to 55 miles per hour.
Photo Date:  5/12/2012  Upload Date: 5/23/2012 2:43:41 PM
Location:  Spring City, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 8839(C40-9) NS 9887(C40-9W)
Views:  84   Comments: 0
Under Uncertain Skies
Title:  Under Uncertain Skies
Description:  NS 288 gets the clear to leave the Spring City siding with its train of loaded autoracks. The skies are growing uncertain as showers and thunderstorms continue to build in a eastbound front passing over this northbound freight train.
Photo Date:  5/12/2012  Upload Date: 5/15/2012 5:54:12 PM
Location:  Spring City, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 8839(C40-9)
Views:  91   Comments: 0
NS 793 Clear, North Spring City, Over.
Title:  NS 793 Clear, North Spring City, Over.
Description:  NS 793 lead by two SD70ACe's blows past the searchlight signals on the north end of Spring City siding.
Photo Date:  5/12/2012  Upload Date: 5/15/2012 5:52:06 PM
Location:  Spring City, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 1057(SD70ACe) NS 1018(SD70ACe)
Views:  205   Comments: 1
NS 952 Northbound
Title:  NS 952 Northbound
Description:  NS 952, a northbound MoW welded rail train, heads north through Spring City with the engineer working the throttle back and forth and giving the squeaky PR airhorn a good workout.
Photo Date:  5/12/2012  Upload Date: 5/15/2012 6:02:43 PM
Location:  Spring City, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 6607(SD60)
Views:  98   Comments: 0
IC 8733
Title:  IC 8733
Description:  One of the advantages of being a MRM crew member is the ability to get this shot. Here I'm riding with the engineer as we head onto the Camp Creek trestle.
Photo Date:  5/26/2012  Upload Date: 8/7/2012 6:36:28 AM
Location:  Monticello, IL
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  IC 8733(GP11)
Views:  98   Comments: 0
CN 2244
Title:  CN 2244
Description:  A southbound CN manifest eases down the siding at Tuscola to allow a northbound to pass.
Photo Date:  5/26/2012  Upload Date: 6/9/2012 5:46:41 PM
Location:  Tuscola, IL
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  CN 2244(ES44DC)
Views:  94   Comments: 2
CP 8846
Title:  CP 8846
Description: 
Photo Date:  5/26/2012  Upload Date: 8/29/2012 6:07:43 PM
Location:  Tuscola, IL
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  CP 8846(ES44AC)
Views:  93   Comments: 1
NS 1057
Title:  NS 1057
Description:  The dark clouds aren't the only thing storming into town...
Photo Date:  5/26/2012  Upload Date: 9/3/2012 3:27:14 PM
Location:  Spring City, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 1057(SD70ACe) NS 1018(SD70ACe)
Views:  194   Comments: 0
UP 5804
Title:  UP 5804
Description:  The Distributed Power Unit (DPU) on a westbound UP coal drag banks through the curve approaching the IC/CSX diamonds and heads off into the sunset at Tuscola, Illinois.
Photo Date:  5/26/2012  Upload Date: 10/10/2012 3:07:21 AM
Location:  Tuscola, IL
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  UP 5804(AC44CWCTE)
Views:  107   Comments: 0
UP 6526
Title:  UP 6526
Description:  Union Pacific AC4400CW #6526 leads an empty coal drag westbound through Tuscola, Illinois at the last light of day.
Photo Date:  5/26/2012  Upload Date: 10/10/2012 3:00:00 AM
Location:  Tuscola, IL
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  UP 6526(AC44CW)
Views:  91   Comments: 0
An Evening in Douglas County
Title:  An Evening in Douglas County
Description:  The sun is beginning to set in the west as a nice trio of locomotives wait in the siding.
Photo Date:  5/26/2012  Upload Date: 6/9/2012 5:49:05 PM
Location:  Tuscola, IL
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  UP 8140(SD9043MAC)
Views:  134   Comments: 0
Tuscola Sunrise
Title:  Tuscola Sunrise
Description:  A quadruple set of EMD locomotives bring a manifest through Tuscola on the UP Pana Subdivision.
Photo Date:  5/26/2012  Upload Date: 6/9/2012 5:43:56 PM
Location:  Tuscola, IL
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  UP 3890(SD70M)
Views:  121   Comments: 0
Sunset at Tuscola
Title:  Sunset at Tuscola
Description:  A Union Pacific intermodal heads west into the sunset at Tuscola, Illinois.
Photo Date:  5/27/2012  Upload Date: 8/7/2012 6:24:55 AM
Location:  Tuscola, IL
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  UP 3874(SD70M) UP 7739(AC45CCTE)
Views:  131   Comments: 0
BNSF Coal Train
Title:  BNSF Coal Train
Description:  The BNSF coal train returns from the Kingston/Harriman TVA power plant empty on its way southbound.
