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Cast to Last & Rolled Rails
Photos of the components that support America's Steel Highway
Photo Album By: Frank Orona
 
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Photo ID: 423307

Role Reversal
Old wheels ranging in size from 36 inch to 28 inch diameters earn their last revenue miles by riding atop a freight car instead of underneath it head for the scrap / sal... (more)

Railroad: Progress Rail Services
Locomotive: Flatcar
Location: Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: SPSX 565900
Train ID: ATN Z389
Photo Date: January 19, 2013


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Added: Feb 01, 2013

Views: 2,531
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Photo ID: 420920

GSC Floating Bolster 3 Truck
The FB-3 truck was created by two casting foundries, General Steel Castings Corporation (GSC) and Adirondack Steel Castings for use on GE six axle locomot... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: GE C40-8 (Dash 8-40C)
Location: Loachapoka, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 7599
Train ID: CSX Q612
Photo Date: December 22, 2012


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Added: Jan 11, 2013

Views: 7,211
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Photo ID: 419999

The gentle curvature of a #15 turnout demonstrates how auto rack trains can enter into the lead tracks of the Kia assembly plant which at this time are void of any trains due to the annual Christm... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Gabbettville, Georgia, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December 22, 2012


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Added: Jan 03, 2013

Views: 2,793
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Favorited: 13
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Photo ID: 419919

What’s in a name?
A rather serendipitous placement of a weld between these two rails has added an extra “F” to the standard more)

Railroad: Vulcan Materials (VULX)
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Loachapoka, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: December 22, 2012


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Added: Jan 02, 2013

Views: 3,576
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Favorited: 4
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Photo ID: 419792

When a freight car is built to haul heavier than normal loads such as this tank car carrying 297000 lbs of Vinyl acetate, a normal two axle truck will not do. Thus the distinctive three axle truc... (more)

Railroad: Untitled
Locomotive: Tank Car
Location: Opelika, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: CELX 10424
Train ID: CSX Q612
Photo Date: October 28, 2012


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Added: Jan 02, 2013

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Photo ID: 417600

HT-C Truck
Debuting in 1972 on the Dash 2 line of locomotives created by EMD, the HT-C truck was revolutionary for the fact that it was the first truck that allowed EMD to place all th... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: EMD SD40-3
Location: Notasulga, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 4027
Train ID: CSX Q619
Photo Date: October 27, 2012


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Added: Dec 13, 2012

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Photo ID: 416582

Frog Foliage
A solitary colorful leaf sits comfortably in the throat of a No.10 self guarded frog as its presence makes one wonder when the last time a flanged wheel made it over this ... (more)

Railroad: Norfolk Southern
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Opelika, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 27, 2012


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Added: Dec 01, 2012

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Photo ID: 415609

Don’t let the 1953 cast date fool you, this product from American Steel Foundry can still move as evident by the rotating roller bearings in the journal box housings while it supports the loaded... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: Couplers
Location: Thorsby, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: CSXT 8531
Train ID: CSX W022
Photo Date: April 08, 2012


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Added: Nov 21, 2012

Views: 4,568
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Photo ID: 414919

Century Steel
Rolled way back in 1900 by the Lackawanna Iron & Steel Company in Scranton, Pennsylvania, this piece of 80 lb rail can certainly still hold its own as it has no trouble s... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Notasulga, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 13, 2012


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Added: Nov 15, 2012

Views: 2,362
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Photo ID: 414918

A nicely polished surface has been created from the hands of a recent cutting blade on this cross section of an otherwise rusty piece of more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Opelika, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 29, 2012


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Added: Nov 15, 2012

Views: 3,424
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Photo ID: 413029

A pair of Bi-level auto racks and the Type E/F couplers that connect them together glide through the greenery of Notasulga as this pair of Santa Fe and Union Pacific owned racks bring up the more)

Railroad: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF)
Locomotive: Couplers
Location: Notasulga, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: ATSF 89032
Train ID: CSX Q612
Photo Date: May 14, 2012


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Added: Oct 25, 2012

Views: 3,896
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Photo ID: 412341

Compromise
When rails of two different sizes need to be joined, a compromise must be achieved - thus the compromise joint. This unique joint bar allows rail of different web thickness,... (more)

Railroad: CSX Transportation (CSXT)
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Notasulga, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: Unknown
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: October 13, 2012


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Added: Oct 19, 2012

Views: 5,734
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Photo ID: 409766

Flexible
With a pair of UP 6 axle units pulling slowly, another Continues Welded Rail (CWR) train full of 136lb Rocky Mountain Steel departs the city of Pueblo and shows off the spaghe... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: Rail
Location: Pueblo, Colorado, USA
Locomotive #: UP 4318
Train ID: Unknown
Photo Date: June 15, 2012


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Added: Sep 21, 2012

Views: 12,376
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Photo ID: 409580

Second Hand
Cast in 1975 by the Standard Car Truck Company, this Barber S-2 designed side frame was once built for the L&N as seen by that fallen flags initials cast onto its side but... (more)

Railroad: Trailer Train Corporation
Locomotive: Wheel
Location: Irondale, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: TTX 553961
Train ID: NS 225
Photo Date: September 16, 2012


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Added: Sep 19, 2012

Views: 8,340
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Photo ID: 408380

The wheels on the train go....
These 42” diameter steel beauties show off their constant rotation of going round and round inside the radial trucks of a UP SD70M lead unit on today... (more)

Railroad: Union Pacific
Locomotive: EMD SD70M
Location: Auburn, Alabama, USA
Locomotive #: UP 3845
Train ID: CSX Q144
Photo Date: April 17, 2012


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By: Frank Orona

Added: Sep 07, 2012

Views: 4,195
Comments: 3

Favorited: 17
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