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Date: 02/10/19 15:14
Southern Vacation Day 2: A Day With A Family Line GP16 (Caldwell)
Author: Ohiorailfan

Day 2 of my southern trip I spent the day with the Caldwell Railroad. This small railroad runs on Tuesdays and sometimes Fridays. It runs from Hickory to Lenior, North Carolina. The line has only 3 customers along the line, power for this railroad is 2 original painted Family Line GP16's complete with their original horns and no dich lights. I started at Hickory around 930am and just followed them north to Lenior and waited for the return trip. I caught it multiple times between Lenior and Hickory as the speed is 10 mph and less in some areas. No other place can you see a classic Family Line unit hauling freight. Enjoy!!

Leaving Lenior



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/10/19 15:14 by Ohiorailfan.








Date: 02/10/19 15:15
Re: Southern Vacation Day 2: A Day With A Family Line GP16 (Caldw
Author: Ohiorailfan

Working an industry on the south side of Lenior

Passing through Hudson








Date: 02/10/19 15:15
Re: Southern Vacation Day 2: A Day With A Family Line GP16 (Caldw
Author: Ohiorailfan

more from the Hudson area








Date: 02/10/19 15:17
Re: Southern Vacation Day 2: A Day With A Family Line GP16 (Caldw
Author: Ohiorailfan

A few shots between Hudson and Granite Falls








Date: 02/10/19 15:18
Re: Southern Vacation Day 2: A Day With A Family Line GP16 (Caldw
Author: Ohiorailfan

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Date: 02/10/19 15:19
Re: Southern Vacation Day 2: A Day With A Family Line GP16 (Caldw
Author: Ohiorailfan

Passing Granite Falls

Coming into Hickory








Date: 02/10/19 15:19
Re: Southern Vacation Day 2: A Day With A Family Line GP16 (Caldw
Author: Ohiorailfan

more from around Hickory








Date: 02/10/19 15:20
Re: Southern Vacation Day 2: A Day With A Family Line GP16 (Caldw
Author: Ohiorailfan

last few








Date: 02/10/19 16:06
Re: Southern Vacation Day 2: A Day With A Family Line GP16 (Caldw
Author: refarkas

Superior chase photos.
Thanks for sharing these.
Bob



Date: 02/10/19 16:08
Re: Southern Vacation Day 2: A Day With A Family Line GP16 (Caldw
Author: CPR_4000

Quite a find. What's the story with that one section of welded rail with concrete ties? New grade crossing?



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Date: 02/10/19 16:24
Re: Southern Vacation Day 2: A Day With A Family Line GP16 (Caldw
Author: NC_CSXFAN13

I miss them running the Thermal Belt Railway as well.  I went up a few times to watch their operations.  I was wondering the same thing about the concrete ties and welded rail in that one pic.  There are sections of several welded rail places along that line.
BTW, nice pics.

NC_CSXFAN13



Date: 02/10/19 16:40
Re: Southern Vacation Day 2: A Day With A Family Line GP16 (Caldw
Author: jjd0618psd

Maybe on the days they are not running trains they could apply some part to those relics.



Date: 02/10/19 17:43
Re: Southern Vacation Day 2: A Day With A Family Line GP16 (Caldw
Author: boejoe

I believe at the town hall/municipal building in Hudson NC is a wooden ex-Delaware & Hudson cupola caboose.  Complex sits a block or so west of tracks.  I think this branch line may have been Carolina & Northwestern subsidiary under former Southern Rwy years ago.



Date: 02/10/19 17:57
Re: Southern Vacation Day 2: A Day With A Family Line GP16 (Caldw
Author: krm152

Great series!  Really enjoyed each and every one of your photos.
Thanks for your posting.
ALLEN



Date: 02/11/19 13:16
Re: Southern Vacation Day 2: A Day With A Family Line GP16 (Caldw
Author: rev66vette

Fascinating operation....thanks for posting this...



Date: 02/11/19 13:24
Re: Southern Vacation Day 2: A Day With A Family Line GP16 (Caldw
Author: ns1000

Nice pics!!



Date: 02/11/19 21:38
Re: Southern Vacation Day 2: A Day With A Family Line GP16 (Caldw
Author: SRSD45

Awesome! Thanks for sharing! Earl...



Date: 02/12/19 17:13
Re: Southern Vacation Day 2: A Day With A Family Line GP16 (Caldw
Author: jmbreitigan

You get my vote for the most traveld rail fan on the Eastern board   : )



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