Posts Tagged ‘ET44AC’

Two for Tuesday: CSX in Clinton

June 15, 2021

Here is a two for Tuesday from the CSX New Castle Subdivision.

In the top image CSX GP40-2 No. 6415 with train D750 is westbound in Warwick on May 20, 2021. The local is based out of Warwick Yard in Clinton.

In the bottom image,  CSX ET44AC No. 3457 leads a westbound past the former Warwick Tower.

Photographs by Robert Farkas

Yeah its Trailing But Look What its Trailing

May 9, 2021

In my perfect world the first Canadian National heritage locomotive I would see and photograph would be ET44AC No. 3008 on the point of a southbound on the former Illinois Central mainline in east central Illinois.

As it turned out my first CN heritage unit was the 3008 and it was running on the ex-IC in east central Illinois. But it was trailing and headed northward.

What’s special about the 3008? It’s the Illinois Central heritage locomotive.

Yeah, my first sighting of it was as a trailing unit, but just look at what it is trailing. No. 3008 was assigned as the third of three units pulling train A407, the daily Centralia, Illinois, to Kirk Yard in Gary, Indiana, job.

In recent months this train has typically operated with former IC SD70 units, many of them still in their IC “death star” livery.

So what we had on Saturday, May 1, was a pair of original IC SD70s, Nos. 1028 and 1001, both wearing their “death star” look teamed up with a “death star” IC heritage unit.

This begs the question of which of these units is the heritage unit.

The 3008 could have been the leader on the A407. It’s nose was facing north. I would later learn that the 3008 was removed from the A407 in Champaign and put on another northbound train as a leader.

I don’t know if working with original IC units is a first for the 3008. CN heritage units are allowed to roam the CN system, which is quite vast so the 3008 will be matched with a wide range of CN motive power.

Whatever the case, this motive power consist was one instance in which I didn’t mind all that much that the heritage unit was trailing. Three out of five isn’t a bad day’s work in railroad photography.

Getting His Train on Video

November 27, 2017

Akron Railroad Club member Tom Kendra keeps on eye on Norfolk Southern eastbound intermodal train 26W as it rolls through Alliance.

Tom was railfanning in Alliance on the afternoon of the November ARRC meeting.

The lone GE ET44AC is plenty of power to pull the short intermodal train toward Pittsburgh on the Fort Wayne Line.

NS Now has 28 Tier 4 ET44ACs on Hand

June 8, 2016

Twenty-eight of the 47 Tier 4 locomotives that Norfolk Southern has ordered from General Electric Transportation have been shipped to the carrier.

Thus far GE has released Nos. 3601-3614, 3616-3628, and 3630 from its Fort Worth, Texas,  plant.

NS logo 2The units move over the BNSF to Memphis, Tennessee, where NS takes possession of them.

Trains magazine reported that the assembly of the rest of the units, which are the first NS has purchased from GE to be built in Texas, is largely complete.

The ET44ACs will have roster numbers 3601 to 3647. NS accepted the first of the order in late May.