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Happy F.E.F everyone.  This week for me is a little unusual, I am posting a picture of a local train in 1:1 scale.  It is a BNSF freight, passing (when I saw it) from McGregor, TX to Crawford, Tx on its way to the Dallas/Ft.Worth area.  I had paced it in my car at about 55-60 mph (track here is basically straight and flat) and since the speed limits are 75 on the road paralleling the tracks was able to get ahead and stop at a crossing for pictures.  The consist was remarkably of a fixed commodity.  1/2 the train was double stack containers and 1/2 the train was covered auto racks.  I am no diesel expert but I can say that the front end had 4 units of what appeared to be identical 6 wheel diesels all in the BNSF orange and black livery.  There were no mid train or rear power units.  The date was 6/7/2020.

BNSF TrainHere she is, getting ready to hit a curve just past where I am standing (Crawford, Tx) Happy F.E.F everyone.

Don

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                            Morristown & Erie Alco C430 #16 at NJT's Hoboken Festival- Oct. 86'.

                            This engine is in service on the New York & Western Pennsylvania RR.

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Well another F.E.F and another week of staying safe (mostly at home):  well this Friday, I was walking about on the Leonardtown and Savannah and caught a glimpse of 3 (sort of) front ends to show you fellows.  Remember in this picture its still war time and the labor force (including many women) must get to the war plants and of course to the Savannah port which is a critical embarkation point for the Atlantic convoys.  Cars are still scarce as its gasoline so its public transit for most folks coming to work.  Today we catch a rare glimpse of all three types of rail transit all together. 

Savannah Transit

First on the far left we have the subway (underground) car routed to the far western side of the city via underground tunnels and tothe east to some of the South Carolina ferry piers.   It shares some trackage with the surface trolley lines at the port where if it tried to go underground it would have to be a submarine!  Just inside the downtown area however it leaves the joint trackage and goes under the city to reduce traffic and congestion. Next in the foreground,  traveling both from the port (as shown) and to other areas of the inner city and to some of the nearer suburbs (urban neighborhoods) is the trolley service.  Not near as fast as the underground but it makes a lot more stops.  Finally in the background is the very local, just inner city trolley which serves only the port and the associated business district.  

What we cannot know at this time , despite as railfans  we just love these means of transit and although at this time they are crowded with war workforce traffic, their days are numbered.  Pretty much only the underground will survive the post war era with the others gone by the middle 50's with the underground cut back from the port due to the loss of all surface trackage.   By the 1960's , the L&S will also lose its commuter business as well with a Metropolitan  Service taking over the commuter runs and a bridge taking over from the ferries to South Carolina. Eventually it will in effect cease to exist as it is absorbed into Norfolk Southern - another "Fallen Flag".  

Luckily for MY L&S those days never have to come as we are TIME LOCKED and on this Friday, we are watching ALL the surface services operate.

Have a great weekend everyone

Don

 

 

 

 

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