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By:Tom Beckett
Dates:1/1/2011 - 1/1/2011
Album Info:Photos of short lines, regional roads, and industrial power, including grain elevators and other power not included elsewhere
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Short Line
Title:  Short Line
Description:  The Chicago Short Line, a road that handled local traffic on the far southeast side of Chicago. I was riding the Dutch door of the Broadway as we went past Colehour Yard and caught this transfer behind a couple of SWs.
Photo Date:  8/15/1978  Upload Date: 11/17/2016 3:50:03 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CSL 28(SW1001) CSL 29(SW1001)
Views:  175   Comments: 1
ex B&O Alco
Title:  ex B&O Alco
Description:  An Alco S 2 of obvious B&O heritage works at a power plant in South Amboy, as seen from a Bay Head train.
Photo Date:  6/11/1979  Upload Date: 1/1/2014 3:45:17 AM
Location:  South Amboy, NJ
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories: 
Locomotives:  BO 9076(S2)
Views:  447   Comments: 1
RS 3
Title:  RS 3
Description:  The Adirondack RR restored service on the former NYC Adirondack Division for the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, games that were notable for the US hockey teams upset win over the Soviets. By 1981, the line had become largely defunct as a going concern, and the equipment was all laid up at Thendara. Here we see the RS 3s that powered the Utica to Lake Placid trains the year before. Thirty years later, the Adirondack Scenic is making a come back on the line, resotring track that had largely gone back to nature, and developing a growing rider base.
Photo Date:  8/8/1981  Upload Date: 2/17/2013 1:19:40 AM
Location:  Thendara, NY
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  ADIX 29(RS3) ADIX 28(RS3) ADIX 25(RSC2)
Views:  1119   Comments: 1
Past the grain bins
Title:  Past the grain bins
Description:  Cadillac and Lake City was a Michigan short line that for a while had the contract to run part of the Rock Island route to Colorado. They had a pair of ex BN F units they used in this service. Here we see them passing the grain bins at Arriba on their way west.
Photo Date:  8/16/1982  Upload Date: 5/26/2014 3:32:56 AM
Location:  Arriba, CO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Scenic,Action
Locomotives:  CLK 752(F7A) CLK 716(F7A)
Views:  412   Comments: 1
High plains F units
Title:  High plains F units
Description:  One of the operators of the Rock Island Colorado line was the Cadillac & Lake City, a Michigan short line that ran there for a couple of years in the early 80s. Here we see a pair of former BN F 7s from I 70.
Photo Date:  8/16/1982  Upload Date: 6/12/2011 2:15:40 AM
Location:  Arriba, CO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CLK 752(F7A) CLK 716(F7A)
Views:  756   Comments: 0
44 Tonner
Title:  44 Tonner
Description:  I saw this 44 tonner while leaving Chicago on the South Shore. Looks like an industrial unit, can't tell whose. Anyone with info, please comment.
Photo Date:  8/26/1982  Upload Date: 3/24/2013 3:33:37 AM
Location:  Chicago, IL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives: 
Views:  334   Comments: 0
S 4
Title:  S 4
Description:  M&E S4 14, the T G Peterson, sits at their engine house in Morristown. Note teh C430 next to the building, about mid way through the painting process.
Photo Date:  2/21/1984  Upload Date: 11/30/2013 4:20:26 AM
Location:  Morristown, NJ
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Winter,Yard
Locomotives:  ME 14(S4)
Views:  534   Comments: 2
Panther Valley U30B
Title:  Panther Valley U30B
Description:  As Conrail updated their roster, they sold off many older units that were hand me downs from their predecessors, such as this U30B that went to PA short line Panther Valley. It was at the M&E in Morristown for work.
