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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 3/2/2014

NS Harrisburg Line Bridgeport PA February 7 2014

When it's cold out there, it's King Coal to the rescue, in this case, NS 502 heading for the Beesley Point Secondary in New Jersey with a whole bunch of "'the rock that burns". Growing up in a coal heated house, I have always been fond of it (my father who had to shovel it to keep the house warm, probably not as much), but residential use is a thing of the past. Now it is used primarily for the generation of electricity, but unfortunately it is also the dirtiest fuel for the purpose, and this train's destination, the BL England Generating Station, one of the dirtiest in the state. The owners of the plant planned to shut down one of two coal burners and convert the remaining one, along with a third unit that burns oil, to natural gas. The problem is the natural gas pipeline required would have to run through the protected Pinelands and in a vote last month, the New Jersey Pinelands Commission effectively denied the pipeline permit. So for now the future of the plant is uncertain, with May 2015 the date set to either convert or close; either way these trains are running on borrowed time.

Normally for modelers, coal loads are very similar in contour, if not identical. This car (fifth behind the engine in the photo above) shows that the prototype is not as fastidious (or monotonous) when filling the hoppers, so consider this an example to take license and go nuts.
Later that afternoon, NS 507 from Carneys Point NJ is taking the empties the other direction.
In the middle of the seemingly endless parade of black hoppers was NS 146313, commemorating "fifty years of world class service" at Pier 6 in Norfolk VA.

All pictures February 7, 2014

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