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Early Morning Haul
Title:  Early Morning Haul
Description:  A BNSF train between Havre and Kremlin, Montana hauls oil from the Bakken oil fields to the west coast to be refined and sold overseas.
Photo Date:  9/11/2015  Upload Date: 9/27/2015 2:09:13 PM
Location:  Havre, MT
Author:  Todd Klassy
Categories:  Night,Transit,Track,Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 7102(ES44C4)
Views:  794   Comments: 20
Passing Through Tomkins Cove Quarry
Title:  Passing Through Tomkins Cove Quarry
Description:  Mining operations ceased in 2012. An auto train passes under an aging enclosed stone aggregate conveyor
Photo Date:  9/3/2019  Upload Date: 11/16/2019 9:30:56 PM
Location:  Stony Point, NY
Author:  Jason Bialecki
Locomotives:  CSX 3124(ES44AC-H)
Views:  523   Comments: 2
SOO 4402
Title:  SOO 4402
Description:  Classic early Soo Line GP38 with RED lettering - NICE!
Photo Date:  12/30/1988  Upload Date: 10/20/2009 7:33:45 PM
Location:  La Crosse, WI
Author:  Jim Matuska
Categories:  Track
Locomotives:  SOO 4402(GP38-2)
Views:  849   Comments: 5
252 with unusual power
Title:  252 with unusual power
Description:  252 rolls south over the Harpursville bridge behind a trio of 40's. The two trailing units are notable. The middle unit is an ex SOU unit that was converted to a B unit by CP; they changed it by removing the seats and control stand, and boarding up the windows-yes, boarding up: they used plywood. The trailing unit is ex Greater Winnipeg Water District, and a trade from CN-note the road number that falls into CN's SD40 series.
Photo Date:  1/22/2002  Upload Date: 12/26/2013 1:10:30 AM
Location:  Harpursville, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Bridge,Winter,Action
Locomotives:  CP 5612(SD40-2) CP 5475(SD40-2) CP 5394(SD40-2)
Views:  1316   Comments: 5
BLE 905
Title:  BLE 905
Description:  Northbound coal shot from the old Erie Extension Canal bed. Date Approxamate.
Photo Date:  5/15/2006  Upload Date: 10/27/2008 4:50:48 PM
Location:  Adamsville, PA
Author:  Jon Clark
Categories:  Tunnel
Locomotives:  BLE 905(SD40-3) BLE 901(SD40-3) BLE 902(SD40-3)
Views:  1893   Comments: 9
SBK 13
Title:  SBK 13
Photo Date:  3/15/1972  Upload Date: 2/5/2016 3:19:13 PM
Location:  Brooklyn, NY
Author:  John McCluskey
Categories:  Transit,Action
Locomotives:  SBK 13(70Tonner)
Views:  1627   Comments: 3
LI 601
Title:  LI 601
Description:  Long Island's original FA cab car (ex-L&N 317) lays over at Port Jefferson. Note that the cab car faces east in this early view. Later on, all the push-pull trainsets were turned so that the cab cars faced west. Date of photo approximate.
Photo Date:  7/1/1971  Upload Date: 11/24/2010 1:39:48 PM
Location:  Port Jefferson, NY
Author:  Stephen J. Benkovitz
Categories:  Passenger
Locomotives:  LI 601(Power Car)
Views:  1701   Comments: 3
AT&SF E6 15
Title:  AT&SF E6 15
Description:  AT&SF E6 15 at Albuquerque, New Mexico, circa 1942, photograph by Jack Delano, image from the Library of Congress ( LoC ). The description at the LoC was: Santa Fe R.R. streamliner, the 'Super Chief,' being serviced at the depot, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Servicing these diesel streamliners takes five minutes.

