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Date: 04/08/21 03:18
Blue Ridge Southern (3-30-21)
Author: JUTower

On our family vacation last week (to a rental cabin outside Asheville, NC) I was able to get out Tuesday 3-30 to try to chase Blue Ridge Southern's T-31 job from Canton to Asheville & return.  This is a fairly predictable run, taking cars predominantly from the giant Evergreen Packaging paper mill in Canton over to NS interchange in Asheville.
I got to Canton a bit past sunrise, here are a few quick looks around.
1 & 2. West side of Canton looking at the mill
3. T-59 local switching the yard then heading to Waynesville NC








Date: 04/08/21 03:20
Re: Blue Ridge Southern (3-30-21)
Author: JUTower

4. Power at the engine servicing area
5. The crew fires up the consist of 3 SD40M-2's - three "flared" units built as SD45s originally.
6. The T-31 building its train in Canton








Date: 04/08/21 03:21
Re: Blue Ridge Southern (3-30-21)
Author: JUTower

7. On the move east of Canton (drone photo)
8 & 9. Continuing eastbound. #9 was from the drone & all I could manage with the time - the train really moves!








Date: 04/08/21 03:23
Re: Blue Ridge Southern (3-30-21)
Author: JUTower

10. Arriving Asheville, crossing the French Broad River
11. Westbound now with fresh woodchips, passing the Vulcan quarry west of Asheville (Candler)
12. Passing under the highway (US 23) headed towards Canton








Date: 04/08/21 03:25
Re: Blue Ridge Southern (3-30-21)
Author: JUTower

13. Same trestle just east of Canton.  The grades are severe here - some sources say between 2.5 and 3.3! For the relatively short train those 645's were definitely working hard through here.
14 & 15. Arriving Canton, passing the T-59 crew and the giant complex at Canton

Hope you enjoyed - I know I sure did. At this point it was time to head back with the family.
Take care,
-Alex








Date: 04/08/21 05:03
Re: Blue Ridge Southern (3-30-21)
Author: GPutz

Thanks for the great coverage.  Did you notice the moon in #4?  Gerry



Date: 04/08/21 05:56
Re: Blue Ridge Southern (3-30-21)
Author: sp8192

Great shots!   Love to see matched SD45 (carbodies) running in 2021, especially pulling long strings of loaded chip cars!   Not much of that business left in the U.S. these days.



Date: 04/08/21 06:12
Re: Blue Ridge Southern (3-30-21)
Author: cjvrr

Great coverage.  I really like that first photo the best but all are great.



Date: 04/08/21 07:11
Re: Blue Ridge Southern (3-30-21)
Author: ajax247

Really nice sequence -- some great shots in there!



Date: 04/08/21 07:44
Re: Blue Ridge Southern (3-30-21)
Author: Gonut1

Nice series, thanks for posting.
Go



Date: 04/08/21 08:32
Re: Blue Ridge Southern (3-30-21)
Author: rbenko

Great stuff Alex!  Definitely a neat operation with some awesome motive power.



Date: 04/08/21 10:39
Re: Blue Ridge Southern (3-30-21)
Author: krm152

Thanks for posting your super nice photo series.
ALLEN



Date: 04/08/21 12:29
Re: Blue Ridge Southern (3-30-21)
Author: Tominde

GGreat stuff.  #11 with the telephoto makes it look like a Saluda grade!



Date: 04/08/21 12:58
Re: Blue Ridge Southern (3-30-21)
Author: DJ-12

Well done Alex!



Date: 04/08/21 13:03
Re: Blue Ridge Southern (3-30-21)
Author: SOUCF25

Great shots!  

Neil



Date: 04/08/21 17:36
Re: Blue Ridge Southern (3-30-21)
Author: ns1000

Thanks for the pics.

Several stand out.....Pic 1 is unique.



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