RailPictures.Net Photo: SBD 8053 Seaboard System EMD SD40-2 at Big Stone Gap, Virginia by Ron Flanary
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Seaboard System (more..)
EMD SD40-2 (more..)
Big Stone Gap (more..)
Big Stone Gap, Virginia, USA (more..)
September 14, 1984
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SBD 8053 (more..)
Ron Flanary (more..)
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On September 14, 1984, a southbound unit coal train eases through the passing siding at Big Stone Gap, VA to meet a northbound inspection train (powered by two F-units). By now, this is Seaboard System, but all four units still wear the attractive French gray, yellow-gold and red livery of the Family Lines--a joint brand name for the L&N, SCL, Georgia, West Point Route and Clinchfield. Since the two trains have talked by radio, this crew knows the passenger special is just a mile out---so the coal train will pull across and block the Short Street crossing to clear up (otherwise he would lay off the crossing until the meet was imminent). As soon as the flagman on the caboose tells the coal train engineer his train is clear of the main on the rear, he'll line the switch back for the main---and wait for the special to pass. Lead SD40-2 8053 has a small Family Lines logo on the nose--a fairly rare feature added to just a handful of units for publicity photo purposes when the paint scheme was new. The nose herald looked great, so I could never figure out why it wasn't used on all the locomotives in this scheme. Notice all the leaves stuck on the air intake grid of GE U30C number 1531. GE units were really bad to pick up leaves in the fall, which could eventually block the air flow to the point of engine overheating.
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