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NWS Charleston

Postby ChrisU » Wed May 04, 2011 6:22 am

Does this base still have rail operations? If so what is the current motive power? Does anybody have any pictures of trains at this base?
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Re: NWS Charleston

Postby RailVet » Sat May 14, 2011 5:29 am

I'll have to check my latest roster, but I believe the base is limited to GE 80-ton centercabs. There was an Alco S1 on the roster, probably the last one in the entire DOD inventory, but it may be gone by now. I should know for certain later this year when I visit the base. Check this website for a roster of DOD base locomotives:

http://military.railfan.net/roster/

Note: The webmaster is currently updating the page, as some of it is clearly outdated. For example, the tracks to the naval base at Indian Head, MD, were torn up several years ago, and the Army Reserve's 1205th TROB was inactivated in Sep 06. Its two GP10s went to the Tennessee Valley Authority. Generally speaking, though, it's a good source of roster information.
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Re: NWS Charleston

Postby ChrisU » Wed May 18, 2011 4:23 pm

Thank you.
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Re: NWS Charleston

Postby RailVet » Thu Dec 15, 2011 5:17 pm

I visited this base for the first time in 8 years in September and saw USN 65-00132, which appears to be a former Baldwin VO1000 rebuilt with EMD under the hood. There was also a GE centercab, probably o/s, sitting where the enginehouse once stood. Unfortunately most of the tracks are inside the restricted area and most of the locomotives are there as well, so actually seeing one of them, much less getting a picture, will be very hard to do.
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Re: NWS Charleston

Postby ChrisU » Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:56 am

RailVet wrote:I visited this base for the first time in 8 years in September and saw USN 65-00132, which appears to be a former Baldwin VO1000 rebuilt with EMD under the hood. There was also a GE centercab, probably o/s, sitting where the enginehouse once stood. Unfortunately most of the tracks are inside the restricted area and most of the locomotives are there as well, so actually seeing one of them, much less getting a picture, will be very hard to do.

Thanks for the update,sorry about the very,very late reply: I found a picture of 65-00132 in Waycross,GA on 8/19/11 and 8/20/11 http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=2691876 however if you look at NWS Charelston engine house from google earth the imagery date is 1/1/12 and the 65-00132 appears to be sitting there along with an 80T.
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Re: NWS Charleston

Postby RailVet » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:35 pm

I think I lucked out when I encountered 65-00132 at NWS Charleston that day, as it had probably just returned from Waycross. On the day of my visit it was being worked on. The panels on one side of the locomotive were open and someone had left a large, well-equipped and surely expensive tool box next to his work (he may have gone to lunch), apparently trusting that no one would steal his tools in his absence. As far as I could tell, no one did.
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Re: NWS Charleston

Postby ChrisU » Mon Jun 11, 2012 12:48 pm

Cool! Whats the current status' on NWS Concord and Kitsap,joint base in Bangor,WA for rail operations if anyone knows?
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MOTCO

Postby RailVet » Mon Jun 11, 2012 2:40 pm

The Navy pulled out of NWS Concord over a decade ago and the northern third went to the Army as its Military Ocean Terminal Concord (MOTCO), which has had it in caretaker status under the oversight of the 834th Transportation Battalion. See:

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ ... ransbn.htm

Most of the old Navy locomotives were retired, although a couple were repainted and renumbered for the US Army. These were joined by several GP10s.

I haven't been out there in a dozen years so I can't say for certain what's going on now. I did hear from a retired Army employee involved in transportation matters that the Army now regrets having taken on MOTCO because the costs far exceeded estimates.

I've never been to the state of WA so I must leave personal observations of Naval Station Kitsap to others in this forum.
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Re: MOTCO

Postby ChrisU » Mon Jun 11, 2012 5:32 pm

RailVet wrote:The Navy pulled out of NWS Concord over a decade ago and the northern third went to the Army as its Military Ocean Terminal Concord (MOTCO), which has had it in caretaker status under the oversight of the 834th Transportation Battalion. See:

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ ... ransbn.htm

Most of the old Navy locomotives were retired, although a couple were repainted and renumbered for the US Army. These were joined by several GP10s.

I haven't been out there in a dozen years so I can't say for certain what's going on now. I did hear from a retired Army employee involved in transportation matters that the Army now regrets having taken on MOTCO because the costs far exceeded estimates.

I've never been to the state of WA so I must leave personal observations of Naval Station Kitsap to others in this forum.

Thanks for the info!
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Re: NWS Charleston

Postby Ron S. » Sat Jun 30, 2012 5:46 am

There should be a re-powered Alco S1 there as well (Charleston)...#65-00626. I last saw it in 2009, but it was in service at that time and appeared to be well maintained.

RailVet wrote:I visited this base for the first time in 8 years in September and saw USN 65-00132, which appears to be a former Baldwin VO1000 rebuilt with EMD under the hood. There was also a GE centercab, probably o/s, sitting where the enginehouse once stood. Unfortunately most of the tracks are inside the restricted area and most of the locomotives are there as well, so actually seeing one of them, much less getting a picture, will be very hard to do.
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Re: NWS Charleston

Postby RailVet » Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:34 pm

I saw that Alco about 20 years or so ago when locomotives were still being parked by the now-gone enginehouse. If it's staying inside the restricted area these days, viewing it will be next to impossible.
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Re: NWS Charleston

Postby ChrisU » Sat Aug 25, 2012 2:44 pm

That's ashame it would be a cool locomotive to see.
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Re: NWS Charleston

Postby ChrisU » Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:48 am

How often do these trains run the mainline if there is one and if it's still used?
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Re: NWS Charleston

Postby ChrisU » Sat Jan 26, 2013 9:35 am

Is they're any updates on the base's railroad?
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