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Old 05-25-2019, 03:51 PM   #11
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I was very surprised to find it was a merger of Chessie (Chesapeake and Ohio?) and Seaboard.
The merger wasn't always a smooth one.
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Old 05-25-2019, 04:21 PM   #12
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eljefe, that's a good pic!
I do hope noone got hurt!
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Old 05-25-2019, 05:47 PM   #13
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The merger wasn't always a smooth one.
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Old 05-26-2019, 11:32 AM   #14
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This has happened on many layouts, proving once again that there is a prototype for everything.
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Old 05-27-2019, 08:57 AM   #15
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I have seen Union Pacific units in Atlanta. I'm guessing it's cost effective to not switch motor power.
There are many reasons to see locomotives from another railroad.

There may be cases of jointly operated or "run-through" trains where an entire train (especially some unit coal trains) is handed off from one railroad to another with the engines continuing through.

These arrangements can lead to an imbalance of RR A's engines being used by RR B, and they keep track of all this. To even things out, RR B will loan engines to RR A. This is called Horsepower-hours (HPH) repayment.

Then there is always just straight up rental or leasing of units to cover power shortages.
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Old 05-27-2019, 09:14 AM   #16
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a few years ago i was stunned to see a train pulled by Santa Fe locomotives here in central NJ.
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Old 05-27-2019, 09:16 AM   #17
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I see a lot of CSX here in Michigan. There's a maintenance station about 17 miles from me.
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Old 05-30-2019, 10:55 AM   #18
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Those of you that are loyalists like I am (to Rock Island, and U.P.) have a nice "brand" in CSX to collect the modern locomotive, in any scale. They are generally quite attractive locomotives with a mix of yellow, blue and grey.

Then you can get some of their fallen flags underneath them. I'll try to limit my buying to R.I. but will see about getting some CSX rolling stock and an occasional locomotive.

The railroad consolidations that took place from the late 70's through the 90's seemed to happen overnight. Out here in Iowa and the Midwest, U.P. has always been U.P. It was BNSF that you really had to keep track of.

I am old enough to remember the green BN, no SF. I have one BNSF modern locomotive, I'm OK with them and glad Lionel and MTH (3 rail O Scale) support them but I won't be buying any more.
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Old 05-30-2019, 10:58 AM   #19
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I see a lot of CSX here in Michigan. There's a maintenance station about 17 miles from me.
Yes they seem to be "everywhere". When I take my bike rides around Des Moines, Iowa I have seen those maintenance boxes with "Property of CSX" on them.

I think they really took off and must have filled a void. It is hard to follow - for me - the CSX fallen flags underneath them but they seem to have gained a large foot print in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.
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You're old enough to remember the green BN? I'm old enough to remember the Great Northern and Northern Pacific!
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