NS SD45-2’s#1705 & 1702 in Notch 8 lead Mainline train in 2009!

I was out with my friend Eric (o00o00ozy), and we had to do a double take when we heard what was leading 65J. This was truly the only time this will probably happen on Norfolk Southern. Two of the six Ex-Erie Lackawanna SD45-2s that Norfolk Southern owns were leading unit trash train 65J, and for once were able to let their horses run in Notch 8. This power is usually down on Conrail shared assets locals in NJ, so this is extremely rare…let alone they led a mainline train. Despite the engines getting rebuilt and losing their original 20 cylinder ones, the 16-645 they had installed still kicks ass. 1705 still has a great sounding RS3L as well. The power was NS SD45-2#1705( Ex -Conrail#6666/nee EL#3681 ) NS SD45-2#1702(Ex- Conrail#6659/nee EL#3674)

French mainline steam; Swiss electric locomotive; Paris metro cars

French mainline steam; Swiss electric locomotive; Paris metro cars

Image by wwwuppertal
Maybe you know Arthur Honegger’s composition "Pacific 231" – it’s a piece for large orchestra which describes the run of a big and fast steam locomotive. Well, the engine he had in mind was exactly the one which has been carefully reproduced by the famous Märklin company in 1919. One sample of these you see in the center of my image. The locomotive on the adjacent track is a Swiss railways class Ae 3/6 I. In the background there are some cars of the Paris Metro.

I took this image in an old engine shed at the station of Erkrath-Hochdahl (near Düsseldorf). The site has been converted into a small railway museum, and it’s the place where a group of enthusiasts and collectors of historic toy trains meets from time to time. The tin plate fans set up two extended make-shift layouts (in gauge 1 and gauge 0 respectively) and enjoy running their classic rolling stock. The meetings are open to the public.

How long are mainline runs?

Question by 68-76: How long are mainline runs?
As a model railroader for what seems ‘genetic’, I wonder sometimes what its like to be an engineer pulling a long freight out on the mainline for a ‘run’.

When those horses are finally busted loose and the train gets on its way, what can an engineer expect?
Is he haulin’ for a while [time wise], and what would be considered ‘a while’ ?
How long do them horses run?
Are you rippin’ for several hours straight? Non-stop?

Best answer:

Answer by Derail
On my first railroad, BNSF, the longest run in my district was from Fargo to Minot, North Dakota, which was 276 miles. I don’t know about the other railroads or other BNSF districts though. Now, my longest run is 130 miles.

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