CSX Q025-22 SB at North Romney, Nortonville, Ky

April 21, 2018 – CSX crews work on tying in the new track to the existing track at the north end of the current siding at Romney as CSX Q025-21 passes on the main at restricted speed due to the construction. The MOW crews are in the process of tying in the new tracks to the switches as the final phase of converting the siding at Romney and Nortonville into a two track main. From what I’m told the first scheduled traffic down the new track 2 should be on Wednesday, the 25th of April, if all goes well. – #jimstrainphotos #kentuckyrailroads #trains #nikond800 #railroad #railroads #train #railways #railway #csx #csxrailroad

CSX 0501-18 with NS 911 at Sebree, Ky

April 19, 2018 – Norfolk Southern Railway’s “Honoring First Responders” engine 9-1-1, heads up CSX Q501-18 as it sits on track two as CSX Q518 highballs past him on track 1 at Sebree, Kentucky on the Henderson Subdivision.
One of several commemorative locomotives, it’s a SD60E honoring emergency first responders. The locomotive – with insignia recognizing police, fire, and emergency services – runs on Norfolk Southern’s 22-state network and obviously sometimes even beyond! – #jimstrainphotos #kentuckyrailroads #trains #nikond800 #railroad #railroads #train #railways #railway #csx #csxrailroad #nsrailway #norfolksouthern

CSX Q028-11 passes Q025-12 at Anaconda, Sebree, Ky

April 12, 2018 – Norfolk Southern 9190, with two Union Pacific units trailing, leads hot intermodal CSX Q028-11 as it passes another hot intermodal, CSX 025-12 at Anaconda, just south of Robards, Ky, on the Henderson Subdivision. – #jimstrainphotos #kentuckyrailroads #trains #nikond800 #railroad #railroads #train #railways #railway #csx #csxrailroad

CSX SB Q025-07 meets NB Q648-05 at North Romney, Nortonville, Ky

April 7, 2018 – CSX Q648-05 waits in the siding as hot intermodal Q025-07 passes it at the north end of Romney siding on the way south on the Henderson Subdivision at Nortonville, Ky. Progress to complete joining the Romney and Nortonville siding into a two track main is well underway. – #jimstrainphotos #kentuckyrailroads #trains #nikond800 #railroad #railroads #train #railways #railway #csx #csxrailroad

Respondek 415 and 2425 at Atkinson Yard, Madisonville, Ky

April 6, 2018 – With permission I was able to get this shot of Respondek Railroad Corporation’s 415 and 2425 sitting in the old engine service facility at CSX’s Atkinson Yard in Madisonville, Ky on the Henderson Subdivision. Last word I got was that these two units were going to be servicing industry in the Henderson, Ky area. – #jimstrainphotos #kentuckyrailroads #trains #nikond800 #railroad #railroads #train #railways #railway #csx #csxrailroad

CSX C027-03 SB Rail Train at Davis Rd. overpass, Mannington, Ky

April 3, 2018 – CSX C027-03 heads under the overpass on Davis Road at Mannington, Ky with a loaded rail train as it heads south on the Henderson Subdivision. I tried catching it twice before at Madisonville and Nortonville, but it was arriving both times when I got to those places. Fortunately this was the shot that was to be, and much better than the other spots. Sometimes fate knows what I need! – #jimstrainphotos #kentuckyrailroads #trains #nikond800 #railroad #railroads #train #railways #railway #csx #csxrailroad

March 29, 2018 – CSX intermodal Q025-29 snakes through the curve…

March 29, 2018 – CSX intermodal Q025-29 snakes through the curve approaching the north end of the siding at Romney as it heads south at Nortonville, Ky on the Henderson Subdivision. Construction combining the sidings at Romney and Nortonville continues. – #jimstrainphotos #kentuckyrailroads #trains #nikond800 #railroad #railroads #train #railways #railway #csx #csxrailroad

Crews on board “The J,” ex-Elgin Joliet and Eastern, EJE 703 EMD GP38-2 work…

February 24, 2018 – Crews on board “The J,” ex-Elgin Joliet and Eastern, EJE 703 EMD GP38-2 work on building a train at the Canadian National Yard in Fulton, Kentucky.

According to Wikipedia, The Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway (reporting mark EJE) was a Class I railroad, operating between Waukegan, Illinois and Gary and Porter Indiana. The railroad served as a link between Class I railroads traveling to and from Chicago, although it operated almost entirely within the city’s suburbs, and only entered Chicago where it served the U.S. Steel South Works on the shores of Lake Michigan. Nicknames for the railroad included “The J” and “The Chicago Outer Belt Line”. At the end of 1970, the EJ&E operated 164 miles of track and carrying 848 million ton-miles of revenue freight in that year alone.

