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A Few from NS Chicago Line in Amherst

August 14, 2016
Amherst 21Q-x

The westbound 21Q had a pair of Tier 4 compliant locomotives on the point. ET44AC No. 3637 was assembled by GE Transportation in May 2016 and still has that new locomotive look.

The Forest City Division of the Railroad Enthusiasts had its annual summer picnic at the former New York Central freight station in Amherst, Ohio, on Sunday, Aug. 7.

As he does for the Akron Railroad Club, Marty Surdyk manned the grill and also showed a one-tray slide show of photographs made during a trip to Oklahoma and Texas in 1999.

The RRE has held its picnic in Amherst for the past several years and as I’ve done in the past I got in some train photography of operations on the Chicago Line of Norfolk Southern.

Nothing that was particularly out of the ordinary came by during the picnic. In fact, NS traffic was slow and we endured a two-hour lull in late afternoon. But, overall, it was a enjoyable outing highlighted by Marty’s show.

Photographs by Craig Sanders

Another westbound stack train, this one the 25T.

Another westbound stack train, this one the 25T.

The L13 from Bellevue to Rockport Yard in Cleveland makes an appearance.

The L13 from Bellevue to Rockport Yard in Cleveland makes an appearance.

A pair of well-worn Canadian National locomotives were in the motive power consist of this westbound frac sand train.

A pair of well-worn Canadian National locomotives were in the motive power consist of this westbound frac sand train.

The setting sun was right down the rails as the L13 came past on its way home to Belleveue.

The setting sun was right down the rails as the L13 came past on its way home to Belleveue.

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.