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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 07/28/2007

CP King Norfolk Southern Morrisville Line Norristown PA July 28 2007


After the closure of most of U.S. Steel's operations at the Fairless Works near Morrisville PA, private and public interests sought to revitalize the huge complex as a hub for heavy industrial development. One of the companies to set up shop at the site is Gamesa Corporation, a Spanish windmill manufacturer, and this weekend a shipment of windmill tower parts from their Morrisville plant headed for the Midwest on NS dimensional train 053.

Gamesa Wind US is headquartered in Philadelphia and the windmill parts (the towers, blades and nacelles) are manufactured in Morrisville, with Gamesa Wind US installing, operating and maintaining the units at the customer site.

NS ES40DC 7622 was the sole power for NS 053, here approaching CP King on the Morrisville Line with 35 flat cars loaded with the various tower parts.
Almost all of the flat cars were supplied by TTX, most 89 foot trailer type flats and the rest the heavy duty 8 axle variety, with one KRL car thrown in for variety, and three empty spacer cars (a TTX flat and two bulkhead flats) on the tail end.
You can see the varying diameters of the sections that make up the cone shaped towers.
As the train snakes its way onto the Connecting Track at CP King, it passes under some of the many high tension feeds that radiate from Limerick Nuclear Plant about 15 miles away.

All pictures July 28 2007 Copyright © 2007 John P. Almeida

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