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  1. CN 2450 Dash 8-40CM

    CN 2450 Dash 8-40CM

    Although barely a teenager at 15 years old, this unit is showing quite a bit of wear and tear - just look at those amazing safety stripes on the frame. 3 varieties there - shiny, dirty and the original white. The primer panel under the cab doesn't look pretty either.
  2. Ugly Duckling

    Ugly Duckling

    My vote for the world's ugliest diesel: an NS ES44DC still in primer. This one is pulling a train long-hood forward past the Selma depot enroute to Garner, NC.
  3. Primer Gray on CP

    Primer Gray on CP

    Taken from my collection of rent a wreck photo's. Spring of 2002. This unit at the time of photo was located at Keith yard west of Calgary, Alberta.
  4. Norfolk Southern

    Norfolk Southern

    NS Coal drag Eastbound to Norfolk just passing through crossovers at Disputanta Virginia. Since leaving Chicago area and living here now, this stretch of line through southern virginia is the closest to Chicagos "Racetrack" in Naperville. 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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