As I went through scanning all these photos, I realized just how much fun I had being a Chessie fan. I was able to visit many fascinating and beautiful places, meet some great people, and learn a little bit about railroading as I went. My only regret is that the Chessie era didn't last long enough. I was only a sophmore in high school back in 1980 when I started taking photos, and it wasn't until late 1981 that I bought a 35mm camera (which I still use today!). I knew it wouldn't last forever, but I knew the end was near when the SD50s came in a unified numbering system with the Seaboard's units.
I hope you enjoy this site, and maybe it will help you recall some good memories as well. For you younger CSX fans, here's a chance for you to see some photos of equipment and paint schemes that most of which will never be seen again. I'm just thankful that I was there to see it!
Thanks first and always to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who died that I may live. Amen!
Thanks also to my loving wife Tamara and son Aaron who gave me the time to finish a 2nd big web site (I promise this is the last one, and besides, I'm out of pictures!). I have to thank my daughter Amanda too, but as I write this, she's still 8 weeks away from joining the family!
I'd also like to thank my long time friend Bob Michaels who always was generous with his knowledge and time. He and I shared the same passion for Chessie paint schemes that continues to this day with CSX.
I'd like to thank the former Chessie employees who always went out of there way to be helpful to that young high school/college student. Maryland division headquarters sent me more written permission slips to take photos than I can remember, and they never turned me down even once. Thanks guys!
I'd also like to thank folks that sent me pics back in the day. Some I bought, some I traded for, and others were gifts, but thanks needs to go to guys like Doug Boyd, Dennis Schmidt, Richard Clark, and others. Thanks to these guys my collection got going.
Lastly, I'd like to thank the folks who took the time to give me the positive feedback on my CSX Photo Archives website. That positive feedback inspired me to get off my duff and do this site, so hopefully everyone will enjoy this one too!
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