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Date: 09/21/22 19:01
African Exports and Miss Phoebe Snow in Lake Erie Land
Author: train1275

Wednesday September 21, 2022
Vermilion, OH

Hot and humid here in Lake Erie Land, but lots of action. Top of the list was Train 258 with a sad looking DL&W Heritage unit, and then four Wabtec / GE locos for Mozambique Africa among other sights.

Shortly after 1pm we saw Train 054 go by the Berea webcam with four export locos on flat cars westbound. Hmmm, time to go down to the docks and hang out for 35 - 45 minutes for a picture. No problem. Well, not so fast, things were apparently bottled up with a 66X having PTC troubles and I don't know what else going on, but it was 2-1/2 hours later before the 054 made the 26 miles to get in front of the lens. In that time there were a flood of trains, too many to include all of them here. Here is a peek at the action.

1. Another two unit 11N works west on the autos, power is NS 1033 and 4353. Canadian Geese enjoy a cool swim in the Vermilion River.

2. Then the 1054 and 9443 come east on 28V.

3. Now the 66X who was having PTC trouble. He has NS 7309, CP 9739 and 9784.

 



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Date: 09/21/22 19:06
Re: African Exports and Miss Phoebe Snow in Lake Erie Land
Author: train1275

4. CP 9739 on the 66X adds a splash of red to the scene.

5. Followed by CP 9784.

6. Then comes the 258 east, (Kansas City - Rutherford Yard, PA) and what is that peeking out behind lead unit NS 4538 ?








Date: 09/21/22 19:12
Re: African Exports and Miss Phoebe Snow in Lake Erie Land
Author: train1275

7.  - 8. A sad, tired looking NS 1074 Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Heritage Unit ! Miss Phoebe looks a little worse for wear today, exposing her 16-710 engine.

9. Finally, after 2-1/2 hours we hear the 054 get the signal at CP 219 to come west on Track 2 in order to take the connector to Bellevue. Here he comes with NS 9700 in charge leading the 3' 6" gage locos loaded on QTTX flats. 

 



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Date: 09/21/22 19:20
Re: African Exports and Miss Phoebe Snow in Lake Erie Land
Author: train1275

10.  The export units appear to be NACALA Logistics Wabtec / GE C30ACi's for the Nacala Logistics Corridor linking coal mines in Western Mozambique to the Port of Nacala in Malawi on the Indian Ocean. This info may or may not be correct, so if anyone has better info and details please chime in. I do not know where they are going after Bellevue other than to Africa. So in the train is Nacala Logistics 402, 401, 304 and 403, an N&W hopper brought up the markers.

11. Nacala Logistics 402 and 304.

12. Nacala Logistics 401.

 








Date: 09/21/22 19:23
Re: African Exports and Miss Phoebe Snow in Lake Erie Land
Author: train1275

13. A closer look at the 401.

14. And finally the Nacala Logistics 403.

15. Railfan photographer Tim Wakeman lenses Train 35N from the dock, with NS 3646 and 9801, as it heads west over the river.








Date: 09/21/22 19:52
Re: African Exports and Miss Phoebe Snow in Lake Erie Land
Author: Gonut1

Great stuff, thanks for grabbing the photos. Export locos are always fascinating. I have done the long waiting for so many varying railroad reasons, thanks for your patience today.
Gonut



Date: 09/22/22 05:05
Re: African Exports and Miss Phoebe Snow in Lake Erie Land
Author: thebluecomet

What is interesting is the yellow showing through behind the peeling maroon and gray paint.  When the EL repainted a unit, the entire unit received a coat of yellow paint with the maroon applied after masking, then the gray.   Seems NS followed the same sequence.



Date: 09/22/22 06:20
Re: African Exports and Miss Phoebe Snow in Lake Erie Land
Author: Notch76

Great catches

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Date: 09/22/22 06:35
Re: African Exports and Miss Phoebe Snow in Lake Erie Land
Author: bobk

Very nice series as usual!



Date: 09/22/22 14:38
Re: African Exports and Miss Phoebe Snow in Lake Erie Land
Author: dschlegel

Neat photos! I wonder if the kids on the school bus in photo 12 even noticed the train?

Dan

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Date: 09/22/22 14:57
Re: African Exports and Miss Phoebe Snow in Lake Erie Land
Author: pedrop

Nice photos of the C30ACi to Nacala. This was a Vale mining project. Vale left Africa coal business after some issues there. These new units are wearing Vale mining colors.

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Pedro Rezende
Vespasiano, MG
https://youtube.com/c/minasgeraisrailways1



Date: 09/24/22 18:53
Re: African Exports and Miss Phoebe Snow in Lake Erie Land
Author: jmt

https://clubofmozambique.com/news/mozambique-vale-concludes-sale-of-moatize-coal-mine-215388/
https://allafrica.com/stories/202205050315.html

What happens when a green/woke Government forces a company it controls to divest investments considered not PC.
Vale invested US$13.1 billion in Mozambique (including the track taking a short cut through Malawi) and sold the lot for $US270 million.
Pitty Vale's minor share holders who will have taken a haircut.
Possibly less than the cost of the 85 BB40-9WM that were bundled into the sale?
Purchaser is Vulcan Resources, a subsidiary of coal miner and open access rail operator Jindal. In turn Jindal is owned by a JV of Indian state owned steel producers.
Can we assume that India is not woke and green?



Date: 09/24/22 19:40
Re: African Exports and Miss Phoebe Snow in Lake Erie Land
Author: Lackawanna484

Many oil and gas companies have recently been selling for three times earnings or less. There are coal companies selling for one times earnings. Put simply, the company's share price is about what the company will earn this year.

Having a perspective and time horizon which differs from the mainstream can be profitable if you know what you're doing..



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