A Day Out on the TTI

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Kentucky Colonel
Caught a TTI coal drag today with three of the units on the point wearing the new blue and white paint scheme. With the sun playing hide-and-seek behind high clouds, light conditions were challenging but here is what I came home with.

[Eagle-eyed railfans might recognize #5911 as the TTI unit that burned rather spectacularly at Ewing, KY while still wearing its CSX colors. She looks great in the new livery.]

1) The three blue-and-white GE's (5902, 5911 and 5884) roar through a grade crossing south of Millersburg, KY.
2) This was an awkward shot...I really wanted to get those tractors in the frame, so I had to lean out across the farmer's fence while trying to avoid the utility poles just to my right.
3) Approaching historic downtown Carlisle, KY.
4) Blue sky, sunshine and a great looking tree all come together at this crossing near Myers, KY.

Eastern Railfan

I absolutely love that last photo. This is a great series all around. Between you and E.M. Bell's photos of this railroad, I've decided that I definitely need to get out that way within the next couple of years.


Kentucky Colonel
Thanks for all the comments, guys! Yeh, you gotta love a shortline like the TTI...an historic line with great scenery and a predilection for one type of power.

Bob...TTI utilizes ex-L&N tracks to take loaded coal hoppers from Paris, KY to Maysville, KY for transloading to barges on the Ohio River. They also have a yard in Paris with a vintage (L&N) roundhouse and a small transloading facility to load trucks from covered hoppers. Not sure, but I believe they are part- or wholly-owned by CSX.

Tommy...you would really dig the TTI. If you really want to whet your whistle, search out the old pix of L&N #152's visit to the TTI back in the late '80's or early '90's. Oh MY!

Basic Bill...TTI is the epitome of a shortline: when they have loads, they go. HA! Seriously, CSX runs through Paris (the Cincinnati-Atlanta main) and they drop off cuts of coal hoppers. When TTI collects enough loads, they fire up the GE's and make a run to Maysville. They're usually called for around 2P and the train usually gets underway before 3P. I've seen them run nearly every day of the week.

UP...they used to have a U-boat on the work train that mostly stays in Carlisle; but I saw the work train in the yard the other day and it had newer power. I think maybe all the ex-RI units have met the torch.

Buddy...me, too. So far, I'm very impressed with how clean they've kept the engines as that didn't seem to be a priority with previous paint schemes. And with all that white, it would really show when they get grimy.

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