Photo Date:  2/21/1984  Upload Date: 6/6/2014 4:07:59 AM
Location:  Morristown, NJ
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  PVRR 2882(U30B)
Views:  697   Comments: 3
New power
Title:  New power
Description:  M&E was acquiring Alcos wherever they could get them in the early 80s, and had picked up a pair of C 424s from the TP&W, which had gone all EMD. This one was fixed up and renumbered, the other went for parts. I got there just a little too late for full sun on the unit, so this is one of those "close but no cigar" shots, but I'll take it. I never saw TP&W's Alcos in action
Photo Date:  2/21/1984  Upload Date: 11/30/2013 4:29:41 AM
Location:  Morristown, NJ
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Winter,Yard
Locomotives:  TPW 800(C424)
Views:  482   Comments: 1
Plant switcher
Title:  Plant switcher
Description:  In addition to switchers and cow/calf units operated by railroads, some heavy industries also used such power. US Steel roads had quite a few. I caught this set from the Cardinal near Burns Harbor Ind. I think its at Inland Steel.
Photo Date:  3/23/1984  Upload Date: 6/5/2014 1:21:16 AM
Location:  Burns Harbor, IN
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives: 
Views:  259   Comments: 1
No idea
Title:  No idea
Description:  I shot this from the Cardinal somewhere in Indiana. The date is correct, dont have notes on location or who owns it. Comments welcome
Photo Date:  3/23/1984  Upload Date: 6/24/2014 2:22:13 AM
Location:  Peru, IN
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  STR 2(SW1)
Views:  398   Comments: 0
Slug set
Title:  Slug set
Description:  One of the PB&NE slug sets works at Bethlehem Steel. This place is only a memory now.
Photo Date:  5/24/1984  Upload Date: 6/26/2014 3:54:36 AM
Location:  Bethlehem, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  PBNE 27(NW2)
Views:  450   Comments: 0
SDP40F reborn
Title:  SDP40F reborn
Description:  This former Amtrak unit found a second life testing components for EMD
Photo Date:  10/8/1984  Upload Date: 7/10/2014 2:05:51 AM
Location:  Walsenburg, CO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  EMDX 169(SDP40F)
Views:  443   Comments: 0
SD60 demonstator
Title:  SD60 demonstator
Description:  Passing through Walsenburg Colo, I caught sight of the EMD test equipment. At the time, the SD60 was still in development. Hard to believe those units are now being scrapped.
Photo Date:  10/8/1984  Upload Date: 7/10/2014 2:03:43 AM
Location:  Walsenburg, CO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  EMDX 2(SD60)
Views:  343   Comments: 0
EMD classics
Title:  EMD classics
Description:  EMD 462 had been a test bed for various innards for quite a few years. At this time, I think it had a 710 engine in it. The A-B set is at Walsenburg Colo with some of the other EMD test equipment.
Photo Date:  10/8/1984  Upload Date: 7/10/2014 2:07:30 AM
Location:  Walsenburg, CO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  EMDX 462(F9A)
Views:  454   Comments: 0
EMD test train
Title:  EMD test train
Description:  I found this sitting in Walsenburg Colorado. It was blocked on the other side, which was in shade anyway. This was the best angle that could be had.
Photo Date:  10/9/1984  Upload Date: 8/20/2011 1:22:21 AM
Location:  Walsenburg, CO
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster
Locomotives:  EMDX 462(F9A) EMDX 169(SDP40F)
Views:  862   Comments: 1
Steel Mill unit
Title:  Steel Mill unit
Description:  Found this while cruising the back streets of northwestern Indiana.
Photo Date:  10/11/1984  Upload Date: 7/24/2014 3:02:28 AM
Location:  Burns Harbor, IN
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  JLSX 1008(SW1000)
Views:  312   Comments: 1
Working in the dark
Title:  Working in the dark
Description:  The down side of winter is the short days. This mid January shot catches some classic PB&NE units at Bethlehem, just as the light will fade. It would go out of PB&NE and Bethlehem steel about two decades later.
Photo Date:  1/15/1985  Upload Date: 9/24/2014 2:12:07 AM
Location:  Bethlehem, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  PBNE 50(SW9) PBNE 23(SW9) PBNE 14(Yard Slug)
Views:  478   Comments: 0
Switcher in the trees
Title:  Switcher in the trees
Description:  A PB&NE SW seen from a far off vantage point.
