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December 1991

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Norfolk Southern crews are now calling signals on the radio.

Amtrak intends to import a Swedish train in late 1992 or early 1993 for use on the Northeast corridor. The train, called X2000, is capable of speeds of up to 155 MPH, and incorporates tilt-technology for rapid operation around curves.

VIA in Canada is now offering discount sleeper space, if it is available at the time, to coach passengers who are aboard the train once it is underway. The program is intended to fill space that has not been sold prior to train time. A roomette typically costing $70 would be sold for $34.

CSXT intends to close its intermodal facility at Potomac Yard, Virginia, early next year, and transfer the business to the Seagirt terminal in Baltimore.

A double set of number 20 power crossovers is now in service at Dorsey, Maryland, on CSXT's Capital Subdivision. Signals permit limited speed - 45 MPH - through these crossovers.

A major derailment on CSXT at Shepherdsville, Kentucky, on November 19, was caused by the collision of a garbage truck with an underpass causing a shift in the track overhead. According to press reports, the height of the truck exceeded the posted clearance by more than a foot and a half.

CSXT plans to equip its rail fleet with automatic equipment identification tags, and will install trackside reading devices over the next three years.

CSXT has sold a 61-mile-long line between Flomaton and Coduroy, Alabama, to the Wabash & Grand River Railway Company. The line will be operated as the Alabama Railroad.

Maryland Midland unit 200 has been sent to Livingston, Montana, for a low-voltage rebuild. When it returns, it will reportedly have a chop-nose front.

Amtrak's Metropolitan Lounge in Washington Union Station opened on November 15. It is for use by first-class passengers.

Ames Williams, author of 'Otto Mears Goes East - The Chesapeake Beach Railway,' died on November 8.

It has been learned that some locomotives in the early CSX paint scheme slated for repainting have, within the past several weeks, emerged from the paint shop with just the yellow noses being painted. Consequently, CSX is still applying the 'YN1' scheme in some instances.

Special thanks to those who provided news, features and locomotive roster information to this issue. They include Wade Massie, Nancy Sterling, Thelma Queen, Steve Knippenberg, Robert Michaels, Mario Hendricks, Michael Kiriazis, Rodney Peterson, Debbie Falkenhan, Mike Kelley, Ray Saunders, Mike Maser, Mark Topper, Barry Mayer, Mark Sublette, George Paine, Stewart Rhine, Winnie Kehs, Andy Sentipal, Dwight Jones, Rob Wimbish, Vince Ciprianni, David DeVault, Frank Tatnall, Carl Shaver, Daniel Duggan, Whitney Wardell, David Clark, Pete Sprusby, Joe Shlabotnik and others.

 

American-European Express Update

[Reported by Mark Sublette]...

The American-European Express will not resume service in the spring of 1992.. Although resurrection of the idea in 1993 is being considered, it will not be in the recent form.. The AEE equipment has been moved to Waycross, Georgia.. A resumption of the AEE operation will require a complete reorganization and rccapitalization.. The Monon, Indiana, derailment proved to be the straw that broke the camel's back.. November 5 would have been the second anniversary of the start of AEE service... (Note: Mark Sublette is a former AEE station manager; he is now a chef with Amtrak.)

 

A Letter

Dear Allen,

I think you will want to correct your CSX locomotive roster dated September 1 to show the correct model of the ex-CRR F-units... (If CSX doesn't list them this way, then it too is incorrect):

It is amazing how many fans think the A units are both FP7's, but looking at the 116 it is obviously an F7.

As you probably know, the above info comes mostly from 'X2200,' but other sources confirm it.

[Note from editor: Rosters included in issues of the Bull Sheet in 1986 and 1987 dud show the class of units 116 and 117 without the 'P.' This was subsequently changed to conform with what Seaboard and CSXT called them. There are other examples of units being classed differently than what they possibly ought to be.. Several years ago GP40 unit 6845 (ex-C&O 4090) was rebuilt from fire damage using most of the parts and the long hood from a wrecked GP40-2. CSXT could have reclassed this unit as a GP40-2, but it didn't.. Some feel, too, that the SD40 units that were rebuilt into SD40-2's should have been reclassed as SD40M instead.. Then there was CSXT's decision to class its DASH-8 units as C40-8 and CW40-8 rather than by what the manufacturer chose to call them... History might not treat the practice lightly, but I still prefer to show units by whatever class the railroad chooses them to be.. Nevertheless, it is a real privilege to be shared the above writer's input for the record . . . . . A.B.]

 

Maryland Midland Railway Track Maps

Included here are track maps drawn by Bernie Beavers in 1990 of the Maryland Midland Railway from Emory Grove to Highfield. [Note: Signals are shown for location only; they are not in service.]

For the track maps, CLICK HERE..

 

CSX Locomotive Roster and Paint Schemes

Included here is the semi-annual update of CSX locomotive paint schemes. Much assistance in preparing this list has been rendered from various sources: Robert Michaels of Howell, Michigan, who compared information from the list he maintains; Mario Hendricks of Greenbelt, Maryland, who transferred the list to computer; and to a number of alert spotters around the system who have furnished their own sightings. It is a continuing effort.

For the roster, CLICK HERE..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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