Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Orange 'n Black B&LE Diesels in SNOW

Received the following via email.

Five great photos of winter railroading on The Bessemer Route by Dave Trenn. I'll bet at least one will take your breath away!

B&LE SD40T-3 #907 & SD38AC #866 strike a classic pose as they whip through the reverse curves at Dicksonburg, PA, approaching Wing Road, with hopper loads of limestone for Mercer Lime & Stone at Branchton, PA: http://nascarfan.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1450086

WHOOOMMMPF! SD38AC #867 "fires both of her snow torpedoes" as she and SD38-2 #878 blast through a plowed snow bank at the Huntley Road crossing in West Springfield, PA, on their way north to Conneaut Harbor with empty hoppers for loading: http://nascarfan.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1454313

The same engine, early last year, is gliding down into Conneaut Harbor on a white magic carpet (who needs wheels or track?). That's the new U.S. Rte. 20 bridge over the railroad and Conneaut Creek looming in the murky sky. The trailing unit is the second SD38 EMD ever built (as B&LE #862), but wearing the Maroon n' Yellow of former U.S. Steel sister road, Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range, for whom she worked for a while, before coming back to 'home rails': http://nascarfan.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1077754

Yes, the sun actually does sometimes shine on The Bessemer Route during the winter! http://nascarfan.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1003427

Same bridge, same sun, different day: http://nascarfan.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1031559