Number 15 was built in May 1941 ( c/n 1242 ), retired and traded to EMD in June 1968. Note it was equipped with a visor over the headlight, which I believe was installed to make the light less noticeable from the air, the fear being air raids from Japan during World War II. I count 11 men servicing the locomotives, although one man is carrying a grip bag, so maybe he is part of the locomotive crew. Also of interest ( to me ) is the man on the right stacking white bags on a baggage cart, and he is standing on something that is covered with a white fabric cloth.

Photo Date:  6/1/1942  Upload Date: 9/7/2018 12:11:26 PM
Location:  Albuquerque, NM
Author:  Jack Delano
Categories:  Station
Locomotives:  ATSF 15(E6A)
Views:  1578   Comments: 4
CRIP 206
Title:  CRIP 206
Photo Date:  6/1/1967  Upload Date: 2/4/2014 2:58:08 PM
Location:  New Lenox, IL
Author:  Ken Carlson
Categories:  Scenic
Locomotives:  CRIP 206(U25B) CRIP 210(U25B)
Views:  1739   Comments: 3
NYC 5292 and 5333 departing St. Luc yard on the NYC's daily Montreal turn
Title:  NYC 5292 and 5333 departing St. Luc yard on the NYC's daily Montreal turn
Description:  NYC 5292 and 5333 departing St. Luc yard on the NYC's daily Montreal turn on May 1, 1966.
Photo Date:  5/1/1966  Upload Date: 2/9/2015 10:41:56 AM
Location:  Cote St. Luc, QC
Author:  Jim Sandilands
Categories:  Signal
Locomotives:  NYC 5292(RS3) NYC 5333(RS3)
Views:  1963   Comments: 3
Pátio de Porto Velho
Title:  Pátio de Porto Velho
Description:  Pátio de Porto Velho, km01 da EFVM
Photo Date:  6/13/2013  Upload Date: 5/7/2014 2:50:14 PM
Location:  Porto Velho, ES
Author:  Leandro Ribeiro Barbosa
Locomotives:  EFVM 706(BB36-7) EFVM 887(BB45-2) EFVM 542(G12) FCA 4172(G12)
Views:  1477   Comments: 3
VRS GMRC Train 263-26 at Bartonsville
Title:  VRS GMRC Train 263-26 at Bartonsville
Description:  Vermont Railway six-axle and leased GATX Corporation four-axle locomotives, in the form of VTR 431 and GATX 2215, lead the Vermont Rail Systems Green Mountain Railroad Train 263-26 across Lower Bartonsville Road in the village of Bartonsville, Vermont en route to Riverside Yard in Rockingham with twenty-seven loads for Pan Am Railways and four empties to return to Rutland on Train 264-26 later in the evening. The Bartonsville Covered Bridge, spanning the Williams River, was rebuilt in 2012 following the severe flooding from Hurricane Irene the previous year that washed away the original covered bridge built in 1870.
Photo Date:  7/26/2017  Upload Date: 8/23/2017 11:41:04 PM
Location:  Bartonsville, VT
Author:  Joshua Harkness
Categories:  Roster,Scenic
Locomotives:  VTR 431(SD70M-2) GMTX 2215(GP38-2)
Views:  1621   Comments: 5
TGV Reseau - SNCF French National Railways
Title:  TGV Reseau - SNCF French National Railways
Description:  As there is one way traffic for boats through the upcoming tunnel, the boats have to wait until the traffic light shows green. Nice time to spot trains, which runs along the channel.
Photo Date:  9/4/2010  Upload Date: 9/9/2010 3:24:33 PM
Location:  Arzviller, FR
Author:  Peider SwissTrip
Categories:  Passenger
Locomotives:  SNCF TGV(UNKNOWN)
Views:  1655   Comments: 6
ATSF 912
Title:  ATSF 912
Description:  The roundhouse and turntable combination was railroadings unique solution to servicing steam locomotives in a relatively small area. Even a large roundhouse, such as this example at Santa Fe Railways San Bernardino, California, yard was an efficient use of space. By the time of this photo in April 1961, steam was gone and was replaced with diesels. But the roundhouse and turntable was still in service. (Exact date unknown.)
