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I thought of this idea while looking at some slides from the 90's. What is the Most Unusual, Multi-Unit lashup you've shot?

It could be two unusual paint schemes together. Or two engines of a different era together. Or whatever your mind can dream up.

I caught this one on January 21, 1996. Not only was it a colorful lashup, it was the only time I saw an AC4400 working together with an SD35. CSXT AC4400 #124 was brand new at the time while TORCO SD35 #7801 was built in 1964 as the C&O #7427. It's not too often that you can see two diesels built 32 year apart working together on a Class One railroad.



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Old 10-08-2010, 12:09 AM   #2
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Actually, you're bringing up a sore subject from this past weekend for me. I went to the Green Ports Festival in Long Beach and "on display" was a lashup of three different types of Gensets (Union Pacific's one-of-a-kind GS14B, Pacific Harbor Line's one-of-only-two in the world 3GS21C with the DB hump on the back, and a rare for BNSF, BNSF 3GS21B-DE). Problem was that they were on display south of us (so into the sun) and behind a chain link fence. There was no phsyical way to get a photo of any value.

I had no way of knowing when they might head back up the line (and if they would as a single consist) and I had other obligations, or I might have hung around.
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Old 10-08-2010, 04:02 AM   #3
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Those lashups were common into the mid 90's, especially on ex-C&O and B&O lines. A lot of those old EMD's stayed up there close to Cumberland and Huntington while the old GE's stayed down south.

Wish I took pictures back then.
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Old 10-08-2010, 05:31 AM   #4
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I wouldn't say an AC4400 - SD35 lashup was common. The first AC4400's weren't delivered until early 1994 which is the same year the last CSX SD35's were retired. Two of the TORCO SD35's were in service until 1996. They were assigned to the Toledo Ore Docks and except for a brief period, only got out on the road to head to Cumberland for work. So there wasn't much of an overlap.
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Old 10-08-2010, 08:19 AM   #5
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I thought of this idea while looking at some slides from the 90's. What is the Most Unusual, Multi-Unit lashup you've shot?

It could be two unusual paint schemes together. Or two engines of a different era together. Or whatever your mind can dream up.

I caught this one on January 21, 1996. Not only was it a colorful lashup, it was the only time I saw an AC4400 working together with an SD35. CSXT AC4400 #124 was brand new at the time while TORCO SD35 #7801 was built in 1964 as the C&O #7427. It's not too often that you can see two diesels built 32 year apart working together on a Class One railroad.



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That is really a neat shot and only a broadside photo could do that consist justice! CSX was indeed the only railroad where an AC4400CW-SD35 lashup could be found. The other 3 units aren't bad either.

While not posted here on RP due to not fitting the requirements I'd say the most unique lashup I have shot was a Canadian National GE C44-9W leading a BNSF EMD GP9B in Heritage 1 paint and on the CSX LCL Sub to boot! Another CSX train via the LCL Sub boasted a BNSF GE B40-8W in Warbonnet colors with a BNSF SD9 still in cascade green. Also scored a Paducah & Louisville GP39 with Canadian Pacific SD90MAC-H, two rare and unusual EMD models. I'll have to be sure and reprocess these shots this weekend and put them on my Flickr site.

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Old 10-08-2010, 01:23 PM   #6
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I wish I had more slides scanned before my slide scanner died. I've some shots that, may have been neat at the time, but now are impossible to repeat. I consider that each time I'm trackside, I'm capturing part of a mini era that might go unnoticed by most. Below is one from such an era, the late 1990's back when CN was leasing CR SD45-2's as well as running the tar out of the GTW and DWP SD40's in eastern Canada, GP40-2L's were still frontline power, though the SD75I's were making their presence felt, C44-9W's were arriving, and the last of the MLW's were being retired by CN and CP. These mini-eras are usually times of transition, though here in the Great White North, there were some great eras of leased power... especially on CP.

Personally, I was also spending time in the Niagara Peninsula, a place that I figured was some sort of RR ghostland where the trains were few. Happily, I learned through exposure that CN was actually quite active and I spent alot of time driving between Niagara Falls, Port Robinson, and Fort Erie, Ontario, chasing the 3 or 4 daylight freights CN ran, plus catching the odd NS job. For whatever reason, alot of interesting power lashups ran down there from MacMillian Yard north of Toronto into CR's Frontier Yard in Buffalo. Below is 333 working east towards Buffalo with a neat lashup.

