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Old 08-27-2009, 11:32 PM   #26
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CSX all day. I was able to go in and talk to a few people at the yard office in Lafayette, all fine with me taking pictures from the yard office area, even told me where J726 was. When I went over to the NS to shoot the 3300 (which, even though I cant stand NS, I thorougly enjoyed) on a local, me and a friend parked on a dirt road about 40 feet from the tracks. The conductor gave us a nice boistrous "GET OFF THE PROPERTY" yell, and thats all I needed to confirm what I already had heard from people who deal with NS employees. The common Nazi Southern nickname may not be totally right, but I have found many people who couldn't agree with that more, even former employees.

Plus, CSX runs spartan cab power on the mainlines still, C40-8's, SD50(-2's), SD40-2's, etc, etc. When they ran leasers back when, they had to have been one of the coolest class 1's in the country, plus they ran everybody elses power as well. But I really am a fan of NS's SD70's and C40-9's, I wont complain when I see one of them.

Not to mention, CSX actually paints engines in color!

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Old 08-29-2009, 05:23 PM   #27
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The conductor gave us a nice boistrous "GET OFF THE PROPERTY" yell, and thats all I needed to confirm what I already had heard from people who deal with NS employees. The common Nazi Southern nickname may not be totally right, but I have found many people who couldn't agree with that more, even former employees.
Once, a while back I was on NS property (before my current views on tresspassing.) And a track patrol truck stopped and kindly told me that my locale was putting myself in danger (looking at it, it was). I asked why and he said due to potential dragging material. I moved. He was extremely polite and it didn't even look like he thought about the fact that maybe I was on company property. Very nice guy, Norfolk Southern employee. I think that you might be talking about the 10 percent (or less) that give the rest a bad name.
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everytime i see non-train photos of yours i think, "so much talent. wasted on trains."
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Old 08-29-2009, 05:52 PM   #28
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Well, of course they aren't all like that. But I know for a fact that the Trainmasters on the NS (much like the CN) have made a strong emphasis in fear, moreso than other railroads right now. So that means the guys are scared of their job all the time, which makes them more strict, and then ofcourse the NS cops which have even watched an operating crew for rules violations. I know more than one person who has had their equipment damaged by an NS police officer.

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Old 08-29-2009, 11:35 PM   #29
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NS. Around here CSX is almost an entirely nocturnal operation, with most trains coming through between 2-4am. I really don't like staying up that late to catch a couple trains that may or may not come through. NS on the other hand has trains coming through all day.
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Old 09-07-2009, 02:11 AM   #30
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NS , they have the finest looking locos out there !

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Old 09-07-2009, 05:50 PM   #31
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NS , they have the finest looking locos out there !
Your sarcasm has been duly noted.
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Old 09-08-2009, 08:14 PM   #32
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Both are unspeakably boring..

"oh look, its a NS widecab dash-9"
"oh look, its a CSX widecab dash-9"
"oh look, its a NS widecab dash-9"
"oh look, its a CSX widecab dash-9"
"oh look, its a NS widecab dash-9"
"oh look, its a CSX widecab dash-9"

I never thought I would say this..but I really miss Conrail.

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That may be Scot but NS just uses older power on local trains and yard jobs (that is if they aren't using a Dash 9-seriously) however CSX has a lot more old school power out on the priority runs that NS! When was the last time you saw a SD40-2/C40-8 combo on Horseshoe curve? CSX? my point exactly. However I must side with Nick and Scot when they say that there are many boring engines out there on both! Off the topic of motive power, CSX has always been friendlier to railfans up here in WNY! All in all CSX is the choice for me, however I don't dislike NS!
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Old 09-10-2009, 01:45 AM   #33
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Let's put it this way: If NS gave up to CSX, I wouldn't have much of a problem
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Old 09-10-2009, 02:24 PM   #34
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This is really quite easy...say to hell with both and go shoot some shortlines!
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Old 09-12-2009, 07:19 PM   #35
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NS , they have the finest looking locos out there !

That can be said of any Class I.
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:38 AM   #36
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Thank you very much for the lesson. I knew that I can do this in better way.
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