Photo Date:  4/1/1961  Upload Date: 1/18/2012 7:09:59 PM
Location:  San Bernardino, CA
Author:  Frank "Woody" Woodburn
Categories:  Yard
Locomotives:  ATSF 912(SD24)
Views:  3896   Comments: 4
ATSF 311L:2
Title:  ATSF 311L:2
Description:  ATSF 311L:2 was on the point of the recently arrived Amtrak Train #3 "Super Chief".
Photo Date:  11/26/1972  Upload Date: 11/17/2019 9:27:41 PM
Location:  Los Angeles, CA
Author:  Ron Hawkins
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  ATSF 311L(F7A)
Views:  2271   Comments: 5
Soo Line departing Mpls MN in 1971.
Title:  Soo Line departing Mpls MN in 1971.
Description:  This is a classic Soo Line consist in the 1960s and 1970s on large heavy trains. Here we see an F7 on the point, followed by a GP9, GP30, SD40, SD40, GP, and F7. The F7s were delivered to the Soo Line in maroon and gold paint, along with GP9s and GP7s. Some GP9s, SWs, Baldwins and Alcos were delivered to the Soo Line in black and yellow stripes in the early 1950s.
Photo Date:  6/14/1975  Upload Date: 10/2/2011 12:08:58 PM
Location:  Minneapolis, MN
Author:  S Kotnour
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  SOO 501A(FP7A)
Views:  3524   Comments: 5
Penn Central Reading,Pa.
Title:  Penn Central Reading,Pa.
Description:  view from Front and Penn
Photo Date:  4/1/1972  Upload Date: 8/29/2011 4:33:59 PM
Location:  Reading, PA
Author:  bob gottschall
Categories:  Scenic
Locomotives:  PC 7255(GP9)
Views:  3200   Comments: 6
Milw Rd E70 East
Title:  Milw Rd E70 East
Photo Date:  8/1/1973  Upload Date: 6/17/2006 10:56:59 PM
Location:  Alberton, MT
Author:  Steve Schmollinger
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  MILW E70(2-D-D-2) MILW 174(SD40-2)
Views:  3704   Comments: 3
F's At the Table
Title:  F's At the Table
Description:  Back to the turntable.
Photo Date:  5/31/2014  Upload Date: 5/16/2015 4:19:40 AM
Location:  Spencer, NC
Author:  Victoria Broskie
Categories:  Night
Locomotives:  NS 4271(F9A) NAUG 2019(FL9) WAB 1189(F7A) BO 722(F7A) PEX 722(F7A) SBVR 722(F7A) CNW 411(F7A) PAR 1(FP9A) PESX 722(F7A)
Views:  2408   Comments: 3
CB&Q E5 9910A
Title:  CB&Q E5 9910A
Description:  Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad E5 9910A, named Silver Speed, at Union Station in Chicago, Illinois on August 21, 1949, print by William A. Raia, Chuck Zeiler collection. Hand written on the back of the print is J. Scribbins, who may be the original photographer. The trailing E5B unit may be 9910B, named Silver Power, but I could not definitvely make out the name. This would appear to be an expanded ( four pre-war coaches are cut in ahead of the regular consist ),Train Number 23, the Afternoon Zephyr, also known as the Twin Cities Zephyr. This assumption is based on the lighting (afternoon sun), and the exhaust smoke rising from mid-train. That smoke is produced by the power generators in the lead car of the articulated trainset built for the Second Twin Cities Zephyr, originally a seven-car set, later reassigned to the Nebraska Zephyr and later still later reduced to five cars. An example of this trainset is at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois, and the second set is rumored to be in Saudi Arabia.
