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Good morning Switcher Saturday crew.  Looks like I hit the wrong forum button on the first try - thanks for  the message Silver Lake! (And a second edit to fix the pictures!)  Welcome once again to our weekly gathering of those who appreciate the smaller locomotives that do the big work of the railways.   From yard goats to road switchers, trackmobiles to transfer diesels,  if you appreciate switchers you found the right thread. 

Here we all play nice, follow the OGR picture rules, and celebrate switchers of every size and gauge.

For today's kickoff we have a few shots from the archives.  To start off it's the big engine from work spotted near the sand tower. Cloudy days can make for great photo opportunities. 

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Then my daughter's pet shop diesel passing a farm house. 

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A docksider with a colorful load

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And the W&LE 0-6-0 pushing a transformer on the Filing Cabinet Central. 20200717_160413

 

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Yay SWSat is on!

Glad it could be rerailed @jhz563

I have a few fall things to post to SWSat this morning. Home to all switchers and yard goats. 

 

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My caboose is still waiting sitting on the ties in the now 60 years after the rails were pulled from our now very overgrown lumber mill yard for an engine and wheels that may never arrive. The fall colors almost camouflage it. I guess this is the one time of year that it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. 
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Here is a cool HiRail crane on the Adirondack Scenic. What are my points bonus for the blue flag in shot?  It has couplers so it can switch cars so switcher qualified. 


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Here are a herd of Pennsy Yard goats corralled by the freight yard office at the NYSME 2 Rail O scale yard. 2 FMs and a GE 40 tonner. These have been quiet for the last 6 months or so. Who’s to say why.  

Have a great weekend guys I can’t wait to see what you guys post. 

Member NYSME

 

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Got the pictures fixed on the original post now. Looking good everybody!

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This pic took me clear back to me as a teen reading in Trains Magazine about this tiny shortline in Eastern Pa that a group of volunteers had recently saved from the scrapper. One of the photos accompanying the article was of the only motive power on the Strasburg at that time: this tiny Plymouth switcher.

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Good morning switcher fans!  I'm enjoying all of your info and pics   JHZ563 thanks for notching out the throttle and getting us rolling today! Great photos!    Andy ... got to love that caboose within the autumn surroundings ... I love the 44 tonner and the high hood switcher!   Lou great to see the switching activity on the Plywood Empire Route!  RSJB - got to love that D&H livery .... beautiful!  Johan - I love your FM hood unit H - 10-44  and your scenes radiate superbly detailed reality  Sorry if I missed anyone who posted during the time it took me to put post together this morning.  

Today on the Free State Junction Railway, I'm featuring two switchers.  The classic EMD BL-2 of the Western Maryland and a freshly painted C&O  0-8-0 by Lima Locomotive Works.  Both are captured performing  their various switcher duties on the Free State Junction Railway.   I hope everyone has a terrific weekend!  Be safe = Be well!

 

WM BL-2 number 81 is on the team track as the crew has spotted a WM horse car full of race horses destined for Patsburg Downs Race Course. IMG_8888

Bursting out of East Tunnel number 81 is at the point of a freight train. IMG_5887

Passing a GG-1 which is about to come to a full stop at the station so passengers can board its' train. IMG_5870

C&O number 75 making it's way across the grade crossing as Ed, the headend brakeman protects. IMG_8494

That's Jake the brakeman riding the footboard, fireman Kent is on the ground near the cab stretching his legs.    Dispatcher says it will be another 20 minutes before a green signal. IMG_8424IMG_8483IMG_8425

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Hello everyone, what great SwSat pictures today, thanks for posting.  Well today, the film crew decided to track Leonardtown and Southern local freight job to get a few "on the line" pictures.  The switch job today is using a leased Southern RR GE 44 ton, one the fellows favorite engines. L&S management is so cheap, they don't even repaint it, it used to have a cardboard L&S logo sign under the cab but we lost that last rain storm!  The boys like it though because it easily handles the tight clearances, is reliable, stays on our sometimes mediocre track, and seems to run all day on the morning fuel up. 

