Old 10-24-2003, 01:18 PM   #1
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The NS test trains 25A and 26A have made a couple of round trips now between Croxton and Atlanta on a fast 26-30 hr schedule. They run on the NEC from NJ thru Philly (right thru 30th St Station!) to DC (Landover) then on ex-SOU main to Atlanta. The power is a match set of 4 ex-CR GP40-2s in fresh "horsehead" paint.

Where are the pictures?????

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P.S. the 25A will run on 10/29, 11/4 and 11/8 from Atlanta. The 26A on 10/25, 10/31, 11/6, and 11/12 from Croxton.
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Old 10-24-2003, 01:48 PM   #2
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I saw a couple shots of it over on "the dark side...aka, Flame orders)...if you titlted your head just right, you could almost tell there was a train in them

I read that the NS had to make modifications to a few Geeps to allow them to have clearance to operate over the NEC in this service. I figure they cut notches in the snow plows to clear third rail, moved the horns and other high stuff down....anyone know exactly what all they did??
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Old 10-24-2003, 10:13 PM   #3
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What's this, NS commuter trains? I'm lost here...
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Old 10-25-2003, 03:48 AM   #4
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They should be fast paced intermodals.
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Old 11-02-2003, 07:02 PM   #5
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Here are some very recent photos of the 25A:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=37746
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=37745
http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=37733

EDIT- removed 37042 since it did not belong.
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Old 11-03-2003, 03:33 PM   #6
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Excellent! (except for 37042 which is an unmodified GP40-2)
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Old 11-06-2003, 05:55 PM   #7
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What speed do they operate at? I like to watch these Intermodals when they are moving fast. I go up to the former Conrail Indianapolis line and watch all the time. Q115 normally goes by at 60mph but I remember times the DeGraff detector read 68, 69 and 70mph.

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Old 11-06-2003, 08:15 PM   #8
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I would suspect they operate at 65+Mph. Note sure exactly, though. Does anybody know?
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Old 11-06-2003, 11:06 PM   #9
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NS 203/25A Combo or at least the Power from 25A and a huge 203 ran yesterday. Here is my shot from Springfield, Va:

http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=38261


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Old 11-06-2003, 11:59 PM   #10
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Awsome shot! Must be going at a good clip to be kicking leaves up like that!
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Awsome shot! Must be going at a good clip to be kicking leaves up like that!

Thanks !!!! Yeah I was a bit surprised to see him approaching me at such a clip. Those leaves hurt too when they came by!!!! lol
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Old 11-12-2003, 05:01 PM   #12
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What speed do they operate at? I like to watch these Intermodals when they are moving fast. I go up to the former Conrail Indianapolis line and watch all the time. Q115 normally goes by at 60mph but I remember times the DeGraff detector read 68, 69 and 70mph.

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60 mph max on NS. 70 mph max on CSX (at least between Albany NY and Chicago). The extra 10 mph really doesn't save much time unless you really horsepower up the train. Conrail dropped from 70 max to 60 back in the mid 90s. I think CSX is fooling themselves....

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