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Date: 02/09/19 05:00
Charlotte, NC and Rocky Mount, NC
Author: thegottfather

Hi everyone. I’ve done some searching but haven’t seen too much in recent posts. Looking at Flying in to NC in the fall but trying to figure out the best areas to head towards.

What would be worthwhile for traffic between Charlotte and Rocky Mount, NC, if anything? Would I be better off going towards Greenville, SC?

Thanks in advance.

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Date: 02/09/19 06:10
Re: Charlotte, NC and Rocky Mount, NC
Author: SOUCF25

The NS main between Charlotte and Greensboro is busiest line in the Charlotte area.  There are about 30 trains per day on either side of Linwood.  CSX between Pembroke and Rocky Mount is the best line around Rocky Mount.  I estimate around 20 trains on this line. 

On the east-west legs, NS between Greensboro and Selma is going to see around 10 trains per day.  I've not kept up with number of trains between Charlotte and Pembroke.  My guess is about 10.  



Date: 02/09/19 07:36
Re: Charlotte, NC and Rocky Mount, NC
Author: Tominde

Go to Charlotte.  Some daytime passenger action and you are not too far from Spencer and the fine museum there.



Date: 02/09/19 08:17
Re: Charlotte, NC and Rocky Mount, NC
Author: Totallamer

SOUCF25 Wrote:
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> The NS main between Charlotte and Greensboro is
> busiest line in the Charlotte area.  There are
> about 30 trains per day on either side of
> Linwood.  CSX between Pembroke and Rocky Mount is
> the best line around Rocky Mount.  I estimate
> around 20 trains on this line. 
>
> On the east-west legs, NS between Greensboro and
> Selma is going to see around 10 trains per day. 
> I've not kept up with number of trains between
> Charlotte and Pembroke.  My guess is about
> 10.  

You're better off north of Rocky Mount on CSX than south.  The North End Sub has a lot more traffic than the South End Sub.



Date: 02/09/19 12:03
Re: Charlotte, NC and Rocky Mount, NC
Author: SpeederDriver

>>>>>The North End Sub has a lot more traffic than the South End Sub.

I'm trying to figure that out.  Does it hold true north of Pembroke?



Date: 02/09/19 12:26
Re: Charlotte, NC and Rocky Mount, NC
Author: Totallamer

SpeederDriver Wrote:
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> >>>>>The North End Sub has a lot more traffic than
> the South End Sub.
>
> I'm trying to figure that out.  Does it hold true
> north of Pembroke?

Absolutely.  H750/751, Q300/301, Q415/416 and F781/782(?) are all trains that originate / terminate at Rocky Mount and head north.  I -think- that Q438/439 are Rocky Mount originations/terminations as well.  Whereas heading south you've got half as many at best I'd imagine.  Q400/401 and Q470/471 I think?  There's also Q409/410 which can be seen on both sides, along with Q031/032.  If you hang out north of Weldon, NC you'd lose the F781/782 but gain the Q135/136 as well as the occasional grain train.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 02/09/19 12:28 by Totallamer.



Date: 02/09/19 13:50
Re: Charlotte, NC and Rocky Mount, NC
Author: SOUCF25

Thanks for information on the North End vs the South End.  The Rocky Mount/Wilson area is one of the top five locations for my spring roadtrip.  I will definitely stay in Rocky Mount or points north should I go that way.



Date: 02/09/19 14:30
Re: Charlotte, NC and Rocky Mount, NC
Author: Totallamer

SOUCF25 Wrote:
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> Thanks for information on the North End vs the
> South End.  The Rocky Mount/Wilson area is one of
> the top five locations for my spring roadtrip.  I
> will definitely stay in Rocky Mount or points
> north should I go that way.

The most heavily trafficed railfan spot on the North End Sub is North Collier.  Collier is the yard in Petersburg, VA and the NS crosses underneath right there on the way to Norfolk.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/09/19 14:30 by Totallamer.



Date: 02/09/19 14:41
Re: Charlotte, NC and Rocky Mount, NC
Author: SpeederDriver

And the North End has 10 Amtraks as well.  South of Selma there are six.



Date: 02/09/19 14:54
Re: Charlotte, NC and Rocky Mount, NC
Author: Totallamer

SpeederDriver Wrote:
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> And the North End has 10 Amtraks as well.  South
> of Selma there are six.

There's 4 of them you won't see even at North Collier however, as the Norfolk-bound trains leave the A-Line at BX, which is just north of North Collier.

But other than that yeah, on the North End you'll see...
P079/80
P089/90
P091/92
P097/98
P052/53
 



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