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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 10/29/2006

CSX Trenton Line Oxford Valley and Philadelphia PA October 27 2006

It was a long day for CSX trash train K207 on its way from Oak Island Yard in North Jersey to Eastside Yard in Philadelphia. Not long after departing around 7:00, K207's sole power, CW40-8 7381, started acting up, and by the time it had made it to MP QA 40 on the Trenton Line around 8:25, it died. NI dispatcher called for the local job out of Manville Yard, C761, to couple up to the rear of K207 and push them down to CP Wing. With only CSX GP38-2 2566 for power, C761 did just that, clearing up the single track about 9:45. C761 uncoupled and followed S438 and Q300 east while K207 stopped at CP Trent, awaiting further assistance. Now it was C770's turn to do the heavy lifting. After working the Bucks County Industrial Park, the Woodbourne Yard local took its two engines, CSX GP38-2 2676 and GP40-2 6073, up to CP Trent. The SEPTA dispatcher gave them Rule 241 to talk them past the stop signal at Trent and they coupled up, becoming the head end of K207. After Q172 passed, K207 was finally ready to head west at 11:25. With 6073 smoking up heavily all the way, the train eventually made its way to its destination around 12:30, the C770 light power heading back to Woodbourne Yard around 13:00.

K207 holds up just east of Dobry Road waiting for SEPTA Train 348 to clear CP Wood.

Finally getting the signal to proceed, 6073 starts belching a blue haze as it pulls the train east, the smoke obscuring some of the colorful fall foliage that will probably be gone in a week.
Usually the C770 power is used to pulling less that a dozen cars at most, so the 20 cars and dead engine of K207 gives them an opportunity to stretch their legs.
Q418 was held on the main waiting for K207, which has just passed it at CP Nesh and now rolls down the controlled siding toward CP Berry.
Not a big train, but it became a big headache, and I am sure NI was glad to get it out of the way.


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