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Coal trains in South Jersey

Postby johnnyloco » Wed May 15, 2013 10:23 pm

May 13, 2013
NS 506 rolls into southern New Jersey en route to Deepwater, NJ with NS 8109, NS 9838, and NS 6514 (a former Union Pacific SD60 still in UP livery with NS patch) for power.
Here's the train rolling through Gloucester City with 85 loads-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4H9xH6-hiw

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Re: Coal trains in South Jersey

Postby johnnyloco » Fri Jul 19, 2013 10:26 pm

July 19, 2013
Loaded coal train 502 made a rare morning daylight appearance in South Jersey today. This has been the 5th 502 to be delivered to the B.L. England generating station in Beesley's Point this year. Here they are, led by NS 2519, NS 8819, and NS 2564 (ex-Conrail) pulling 90 loads of coal up the Albion Grade through Penbryn, NJ-

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=3562360


trailing units-
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=3562367

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Re: Coal trains in South Jersey

Postby johnnyloco » Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:55 pm

July 23, 2013

NS 507 (empty coal train from Deepwater) made a rare daylight move back to Pavonia Yard with the WPCA51 crew having the honors. Even rarer, they ran their power long hood forward-

NS 6908 (SD60E) and NS 6706 (SD60) running lhf through Gloucester City-
http://manatree.rrpicturearchives.net/s ... id=3567978


NS 6706-
http://manatree.rrpicturearchives.net/s ... id=3567994


Approaching CP Brown-
http://manatree.rrpicturearchives.net/s ... id=3568011

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Re: Coal trains in South Jersey

Postby johnnyloco » Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:54 pm

8/19/2013

The sixth 502 coal train of 2013 made it's way down the Beesleys Point Secondary late Monday afternoon with-

NS 9288 (C40-9W)
NS 9220 (C40-9W)
NS 8781 (C40-9- recent repaint)

Photographed in Barrington
Crossing Clement's Bridge Road (tele)-
http://manatree.rrpicturearchives.net/s ... id=3597911

Same location (wedge)-
http://manatree.rrpicturearchives.net/s ... id=3597912

New paint job on the third unit, NS 8781-
http://manatree.rrpicturearchives.net/s ... id=3597913

Going away shot of the last car-
http://manatree.rrpicturearchives.net/s ... id=3597919

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Re: Coal trains in South Jersey

Postby chuchubob » Sun Aug 25, 2013 2:58 pm

Empty coal NS 503 from Beesley's Point made a rare daylight appearance, arriving at Pavonia with freshly-painted C40-9W 8781 leading the consist.
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Re: Coal trains in South Jersey

Postby Ken W2KB » Mon Dec 16, 2013 1:53 pm

Any recent activity? Well under two years for potential coal firing as of the conversion schedule:

The current dates for the B. L. England coal units are (1) deactivate the 129 megawatt Unit 1 on 5/1/2014 and remove from current service the 155 megawatt Unit 2 for conversion to natural gas on 5/1/15.
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Re: Coal trains in South Jersey

Postby glennk419 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:03 pm

Ken W2KB wrote:Any recent activity? Well under two years for potential coal firing as of the conversion schedule:

The current dates for the B. L. England coal units are (1) deactivate the 129 megawatt Unit 1 on 5/1/2014 and remove from current service the 155 megawatt Unit 2 for conversion to natural gas on 5/1/15.


The plant was online when I passed by last evening. Guess they're trying to burn off the rest of that coal.
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Re: Coal trains in South Jersey

Postby chuchubob » Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:25 pm

glennk419 wrote:
Ken W2KB wrote:Any recent activity? Well under two years for potential coal firing as of the conversion schedule:

The current dates for the B. L. England coal units are (1) deactivate the 129 megawatt Unit 1 on 5/1/2014 and remove from current service the 155 megawatt Unit 2 for conversion to natural gas on 5/1/15.


The plant was online when I passed by last evening. Guess they're trying to burn off the rest of that coal.

Perhaps they're running because Oyster Creek is shut down.
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Re: Coal trains in South Jersey

Postby Ken W2KB » Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:29 am

chuchubob wrote:
glennk419 wrote:
Ken W2KB wrote:Any recent activity? Well under two years for potential coal firing as of the conversion schedule:

The current dates for the B. L. England coal units are (1) deactivate the 129 megawatt Unit 1 on 5/1/2014 and remove from current service the 155 megawatt Unit 2 for conversion to natural gas on 5/1/15.


The plant was online when I passed by last evening. Guess they're trying to burn off the rest of that coal.

Perhaps they're running because Oyster Creek is shut down.


likely due to Oyster Creek status plus the colder weather. While PJM is a summer peaking region, there is also a substantial peak on cold days. Most generation in PJM is selected through a day ahead auction, subject to reliability constraints. Nukes always run when able as the owners' bid into the market at a price of zero every day. Too off topic to explain here.

Hopefully B L England will be selected a lot in the auctions the next couple of years so there is a need for the trains. I'm sure the owner will try to burn up the coal inventory to near zero as the unit shutdown dates approach.
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Re: Coal trains in South Jersey

Postby johnnyloco » Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:46 pm

The latest 506 coal train in Deepwater has the Pier 6 50th Anniversary NS hopper in the consist.

Photographed today (1/11/2014)

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=3731570

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Re: Coal trains in South Jersey

Postby bluedash2 » Sun Jan 19, 2014 5:07 pm

And the current 506 rolled in yesterday morning with SD60E 6957 leading on its first revenue run. The train has been emptied as of this afternoon and will probably run out as 507 either tonight or more likely tomorrow night and will have 8372 leading with a dash 9 wide in between.
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Re: Coal trains in South Jersey

Postby johnnyloco » Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:38 pm

It appears the next 506 for Deepwater will have the Pier6 hopper again.
Power should NS 2572, 9518, and 6630.
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Re: Coal trains in South Jersey

Postby chuchubob » Sat Jan 25, 2014 11:29 am

NS 502 coal to Beesley's Point made a rare daylight move on the Beesley Secondary Saturday.

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Re: Coal trains in South Jersey

Postby johnnyloco » Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:59 pm

Pics of today's 502 worth looking at from Albion and Winslow-
http://sjrailroader31.rrpicturearchives ... id=3741039

Over the Southern RR of NJ-
http://sjrailroader31.rrpicturearchives ... id=3741043

With the shell of the SRNJ's U18B in the foreground-
http://sjrailroader31.rrpicturearchives ... id=3741057

The lead engine derailed in Marmora and is currently still there.
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Re: Coal trains in South Jersey

Postby mitch kennedy » Sun Jan 26, 2014 9:54 am

Wow, John, you DO get around.. appreciate your photos of the whole scene! Quite the crossing light rig at Cross Keys Rd, huh? Is the little custard stand (the cat and the fiddle) still there? Winslow looks less haunted now since its all grown in..(except for the corpses of the abandoned locos)... here it is with my brand new shiny Instamatic-eye-view in March 1970.. quite a difference!
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