Photo Date:  8/21/1949  Upload Date: 12/6/2013 10:58:07 AM
Location:  Chicago Union Station, IL
Author:  J. Scribbins
Categories:  Track
Locomotives:  CBQ 9910A(E5A)
Views:  4706   Comments: 2
UP 4014
Title:  UP 4014
Photo Date:  7/16/2019  Upload Date: 8/4/2019 6:10:36 PM
Location:  Iowa Falls, IA
Author:  Adam Hook
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 4014(4-8-8-4)
Views:  3884   Comments: 5
N&W 547
Title:  N&W 547
Description:  Eastbound on the former AC&Y at Summit St
Photo Date:  11/22/1987  Upload Date: 8/4/2019 8:28:10 PM
Location:  Akron, OH
Author:  Gary Hinkle
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NW 547(GP30)
Views:  3907   Comments: 2
NKP 190
Title:  NKP 190
Description:  NKP 190 sits at Barber Station in Spencer, NC during the Streamliners event
Photo Date:  5/31/2014  Upload Date: 7/22/2014 7:53:10 PM
Location:  Spencer, NC
Author:  Troy Nolen
Categories:  Roster,Night,Station
Locomotives:  NKP 190(PA1) CN 6789(FPA4)
Views:  4601   Comments: 4
FXE 4041 Leading MEGGN-29
Title:  FXE 4041 Leading MEGGN-29
Photo Date:  5/29/2019  Upload Date: 5/30/2019 1:36:03 AM
Location:  Dyersdale, TX
Author:  Andrew B
Locomotives:  FXE 4041(SD70ACe)
Views:  4697   Comments: 7
CBRY 304
Title:  CBRY 304
Description:  Copper Basin local eastbound in the Florence block. CBRY 304:2 is ex-HLCX 4217, exx-IC&E 4207, nee-SP 7246.
Photo Date:  5/30/2019  Upload Date: 5/30/2019 11:44:23 PM
Location:  Ray Junction, AZ
Author:  Mike Woodruff
Locomotives:  CBRY 304(GP40-2)
Views:  4619   Comments: 5
ATSF 510 East
Title:  ATSF 510 East
Description:  ATSF 510 Eastbound intermodal crossing Bridge 7 at the top of Abo Canyon.
Photo Date:  5/6/1995  Upload Date: 5/17/2019 4:34:52 PM
Location:  Abo Canyon, NM
Author:  Lauren Scrafford
Categories:  Roster,Scenic,RollingStock,Bridge,Track,Action
Locomotives:  ATSF 510(B40-8W)
Views:  4837   Comments: 5
NS 5619 on local H02
Title:  NS 5619 on local H02
Description:  Amtrak 90 & 642 await next assignments.
Photo Date:  5/16/2019  Upload Date: 5/17/2019 6:28:49 PM
Location:  Harrisburg, PA
Author:  Tim Darnell
Locomotives:  NS 5619(GP38-2) AMTK 90(P42DC) AMTK 642(ACS-64)
Views:  4917   Comments: 6
B&O 5949
Title:  B&O 5949
Description:  (Redo)
Photo Date:  5/2/1981  Upload Date: 5/17/2019 7:50:28 PM
Location:  Massillon, OH
Author:  Robert Farkas
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BO 5949(GP9)
Views:  4924   Comments: 2
NYC E8A #4046 - New York Central
Title:  NYC E8A #4046 - New York Central
Description:  Great action shot of 1952 EMD built New York Central E8A #4046 heads up a massive string of passenger cars. The single note on the back of the photo states "Remains of the 20th Century Ltd". Unknown photographer
Photo Date:  4/1/1969  Upload Date: 5/13/2019 9:25:51 PM
Location:  Crugers, NY
Author:  Gary Everhart
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  NYC 4046(E8A)
Views:  4915   Comments: 1
NYC E8A #4055 - New York Central
Title:  NYC E8A #4055 - New York Central
Description:  Good looking action shot along an unidentified stretch of track. This E8A is sporting the lightning stripe paint scheme and possibly heading up the 20th Century Limited. No location, date or photogrpaher was listed for this photo but with Mike Woodruff's help (see comment below), the location has been identified as Westfield, MA. Thanks, Mike! The date is an approximation.