Photo Date:  1/15/1985  Upload Date: 9/24/2014 2:15:29 AM
Location:  Bethlehem, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  PBNE 50(SW1200)
Views:  263   Comments: 1
Rare find
Title:  Rare find
Description:  This unit was in an industry yard in Huntington. I found it while poking around near the C&O yard looking for access points. My spotting on diesels of this vintage is a little sketchy, but Im thinking its a Whitcomb of some sort. If you know, speak up!! Post script: thanks to Rick Morgan for solving this mystery.
Photo Date:  1/28/1985  Upload Date: 9/25/2014 3:42:03 AM
Location:  Huntington, WV
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Winter,Yard
Locomotives: 
Views:  275   Comments: 2
FEC 414
Title:  FEC 414
Description:  Southbound with FEC 414 at West Palm Beach
Photo Date:  5/5/1985  Upload Date: 1/14/2012 11:22:10 PM
Location:  West Palm Beach, FL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  FEC 414(GP40-2) FEC 675(GP9)
Views:  419   Comments: 0
Long shot
Title:  Long shot
Description:  The FEC from the 1960s til very recently was pretty seriously anti railfan. Geting photos on their property with permission was nigh well impossible; getting it without risked arrest. So I was only able to get this view from a public street at some distance of a pair of GP 38s. So it goes...
Photo Date:  5/5/1985  Upload Date: 9/30/2014 2:09:07 AM
Location:  New Smyrna Beach, FL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  FEC 502(GP38-2) FEC 510(GP38-2)
Views:  304   Comments: 0
Local
Title:  Local
Description:  We caught this local in a siding at Ft Lauderdale
Photo Date:  5/5/1985  Upload Date: 10/1/2014 12:03:14 AM
Location:  Fort Lauderdale, FL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  FEC 662(GP9)
Views:  483   Comments: 2
First contact
Title:  First contact
Description:  My first exposure to the FEC was this GP 9 at Fort Lauderdale. Fittingly, it is at an aggregate plant, an industry emblematic of Floridas growth.
Photo Date:  5/5/1985  Upload Date: 9/30/2014 2:13:14 AM
Location:  Fort Lauderdale, FL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  FEC 673(GP9)
Views:  251   Comments: 1
One of Four
Title:  One of Four
Description:  This SW is one of four on the FEC. I caught it working at Jackxonville
Photo Date:  5/7/1985  Upload Date: 9/30/2014 2:05:55 AM
Location:  Jacksonville, FL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  FEC 221(SW9)
Views:  353   Comments: 0
Yard job
Title:  Yard job
Description:  Sometimes road units would work the yards. Heres 405 working at New Smyrna Beach.
Photo Date:  5/7/1985  Upload Date: 9/28/2014 4:11:00 AM
Location:  New Smyrna Beach, FL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  FEC 405(GP40)
Views:  622   Comments: 0
Local
Title:  Local
Description:  FEC still had a few GP 9s kicking around in 1985. One of them works a local near Jacksonville at the end of the day.
Photo Date:  5/7/1985  Upload Date: 9/28/2014 4:12:30 AM
Location:  Jacksonville, FL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  FEC 657(GP9)
Views:  335   Comments: 0
Belt line runner
Title:  Belt line runner
Description:  Just by chance I caught this Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt switcher with a single gon at a crossing in Norfolk.
Photo Date:  5/9/1985  Upload Date: 10/1/2014 12:10:24 AM
Location:  Norfolk, VA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  NPB 105(SW1200)
Views:  291   Comments: 0
PBNE at work
Title:  PBNE at work
Description:  A PB&NE switcher works a cut of Conrail hoppers at the Bethlehem Steel plant.
Photo Date:  8/6/1985  Upload Date: 10/4/2014 1:51:35 AM
Location:  Bethlehem, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  PBNE 52(SW7)
Views:  397   Comments: 2
Going for the pick up
Title:  Going for the pick up
Description:  A Mass Central CF 7 rolls around the curve toward Conrails yard in Palmer to pick up interchange. The signal governs the Boston Line crossing with the Central Vermont.
Photo Date:  8/13/1985  Upload Date: 10/5/2014 3:05:46 AM
Location:  Palmer, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Signal,Action
Locomotives:  MCER 2443(CF7)
Views:  347   Comments: 0
Back with loads
Title:  Back with loads
Description:  The Mass Central CF 7 that just went to Conrail now retiurns with its cars.
