Ex Conrail now NS, 5400 leads a coal drag on to the Bayard subdivision at Alliance.
MOW crews cut the mainline and prepare to install a new switch. They started at dawn and will have the new main switch in by 4 pm.
MOW crew wrangle the switch into place, pulling spikes and re-aligning the plates the hard way.
MOW can be a lonely job, often working with a lookout this welder concentrates on his work.
Loram Railgrinder sprays liquid on to the tracks after grinding to keep the heat from starting fires.
Time for a wheel change on this 250 ton hot metal car after it derailed on the main.
Sperry handheld rail defect detector.
MOW stand back as the Thermit Weld fires up to make the weld at around 2,000 degrees.
MOW workers use plain old fashioned elbow grease and high tech sighting to align the diamonds.
NS OC special swings north off the Fort Wayne line and on to the Cleveland main at Alliance Ohio.
Loram Rail Grinder in action at Alliance Ohio, close up. 80-200 f2.8 lens.
NS 416 is NS / BNSF Powder River Basin coal train. Due to cab signal requirments a NS locomotive is always used in the lead. This train will end up at Mingo Junction Ohio.
Patched NS Conrail followed by two BNSF units pull coal train off the former PRR C&P onto the Bayard Branch to bring coal to an Ohio River plant.
Still in Conrail Piant this rock train heads east past the Alliance Amtrak Station.
Westbound I27 (Extra 227) makes the turn at Alliance as it transfers from the Ft. Wayne Line to the Cleveland Line.