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2005 Photo Pages

Photos Needed - I'm looking for photos of railroad subjects in Madison County. They may be trains, locomotives, freight or... - click for more -
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January 4, 2005
An Eastbound coal train with brand new Aluminum coal hoppers many with sequential numbers, stopped on the number 1 main in South Anderson for the second unit to take on water. The lead unit was dead. I caught the units pulling back to the West End to pull up to the Yard Office for water. While there, I took a few shots of the hoppers.

Later, I hear the crew say that they have the lead unit running and want to know what to do. I never heard the reply as I was busy until the phone rang, an Illinois Central non-dynamic brake unit running light was nearing South Anderson to become the lead unit. Here are UP/Rio Grande 8630 SD40-2T (Tunnel Motor) - CSX 8312 SD40-2 Reblt from SD40 - IC 6068 SD40-2R Non-Dynamics and the new aluminum coal hoppers.
(Why is the weather always so crappy when the good stuff comes by?)

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January 7, 2005
Sometimes it's what you see and sometimes it's what you don't. The ice storm left behind a scene of beauty, but the portable generator in the first photo and the red signal in the third photo (no, you can't tell) really says it all. With power outages from Anderson through Muncie and far beyond and trees down, the CSX 60 mph racetrack was turned into a 10 mph railroad. Photos taken on old 67 near Chesterfield and Gaar's Nursery.

January 15, 2005
More of the new Aluminum Coal Hoppers showed up at SA. For the modelers out there, I tried to get shots that you could work from. If you modeled wheels and couplers with red rust like this, no one would believe you!

January 18, 2005
Hearing that a Wisconsin Central SD45 was in the consist at SA, I slipped over to grab a couple of shots in the snow. I grabbed a shot of WC SD45 #6579 and a couple of CSX C40-8 #7588. The sun was so bright that my front 3/4 shots were wiped out.

February 18, 2005
TFM 2320 C30-7SN (Transportation Ferroviria Mexicana)
I heard that 359 was at Ridgeway with a TFM Mexican unit in the consist and would work at South Anderson.
Later, I was told that it was now in Union City and had a pickup at SA with the TFM as the 5th unit

Working out an ETA, I guessed it would get to SA between 8:30 PM and 9:00 PM and was ready when it came through into the yard just before 9 PM. As usual the weather was crappy and it was night, but I went anyway. It was like shooting through a cloud.

9:35 PM
While at SA, I happened to meet a CSX man with whom I had worked e-mail. It was nice to meet. We exchanged a brief handshake and he went on about his business and I returned home.

April 12, 2005
CSX 8735 exCR SD60I and CN 2447 lead a string of containers on CSX number 2 Main at Columbus Ave. Sorry for the poor quality of the photos. The Sequence Mode looks this way at times. Has to be he angle.

April 25, 2005
BNSF GP30u 2828 ex-BN in BN paint and BNSF GP30u 2401 in BNSF orange scheme roll past Columbus Ave on Number 2 Main in Anderson.

April 30, 2005
CSX 7379 ex-Conrail C40-8W leads two Relco Locomotives, Inc. RLCX ex-LMX B39-8s #8501 and 8537 Westbound across Scatterfield Rd on #1 Main.

May 24, 2005
CP Rail 9006 SD40-2F Wide Cab leads a consist of coal hoppers followed by mixed freight westbound across Columbus Ave and past the auto parts dealer. Wait! Isn't that a Grainporter 2000 near the end?

June 16, 2005
BNSF 4015 Dash 9 44CW leading a southbound NS waits at 29th Street for clearance into South Anderson.

They don't often pose for me even if it was between two fences.

June 23, 2005 - Early AM South Anderson
Hearing that a westbound setting off at South Anderson had an Illinois Central SD40-2 in Operation Lifesaver paint in the lead, I was passing through when I spotted these South Valley Branch passenger cars parked on a track. They were being transported when one had developed a brake problem and developed flat spots. They were set out in SA waiting to be moved onto the RIP track fro repair.
I found Helm Leasing HLCX 7179 SD40-2 (Ex-BN) as the second unit following the Illinois Central 6018 SD40-2 (Rebuilt SD40A) non-dynamic in Operation Lifesaver paint. Of course, I had to try to shoot into the sun, but I think it came out well.

June 28, 2005
A CSX train normally run through Chicago was being detoured eastbound through here. I caught it at 32nd and Pitt and shooting in Sequence Mode, I got UP 5477, a brand new GE ES44AC followed by sister engine UP 5476, another brand new ES44AC. And what's that third unit? it's UP 2002 an SD70M in the Salt Lake 2002 'Olympic Torch' Scheme! And the camera decided it was time to s.a..v...e.... (Arrrggghhh!)

June 29, 2005
It's 358 Eastbound and there was CSX 1. I shot CSX 2 in April of 2002. Here is CSX 1 AC4400CW, CSX 14 AC4400CW and HLCX 6074 SD40M3.

And about an hour later an NS eastbound came through with UP 7879 SD40-2T on the point

June 30, 2005
In overcast and threatening weather, the NS Geometry Train made a pass through Anderson over CSX and back north. Main power was NS C40-9W 9176. I caught it backing down #1 Main at Columbus Ave (2 shots). Note the two headlight on the Geometry Car.

Knowing that it had to reverse and run up the Dow connection, I placed myself at what used to be the 25th Street crossing and waited. (3 shots w/generator unit.)

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All photos not otherwise marked are by Roger Hensley.

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