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Date: 07/29/20 13:53
Hot Day on the SMS in Morrisville
Author: PennRailVideos

July 29th, 2020.

On my way home from work, I stopped by Morrisville, PA to see what the SMS Lines crew would be up to. This day would be a relatively busy one. Baldwin "S-12" switcher #301 has been new in Morrisville this year, with DS4-4-750 #102 a bit tired these days.

Baldwin S-12 #301 was built in 1953 and was BLW Demonstrator #1200. That same year it was sold to the Rock Island Railroad as their #758.

After some shifting in the morning and an interchange run, the crew shifts out Blue Ridge Lumber as the SILVI cement plant looms behind the tree line. One of the industries SMS worked this day allowed for the opportunity to photograph the engine facing forward for a few shots.




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Date: 07/29/20 13:57
Re: Hot Day on the SMS in Morrisville
Author: PennRailVideos

Listening to the 1200HP engine work throughout the day is a nice break from the sounds of modern GE and EMD. Don't get me wrong, modern stuff is fine too but the fact that these are working in everyday freight service and not museum pieces makes it all the more unique. And it's hard to beat that set of grills on the front!

Doing another shift of one of the other lumber products customers, I finally got a view of the engineer's side in good light. Thanks to the adroit hogger and his ground pounding mate for putting up with me for a couple hours today.


- Adam C.     



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Date: 07/29/20 14:30
Re: Hot Day on the SMS in Morrisville
Author: ClubCar

Thanks for the photos and story.  It is very nice to see an older locomotive still earning revenue for its' owners.
John in White Marsh, Maryland



Date: 07/29/20 14:45
Re: Hot Day on the SMS in Morrisville
Author: refarkas

What a great set. There were quite a few Baldwins in my area (Northeast Ohio) when I was young, so these photos are really appreciated.
Bob



Date: 07/29/20 20:02
Re: Hot Day on the SMS in Morrisville
Author: Gonut1

Great to see a shifter that was common in eastern PA, on several roads, when I was a kid, still shoving cars around in 2020. thanks to SMS for keeping a tradition alive 60 years later. 
Thanks for the post!
Go



Date: 07/30/20 16:47
Re: Hot Day on the SMS in Morrisville
Author: ns1000

Nice pics!!



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