1. We were visiting our late friend Paul Darnell and his wife Jewell in Somerset on 10-01-1982. Paul was a dispatcher for Southern, and he took me for a visit to the dispatchers office at the Somerset depot. After returning to his home and getting ready to leave, he advised that I not dally if I wanted to shoot No. 231 crossing the big bridge at Burnside KY. Paul knew the run times, and I only beat 231 for this shot from the US 27 bridge by a few minutes. Sou GP50s 7073-7086-7090 have 50 piggyback flats this day. Oh how we miss this classic paint scheme and these high-horsepower, high-hood Geeps. Burnside KY.
2. NS 2726-2633-BNSF (ex-AT&SF) 6874 have time freight 18M (Elkhart-Linwood) with a big cut of BNSF grain on the back. No. 18M operated via the Pokey for many years after this, but was discontinued recently. 10-14-2007. Burnside KY.
3. UP 4717-NS 9268 lead n/b multi-level train 284 on 10-14-2007 just north of Burnside over the “new” Cumberland River bridge. Burnside KY.
4. NS 8316-6749 (ex-CR) have n/b Chattanooga-Detroit freight 196. Burnside KY.
5. Kansas City-Chattanooga 173 passes by as 196 continues north. With the new crew change location just south of the bridge, southbound trains are often sitting on one of these tracks awaiting a new crew. Don’t count on getting an unobstructed shot these days! 10-14-2007. Burnside KY.
6. NS 8323-BNSF 5320 head Chicago-Jacksonville 215 south with containers and pigs. Burnside KY.
7. NS 9658-9899 charge south with 223, a Kansas City-Atlanta multi-level and container train. Burnside KY.
8. More multi-levels and containers. This time its 9599-2732 on southbound 23G. The action subsides, and we are able to leave. Whew! Burnside KY.
9. Sou GP50s 7079-7037-7075 on n/b 150 (Chattanooga-Cincinnati) handled traffic destined for the B&O. 10-02-1982. Burnside KY.
10. Southern’s Burnside depot no longer had an agent in 1982. That’s the Kingsford charcoal plant in the background which had a spur from behind the depot. Burnside KY.
11. The south side of the depot. This is where the new yard office currently sits. Burnside KY.
12. NS 9467 on a n/b grain train and 8779 on ethanol train 69E await crews at Burnside on 09-19-2012. Burnside KY.
13. NS 9230-9749-2632 awaits a crew to take charge of southbound 223, Kansas City-Atlanta containers and multi-levels. 09-19-2012. Burnside KY.
14. 223 departs for Chattanooga. Burnside KY.
15. In the meantime NS 9505-7525 have arrived with another intermodal train – No. 295 – as 223 accelerates out of town. Burnside KY.
16. No. 295 is moving south as the NS 8779 on the grain train backs up. Burnside KY.
17. The headlight pops on. He’s getting serious now! I noticed recently that the trees have now obscured this shot. 09-19-2012. Burnside KY.
18. NS 7535-9248-7692 await a crew on 10-18-2020. There were a lot of vehicles in the parking lot which makes me think that this may be a home terminal for some. Burnside KY.
19. NS 4172-7284 awaiting a crew on 10-19-2020. This train was strung out across the Cumberland River bridge. Burnside KY.
20. NS 7284 is a “SD70ACU” It is a a former SD90MAC probably ex-Union Pacific. Burnside KY.
21. This is a l..o..n..g engine! NS 7284 SD70ACU ex SD90MAC. View 2. Burnside KY.
22. Well those sidings are of no use now. NS 4172-7284. Burnside KY.
23. Burnside KY historical marker.
24. Former US 27 tunnel behind the marina. KY 90’s new bridge is in the background. Burnside KY.
25. Former US 27 tunnel. View 2. Burnside KY.
26. Southern’s FT diesel 6100 is shown on the old line with Tunnel 4 in the background. Burnside KY.
Bridgehunter.com has some good views of this area at Burnside.
All for now.