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Date: 03/20/23 15:19
CN empty grain train with a solo C40-8
Author: bodkin6071

Sometime yesterday afternoon I had heard a report of a empty CN grain train, G893, with a lone C40-8 #2131 for power out of Memphis, bound for Gilman, IL. As it wouldn't be for a few hours before it would arrive into southern Illinois, I decided to see how far south I could go before catching it. Eventually I wound up 35 miles south of Carbondale in the unincorporated community of Wetaug, IL and intercepting the train there. Not ready to call it quits I decided to chase G893 home and get it two more times at the sweeping curve at Balcom, just south of Anna, and the village of Makanda, just south of Carbondale.

1. Wetaug, IL
2. Balcom, IL
3. Makanda, IL

 








Date: 03/20/23 15:31
Re: CN empty grain train with a solo C40-8
Author: Texican65

Again…another dash 8…and a standard cab at that…being used to lead in 2023, remarkable. I haven’t seen one in so long, I figured they were all razor blades. Thanks for sharing



Date: 03/20/23 17:13
Re: CN empty grain train with a solo C40-8
Author: swaool

Very nice!  CN 2131 should be nee-C&NW 8548, seen here at West Bill WY in October 1993.

mike woodruff
spokane wa




Date: 03/20/23 18:40
Re: CN empty grain train with a solo C40-8
Author: inCHI

Nice shots! Also features both Adirondack and Rockwell trucks at this point.



Date: 03/20/23 18:54
Re: CN empty grain train with a solo C40-8
Author: ts1457

Thanks, how many cars do you figure?



Date: 03/20/23 19:21
Re: CN empty grain train with a solo C40-8
Author: Gonut1

I always wondered what a shot at Balcom would look. It is a great place to catch some action. Okay, I confess, I never heard of Balcom until this post but it is a great place to to catch some action considering your results.
Now if someone could just catch a train at Zzyzx, California. I want to buy a vowel! That may be challenging, maybe just maybe, a Borax 20 mule team may have passed here, south end of Death Valley, but I doubt it.
Believe this! A dearly departed friend used the alias "Shirley Zzyzx" to have porn sent to a P.O. Box to foil his wife from knowing of his "hobby".
Now if I could just get to Balcom...
Gonut



Date: 03/20/23 20:12
Re: CN empty grain train with a solo C40-8
Author: IC1038west

ts1457 Wrote:

> Thanks, how many cars do you figure?

100 cars. 25 for Lis, Illinois, 25 for Effingham, Illinois and 50 for Chebanse, Illinois.



Date: 03/20/23 20:50
Re: CN empty grain train with a solo C40-8
Author: ts1457

IC1038west Wrote:
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> ts1457 Wrote:
>
> > Thanks, how many cars do you figure?
>
> 100 cars. 25 for Lis, Illinois, 25 for Effingham,
> Illinois and 50 for Chebanse, Illinois.

Apprecate it. Seems like a reasonable load for what I guess is pretty flat territory.



Date: 03/21/23 01:39
Re: CN empty grain train with a solo C40-8
Author: IC1038west

CN usually figures 0.7-0.75 horsepower per ton to make the hill on this section of track. There are some 44 feet per mile grades in the area for northbounds.

Balcom is a good location for photographing northbounds if the lighting cooperates. Pretty sure Mary McPherson captured an image of the day here a few years ago. Lots of curves between Carbondale and Wetaug, Illinois.



Date: 03/21/23 09:04
Re: CN empty grain train with a solo C40-8
Author: bodkin6071

It had a total 406 axles, which translated to 100 cars.

ts1457 Wrote:
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> Thanks, how many cars do you figure?

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/21/23 09:06 by bodkin6071.



Date: 03/21/23 10:04
Re: CN empty grain train with a solo C40-8
Author: jgilmore

Nice catch and shots...

JG



Date: 03/21/23 12:13
Re: CN empty grain train with a solo C40-8
Author: eljay

Did CN upgrade their Dash 8s with electronic fuel injection?



Date: 03/22/23 04:57
Re: CN empty grain train with a solo C40-8
Author: kevink

ts1457 Wrote:
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> Apprecate it. Seems like a reasonable load for
> what I guess is pretty flat territory.

Nice to see photos from this area! South of Carbondale is NOT flat. See this earlier thread of mine from way back when I was working on the design of new US 51 between Carbondale and Boskeydell Road.
https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?11,2498007,2498007#2498007

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Date: 03/22/23 07:31
Re: CN empty grain train with a solo C40-8
Author: ts1457

kevink Wrote:
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> Nice to see photos from this area! South of
> Carbondale is NOT flat. See this earlier thread of
> mine from way back when I was working on the
> design of new US 51 between Carbondale and
> Boskeydell Road.
> https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?11
> ,2498007,2498007#2498007

Thanks for the correction. I should have known better.



Date: 03/22/23 15:21
Re: CN empty grain train with a solo C40-8
Author: ns1000

Very nice..!!



Date: 03/22/23 16:07
Re: CN empty grain train with a solo C40-8
Author: bodkin6071

I can personally attest to this.

kevink Wrote:
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> ts1457 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Apprecate it. Seems like a reasonable load for
> > what I guess is pretty flat territory.
>
> Nice to see photos from this area! South of
> Carbondale is NOT flat. See this earlier thread of
> mine from way back when I was working on the
> design of new US 51 between Carbondale and
> Boskeydell Road.
> https://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?11
> ,2498007,2498007#2498007
>
> Posted from iPhone



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