RailPictures.Net Photo: OWCX 9950 Oneida & Western EMD SD40-2 at Pennington Gap, Virginia by Ron Flanary
 
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Oneida & Western (more..)
EMD SD40-2 (more..)
Pennington (more..)
Pennington Gap, Virginia, USA (more..)
December 11, 1979
Locomotive No./Train ID Photographer
OWCX 9950 (more..)
Unknown
Ron Flanary (more..)
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From late '79 until mid 1987, Shamrock Coal fielded a rather unusual unit coal train on the L&N, primarily. Tired of dealing with the railroad's constant car and motive power shortages, Shamrock purchased eight new SD40-2s from EMD, built to L&N specs (including Pyle-National Gyralights), a small fleet of Youngstown Steel 100-ton rotary dump gons, and two green cabooses built to UP's CA-11 specs. The "Oneida & Western" road name honored a long-gone Tennessee short line that ran west out of Oneida. Here, one half of the O&W motive power fleet holds the main at Pennington, VA with an empty movement for a saw-by meet with a southbound loaded coal train. Two L&N units are dead-in-tow. The light green shade was selected to match the green color of a mint julep, the drink of choice at Churchill Downs the first Saturday of every May--the Kentucky Derby. I wrote a feature story on this unusual operation at the request of Trains editor Jim Wrinn. It appeared in the April 2007 issue.
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