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Victoria, 3-10 to 8-10-2004
Last Thursday, I heard that the Continuous Welded Rail (CWR) train would be coming north from Howards, which is about 50 miles south. I waited tensely all morning for word of the train, and when I heard dispatch tell a maintainer that they were dropping rail at milepost 142 (about 10 miles south of Port Kent) we headed out for them. Although we waited quite some time, an appointment forced us to leave them still 10 miles south.
The next day, I knew that the rail train had tied up at Bluff yard for the night. The crew of D11 took them north to Rouses Point at 9, but it was too early for us to get out at that point. Once I heard that they were coming back south to Bluff, we headed out to the Plattsburgh station to catch them coming south.
Leading the train was CP SD30C-ECO 5042, the first SD30 I’ve seen.
The D11 crew seemed to like the unique horn as much as I did, because they blew it quite a bit through town. As it passed me, they sounded the last crossing blast for Dock Street. Let’s just say I couldn’t hear very well after that.
It’s strange how similar the SD30s look to the GP20s, but yet they’re completely different locomotives.
Although it was empty, the train was still super cool to see!
Afterwards, we headed south to Cliff Haven to shoot 650 coming south.
I was hoping for something cool on the rear, but it was just another GEVO.
Although I wanted to catch 931, which was holding for 650 in Rockland, we had to head home. -Harrison
This article first appeared on northcountrytrains.wordpress.com
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