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Running "Southern Style", two NS SD40-2s lead C93 into Fort Erie. Both tracks of well cars pictured are in storage there, with the ones on Track 99 (far left), being somewhat recent arrivals (on an X149 I was told). Earlier in the month, Track 99 had a string of racks dropped on it by 538 (link here) which became a 232 (link here) the next day.
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Caption: Running "Southern Style", two NS SD40-2s lead C93 into Fort Erie. Both tracks of well cars pictured are in storage there, with the ones on Track 99 (far left), being somewhat recent arrivals (on an X149 I was told). Earlier in the month, Track 99 had a string of racks dropped on it by 538 (link here) which became a 232 (link here) the next day.

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James Knott [161] (more) (contact)
Date: 05/26/2019 (search)
Railway: Norfolk Southern (search)
Reporting Marks: NS 3480 (search)
Train Symbol: C93 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Stamford Sub (search)
City/Town: Fort Erie (search)
Province: Ontario (search)
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10 Comments
  1. They ran 3535 LHF in last time I was there.

  2. Southern and Norfolk Western also the ran the high hoods for safety reasons. Wonder if the Engineers liked that and running LHF though? Note the big Operation Lifesaver graphic on 3480. Very nice James!

  3. Shot the 3480 in Toledo last summer

  4. Agreed. I would hazard a guess the SD’s are on this train upwards of a dozen times a month. A crapshoot. It runs every single day though.

  5. Oh yes, I have seen what you are mentioning Steve (the GE’s in particular do look unusual running backwards). Plus the common history of hoods forward on NW, CN & Southern. It is more to finding SD40′s running trains. Most here in Edmonton are working industrial yard or work train duty. So, as I write that last sentence, I’m thinking, if these 2 units are transferring (from a yard across the border to yard here and then take one back to the US) trains of goods between 2 countries, that is actually a perfect job for these old boys.

  6. Correct, but Larry search the site, NS ran like this often in Canada (And decades ago too) and… well.. still does – even with big GE’s across the border into Canada. Fort Erie is probably the best place to find such a thing. NS was (and to a point still is) known for this.

    Of course go far enough back and CN ran this way too… but..

  7. Finding 2 SD40′s, both with hoods forward, just seems like something you would not see to often in Canada. Good catch James. :-)

  8. Well, around Buffalo i’m led to believe it’a fairly normal, just luck of the (funny Buffalo pun alert!) draw. There’s a few SD’s in yard service in the Buffalo area and I’ve seen a few in the flesh, Tifft yard and on C93 last summer. Sometimes C93 gets road power sometimes yard power, and it’s the yard power that is usually non GE.

    The heritage units would be road power no doubt..

  9. Might be more typical of NS yard power but to be honest I am not really sure. I don’t really follow the American roads.

  10. Interesting seeing two 40′s on a NS train (even better LHF). Is this type of power somewhat typical or more of an oddity on NS trains?

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