My hometown of Murfreesboro, TN has a lot of good things. We have the CSX line from Nashville to Chattanooga and we have a great greenway system that sort of follows that line. It allows me to combine my two of my favorite pastimes, railfanning and walking for exercise. Sundays are usually not a good time to see trains, especially in the afternoon. However, today, while walking on the greenway, I watched a loaded southbound unit coal train led by CSX#917. There was a mid train DPU. It was probably headed towards Georgia Power's plant Sherer. About an hour later, I watched a northbound mixed freight. It had about every kind of car in the consist except for refrigerator cars. CSX has an on-line customer called International Paper here which still receives boxcars. Lately, it has been receiving a lot of boxcars. Today, they had eight boxcars. Some reporting marks were ABOX, RBOX, AGR, COER (that's a new one on me) of course, CSX . When was the last time any of you saw that many boxcars on a business siding? Like Charlie Daniels once said, "It's good to be alive and in Tennessee".

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My hometown of Murfreesboro, TN has a lot of good things. We have the CSX line from Nashville to Chattanooga and we have a great greenway system that sort of follows that line. It allows me to combine my two of my favorite pastimes, railfanning and walking for exercise. Sundays are usually not a good time to see trains, especially in the afternoon. However, today, while walking on the greenway, I watched a loaded southbound unit coal train led by CSX#917. There was a mid train DPU. It was probably headed towards Georgia Power's plant Sherer. About an hour later, I watched a northbound mixed freight. It had about every kind of car in the consist except for refrigerator cars. CSX has an on-line customer called International Paper here which still receives boxcars. Lately, it has been receiving a lot of boxcars. Today, they had eight boxcars. Some reporting marks were ABOX, RBOX, AGR, COER (that's a new one on me) of course, CSX . When was the last time any of you saw that many boxcars on a business siding? Like Charlie Daniels once said, "It's good to be alive and in Tennessee".

Are you sure about the coal train's destination? Powder River to Scherer is a BNSF - NS operation. CSX rails don't get anywhere near Plant Scherer.  Are they handing off trains to NS somewhere for delivery?

 

Nick and Tinplate Art,

I meant to say Plant Bowen instead of Plant Sherer. Plant Bowen is on CSX and can been seen from a major state highway in Northeast Georgia. I guess I had Sherer on my mind since that was the name of my mother's family of origin. Plant Sherer was named for a one time President of Georgia Power Company. I have wondered if I was distantly related to him. Sorry for the mix-up.

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