Photo Date:  6/1/1965  Upload Date: 5/13/2019 9:25:54 PM
Location:  Westfield, MA
Author:  Gary Everhart
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  NYC 4055(E8A)
Views:  5023   Comments: 6
Title:  ST44-358
Description:  A freight train Bialystok - Warszawa Praga Towarowa
Photo Date:  2/20/2019  Upload Date: 5/12/2019 11:57:06 PM
Location:  Czeremcha, PL
Author:  Wojciech Kolinski
Categories:  Transit
Locomotives:  PKP ST44-358(ST44)
Views:  4732   Comments: 4
UP 4889 & GECX 2040 lead A451 toward Battle Creek
Title:  UP 4889 & GECX 2040 lead A451 toward Battle Creek
Photo Date:  9/15/2018  Upload Date: 5/12/2019 3:18:22 PM
Location:  Durand, MI
Author:  Jon Hall
Categories:  Scenic
Locomotives:  UP 4889(SD70M) GECX 2040(ET44AC)
Views:  4678   Comments: 3
CSX 552 leads Q329 out over the Thornapple River
Title:  CSX 552 leads Q329 out over the Thornapple River
Photo Date:  9/15/2018  Upload Date: 5/12/2019 1:58:58 PM
Location:  Whitneyville, MI
Author:  Jon Hall
Categories:  Bridge
Locomotives:  CSX 552(AC44CW) CSX 5226(ES40DC) CSX 6014(GP40-2)
Views:  4747   Comments: 3
UP 4014
Title:  UP 4014
Description:  Westbound on the Rawlins sub.
Photo Date:  5/5/2019  Upload Date: 5/7/2019 10:17:32 AM
Location:  Wamsutter, WY
Author:  Jeff Van Cleve
Categories:  Steam
Locomotives:  UP 4014(4-8-8-4)
Views:  4913   Comments: 2
UP 7755
Title:  UP 7755
Description:  UP 7755 pushes east along the Snake River in the late afternoon
Photo Date:  4/25/2019  Upload Date: 5/11/2019 8:41:55 PM
Location:  Glenns Ferry, ID
Author:  J Fischer
Categories:  Roster,Scenic,Track,Action
Locomotives:  UP 7755(AC45CCTE)
Views:  4727   Comments: 2
UP 7755
Title:  UP 7755
Description:  UP 7755 pushes east along the Snake River in the late afternoon
Photo Date:  4/25/2019  Upload Date: 5/11/2019 8:42:45 PM
Location:  King Hill, ID
Author:  J Fischer
Categories:  Roster,Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  UP 7755(AC45CCTE)
Views:  4657   Comments: 1
FEC 434 on CSX-FEC Ethanol Transfer
Title:  FEC 434 on CSX-FEC Ethanol Transfer
Photo Date:  11/8/2016  Upload Date: 5/11/2019 8:50:40 PM
Location:  Jacksonville, FL
Author:  Adam Finger
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  FEC 434(GP40-2)
Views:  4741   Comments: 2
UP 4393
Title:  UP 4393
Description:  Eastbound manifest on the Laramie sub.
Photo Date:  5/11/2019  Upload Date: 5/12/2019 9:40:03 AM
Location:  Hanna, WY
Author:  Jeff Van Cleve
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  UP 4393(SD70M)
Views:  4707   Comments: 2
BNSF 7912 North
Title:  BNSF 7912 North
Description:  Empty grain train preparing to leave Tacoma, WA
Photo Date:  3/17/2019  Upload Date: 5/12/2019 9:50:46 AM
Location:  Tacoma, WA
Author:  Brian Ambrose
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  BNSF 7912(ES44DC)
Views:  4679   Comments: 2
PRR 4230, I-1SA, 1957
Title:  PRR 4230, I-1SA, 1957
Description:  Chione. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken near Vail, Pennsylvania, on 4 May 1957. The photographer is not identified. Shown here is Pennsylvania Railroad engine #4230, an I-1SA (2-10-0) "Decapod" built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works as an I-1S during June of 1923, rebuilt in Juniata as an I-1SA in August of 1934, and retired in October of 1959 after 36 years of faithful service. Close observation reveals that there is a rear-end pusher locomotive adding to the drama!
