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Mark Mautner got a nice surprise when he caught Union Pacific's SP heritage SD70ACe #1996 leading NS train #224 ( Atlanta to Kansas City intermodal ) thru the St Louis area. Both shots are taken on NS St Louis district on the Illinois side of the river.

The Vermillion Valley Railroad is owned by the Indiana Boxcar Corporation and operates over a portion of the former Peoria & Eastern Railroad.  Fittingly, they even use a Peoria & Eastern caboose on every mainline run. The shortline has only one very sporadic online customer, and survives mainly on car storage. On March 11th  they operated on only there second revenue run of 2013, making their train moves an elusive catch.  These two views show their handsomely painted ex-BN GP9 1726, and  a Peoria & Eastern caboose, making the six-mile run to CSX at Danville, IL to retrieve new cars for storage.  These guys are some first rate shortline railroaders and another visit will be in order hopefully on a sunny day.


After working 6 hours helping our mechanical guy work on our companies SW1200 and pulling a 11 hour all nighter March 11th on a BNSF 111 car corn shuttle. Mark Mautner found the energy to go out and bag his  16th heritage unit in action at one locale. NS/CNJ heritage SD70ACe 1071 is shown leading BNSF loaded Bakken oil train UMNUMIJ4-09A onto Alton & Southern property. Train is passing one of three interlocking towers left standing in St Louis area UP's Lennox tower. Mitchell, IL March 12th 2013.


Union Pacific Y152 a RCL drone rebuilt from SP B30-7 # 7767. I moved this unit into storage yesterday at Wood River, IL. Currently at W River there is 5 of these, 2 SD40-2s, a lone SW1500 and about 20 MP15, MP15DC models. Sometime this spring UP/MEI will have a auction to sell these units.

 Hem Leasing GP38-3 # 1074 built as DRGW GP40 # 3043. One of sixty GP38 types Helm is cycling thru Metro East Industries for overhaul and paint. 

Copper Basin Railway GP40-3 # 302 a one unit order for this company. Built as L&N GP40 # 3012 , later to Idaho Northern & Pacific and MVPX # 4506. Posed for rosters at MEI as it should have shipped out last night.



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NS Locos company photographer submitted these new Norfolk Southern repaints taken in Chattanooga, TN in March.  RP-E4U Slug 961, D9-40C 8792, MP15DC 2394, and ES44AC 8139 built last year.


Also photographed were NS  SD40-2 3476, NS PR43C 4010, NS C44-9 8876 and NS C44-9 9091 at Chatanooga, TN, all in fresh paint in late-March.  


Warren Calloway snapped Florida Central Railway (FCEN) GP9RM 7033 in Orlando, FL.

HLCX SD40-2 7850, 7832, and 7170 are seen on February 12th at Mount Vernon, IL all earmarked to be cut up at the Milano scrap yard.

NREX GP30 2911 and HLCX SD40-2 6238  at the NRE facility at Mount Vernon, Il. 03/12/13.

Milano Express switch engine at the Milano scrap yard in Mount Vernon, Il. 03/12/13. 

CN 2410 and  5401 on SB train A432 at Irvington, Il. waiting on a crew. 03/12/13. 


Warbonnet BNSF 548 is the lead unit on a SB freight train at Centralia, Il. 03/12/13.

NS-Penn Central heritage SD70ACe # 1073 leads train # 31N-20 ( Decatur IL to TRRA Madison yard ) seen on TRRA Illinois Transfer District at Madison,IL March 20th 2013  PHOTO

NS-Central of Georgia ES44AC # 8101 leads Alton & Southern YAS 104 job with empty BNSF oil cans from Gateway Terminals LLC in Sauget, IL seen on A&S mainline MP 8 in Washington Park ,IL March 19th 2013. 

Dennis Weber caught Amtrak #8 “The Empire Builder” with BNSF-4708 leading AMTK 124-202 at Homer, MN after one of the Amtrak locomotives failed.   BNSF U-ELUDND, has BNSF 7027-7454-7039 as head end power at LaCrosse, WI., and Amtrak 164 heads “ The Empire Builder” through Minneieska, MN on March 17th.


Warren Calloway submitted rebuilt CSX SD40-3 4012 and CSX C40-8W  7651 were taken at Warsaw NC on  March 21st. CSX 4012 is a former SD40-2 rebuilt at the CSX Huntington Shop in West Virginia from retired SD40-2’s. 


My friend Warren Calloway photographed Delaware and Hudson Alco PA #17 with the "Adirondack" a day train to Albany and New York City about to depart  Montreal (CP) Windsor Station in 1976.  The four PA's had just returned from modification at Morrison/Knudsen and with paint touch ups at the D&H Colonie Shop The quartet looked spectacular!.  As these were now day trains, D&H leased four Dome cars two from CP, and two from Amtrak. for snack service and to admire the D&H's scenic route on the west side of Lake Champlain.


Braving the cold temperatures, L. Sulengarten shot the same train at almost the exact sane spot at Windsor Station during the Winter of 1976.   Note D&H  doubled up the PA’s to more steam to heat the passenger cars during the cold months and leased four Erie-Lackawanna E8’s as supplement power.  


©CRO April 2013