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Need caption help
Posted by Lithonia Operator on Saturday, September 11, 2021 8:18 AM

I am captioning my photos, and from time to time I will use this thread to ask you good folks to help me out, if you are so inclined.

Here's my first ask:

This photo was taken in Binghamton NY in the Fall of '92. I would call it a CP train. But I know it could be run-thru power, and therefore not really be a CP train. If anyone can help, please weigh in.

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Saturday, September 11, 2021 8:26 AM

I know where this is, but interested to see if Balt will identify the location in approximately .05 seconds! And wondering if it is true that the large office building is, as I was told, former C&O offices.

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, September 11, 2021 9:38 AM

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I know where this is, but interested to see if Balt will identify the location in approximately .05 seconds! And wondering if it is true that the large office building is, as I was told, former C&O offices.

B&O at Grafton, WV I presume.

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Saturday, September 11, 2021 9:50 AM

Yes, Grafton. So B&O. Thanks.

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Posted by Overmod on Saturday, September 11, 2021 1:51 PM

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This photo was taken in Binghamton NY in the Fall of '92. I would call it a CP train. But I know it could be run-thru power, and therefore not really be a CP train.

Did you not think that CP might not be operating its own locomotives on its own property a year after buying the D&H?

(How this got nearly 5 hours without someone who actually knows the area and the railroad, like Harrison, to comment, I don't know.  I trust they can give you all the data for a proper caption now that they are alerted.)

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Saturday, September 11, 2021 8:56 PM

If the CP had bought the D&H by then, I'll just call it a CP train. Thanks.

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Saturday, September 25, 2021 1:29 PM

This MNCR photo was taken on the Hudson River line. Does anyone know which station this is? There is a very out-of-focus sign in the background; unreadable, but it looks like a single word.

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Posted by blhanel on Saturday, September 25, 2021 2:04 PM

I think I found it!  Looks very much like the Peekskill Station based on Google Satellite View, and the building in the background looks very much like the Franciscan Sisters- Peekskill building.

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Saturday, September 25, 2021 2:19 PM

Thank you Brian!!!!!! Yes

I thought the building in the back might help.

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Posted by blhanel on Saturday, September 25, 2021 2:50 PM

You're welcome- one of the things I love to do is to track down mysterious locations using Google Satellite View.

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Posted by blhanel on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 2:56 PM

Funny how this Trains Hot Spot popped up in my Facebook feed today-

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 4:51 PM

It is a great area for train-watching. Lots of trains on each side of the river.

I take it all of the MNCR FL9s have been retired. Too bad.

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 4:57 PM

Re this photo, can we say for sure that this is a camp car? I shot this in 1989.

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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 8:41 PM

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Re this photo, can we say for sure that this is a camp car? I shot this in 1989.

Without seeing the entire car, I can't exclude a material handling car or similar. The camp cars I slept in had windows, home type doors, and a short chimney for the stove.

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 9:15 PM

Electroliner 1935

 

 
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Re this photo, can we say for sure that this is a camp car? I shot this in 1989.

 

Without seeing the entire car, I can't exclude a material handling car or similar. The camp cars I slept in had windows, home type doors, and a short chimney for the stove.

 

Well, you can see a little bit of a window at upper right.

BTW, why does it have the X in its number?

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 9:48 PM

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BTW, why does it have the X in its number?

I believe that's an indication that the car is not in revenue service.

I couldn't find any images of that car, but other MOW equipment on BAR also has an X...

 

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Posted by CShaveRR on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 10:46 AM

The key is in the Mechanical Designation stencilled underneath the number:  an "MWX" was a car used for human occupants (bunk, dining, kitchen, etc.).  A tool car would have been "MWT", and a stores car "MWM".

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Posted by rdamon on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 2:18 PM

My first though was that was the BAR car!!  Beer

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Posted by Convicted One on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 5:01 PM

All very nice pictures, L.O. 

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 5:01 PM

CShaveRR

The key is in the Mechanical Designation stencilled underneath the number:  an "MWX" was a car used for human occupants (bunk, dining, kitchen, etc.).  A tool car would have been "MWT", and a stores car "MWM".

 

Thanks, Carl! Yes

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:35 PM

Can anyone make a good guess on what's in the hoppers? 

I'm thinking ballast. On the scanner I heard talk of an extra, rights to travel in both directions within a three-mile stretch for a period of time, and mention of a foreman. I believe all the cars were lettered for MEC, and the general condition made me think these cars don't interchange.

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:44 PM

Similar question.

This train is westbound at Leland IL in June. Anyone have a clue what's in it (or if it's empty)? My angle is such that I'd probably see no bulging content if there was any. It was a solid unit train, and IIRC had no graffiti at all.

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:45 PM

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Can anyone make a good guess on what's in the hoppers?  I'm thinking ballast.

Agreed.

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:48 PM

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Similar question. This train is westbound at Leland IL in June.

Westbound, I'm going with sailboat fuel.  Coal eastbound.  I suspect the lack of graffiti is because they're usually on the move, enroute, loading, unloading.

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Thursday, October 21, 2021 1:57 PM

Thanks on both counts, Larry.

Sailboat fuel! I love it. Big Smile

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Posted by tree68 on Thursday, October 21, 2021 4:12 PM

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Posted by MidlandMike on Thursday, October 21, 2021 7:28 PM

tree68

 

 
Lithonia Operator
Similar question. This train is westbound at Leland IL in June.

 

Westbound, I'm going with sailboat fuel.  Coal eastbound.  I suspect the lack of graffiti is because they're usually on the move, enroute, loading, unloading.

 

Coal sounds right.  They do their unloading in a secure location at a power plant, and do their loading in a location that is unfriendly to trespassers.  Also with solid bottom gons, its doubtful its ballast.

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Monday, October 25, 2021 12:03 PM

I shot this photo in 1981 in Wisconsin. The railroad was BN then. I think I shot this near Wisconsin Dells. Can anyone pinpoint this location?

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Posted by Ajsik on Monday, October 25, 2021 1:20 PM

BN river crossings in the general area would be the Mississippi River at Prescott (doesn't look like it) or the Wisconsin River south of LaCrosse (Wyalusing State Park - looks possible?).

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, October 25, 2021 2:00 PM

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...or the Wisconsin River south of LaCrosse (Wyalusing State Park - looks possible?).

Given the angle of the shot, the terrain in the area, and the construction of the bridge, I'd tend to agree.

And the sun is right for an afternoon shot.

But I'm working off the topo map and satellite image, so I could easily be wrong.

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