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#1 Post by J. Ritter » 11 Sep 2018 14:25

I have gathered that there are a few railfans here. Railfanning is probably my number one hobby. I love trains and always have. I grew up in a small town in northwest Georgia that was on the former Central of Georgia C line. I was born in 79, so I saw Southern high hoods running locals down from Chattanooga all the time, then briefly the same high hoods but in NS paint. It is now a shortline called the C&C, and it has steam excursions on the weekends in the fall, usually pulled by the famous Southern 4501. I also have faint memories of the tracks still being used on the old TAG line that ran by my cousin's house. I feel fortunate to have seen that.

The TAG Route

Anyhow, having lived in Georgia, Alabama, and North Carolina all my life, my favorite modern line is Norfolk Southern. I like CSX too, but they have been cannibalizing themselves as of late, and I hated that all the grey was removed from their color scheme. I loved the old L&N/ Family Lines / Seaboard System schemes.

All that being said, I have been getting better with my railfan photography over the last 2 years. I live close to the Piedmont division on the north side of Charlotte. Here are some pics I've gotten in the last couple of years.


EDIT: Link to the entire album: NC Railfanning


N&W 611 at Charlotte Junction, Charlotte, NC

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Virginian Heritage Unit, Harrisburg, NC

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Harrisburg, NC

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CP "Junker" Charlotte, NC

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CP "Junker" Charlotte, NC

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Around CP "Shamrock," close to Concord, NC

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Cramerton / Belmont, NC

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Belmont, NC

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Belmont, NC

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Back Creek Church Rd, Charlotte, NC

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Summit Ave, Charlotte, NC

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KCS Southern Belle in Kannapolis, NC

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#2 Post by DICEEE » 11 Sep 2018 14:27

Woah! Cool! Wanna see some trains from Romania? Head over to http://instagram.com/trainspotteriasi
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#3 Post by BK Vissers » 11 Sep 2018 14:32

Heh. Nice thread, my friend. :) Where I am now there are only a limited number of operational tracks, doing primarily passenger duty for VIA Rail (Canadian National’s passenger division, sort of like Amtrak). Pity, as I used to see freight regularly from Grand Truck, CN, Canadian Pacific, Central Vermont, and others where I grew up. Keep it up, most enjoyable.

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#4 Post by J. Ritter » 11 Sep 2018 16:03

DICEEE wrote:
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Woah! Cool! Wanna see some trains from Romania? Head over to http://instagram.com/trainspotteriasi
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@BK- Thanks! Fortunately I have lived around some of the busiest corridors in the south, the NS Piedmont and East End divisions, the CSX W&A line (home of the great locomotive chase in the Civil War), and the NS Chattanooga-Atlanta line. I was going to go fanning this Friday, but hurricane Florence might have other ideas.

I saw a good handful of VIA trains when I was in Halifax last summer. I wish the line to Cape Breton was more operational. That would be some GREAT railfanning.
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#5 Post by supersobes » 11 Sep 2018 19:45

I don't know much about trains, but I see a lot of Norfolk Southern (like the ones that you have shown here) freight trains and Amtrak passenger trains around where I live. The main tracks in my area is the track that runs parallel to I-66 from the Virginia Inland Port near Front Royal, Virginia to the line shared between Amtrak and the Virginia Railway Express (VRE) in Manassas, VA.
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#6 Post by J. Ritter » 11 Sep 2018 19:47

That is a busy line! NS uses it a lot as a bypass around DC.
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#7 Post by Blackspots » 11 Sep 2018 20:38

Why does it look like Norfolk Southern engines are always in poor shape and smoke alot?
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#8 Post by Centrino2 » 12 Sep 2018 03:42

oh no worries in a few days those engines will probably be underwater anyway :lol:

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#9 Post by marcon10 » 12 Sep 2018 05:20

Awesome photos!
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#10 Post by J. Ritter » 12 Sep 2018 12:41

ShirBlackspots wrote:
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Why does it look like Norfolk Southern engines are always in poor shape and smoke alot?
Haha, I think it's the color. You see some of them smoking, for sure, but a lot of them do that. Compared to CSX, NS runs a pretty tight ship. Of course out there in Texas you are probably used to BNSF, and every railroader I've talked to says their locos are Cadillacs Peterbilts.
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Time ta skip town, funny that North Carolina's hockey team is called the Hurricanes.
LOL. That's funny and I have not thought of that. Here in Charlotte we are mostly just getting a lot of rain. Gotta make sure to put my plants out on the deck, hahaha.
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Awesome photos!
Thank you! I've been doing it for years, but I feel I've really "clicked" with the camera over the last year or so.
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