Old 02-18-2012, 10:40 PM   #1
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:22 PM   #2
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I agree we "need" the heritage units, and I am bummed that, as it turned out, the owner of the Georges Creek is a WM fan instead of a Chessie fan, but I have never been a fan of the triple stack posed shot. Personal preference.
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Old 02-19-2012, 01:00 AM   #3
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Sadly, even if you had a slew of heritage units, you can't take that shot anymore. The city of Richmond built a floodwall back in 1995 or thereabouts that the Southern line has to run through, and you'd have to be standing within or on the wrong side of the floodwall to shoot the triple crossing like that. In addition, there are more highway overpasses crossing the area now than there were back then.

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Old 02-19-2012, 01:41 PM   #4
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CSX would have to install a Foamer Alert siren at all their yards if a Chessie ACe or GEVO showed up one day.
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:18 AM   #5
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Here's what that spot looks like today.

That nice big piece of concrete is part of the floodwall system. Not much hope of getting a good shot there. There is one nice thing about the Triple Crossing though. The middle bridge still carries this sign:


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How long ago did they tear out the ground level line?
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How long ago did they tear out the ground level line?
The ground level line is still in place. Take another look.

The problem is that the flood wall is the way now.
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How long ago did they tear out the ground level line?
It's still there.
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Still there and active - in fact, it would qualify as street running.

Another example of how trying to shoot the triple crossing these days doesn't work real well (at least from an RP.net standpoint). The first shot I posted is from the river side of the Southern Line, about where the classic photo was shot. On the other side of the tracks is what remains of the James River & Kanawha Canal - now part of Canal Walk in Richmond. A nice sort of downtown park/walking trail, with ornamental trees and such. But when it comes to the triple crossing, the presence of the canal on the one side and the flood wall on the other really limit your options for positioning. Added to that is the fact that the canal is on the north side of the tracks, so even if you can find a place on that side that gives you a clear shot, you'll have a heck of a time getting good nose light on anything.

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The ground level line is still in place. Take another look.

The problem is that the flood wall is the way now.
Ah, I see now. It kind of looked like a service road with a sign along the shoulder.
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If CSX ever were to do Heritage units - which I have serious doubts about - I would hope this would be one of the paint schemes:

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BNSF! BNSF! BNSF!

I mean, isn't it time for a stainless-steel GEVO?
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Or perhaps the best paint scheme ever to adorn an E unit (in my opinion):
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Those last two paint schemes are among my favorite but each represents passenger service. Then again, if NS was to hold true? to that thought, the Southern engine likely would've been black and white, the Pennsy engine all black, and the Erie not in the two tone green.

Both CSX and BNSF would have some really cool liveries out there, however!

Hard to top NS for concept.

How about 2 of each, solid matching consists.

Or... STEAM.

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