On September 26, 2007, the Canadian National Railway announced that it planned to purchase a majority of the EJ&E, leaving a portion of the line in Indiana to be reorganized as the Gary Railway. The purchase was approved on December 24, 2008 by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, and the deal was consummated effective February 1, 2009. In the years immediately following the merger, the railroad existed as a subsidiary of Canadian National, and EJ&E locomotives that were repainted into CN colors were sub-lettered for the EJ&E.

On December 31, 2012, Canadian National announced that the merger of the EJ&E into Wisconsin Central Ltd. (Another railroad subsidiary of CN) had been completed, and would take effect the following day. On January 1, 2013, the EJ&E effectively ceased to exist.

March 29, 2018 – CSX intermodal Q029-29 approaches the north end of the siding at Romney…

March 29, 2018 – CSX intermodal Q029-29 approaches the north end of the siding at Romney as it heads south at Nortonville, Ky. Construction combining the sidings at Romney and Nortonville continues with the ties being laid up to the north switch at Romney and rail starting to be laid. – #jimstrainphotos #kentuckyrailroads #trains #nikond800 #railroad #railroads #train #railways #railway #csx #csxrailroad

March 28, 2018 – A RJ Corman track crew offloads ties…

March 28, 2018 – A RJ Corman track crew offloads ties from a Paducah and Louisville Railway work train as it heads north through Richland, Ky. – #jimstrainphotos #kentuckyrailroads #trains #nikond800 #railroad #railroads #train #railways #railway pal #palrailway #paducahandlouisvillerailway

March 17, 2018 – CSX Q647 heads into the north end of Romney siding with ex-Santa Fe…

March 17, 2018 – CSX Q647 heads into the north end of Romney siding with ex-Santa Fe 4272 trailing as the last unit, as it heads south on the Henderson Subdivision at Nortonville, Ky. The SOO Line hopper and CSXT #10 was an added bonus! Thanks to Ryan Collins for the heads up!! – #jimstrainphotos #kentuckyrailroads #trains #nikond800 #railroad #railroads #train #railways #railway #csx #csxrailroad

GTW 6224 gets dropped at Fulton, Ky

February 24, 2018 – CN 2190 cuts away from Grand Trunk Western locomotive 6224 in the Canadian National Yard at Fulton, Ky.
According to Wikipedia, the Grand Trunk Western Railroad Company (reporting mark GTW) is an American subsidiary of the Canadian National Railway (reporting mark CN) operating in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
Since a corporate restructuring in 1971 the railroad has been under CN’s subsidiary holding company the Grand Trunk Corporation. Grand Trunk Western’s routes are part of CN’s Midwest Division. Its primary mainline between Chicago, Illinois, and Port Huron, Michigan, serves as a connection between railroad interchanges in Chicago and rail lines in eastern Canada and the Northeastern United States.
The railroad’s extensive trackage in Detroit and across southern Michigan has made it an essential link for the automotive industry as a hauler of parts and automobiles from manufacturing plants.

“The J,” ex-Elgin Joliet and Eastern, EJ&E 703…

February 24, 2018 – “The J,” ex-Elgin Joliet and Eastern, EJ&E 703 EMD GP38-2 works on building a train at the Canadian National Yard in Fulton, Kentucky.

According to Wikipedia, The Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railway (reporting mark EJE) was a Class I railroad, operating between Waukegan, Illinois and Gary and Porter Indiana. The railroad served as a link between Class I railroads traveling to and from Chicago, although it operated almost entirely within the city’s suburbs, and only entered Chicago where it served the U.S. Steel South Works on the shores of Lake Michigan. Nicknames for the railroad included “The J” and “The Chicago Outer Belt Line”. At the end of 1970, the EJ&E operated 164 miles of track and carrying 848 million ton-miles of revenue freight in that year alone.

On September 26, 2007, the Canadian National Railway announced that it planned to purchase a majority of the EJ&E, leaving a portion of the line in Indiana to be reorganized as the Gary Railway. The purchase was approved on December 24, 2008 by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, and the deal was consummated effective February 1, 2009. In the years immediately following the merger, the railroad existed as a subsidiary of Canadian National, and EJ&E locomotives that were repainted into CN colors were sub-lettered for the EJ&E.

On December 31, 2012, Canadian National announced that the merger of the EJ&E into Wisconsin Central Ltd. (Another railroad subsidiary of CN) had been completed, and would take effect the following day. On January 1, 2013, the EJ&E effectively ceased to exist.

PAL 2118 local with 10 units SB at Dawson Springs, Ky

February 27, 2018 – Early this morning I caught Paducah and Louisville Railway 2118 heading up a 10 engine mixed freight as it headed south at Dawson Springs, Ky. There were 4 PAL and 6 NS units and the NS units are heading to Progress to be rebuilt from SD70s to SD70ACCs, from what I’m told.