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    This is a catch all heading for UP operations

  • #2
    Power on the move...

    This is one of the biggest transfers of motive power I have ever seen. The UP Phoenix yard had a lot of idle diesels which were needed for mainline trains in Tucson so they lashed them all together and sent 'em south...

    There were 15 EMD SD units pulling a couple dozen empty auto carriers and a dozen or so tanks and boxes. There was a loco for every three cars... Definitely enough power for the perfectly flat run to Tucson.

    Link:

    http://tomfassett.railspot.com/photo...power_PHX1.JPG

    Tom Fassett

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    • #3
      Holy smokes! That is lot of power granted they probably only had 2 or 3 running but that is the most I ever seen. The most I have ever seen in person was 10 C44-9W on the BNSF through Galesburg and they only had 3 of them running.


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      • #4
        Believe it or not, every unit was running. I figured most would be idled but they all powered up with the lead as they left the yard. It looked like a WWII destroyer laying smoke when they all started accelerating...

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        • #5
          Reminds me of the time I was at Tehachapi in 1976. Espee had the habit of literally taking every boxcar in the valley and putting 'em on one train outa Bakersfield. Whilst at Caliente that July day, I saw an Espee freight head eastbound with 5 SDs on the point, and three sets of 4 SDs each spaced through the train as helpers. The SDs were all SD45s and 39s. What a sight, and of course, I was unable to get pix of that puppy.



          Don in Orygun City

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          • #6
            Don,

            In light of the above post, you are no longer allowed to go anywhere without a camera. Make a note of it...

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            • #7
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              Don,

              In light of the above post, you are no longer allowed to go anywhere without a camera. Make a note of it...




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              Yessir.


              Don in Orygun City

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              • #8
                I have heard stories about motive power like that breaking trains in half because of the traction issue involved.

                I have talked to a UP train crew where they had 8 AC4400CW'S with loaded frieght with all 8 loco in tug the tractive effort was so much they broke the train in half. That is lot power to pull a train on flat land.


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                • #9
                  So what's up with UP in Oregon?

                  I just made a business trip to Portland down the Columbia. There was light traffic on the UP side of the Columbia pn the way down and none on the way back. Have they moved everything to Arizona?

                  Dave Koch


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                  • #10
                    That's a good question Dave. Every time I 'cruise' down the Gorge, I always see twice as many trains on the BN as I do on the UP.



                    Don in Orygun City

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                    • #11
                      Well it was really quiet this trip. I guess I will agree that it always does seem slower on the Oregon side. On the other hand when I take the freeway to Boise it always seems to be busy over the Blue Mtns. So What's with that?

                      Dave Koch


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                      • #12
                        Dave,

                        I was a gonna make the same comments about UP traffic in the Blues, especially where the Interstate parallels the trackage on the east side. There is never a 'derth' of trains over there, but the Gorge is another story. Maybe some of that traffic is diverted north towards Spokane??



                        Don in Orygun City

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