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CSX - Motive Power Cornucopia - Fall and Winter 2023

Rail Fan Adventure --

With these “Heritage” units showing up now, it has kept me busy!

1. CSX 3091-3422-3116 on w/b E402-23 (Shelby-Russell mtys) which on this day were 97 DKPX (Duke Energy). Betsy Layne KY on 10-25-2023. The siding in the foreground served the old Dunes coal tipple which CSX has wisely left in to park work equipment.
CSX 3091-3422-3116 on w/b E402-23 (Shelby-Russell mtys) which on this day were 97 DKPX (Duke Energy). Betsy Layne KY on 10-25-2023. The siding in the foreground served the old Dunes coal tipple which CSX has wisely left in to park work equipment.

2. Those three units on the head end were not of any particular interest, but the DPU was! CSX ES44AH 1973 is ex-3066 and built in 2013. Betsy Layne KY.
Those three units on the head end were not of any particular interest, but the DPU was! CSX ES44AH 1973 is ex-3066 and built in 2013. Betsy Layne KY.

3. E402 gets a “medium approach” signal at Beaver Jct. (Dwale KY) to cross from the main to #2 for a meet at EM Cabin. CSX Beaver Jct signals.
E402 gets a “medium approach” signal at Beaver Jct. (Dwale KY) to cross from the main to #2 for a meet at EM Cabin. CSX Beaver Jct signals.

4. CSX Big Sandy SD emp. tt. #1, 07-01-2017. Ivel passing siding and the Middle Creek SD have been removed. CSX issued timetables for individual SDs where speed tables were reduced from 35-40 to 25 MPH. This affected primarily main lines; branches didn’t change. CSX supposedly did this for fuel economy. Frankly I don’t know what the speeds are now; some trains lumber by while others seem to be running faster.
CSX Big Sandy SD emp. tt. #1, 07-01-2017. Ivel passing siding and the Middle Creek SD have been removed. CSX issued timetables for individual SDs where speed tables were reduced from 35-40 to 25 MPH. This affected primarily main lines; branches didn’t change. CSX supposedly did this for fuel economy. Frankly I don’t know what the speeds are now; some trains lumber by while others seem to be running faster.

5. E402 slows to medium speed to negotiate the crossover. The track in the foreground is the Big Sandy Extension (fka E&BV SD) to Martin. CSX 3091-3422-3116. Beaver Jct KY.
E402 slows to medium speed to negotiate the crossover. The track in the foreground is the Big Sandy Extension (fka E&BV SD) to Martin. CSX 3091-3422-3116. Beaver Jct KY.

6. CSX 1973. Beaver Jct KY.
CSX 1973. Beaver Jct KY.

7. CSX 1973. Beaver Jct KY.
CSX 1973. Beaver Jct KY.

8. CSX 1973. Repainted at Waycross shop. Beaver Jct KY.
CSX 1973. Repainted at Waycross shop. Beaver Jct KY.

9. CSX 1973. Beaver Jct KY.
CSX 1973. Beaver Jct KY.

10. M653-25 e/b rolls by with 132 cars behind CSX 3171-5335. The sun is sinking fast. Beaver Jct KY.
M653-25 e/b rolls by with 132 cars behind CSX 3171-5335. The sun is sinking fast. Beaver Jct KY.

11. Clear signal at Beaver Jct. #1 to the main. CSX 3171-5335. 10-25-2023.
Clear signal at Beaver Jct. #1 to the main. CSX 3171-5335. 10-25-2023.

12. CSX 3162 leads “Conrail” 1976 and 3193 nearing FO Cabin on 10-27-2023 with M693-26 e/b (Russell-Waycross GA).
CSX 3162 leads “Conrail” 1976 and 3193 nearing FO Cabin on 10-27-2023 with M693-26 e/b (Russell-Waycross GA).

13. CSX ES44AH 1976 is ex-3069. CR heritge unit. FO Cabin KY.
CSX ES44AH 1976 is ex-3069. CR heritge unit. FO Cabin KY.

14. CSX 1976. CR heritge unit. FO Cabin KY.
CSX 1976. CR heritge unit. FO Cabin KY.

15. Track #2 to the switching lead at Fords Branch for M693-26. CSX 1976 CR heritge unit. Fords Branch.
Track #2 to the switching lead at Fords Branch for M693-26. CSX 1976 CR heritge unit. Fords Branch.

16. Arriving Shelby. CSX 1976 CR heritge unit. Shelby KY.
Arriving Shelby. CSX 1976 CR heritge unit. Shelby KY.

17. “Chessie” 1973 leads CSX 3091-3116 on e/b DKPX coal train C758-28 approaching FO Cabin on 10-29-2023. 1973 made several cycles on this coal train through here.
“Chessie” 1973 leads CSX 3091-3116 on e/b DKPX coal train C758-28 approaching FO Cabin on 10-29-2023. 1973 made several cycles on this coal train through here.

18. Arriving Shelby on the switching lead. CSX 1973-3091-3116. Shelby KY.
Arriving Shelby on the switching lead. CSX 1973-3091-3116. Shelby KY.

19. CSX Chessie 1973. Shelby KY.
CSX Chessie 1973. Shelby KY.

20. CSX ET44AH 3411 was part of a 100 unit order made in 2016-2017. It was grabbed off another train to help out the “Santa Train” when one of the F40s developed a problem. Elkhorn Yard. 11-18-2023.
CSX ET44AH 3411 was part of a 100 unit order made in 2016-2017. It was grabbed off another train to help out the “Santa Train” when one of the F40s developed a problem. Elkhorn Yard. 11-18-2023.

21. CSX 3205-743-4739-4751-4737 have a w/b manifest at Ivel KY with 66 cars. Note damage to side of cab. 11-18-2023.
CSX 3205-743-4739-4751-4737 have a w/b manifest at Ivel KY with 66 cars. Note damage to side of cab. 11-18-2023.

22. CSX SD70MACs 4739-4751-4737 are dead in tow. They were observed a few days later in Huntington hopefully for upgrading. Ivel KY.

23. Obviously the paint CSX uses varies in quality! CSX 4751-4737. Ivel KY.
Obviously the paint CSX uses varies in quality! CSX 4751-4737. Ivel KY.

24. Our w/b manifest has a clear signal at Beaver Jct. where he is meeting an opposing manifest. CSX 3205-743-4739-4751-4737. Beaver Jct KY. 11-18-23.
Our w/b manifest has a clear signal at Beaver Jct. where he is meeting an opposing manifest. CSX 3205-743-4739-4751-4737. Beaver Jct KY. 11-18-23.

25. CSX 3136-3204-5459-7227 get a medium clear from #2 to the main. R281 has relieved the manifest crew from Russell and is heading to Shelby with 76 cars. Beaver Jct KY.
CSX 3136-3204-5459-7227 get a medium clear from #2 to the main. R281 has relieved the manifest crew from Russell and is heading to Shelby with 76 cars. Beaver Jct KY.

26. R281 rolls through Betsy Layne KY with the manifest train. CSX 3136-3204-5459-7227.
R281 rolls through Betsy Layne KY with the manifest train. CSX 3136-3204-5459-7227.

All for now.

Train images used by permission of Everett N Young