Photo Date:  5/4/1957  Upload Date: 7/2/2018 12:26:09 AM
Location:  Vail, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam,Signal
Locomotives:  PRR 4230(2-10-0)
Views:  5474   Comments: 3
PRR 6727, M-1A, 1955
Title:  PRR 6727, M-1A, 1955
Description:  Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide of a photo by Mr. Richard R. Wallin that was taken near Duncannon, Pennsylvania, on 24 July 1955. Shown here is Pennsylvania Railroad engine #6727, an M-1A (4-8-2) "Mountain" built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works during May of 1930 and retired in August of 1956 after 26 years of faithful service. It's pulling a westbound mixed-cargo freight train along the eastward-flowing Susquehanna River. Produced and distributed by Audio-Visual Designs. ("LouisFols"; #15 of 18)
Photo Date:  7/24/1955  Upload Date: 5/31/2018 4:58:04 PM
Location:  Duncannon, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Steam
Locomotives:  PRR 6727(4-8-2)
Views:  5402   Comments: 3
PRR 9875, EF-15A, c. 1954
Title:  PRR 9875, EF-15A, c. 1954
Description:  Chione. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken near Mill Creek, Pennsylvania, perhaps during 1954. The photographer is not identified. Shown here (L to R) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #9875 and two more "EF" Class units whose numbers are not recorded. All are EF-15A's built by GM-EMD and rated at 1,500 horsepower each. #9875 was built in September of 1952 and retired in October of 1967 after just 15 years of revenue service. Westbound merchandise freight, rockin' 'n' rollin'!
Photo Date:  6/21/1954  Upload Date: 3/12/2019 4:43:18 PM
Location:  Mill Creek, PA
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  PRR 9875(F7A)
Views:  5180   Comments: 2
PRR 8949, H-10S, 1949
Title:  PRR 8949, H-10S, 1949
Description:  Chione. Here is a duplicate 35mm color slide via Al Chione that was taken near Englewood, Illinois, in December of 1949. The photographer is not identified. Shown here (L to R) are Pennsylvania Railroad engines #8949 and three GM-EMD "EF" Class units whose numbers are not recorded. #8949 was built in Juniata as an H-8C during March of 1912, rebuilt as an H-9SC in February of 1916, rebuilt as an H-10S in April of 1920, and retired in May of 1950 after 38 years of faithful service. Nothin' like some steam-powered help on a freezin' Winter's morn!
Photo Date:  12/21/1949  Upload Date: 6/20/2018 4:48:36 AM
Location:  Englewood, IL
Author:  Thomas C. Ayers
Categories:  Winter,Steam,Signal
Locomotives:  PRR 8949(2-8-0)
Views:  5390   Comments: 0
Swiss federal Railways SBB: A short freight train on the Gotthard route
Title:  Swiss federal Railways SBB: A short freight train on the Gotthard route
Photo Date:  11/24/2015  Upload Date: 12/27/2015 10:43:24 PM
Location:  Wassen, CH
Author:  George Nydegger
Categories:  Roster,Action
Locomotives:  SSB 1(UNKNOWN)
Views:  5163   Comments: 1
CP 8865
Title:  CP 8865
Description:  CP 255 rolls off the International Bridge (built in 1896) after crossing the Niagara River into Canada.
