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  by OCtrainguy
Looking for some snow photos this morning, I headed up to South Plainfield this morning with a friend of mine. We spent about four hours there from about 7:30 to 11:30. Saw seven trains in that timeframe, but none in the last hour. All trains were NS, didn't see any CSX trains. Here's a recap:

7:40 EB NS 24Z 8-40CW & D9-40C
8:15 EB NS 18N D9-40CW & NREX SD45-2T
8:35 EB NS 214 BNSF D9-44CW & D9-40CW
8:57 EB NS 20K PRR SD60I & 2629 (primer SD70M)
9:25 WB NS 11J 2 D9-40CWs
10:00 EB NS 212 7115, 1615 & high hood SD40-2
10:38 WB NS 213 D9-40C & PRR 6764

Overall it was a good morning. Seven trains and they were all NS. I was hoping to see some CSX trains as last week, as their trains had a good mix of engines including SD60M, SD70MAC and SD70ACE units.

  by Lehigh Valley Railroad
How bout them pictures? :wink:

  by nick11a
Cool, you saw a highhood. I really want to get a shot of a highhood sometime. Unfortunately, seeing them seems to be rare in Jersey.

  by OCtrainguy
I still use film (print & slide) so I will scan a few photos when I get the roll back from being developed.

In my personal experience, it is a rare, but welcome sight to see a NS high hood SD40 or SD40-2 unit on the Lehigh Line.

  by nick11a
OCtrainguy wrote:I still use film (print & slide) so I will scan a few photos when I get the roll back from being developed.

In my personal experience, it is a rare, but welcome sight to see a NS high hood SD40 or SD40-2 unit on the Lehigh Line.
Yeah, other than that, I don't know of many other (or any for that matter) instances of seeing a high hood NS Geep or SD in Jersey.

  by nick11a
^Thanks Bob and great photos. At least there are a few down in South Jersey. I just wish we got more up here in Central and North Jersey.

  by kpiersol
Here are the shots I got of 18N, 214 & 11J up the line in Manville/Hillsborough:

http://kpiersol2.rrpicturearchives.net/ ... x?id=86549
http://kpiersol2.rrpicturearchives.net/ ... x?id=86550
http://kpiersol2.rrpicturearchives.net/ ... x?id=86551

Great to see the BNSF power leading.

Much later in the day I caught a NB CSX doublestack in Belle Mead - sorry, but I had a nanosecond to prepare as I just heard the train and stopped my car (safely off the road for you safety minded), and its directly into the sun:

http://kpiersol2.rrpicturearchives.net/ ... x?id=86878


  by kpiersol
I don't know how rare this is or not, but high-hood GP38AC (ex Southern) has been working the BRW transfer the last few Sundays:

http://kpiersol2.rrpicturearchives.net/ ... px?id=4972

Kim Piersol

  by OCtrainguy
The GP38AC units are a rare sight. Though, I did see the 2874 on a ballast train out of Abrams Yard to Philadelphia back in July.


So that unit is still kicking.

  by nick11a
Yeah, that is rare. Maybe when I get down to Manville or someplace else besides on the Browns Yard Division and NEC freight trains, I'll finally catch a high nose Geep.

  by trainfreak
The NYSW owns two ex NS high hood SD40's. They are numbers 3020 and 3022 and see regular use on the road trains to New Jersey and back. Along with those you can see some of the ALCo and MLW locomotives the NSYW just aquired.

  by OCtrainguy
I drove my in-laws to the airport early yesterday morning, so after I dropped them off I drove to South Plainfield to see what kind of activity there was on the Lehigh Line. Here's my recap:

7:00 NS WB 21M 2 D9-40CWs and a high hood SD40-2
7:33 CSX EB K276 CSX/Conrail SD60I and a 8-40CW
8:00 NS EB 20K D9-40CW & SD60
8:10 NS EB 212 SD70M 2635 (primer) and D9-40CW
9:22 NS EB 24V NS/Conrail SD60M and D9-40CW
9:52 NS WE 213 2 D9-40CWs

I had been told that the 214 was being routed via the Port Reading Secondary, so I left the Lehigh Line. Was still in South Plainfield, but now waiting for the 214 on the Port Reading Secondary.

10:35 NS EB 214 UP 3851 and CSX 7727.

While waiting for the 214, I heard 11J blowing its horn on the Lehigh Line. After the 214 passed, I decided to head to Port Reading to see the 214 come off the Port Reading Secondary.

I did miss three CSX trains from the Lehigh Line, but did feel the power on the 214 was worth it.

As I got there, JR-1 with NS/PRR GP38-2 5270 and NS GP38-2 5278, was moving cars onto a siding on the freight Coast Line, the old CNJ line. Then, at about 11:30, the 214 came off the Port Reading Secondary and onto the ex-CNJ Coast Line.

It was a great morning, and though I would've liked to have seen the CSX trains I missed, I couldn't pass up the 214 with the power that it had!
Last edited by OCtrainguy on Tue Feb 08, 2005 9:34 pm, edited 1 time in total.

  by kpiersol
Wow Steve, that is a great recap. I was shut out yesterday morning, as my wife had her hair done and I had to baby-sit (imagine that!). However, it looks like the afternoon was very active, also.

It was such a beautiful day I decided to catch BRW's "Jack Frost” over in the Three Bridges area. While awaiting its arrival, I missed at least two on the LV line (I heard them) but did manage to catch NS 9912 with an EB while the BRW was "turning around” in Three Bridges. That would make at least three going east between 1 and 2. I also caught CSX 4812 in my hometown (Skillman) about 2:30 or so. Lee King also caught 4812 at the Boone Tunnel in Darby, PA, and he said that someone got the train crossing the Susquehanna River earlier in the day.

All in all, a great day. This afternoon I have to take my 6 year old to a party over in Hamilton Square, so I may try to get some AMTRAK (boring!).

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... x?id=88932

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... x?id=88940

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... x?id=88943

Lee King photo:

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... x?id=89092
Last edited by kpiersol on Sun Feb 06, 2005 8:15 pm, edited 1 time in total.

  by trainfreak
Well it really looks like the Lehigh Line is the place to go. Maybe sometime i will try and get down there and see the pretty big mix of action. Right now i just want to get somewhere to railfan because i havent gone railfanning in almost three months now. I guess that comes with a weekend job and having to save up for a car. But the license comes in 22 days and hopefully after that ill go railfanning more often.
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