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Date: 11/15/12 10:20
Another C39-8 Day
Author: RDG630

I have been lucky to have good weather the last two times I photographed the PN local between Lansdale and Telford, Pa. Can't get enough of those GE C39-8's, closest sounding thing to an Alco C636. Todays chase.
PN 8211 at Meetinghouse Road east of Telford making a set out
Third photo crossing Washington Ave in Telford.








Date: 11/15/12 10:24
Re: Another C39-8 Day
Author: RDG630

PN 8212 comes around the Telford Curve
Second photo in cut at Souderton where a train was trapped three days in the Great Blizzard 0f 1888
Third photo crossing over Chestnut Street in downtown (literally) Souderton








Date: 11/15/12 10:27
Re: Another C39-8 Day
Author: RDG630

Crossing Broad Street Souderton
Next passing Souderton Passenger and freight stations
Next in Franconia Township south of Souderton








Date: 11/15/12 10:29
Re: Another C39-8 Day
Author: RDG630

Approaching Township Line grade crossing
Last in Hatfield, Pa. Note walking path to left which was the Lehigh Valley Transit Company's Philadelphia to Allentown route.






Date: 11/15/12 10:45
Re: Another C39-8 Day
Author: toledopatch

When they get these things repainted like that ex-CN SD40-2W, I'll make prompt travel plans to visit. Until then, not so much.



Date: 11/15/12 13:21
Re: Another C39-8 Day
Author: DubyaM

If we all thought the same we'd all want the same woman. Engine 8211 is black as a work-a-day railroad locomotive ought to be.



Date: 11/15/12 13:41
Re: Another C39-8 Day
Author: garr

Did those locos ever have a nickname? If not, those side views make me think Bulldogs would be appropriate.

Jay



Date: 11/15/12 13:47
Re: Another C39-8 Day
Author: toledopatch

garr Wrote:
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> Did those locos ever have a nickname? If not,
> those side views make me think Bulldogs would be
> appropriate.

Camels is the most common nickname I've ever heard for early Dash-8s, because of the big hump behind the cab. Bulldog tends to be applied to EMD cab units.



Date: 11/15/12 16:12
Re: Another C39-8 Day
Author: ns1000

SUPER pics!!!!! Thanks for sharing.



Date: 11/15/12 17:59
Re: Another C39-8 Day
Author: Mautner

Those are cool units, but they dont seem like ideal shortline units.Have to be hard on the track and burn alot of fuel.

Mike Mautner
Maryland Hts., MO



Date: 11/15/12 19:45
Re: Another C39-8 Day
Author: OCtrainguy

Cool, I like that there are still some colors left as seen in the photo of the cut at Souderton.



Date: 11/15/12 19:46
Re: Another C39-8 Day
Author: Gonut1

Dale,
Broad Street Souderton Town? Didn't there used to be concrete or iron railings across that street crossing? I sorta remember having to drive down the hill to go under the tracks through the bridge in the previous photo?
Gonut



Date: 11/15/12 23:31
Re: Another C39-8 Day
Author: coach

They've got a hump like a Brahma bull.

Beasts!



Date: 11/16/12 04:18
Re: Another C39-8 Day
Author: RDG630

From 1927 till mid 1970's the crossing was blocked off and traffic had to use the Chestnut Street underpass. As train traffic decreased and auto traffic increased pressure arose to reopen the crossing.



Date: 11/16/12 05:40
Re: Another C39-8 Day
Author: hotmetal-train

What Hump ?



Date: 11/17/12 07:53
Re: Another C39-8 Day
Author: alco539

Mautner Wrote:
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> Those are cool units, but they dont seem like
> ideal shortline units.Have to be hard on the track
> and burn alot of fuel.


They're ideal shortline power beacause they were CHEAP.! Just like there C30-7 and SD40-2W.

BTW, THIS is the closet thing you can find to a C636,....The REAL DEAL.!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/17/12 07:57 by alco539.




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