Actually I have seen 10! I am trying to pull my own "Spencer" my goal is to catch all the NS heritage loco's on their first trip to STL where I was born and raised leading or not. I have seen Original NS, Reading, CoG, Virginian, IT, Wabash, Erie, Conrail, Southern, & NYC. My favorite is the Virginian but man was she dirty! I really want to see the CNJ & S&A. The Interstate is cool too! However - tomorrow the Caterpillar ACe is leading the 055 CAT train to GA so I will be all over that! LOL!
Come on down! She passed out my front yard ( I live next to the NS ) at 5:54A.M. DPU going back to the mine. She is sharp and the nose is intense! The 8101 and 1068 both have wings on the nose so I am glad I got them on point! Something with wings not UP! How odd is that??
One thing is certain - That big SD70ACe looks out of place on that jointed rail, especially with the short angle bars. I now understand why the NS has a work train in the area. I live on the joint KCS-NS Meridian Speedway, and even though we see a lot of NS power, we never see the NS AC units. The few ACs that venture this far south generally stay on the NS Birmingham to New Orleans Mainline and almost always are on the 730/731 coal trains that serve a power plant in Purvis, MS. That makes it even tougher to see a Heritage unit in our area.
Same here! We usually do not get the SD70ACe units but I am glad out of any we got a heritage! The Conrail is DPU on a coal train today heading for this location as the Erie is coming out of here tonight so this line is hopping! That Meridian Speedway is awesome! I bet there is a variety of power on that line! I hope you see a heritage soon, buddy!
The Meridian Speedway has really gone downhill since 2007. BNSF pulled 6 daily trains off the line in 2007, and those 6 were replaced by 2 Union Pacific trains. At least 4 daily manifests have ceased running since then. We have, on average, 10 trains daily, on good days. Some days we only see a couple of trains in daylight. I keep hoping that things will pick up, but, so far, it's been stagnant. NS poured $300M into the line for CTC, new sidings, double track and other improvements. Capacity is about 30 trains daily, and we're seeing only a third of that.
As long as you have traffic! I think the KCS here are going to add some grain trains to the Saint Louis-KC line when they get put in service. They only run three trains a day basically. One being the local and the two other Schneider trains. UP is going to start handling NS intermodals over the Salem Sub and then here on the Pana will get what is left of the intermodal on the Salem so should be interesting! Basically it all comes down to $$$ and where they want to use it!