Tag Archives: Trains

Heading to the yard

Giving someone directions in Spartanburg by telling them to take a turn after crossing the railroad tracks, will guarantee they’re lost. Spartan burg is called the Hub City for good reason; the Norfolk Southern and the CSX have yards here … Continue reading

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Power on steel

Whether sitting on a siding or pulling a consist, a locomotive radiates power. They’re massive. Even for their size, sometimes more than one is necessary to move a string of cars, called a consist, from one place to another because … Continue reading

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International Paper plant

Looking west across Lake Champlain from Shoreham, Vermont one sees the IP paper plant in the Town of Fort Ticonderoga, NY. The emissions from the plant are steam and condensed water vapor. The air temperature at that time of year … Continue reading

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Old South Carolina

It happened one day. For some it came as a surprise; for others it didn’t, since rumors were rife, but the effect on the small towns was enormous.The quiet in and around town about 07:17 made people look around for … Continue reading

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The Last of Steam Power

Looking at the drive wheel of a Union Pacific Bug Boy engine, one might find it hard to understand how a small driver could produce such power. the drive wheels were small, not like the large ones on passenger locomotives. … Continue reading

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Steel pasta

Spartanburg SC in the Hub City for the railroads with CSX and Norfolk Southern with several large yards and a wye at Haynes Yard. Making photos of engines, cars and different things found around such places, I made a photo … Continue reading

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The Green Mountain Flyer #4

Coupled, air hose connected and theFlyer is set. #405 is ready for the return trip. Passengers board and the return run can start. The coaches on the train are a mix of ages, one from the ’30’s with the stained … Continue reading

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The Green Mountain Flyer #3

The terminus of the Flyer’s trip comes into sight with the arrival at the Chester Station. The last car on the train will be clear of the crossing; up the tracks is the turnout for the runaround that takes the … Continue reading

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The Green Mountain Flyer #2

As we move out on the main line heading toward Chester Vermont, one of the first operations was aligning the points back to the mainline at the Steamtown siding. Here the main leaves the Connecticut River and soon will pass … Continue reading

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The Green Mountain Flyer #1

This photo essay will go up to Chester and back to Bellows Falls in a series of postings over the next few days. Vermont Railway is a Class III line which is a short line railroad. (More here) Bellows Falls, … Continue reading

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