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Steam Chaser
On Thursday, I set out early with hopes of catching original NS heritage unit 8114, which was rumored to possibly go out on 32Q to Decatur around 8 am. Apparently, the unit went out on 319 to Louisville the night before. Plus, I missed the UP local with a patched Cotton Belt GP60 because of UP's horrible phone tracing system. Luckily, my luck improved.

First is HGALMEM with a fakebonnet and a standard cab NS Dash 9.
BNSF at the Riverfront by stlgevo51, on Flickr

Then, two of UP's rebuilt SD40Ns pulled a dirt train out of St. Louis. They were headed to Kirkwood, only 18 miles away. We got this backlit shot and raced ahead to Webster to hopefully get it again. Unfortunately, the dispatcher held him at Tuxedo Park for 3 westbounds and Amtrak, so we bailed.
UP SD40N Pair by stlgevo51, on Flickr

Lastly, we headed to the former Manufacturers Railway where new owner FTRL was running two shifts. One of the shifts involved pulling storage hoppers out using the newly delivered SW1500 in the new paint scheme. It was hardly a consolation prize for missing 8114, but it was alright, nonetheless.
FTRL's New Toy by stlgevo51, on Flickr
FTRL 1515 and the Graffiti Wall by stlgevo51, on Flickr

Thanks for looking!


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I love the SW! It's cool to see old war horses like that with shiny new paint. Too bad about the heritage though. 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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