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Another interesting occurrence in the late 90's was CR power repaying HP hours to CN for the Montreal - Syracuse trains. These units usually bounced between Montreal - Toronto - Sarnia, and could be anything CR ran over the road. I caught GP40-2's, SD40-2's, SD50's, B36-7's, C30-7's C36-7's, C32-8 (only once, in blue paint), C40-8's, and C40-8W's. Below is just a boring SD40-2, but the NS C30-7 is a nice addition... you just didn't see -7's all that often in Canada.

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Old 10-08-2010, 02:11 PM   #7
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Burghman, I believe the train in your shot may actually be in Munhall. The boundaries in that area are a little crazy. See the following link; area 75 is Munhall and area 55 is Homestead. Where exactly Munhall ends and Homestead begins, I am not sure, and I've never found a map that includes both municipal boundaries and things like streets and such, but I know the western approach to the bridge is in Munhall. Hard to tell where your shot is exactly, there has been a fair amount of development in that area since 1996! Alex Lang was the person who informed me of this issue; I am merely an ex-Pittsburgher.

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Old 10-08-2010, 03:06 PM   #8
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How about a Baldwin and emd. Can't mu them but you can have somebody work the throttle to the commands being called over the radio. This was an emergency situation. Dean


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Old 10-08-2010, 03:11 PM   #9
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Old 10-08-2010, 04:20 PM   #10
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Rare up here:
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Rarest of rare to catch both the Missabe units together, let alone an EJE unit too!
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Old 10-08-2010, 06:55 PM   #11
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This thread is going to bring back some memories...

An interesting comparison of flares:
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Aside from the CP-SOO, the train in the background is a ballast train with a B30-7 and two B36-7s:
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One of the hottest trains on the system which usually rated a pair of 6000s, GEVOs, etc., got this instead:
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Before it got repainted:
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That's an FL-9 back there third out:
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2 AM in a shady part of town...quite possibly the last place I'd want to be, but...
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This power ran back and forth for a while, though it originally had a GP15-1 on the other end instead of the GP38-2:
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The one and only time I've shot a BCOL C40-8M, behind a Warbonnet no less:
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Old 10-08-2010, 08:37 PM   #12
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Speaking of BCOL... one of my favorite "local" trains for interesting power is NS 184 (run-through CN train to Bellevue) although the wild power of last year seems to have largely gone away...

BC Rail - IC lashup in Ohio:

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Likewise a CN - BCOL - NS lashup in Bellevue:

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Those are ones that stick out in memory right off.

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Old 10-08-2010, 09:39 PM   #13
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Great thread, no less!

This one was just absoloutly stunning:
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This is a Canadian Pacific Railway freight train. Not a BNSF detour train. Usually, if we get foreign power, it's CSX, but this day was sweet!:
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And in some cases, while sad but ture, this can be considered a rare consist:
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Old 10-09-2010, 12:24 PM   #14
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Here's an unusual lash up few days prior to CP shutting down Lambton Yard, CP2100, CP6601, CP2101, CP8226. The two NRE gensets were being tested on the regular transfer run from Toronto Yard to Lambton and back.

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I wasn't sure I had something unusual, but this should fit.

Three generations of EMD, hundreds of miles from home rail.
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How about a C&NW, ATSF, and SP, all C44-9W lashup on Sherman Hill.
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Wow. Very well done. All those units were unpatched. That is just really neat. Wish I was around to have caught this train..but I was only 1 year old..lol

Edit: Actually, I was only 11 months old.

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Here's one from the UK. A class 52 Western and a class 40. AFAIK, never happened before. The Western is hydraulic transmission with twin high speed Maybach engines, the 40 is electric transmission with a single medium speed English Electric prime mover. The Western has a load bearing stressed skin body, the 40 has a conventional underframe to take the stresses and non load bearing bodywork.

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With hundreds of western railroads' locomotives idled in 2009, I thought it was extremely unusual to see a trio of SD40-2s roaming the mainline together on a manifest:
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GP30 + FP9 in 2009 (and still paired up today, too). Not much more to say about that.
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I've got a few!

Not only a trio of SD40-2's, but two of which still painted in BN, leased to CEFX:
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KCS 4103 and TFM 1636 on southbound NS 380 in August of this year:
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A trio of former UP SD60's leased to HLCX led northbound NS 55A into Cincinnati:
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How about some odd combinations of UK steam?

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I have quite a bit of fitting subject matter, but for RP I think these will do

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YN1 and GP35.

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I have to join in on the fun with this one, just happened to be passing by (wow, I just noticed it was 3 years ago) and saw it, I found out later they were apparently headed for the scrap yard
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Nice shot there Avenger. EMD/GE/ALCO/EMD. Takes the cake in my book!
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