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More trainspotting throughout Georgia, this time in Norfolk Southern country at Locust Grove.  Another small town with a dedicated train spotting platform.  After only seeing and filming live CSX, FEC, and Amtrak where I reside in South Florida, it was a nice break to see different flags.

Had to come to Locust Grove twice.  Stopped here on Monday evening on the way to relatives in Atlanta and saw no activity in 90 minutes before the CEO said time to go.  So I came back again (solo) on Tuesday morning with much better luck.

Tripods (you see mine in one of the photos) are a beautiful thing with long freight trains .  No way I could keep my hand steady for some of these long freights.  The train at the 12:38 mark of the video was a monster 198-unit consist with 5 Norfolk Southern locos up front and a Union Pacific loco in the middle (consist location #132) for good measure.

And some photos:

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Another amazing video, Kevin. Love the mix of equipment you captured - even saw some nice covered coil cars in action. I was going to ask if you were using a tripod… very smooth videos. I really wish we had some locations up here in NE Pennsylvania with dedicated train spotting locations

One question for you (or any other knowledgeable real train folks): around 3:44, there is a short group of single level container cars which look like they are riding on a skeleton frame instead of a well car. Can anyone tell me what those are???

👍 Wow Kevin, those are some incredibly long freights.  The only ones I am aware of longer is the coal drag from the Dakotas to the Colorado power plant.  generally 200 hoppers, BNSF.  That plant powers Just about all of CO.

That is so cool there's a viewing station that is even covered with a roof for rail fans is case of inclement weather,  Great video!  I wonder where those containers are originally docked, I would guess the port of Florida'.. Very interesting creating many questions,,,,  Nice hunting Keven, and you're looking pretty good for your age...😁✔🌟

Paul - I think those are called Spine Cars

Paul/Ted - Yes, those dedicated train watching platforms are great.

Ted - The Port of Savannah is one of the busiest in the USA, so I would guess that the bulk of those freight cars are originating or destined for there.

Thanks Kevin. I remember seeing pictures of cars like that, only carrying trailers. Interesting catch.

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