Photo Date:  6/1/2012  Upload Date: 6/9/2012 5:35:30 PM
Location:  Spring City, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 8801(SD70MAC)
Views:  114   Comments: 0
BNSF 6294
Title:  BNSF 6294
Description:  The DPU of the southbound BNSF coal train passes by the vintage Southern Railway depot in Spring City.
Photo Date:  6/1/2012  Upload Date: 6/9/2012 5:36:20 PM
Location:  Spring City, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BNSF 6294(ES44AC)
Views:  130   Comments: 0
CSX Coal Train
Title:  CSX Coal Train
Description:  The CSX coal train makes its way northbound towards the Kingston/Harriman TVA power plant on the NS CNO&TP line.
Photo Date:  6/1/2012  Upload Date: 6/9/2012 5:33:30 PM
Location:  Spring City, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  CSX 7919(C40-8W) CSX 74(AC44CW)
Views:  137   Comments: 2
NS 055
Title:  NS 055
Description:  NS 055 a high and wide special comes into Spring City on its run from Peoria, Illinois.
Photo Date:  6/1/2012  Upload Date: 6/9/2012 5:32:12 PM
Location:  Spring City, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 9747(C40-9W) NS 9515(C40-9W)
Views:  111   Comments: 0
Up Close and Personal with NS 2689
Title:  Up Close and Personal with NS 2689
Description:  NS SD70M-2 #2689 highballs through Spring City with a high priority NS 275 intermodal in tow.
Photo Date:  6/1/2012  Upload Date: 6/13/2012 12:54:47 AM
Location:  Spring City, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 2689(SD70M-2)
Views:  77   Comments: 0
NS 8967
Title:  NS 8967
Description: 
Photo Date:  6/13/2012  Upload Date: 6/20/2012 5:15:21 AM
Location:  Spring City, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 8967(C40-9W)
Views:  77   Comments: 2
NS 275
Title:  NS 275
Description:  NS 275 makes a brake application as it rolls into Spring City. A crew in a high railer is just down the line at the other end of the siding at South Spring City. Not long from now, this train will be dragging past them at a agonizing 10 miles per hour.
Photo Date:  6/13/2012  Upload Date: 6/13/2012 8:40:26 PM
Location:  Spring City, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 7673(ES40DC)
Views:  103   Comments: 1
NS 50A
Title:  NS 50A
Description:  Two D9-40CW's and two SD60M's lead NS 50A, a southbound unit grain train, through Spring City. A very nice consist, although early in the morning a sister train, 40A featured the Central of Georgia heritage unit. Sadly, she showed up before the sun did. However, none the less, this satisified my craving for a unit grain.
Photo Date:  6/13/2012  Upload Date: 6/13/2012 9:14:31 PM
Location:  Spring City, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 9592(C40-9W)
Views:  97   Comments: 0
NS SD60's
Title:  NS SD60's
Description:  With the engineer doing his best to give a nice horn show on NS 6676's lagging horn, these SD60's take a stroll through Spring City with a southbound manifest in tow.
Photo Date:  6/13/2012  Upload Date: 6/13/2012 8:33:24 PM
Location:  Spring City, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 6676(SD60) NS 6532(SD60)
Views:  178   Comments: 2
Untitled
Title:  Untitled
Description:  Still standing in Jamestown, Tennessee is the former Oneida & Western railroad station. This was O&W's western terminal. The O&W operated between here and Oneida, Tennessee where it connected with the Southern Railway's CNO&TP. The railroad mainly hauled coal, lumber and the local mail. The last train departed this station on March 2nd, 1954 at 2:03pm. It has been used as a feed store and the baggage room as an arcade since then. Today it sits rotting.
Photo Date:  6/14/2012  Upload Date: 10/30/2012 4:56:50 AM
Location:  Jamestown, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives: 
Views:  109   Comments: 0
The Day the Train Came to Town
Title:  The Day the Train Came to Town
Description:  Its a sunny Friday afternoon in the small town of Monterey, Tennessee where I find three Nashville & Eastern B40-8W's parked at the Monterey Sand Mine tied down for the evening. Tomorrow, this historic 50 car train will be loaded here, the first time a train of that length has visited the former Tennessee Central Railroad in over 35 years. Its the first time in a few weeks a train has been to Monterey, the last being a historic 40 cars long. Now, with 50 cars for the loading, it is quietly showing a small economic resurgence in this small town in middle Tennessee.
Photo Date:  6/15/2012  Upload Date: 6/15/2012 10:06:17 PM
Location:  Monterey, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NERR 574(B40-8W) NERR 568(B40-8W) NERR 579(B40-8W)
Views:  620   Comments: 0
NERR 579
Title:  NERR 579
Description:  Nashville & Eastern B40-8W's sit idle at the Monterey Sand Mine. Their train will be loaded the next morning.