Photo Date:  3/8/2019  Upload Date: 4/14/2019 5:37:45 PM
Location:  Fort Erie, ON
Author:  Neil Barratt
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Winter,Action
Locomotives:  CP 8865(ES44AC) CP 8103(AC4400CWM)
Views:  5095   Comments: 1
Housatonic Railroad Train NX-11 in West Cornwall
Title:  Housatonic Railroad Train NX-11 in West Cornwall
Description:  Looking a bit more like a typical high hood GP7, Housatonic Railroad #22 - an ex-Montreal, Maine & Atlantic, ex-Bangor & Aroostook, nee-Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe GP7U - pulling a one car Housatonic Railroad Job NX-11 past the old West Cornwall Depot.
Photo Date:  6/9/2016  Upload Date: 3/30/2017 8:17:45 PM
Location:  West Cornwall, CT
Author:  Joshua Harkness
Categories:  Station,Action
Locomotives:  HRRC 22(GP7u)
Views:  7765   Comments: 4
Long Island Rail Road C420 227
Title:  Long Island Rail Road C420 227
Description:  Morris Park Shops, Jamaica, New York, USA, 24 September 1978.
Photo Date:  9/24/1978  Upload Date: 9/17/2016 4:29:49 PM
Location:  Jamaica, NY
Author:  Bill Wilcox
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  LI 227(C420)
Views:  9293   Comments: 1
VIA 6509 heads west
Title:  VIA 6509 heads west
Description:  VIA 6509 heads west
Photo Date:  6/15/1980  Upload Date: 6/12/2018 8:20:25 PM
Location:  Boston Bar, BC
Author:  J Fischer
Categories:  Roster,Scenic,Bridge,Passenger,Action
Locomotives:  VIA 6509(FP9A)
Views:  10073   Comments: 4
EBT 12
Title:  EBT 12
Description:  Orbisonia bound (Color version - B&W in "Thankfuls-Favorites")
Photo Date:  5/1/1982  Upload Date: 5/17/2015 4:30:53 PM
Location:  Orbisonia, PA
Author:  Robert Farkas
Categories:  Steam
Locomotives:  EBT 12(2-8-2)
Views:  10428   Comments: 8
MILW CFA16-4 27C
Title:  MILW CFA16-4 27C
Description:  MILW CFA16-4 27C at Bensenville, Illinois on February 14, 1965, Kodachrome by Chuck Zeiler. Built in August 1951 (c/n 16L488), class 16-FF on the Milwaukee Road. It is seen smoking at the Milwaukee Road's Bensenville engine facility. According to Jim Boyd's book, "Fairbanks-Morse Locomotives In Color" (ISBN 1-878887-63-7), there are two possible explanations for the smoke. Unlike Alcos, which produced black smoke as a result of turbo-lag, the F-M's opposed piston (OP) diesels were normally aspired, using a Roots blower to pressurize the intake air.

"While a properly maintained OP is a smooth and reliable engine, they tend to develop one distinctive characteristic: blue smoke on acceleration. This is the result of two potential causes, which are usually mixed to varying degrees. The first is lubricating oil. While the bottom crankshaft lives in an oil-filled crankcase (like an EMD), the top crankshaft is in a "dry sump", lubricated by pressurized internal passages and a surrounding spray of oil (like the top deck valve chamber of an EMD 567). When the OP idles or shuts down, some of the top sump lube oil will drip down the cylinder walls above the piston, and if the walls are scored or the piston rings are worn, the lube oil will get into the firing chamber and often pass unburned into the exhaust manifold, where it can ignite in a smoky pall when the engine is revved up. The other cause of smoke is the cooling water seeping into the cylinders from the seals where the injectors pass through the water jackets around the cylinder walls. This will also cause smoke. You could tell how well an OP is being maintained by its penchant for smoke upon acceleration."

Photo Date:  2/14/1965  Upload Date: 4/18/2009 7:16:56 PM
Location:  Bensenville, IL
Author:  Chuck Zeiler
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  MILW 27C(CFA16-4)
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