Photo Date:  8/13/1985  Upload Date: 10/5/2014 3:06:56 AM
Location:  Palmer, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  MCER 2443(CF7)
Views:  280   Comments: 0
Pioneer Valley
Title:  Pioneer Valley
Description:  A look from the parking lot shows a pair of Alcos, one ex B&M, and a switcher.
Photo Date:  8/13/1985  Upload Date: 10/5/2014 3:08:30 AM
Location:  Westfield, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  PVRR 203(RS3) PVRR 28(SW1)
Views:  467   Comments: 0
Yard view
Title:  Yard view
Description:  The dead line at the Pioneer Valley. They were using a mark out ex Santa Fe CF 7 that day. Too bad, their paint scheme is really attractive.
Photo Date:  8/13/1985  Upload Date: 10/5/2014 3:10:28 AM
Location:  Westfield, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  PVRR 203(RS3) PVRR 28(SW1)
Views:  605   Comments: 1
Working power
Title:  Working power
Description:  The unit working at Westfield on the Pioneer Valley was this CF 7, an older rebuild with the F unit cab intact, unlike the later units that had cabs more like the later GP and SD units. The Conrail local that brought the interchange cars in is at rear.
Photo Date:  8/13/1985  Upload Date: 10/5/2014 4:34:14 AM
Location:  Westfield, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  PVRR 2597(CF7) CR 1689(GP15-1)
Views:  482   Comments: 1
A and a couple of Bs
Title:  A and a couple of Bs
Description:  A pair of Akron & Barberon Belt SW 1500s sit at Barberton on a very cold February day.
Photo Date:  2/15/1986  Upload Date: 11/14/2014 1:40:01 AM
Location:  Barberton, OH
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  ABB 1501(SW1500) ABB 1502(SW1500)
Views:  291   Comments: 2
Waiting at the plant
Title:  Waiting at the plant
Description:  A set of Chicago & Illinois Midland power waits at the Commonwealth Edison plant in Havana for empties
Photo Date:  2/15/1986  Upload Date: 11/9/2014 4:36:16 AM
Location:  Havana, IL
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Winter
Locomotives:  CIM 74(SD38-2) CIM 60(SD18) CIM 72(SD38-2)
Views:  507   Comments: 0
Dinner train power
Title:  Dinner train power
Description:  This ex CNW F unit was the power for a dinner/excursion train that ran on the A&BB. I dont recall the details now, but its always good to see an F unit!! Fred Stuckmann, any thoughts??
Photo Date:  2/15/1986  Upload Date: 11/14/2014 1:44:10 AM
Location:  Barberton, OH
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  CNW 413(F7A) CNW 409(F7A)
Views:  402   Comments: 1
Mass Central CF 7
Title:  Mass Central CF 7
Description:  A Massachusetts Cenral CF 7 works at Palmer Mass, where it interchanges with Conrail.
Photo Date:  6/17/1986  Upload Date: 6/10/2012 1:36:03 AM
Location:  Palmer, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Yard,Action
Locomotives:  MCER 2443(CF7)
Views:  295   Comments: 1
Odd EMD
Title:  Odd EMD
Description:  EMD built only ten NW 5s, all for Great Northern. If any unit was likely to go extinct, it would be hard to argue against this one. Yet two of them survived being purged off the BN roster. One went to a museum, the other wound up here.
Photo Date:  6/17/1986  Upload Date: 11/21/2014 3:00:54 AM
Location:  Ware, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  MCER 2100(NW5)
Views:  293   Comments: 1
This unit was working
Title:  This unit was working
Description:  For all the dead EMDs sitting in the yard, it was odd to find the truly oddbal locomtive was the one working. This Whitcomb was switching the yard. Go figure.
Photo Date:  6/24/1986  Upload Date: 11/30/2014 3:30:07 AM
Location:  Union Bridge, MD
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Track,Action
Locomotives:  MMID 102(65 Tonner)
Views:  227   Comments: 2
Dead Alco
Title:  Dead Alco
Description:  Another of several RS 3s in the Maryland Midland dead line, and one of two ex LIRR units there.
