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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 1/10/2016

NS Morrisville Line and SEPTA Norristown Line Norristown PA August 13 and 19 2015

Last week's page featured the return of NS 2102 to NS, and this is why it went back.

Back in August 2015, NS 14G came over the river with six engines, pictured here just east of CP King, but one of the engines is not like the others.

Fifth in line was newly rebuilt SPAX 50. To finance the rebuild, SEPTA first received a $1.2 million "Clean Diesel" grant from the EPA back in December 2011 and she went down to Motive Power Equipment Solutions in Greenville SC in early 2013. The plan was to replace the 12 year old Cat prime mover with Cummins genset power with a nine month turnaround. So here it is 18 months later and it is finally heading home .... eventually.
After spending five days in Morrisville for some unknown reason, NS 17G brought boomerang engine SPAX 50 back to Abrams on August 18, where the next morning a local crew dropped it off for SEPTA to pick up at CP Kalb.
SEPTA sent RL1A 60 (aka "The Carmel Cannonball") to do the honors.
As well as the extensive internal changes, the rebuild required external changes, some of which you can see when comparing these two photos taken at almost the same spot 10 years apart. Really going to miss that yellow fan, if it isn't still hiding behind those shutters.

All pictures August 13 and 19, 2015

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