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New NS EMD's in the Kentucky Snow on the Gut Line

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  • New NS EMD's in the Kentucky Snow on the Gut Line

    This past weekend was a great One here in Central Kentucky if you like EMD's and bad weather. We had another round of winter Saturday morning, with 2 or 3 inches of new snow (on top of the 17 inches from earlier in the week) followed by several hours of sleet and freezing rain that put a nice frozen crust on everything.

    With the roads being bad, I didn't head out till Saturday afternoon, and didn't get to far away from home when I did. My main focus for that little adventure was Westbound train 22A on the Louisville District with a Year old SD70Ace leading. 22A almost always has a solid set of GEVO's for power, so this was a nice change. The dark cloudy day and snow lent itself well to shooting a Westbound in the early can really do that on a sunny day.

    Sunday, I headed out again for a few trains, including 375 with a 3 month old SD70Ace, and then M67 with a SD70M-2 followed by 223 with a nice SD60E, KCS combo. With as much traveling as we do, it was nice to be able to shoot all that (and in Snow!) and never get more than 5 miles from home.

    Here are a few samples, and be sure to check out the whole set (in full size) at this link>>>> NS Louisville District 2015 Photo Gallery by E.M. & Carmon Bell at

    Saturday 02/21/15

    A mix of sleet and rain was falling hard as Westbound 22A worked through the big dip at Convoy, KY. At this point, the head end is about 3/4 of a mile away and starting down the dip.

    Coming up the other side of the short but steep 1.4% grade. The entire Louisville District is riddled with territory like this....they dont call it the gut line for nothing!

    A few minutes late (after a brief pause at Talmage to meet a Eastbound) 22A crosses the creek in Salvisa, KY just down the road from our house.

    Sunday 02/22/15

    Westbound 375 comes into East Talmage, KY behind a 3 Month old SD70Ace

    As soon as 375 was in the hole at Talmage, M67 comes East with a SD70M-2 leading

    223 between Vanarsdale & Talmage, KY with a SD60E leading.
    E.M. Bell, KD4JSL
    Salvisa, KY

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    Love the telephoto compression effect of the rolling hills. I operate over territory similar to that in places & it is challenging going through the roller coasters.
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