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  1. nwkrailfan

    coal cars colored ends

    While that's true out in the east, you will rarely ever see two rotary (colored) ends facing each other. In the coal yard at North Platte on the UP they have a baloon track built specificly for this purpose. As they switch empty cars together into empty trainsets cars facing the wrong direction...
  2. nwkrailfan

    UP 7912 Fresh Paint No Flag

    I don't think either of the Olympic units are in danger of going yellow. 2002 went in for an overhaul last year and came out with a freshly painted underframe and a white frame stripe. I must say it looks better then the original stripe color too.
  3. nwkrailfan

    Downeaster grade accidents

    Amtrak 121, I believe
  4. nwkrailfan

    Downeaster grade accidents

    What you just said LATX has nothing at all to do with this accident. Keep wishing for Class 1's to get back into the market, it will never happen they wanted out for a reason...they were losing money on it!
  5. nwkrailfan

    Night Railroad Photography

    Great, thanks Brad! Now I'm going to have to try that shot come September when I'm in KC.
  6. nwkrailfan

    Hello All - First message after joining.

    Hey Mike, welcome! I live in western Kansas and can help ya out with anything you want to know about this half of the state. Everything from Salina, west I can help you with.
  7. nwkrailfan

    Railfanning Hastings, NE???

    The UP bypass around town can be photogenic with some big curves and the bridge over top the BNSF. As far as I know the BNSF mainline isn't very busy but the yard is.
  8. nwkrailfan

    KP Heads Up! CSX 847

    Well looks like a early early morning arrival in Salina: CSXT 847 Departed St. Mary's, KS 10:45 P.M.
  9. nwkrailfan

    KP Heads Up! CSX 847

    Alright, update for this afternoon is as follows: CSXT 847 Departed Leeds, MO 3:12 P.M.
  10. nwkrailfan

    KP Heads Up! CSX 847

    As of this morning CSX 847 departed Coffeyville, KS at 7:03 AM, unless the train can make good time to Salina I will probably be seeing this unit at night.
  11. nwkrailfan

    KP Heads Up! CSX 847

    Just a update, the unit is still down in Arkansas I have a spotter in Van Buren, AR that should be able to tell me the entire unit consist.
  12. nwkrailfan

    KP Heads Up! CSX 847

    It's quite uncommon to see foreign power in this part of Kansas, let alone on mostly all UP AC4400CW led coal trains.
  13. nwkrailfan

    KP Heads Up! CSX 847

    Looks like a empty coal train bound for Energy, Colorado has CSX 847 on the point according to a source in Van Buren, AR and the UP trace. Last update in the UP trace puts it past Conway, AR 2:43 P.M. So, heads up to anyone along the UP Coffeyville Sub and also the UP Salina Sub as this is...
  14. nwkrailfan

    SP 319 North/West, KS/OK

    SP 319 is headed back to Salina, trace indicates it passed Navasota, TX at 4:29 P.M.
  15. nwkrailfan

    Different Dispatchers and Different Railroads

    I also have heard her...more than once, even I have trouble understanding her I can't imagine the crews trying to scribble down Track Warrants.
  16. nwkrailfan

    SP 319 North/West, KS/OK

    SP 319 headed back east today towards Salina with a night arrival in Salina. Just a heads up.
  17. nwkrailfan

    SP 319 North/West, KS/OK

    Heading to Colby, Kansas, I'll keep everyone updated for when it comes back west as the DPU. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to - An online railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used railroad books. Railroad pictorials, railroad history, steam locomotives, passenger trains, modern railroading. Hundreds of titles available, most at discount prices! We also have a video and children's book section. - An online model railroad bookstore featuring a curated selection of new and used books. Layout design, track plans, scenery and structure building, wiring, DCC, Tinplate, Toy Trains, Price Guides and more.

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