Here we go, first thing this morning we stop all the traffic in small town as we pull our consist out of the local delivery yard track.  This is the first step in distributing the cars.  As usual, we tie up traffic trying to get to McDonald's for breakfast or over to the Red Owl for coffee.  Too bad folks, gotta make a livin!

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Out by the suburban freight station to leave off a REA car that will be unloaded later for some package delivery, then reloaded with stuff to ship out tomorrow morning.  Oh yea...there is another reason for this stop.  Charlie the brakeman on this route had to "use the necessary" before getting underway again. 

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Well, you don't see this very often...its a "switcher traffic jam".  Out L&S local takes the hole to make room for a UP delivery to the Door and Sash factory off to the left.  Once that UP S-2 clears we can get on our way again.  Hoping to get over to the diner for lunch (Saturday is hot roast beef sandwiches as the special) and then tie up for the day in time for dinner.

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Happy SwSat everyone and especially thanks to JHZ563 for "getten-er-done" today.

Don

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Don, its the same sort of thing on the Plywood Empire Route! Management was too cheap (and some would say....lazy) to repaint the SW1500. In the right lighting one can see the US STEEL lettering through the hastily applied black cover-up paint:

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In the train room SWSAT is also SAILPLANESAT:

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Yes, it is less than 100ft above the ground because on landing approach. The runway is a couple hundred feet to the right. There is a sailplane club at the airport and any nice Saturday the tow-plane spends several hours towing them aloft. You don't want to come in too low in one of those things.....you can't grab a handful of throttle, pull back on the stick and circle back.

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coach joe: Oh how right you are! 

jhz563: You bet!  I enjoy watching Strasburg Rail Road's daily action on Virtual Railfan.  It's just a click away on their own website.  If you get lucky you'll witness Amtrak passing the Strasburg at Leaman Place (Paradise) while S R R's power is running around their excursion train as they prepare to return home. 

An honest to goodness "bonus" is when you can catch S R R (x-NYC) SW8 swapping freight cars at the Norfolk Southern (x-PRR) Paradise interchange.  In addition to operating their well known passenger excursions, Strasburg also conducts a very successful freight business at their namesake town, where they maintain a transloading facility. 

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@geysergazer posted:

Don, its the same sort of thing on the Plywood Empire Route! Management was too cheap (and some would say....lazy) to repaint the SW1500. In the right lighting one can see the US STEEL lettering through the hastily applied black cover-up paint:

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In the train room SWSAT is also SAILPLANESAT:

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Yes, it is less than 100ft above the ground because on landing approach. The runway is a couple hundred feet to the right. There is a sailplane club at the airport and any nice Saturday the tow-plane spends several hours towing them aloft. You don't want to come in too low in one of those things.....you can't grab a handful of throttle, pull back on the stick and circle back.

The Plywood Empire Management should have used duck tape over the US Steel name.

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coach joe: Oh how right you are! 

jhz563: You bet!  I enjoy watching Strasburg Rail Road's daily action on Virtual Railfan.  It's just a click away on their own website.  If you get lucky you'll witness Amtrak passing the Strasburg at Leaman Place (Paradise) while S R R's power is running around their excursion train as they prepare to return home. 

An honest to goodness "bonus" is when you can catch S R R (x-NYC) SW8 swapping freight cars at the Norfolk Southern (x-PRR) Paradise interchange.  In addition to operating their well known passenger excursions, Strasburg also conducts a very successful freight business at their namesake town, where they maintain a transloading facility. 

One of my regular stops on VRF's site. The SRR is a very busy railroad for sure. This time of year all of the corn is being harvested and shipped out to market too.
Friday I caught 475 shunting some cars at the end of the day before heading to the shed.

If they could add another camera at the west end of the yards it would be perfect.

Bob

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