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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 03/07/2004

Q300, Q191, Q190, K277 and Q300 CSX Trenton Line

For a day, it looked like CSX had thrown in the towel on running the Q190/Q191 using the Trenton Line, Morrisville Line and Harrisburg Line route. On Friday it was reported that the NS pilot jobs had been abolished, and it was assumed the trains went with them. There were even rumours that CSX was going to run Lehigh Line and Harrisburg Line just to get the double stacks to and from Philadelphia. As it turned out, only the NS pilot jobs were gone, and it seems the current pool of CSX crews are now qualified to run the route by themselves.

Before the run of Q190 on Saturday, this premature requiem had been assembled.


Q300 with CSX 8831 leading 8832 passes through SEPTA's Woodbourne Station heading north at 8:00 on March 3 2004. This is significant as ...........

The pair were used as power on that day's Q191, here on the Wood Connecting Track.
A heavy fog settles in as the last NS piloted Q190 has just entered the Trenton Line and heads north with 8831 leading. The pilots who were picked up at West Falls will be dropped at West Trenton. It is 11:30 and the train is scheduled to be at Port Reading by 7:00, making it more than 5 hours late. Q191-05 later that day also used this power, arriving at Abrams at 19:10, more than 6 hours after the scheduled arrival.
Just after Q190 cleared Trent, SEPTA sent K277 south.
A little later Q300 showed up.
All pictures March 3 and 5 2004 c. 2004 John P Almeida
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