Wednesday, April 09, 2014

NS's N&W heritage unit 8103 is number five!

(Train sightings on 4-5-14.)

Thanks to the Internet I learned that NS's heritage unit N&W would be leading 20R (Chicago-Calumet, IL to E-Rail, NJ) Intermodal on only its second trip into NJ on Saturday morning. Even the weather was cooperating by providing partly cloudy skies. Back in October, 2013 it had some internal problems as a result of a mishap in Pennsylvania. In April the repairs were completed and it was placed in service on an NS ethanol train 64K into NJ and returned on a 65K. A quick turn around found it leading 20R for its next assignment with the railfan community trackside ready to record its return! The first image sees 20R heading east on the LEHL at MP 68.8 in Bloomsbury (NJ).    

The dispatcher instructed 20R to hold the siding at CP 67 for westbound 11J. Once that train passed, 20R would continue its trip east to E-Rail.  That temporary stop would also allow me time to get 20R as it crossed over the Raritan River and Cramers Creek dual truss bridges west of the Hamden Road grade crossing in Hunterdon County (LEHL MP 57). Snapping that image enabled me to capture my fifth heritage unit with only fifteen more to go!