While photographing NS trains from the Westinghouse Bridge, I wondered if the tracks into the old Westinghouse plant were still used. My question was promptly answered by the URR!
Small only in track mileage, the Union has a sizeable fleet of steel making related cars that it must keep in shape
As soon as the daily slab train to Irvin gets off the Mon River bridge, the daily empty hopper train to the BLE will cross over it
The scrap train comes down off the Mon River bridge and into USS ET. In the background, an empty URR hopper train and a NS Mon line coal train pass by. Also, in the foreground the Mon River locks ... (more)
ET monopolizes most of the URR's time. 30 years ago US Steel alone had four intergraded mills within two miles, of which ET was 2nd smallest! Today, ET is the only intergraded mill in the area.
4 switchers reversing into there caboose as brakemen and cabman are seen on both sides of their equipment.
URR is ready to pull out of North Bessemer light power after dropping off their train.
4 MP15DC in freezing cold temperatures, 12 degrees, notice the new yellow stripes on the sides of the engines that are required by the FRA.
5 URR MP15DC's glide along the CSXT mainline on their way to gather up a scrap train.
What was once tracks filled with hoppers and boxcars is now just weeds and gravel, but atleast the trains are still running!
A trio of URR MP15DC's haul heavy slabs thru Bull Run towards the USX Irvin Works.
This 5-unit lashup is actually going away in this photo. The train is shoving it's coke laden cars after making a turn to change directions.
A trio of URR MP15DC's roll over Northbound 21Q who is traversing CP16 with a WC SD45 second out.
A quartet of MP15's reverse to the switch so they can pull south and couple to the cab and shove out.