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Victoria, 3-10 to 8-10-2004
Well folks, I’m finally back after 6 days of traveling in NY, NJ, PA, MD, VA, and WV, unofficially dubbed the “NCT Road Tour”. I was fortunate enough to catch at least a little railroad action every day. Without further ado, let’s dive in, starting with day one. NOTE: the photos from this day are rather dark, as it was not the best day and I don’t have time to edit each one.
We started our trip on Monday, May 3rd. The plan for this day was somewhat simple: Leisurely head to our first overnight in the Hudson Valley, stopping at the Outlets in Lake George for some needed shoes and other (in my opinion), not important things. After what seemed like ages in Lake George, we headed down towards Albany and the railroad action. We got a message from Corey, a friend of mine, that he was up at the Ballston Spa station where a train was tied down. We headed over to check it out.
The train was CP/NS run through 930, 30T as an NS train. Leading the train was a CN ET44, something I had not been able to shoot in Plattsburgh due to the fact that we were getting ready to, well, leave.
To find out more about the history of this short-used station, stay tuned for the day 1 video, where Corey explains it…
After hanging out there for a couple minutes, we decided to head south to Mohawk Yard with Corey to see what action could be had there. Upon arrival, we could see that a southbound NS freight was switching the yard.
The dispatcher referred to them as 11R, so I assumed that was what they were. It was only afterwards that I found out it was the crew of 11R aboard the previous day’s 930/30T. Confused? So were we.
We headed down across the bridge into Schenectady to check out one of Corey’s favorite spots, but since we didn’t know when the southbound freight would be departing we headed back north to see what was up. Shortly after we arrived back at the yard, 30T departed onto the NS Freight Line, formerly the D&H south end.
We found out that the train would be meeting 22K in Delanson, and that the real 11R would depart Mohawk once 22K arrived.
I’m pretty sure this Canadian-American boxcar is lost, as I’ve seen it going both directions on the D&H multiple times in the past couple months.
Although this would’ve been cool to see, we had to get on the road south, so we said goodbye to Corey and headed south. We weren’t planning to catch any more trains, but as we were driving over the CSX River Line in Catskill, I saw both a green signal and a train waiting on the siding…
Q004, literally the hottest train on the railroad, was waiting on the siding. Since they normally wouldn’t delay this train longer than necessary, we stuck around for the northbound. About 15 minutes later, Q434 headed north with a nice assortment of freight.
Not a minute after they cleared the signal, Q004 had the highball and got moving south.
Trailing on the train was a YN2 unit. It’s always good to see some variety.
Q004 wouldn’t be complete without a DPU, today’s being on the rear.
With both trains heading off into the late afternoon, we headed off to dinner. Much bigger adventures awaited us in the coming days… If you haven’t already, don’t forget to check out the NCT Road Tour Teaser/Update playlist I created. -A very tired Harrison
This article first appeared on northcountrytrains.wordpress.com
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