Photo Date:  6/16/2012  Upload Date: 6/20/2012 5:19:34 AM
Location:  Monterey, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NERR 579(B40-8W) NERR 568(B40-8W)
Views:  603   Comments: 0
NS 2660
Title:  NS 2660
Description:  NS SD70M-2 #2660 leads NS 215 into rural Robbins, Tennessee on a warm summer evening.
Photo Date:  6/20/2012  Upload Date: 6/22/2012 4:48:09 PM
Location:  Robbins, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 2660(SD70M-2)
Views:  101   Comments: 1
NS 6655
Title:  NS 6655
Description:  With the Appalachian Mountains ahead on the horizon, NS #6655 leads NS 229 down the Shoemaker Hill into Robbins, TN.
Photo Date:  6/20/2012  Upload Date: 6/21/2012 6:34:31 PM
Location:  Shoemaker, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories:  Scenic
Locomotives: 
Views:  74   Comments: 1
NS 8383
Title:  NS 8383
Description:  A former Conrail D8-40CW lugs an autorack train over the hill at Shoemaker as it begins to gain speed after a grueling climb.
Photo Date:  6/20/2012  Upload Date: 6/21/2012 3:03:29 PM
Location:  Shoemaker, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 8383(C40-8W)
Views:  81   Comments: 0
NS 9665
Title:  NS 9665
Description:  As NS #9665 leads a very short NS 143, I pace the locomotive with my camera producing a somewhat unique image.
Photo Date:  6/20/2012  Upload Date: 6/22/2012 4:50:12 PM
Location:  Shoemaker, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 9665(C40-9W)
Views:  72   Comments: 0
NS 961 Clear
Title:  NS 961 Clear
Description:  NS 961 gets the clear after waiting nearly 45 minutes for a signal maintainer to finish up on the line ahead.
Photo Date:  6/28/2012  Upload Date: 6/29/2012 4:05:53 PM
Location:  Oliver Springs, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 1074(SD70ACe) NS 1071(SD70ACe) NS 1070(SD70ACe) NS 1072(SD70ACe) NS 1069(SD70ACe) NS 1073(SD70ACe) NS 6792(SD60M)
Views:  1985   Comments: 0
NS 961 at Clinton
Title:  NS 961 at Clinton
Description:  NS 961 comes off the double track at the south end of Clinton, Tennessee. For me, this would be the last I'd catch these units on the chase due to the fact I lost them because of curvy backroads. I did have to wait on them at Powell, however they were already crossing the road. I attempted to take I-75 into Knoxville and get them at the station, however that didn't work out either. A great day though. Was nice meeting up with fellow railfans Peyton Gupton and Evan Lofback at this location briefly.
Photo Date:  6/28/2012  Upload Date: 6/29/2012 4:12:26 PM
Location:  Clinton, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 6792(SD60M) NS 1073(SD70ACe) NS 1069(SD70ACe) NS 1072(SD70ACe) NS 1070(SD70ACe) NS 1071(SD70ACe) NS 1074(SD70ACe)
Views:  1540   Comments: 2
NS 6792
Title:  NS 6792
Description:  I'm in pursuit as NS 961 charges through a cornfield as they approach Oliver Springs, TN with precious cargo bound for Spencer, NC.
Photo Date:  6/28/2012  Upload Date: 9/2/2012 7:01:32 AM
Location:  Oliver Springs, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 6792(SD60M) NS 1073(SD70ACe) NS 1069(SD70ACe) NS 1072(SD70ACe)
Views:  712   Comments: 0
NS 961 at Oliver Springs
Title:  NS 961 at Oliver Springs
Description:  NS 961 highballs through Oliver Springs, Tennessee with 6 heritage units in tow and an awesome crew at the throttle.
Photo Date:  6/28/2012  Upload Date: 6/29/2012 3:55:52 PM
Location:  Oliver Springs, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 6792(SD60M) NS 1073(SD70ACe) NS 1069(SD70ACe) NS 1072(SD70ACe) NS 1070(SD70ACe) NS 1071(SD70ACe) NS 1074(SD70ACe)
Views:  1591   Comments: 3
NS 6792
Title:  NS 6792
Description:  NS 961 whips around the curve on the northside of Harriman, TN as it makes its way towards Knoxville on the K&O.
Photo Date:  6/29/2012  Upload Date: 8/6/2012 5:15:58 AM
Location:  Harriman, TN
Author:  Alex Wood
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 6792(SD60M) NS 1073(SD70ACe) NS 1069(SD70ACe) NS 1072(SD70ACe) NS 1070(SD70ACe)
Views:  831   Comments: 0


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