Photo Date:  6/24/1986  Upload Date: 11/28/2014 3:07:47 AM
Location:  Union Bridge, MD
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  MMID 1555(RS3)
Views:  224   Comments: 1
RS 3
Title:  RS 3
Description:  At the time-June 1986-it was possible to get a release from the office of the Maryland Midland in Union Bridge to take pictures in their yard. I was able to see some interesting power there, both live and in the dead line. This RS 3 was, sadly, dead.
Photo Date:  6/24/1986  Upload Date: 11/28/2014 2:57:53 AM
Location:  Union Bridge, MD
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  MMID 301(RS3)
Views:  247   Comments: 0
Ex LIRR unit
Title:  Ex LIRR unit
Description:  The dead line at Union Bridge had several RS 3s, including this ex Long Island unit.
Photo Date:  6/24/1986  Upload Date: 11/28/2014 3:13:48 AM
Location:  Union Bridge, MD
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  MMID 56(RS3)
Views:  498   Comments: 0
SD 24
Title:  SD 24
Description:  Not too many of these around by the mid 80s. MMID had at least three in their yard, all dead. Dont know if they ever ran again.
Photo Date:  6/24/1986  Upload Date: 11/30/2014 3:38:47 AM
Location:  Union Bridge, MD
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  MMID 6244(SD24)
Views:  353   Comments: 0
Ex BN unit
Title:  Ex BN unit
Description:  One of several ex BN SD 24s on the property at Union Bridge.
Photo Date:  6/24/1986  Upload Date: 11/30/2014 3:42:14 AM
Location:  Union Bridge, MD
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  MMID 6255(SD24)
Views:  130   Comments: 0
Road power
Title:  Road power
Description:  This set of power was a pair of ex NW GP 9s, along with an FP 7. They used it on their road trains. I was not able to get a shot of it in action. Would have benn nice to see that F unit leading in that attractive schene
Photo Date:  6/24/1986  Upload Date: 11/30/2014 3:34:03 AM
Location:  Union Bridge, MD
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  MMID 793(GP9) MMID 812(GP9) MMID 97C(FP7A)
Views:  330   Comments: 0
Dead F unit
Title:  Dead F unit
Description:  This FP 7 was in the row of dead units on Maryland Midland.
Photo Date:  6/24/1986  Upload Date: 11/30/2014 3:27:57 AM
Location:  Union Bridge, MD
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  MMID 97A(FP7A)
Views:  252   Comments: 0
Western Maryland power
Title:  Western Maryland power
Description:  Maryland Midland, in an homage to its heritage-it ran some ex WM lines-painted some of its power in the black/gold WM scheme, such as these three units at their yard in Union Bridge.
Photo Date:  6/24/1986  Upload Date: 11/28/2014 3:09:36 AM
Location:  Union Bridge, MD
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  MMID 97C(FP7A) MMID 812(GP9) MMID 793(GP9)
Views:  347   Comments: 0
Gettysburg GE
Title:  Gettysburg GE
Description:  This U30B was in the yard at Gettysburg.
Photo Date:  9/12/1986  Upload Date: 12/12/2014 2:29:54 AM
Location:  Gettysburg, PA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Roster,Yard
Locomotives:  GETY 28(U30B)
Views:  418   Comments: 0
Lumber arriving
Title:  Lumber arriving
Description:  For a short while, there was an operation called Quaboag Transfer that used trackage rights on the Central Vermont to run a pair of piggyback trains from St Albans VT to Palmer Mass, mostly carrying flatbed trailers loaded with lumber. Initially they used a couple of ex CV RS 11s, but reliability issues caused them to go with a couple of ex Conrail GP 38s. One of the ex CR units is arriving at Palmer with the southbound train very early in the morning.
Photo Date:  11/25/1986  Upload Date: 12/19/2014 2:31:07 AM
Location:  Palmer, MA
Author:  Tom Beckett
Categories:  Action
Locomotives:  CR 7822(GP38)
Views:  217   Comments: 0


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