B&O RF-16 ( Coal Drag )

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Chessie6459, Oct 5, 2006.

  1. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    On September 30 I caught a B&O RF-16, F7b, & GP38 pulling a coal drag downgrade from the coal tower. It was a small train but I don't know why there was three diesel units on it.

    B&O RF-16


    Chessie System ( B&O ) GP38

    Empty Hopper ( It is on its was to Cumberland for painting )

    Crossing The Bridge

    Southern Pennsylvania Railroad Hopper ( From my previous railroad )
  2. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Another Short Hopper

    LC&A Hopper 117 ( Don't know what LC&A stands for. It was a railroad my dad was going to build )

    B&O Unlettered Hopper

    Another LC&A with faded logo.

    And bringing up the rear, Chessie System B&O Caboose #3358
  3. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    Judging by the keystones, I assume the South Pennsylvania and LC&A are PRR subsidiaries. There was a real South Pennsylvania (though it never got completed) in the 19th century - a NYC subsidiary.

    Just going on a tangent... :D
  4. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    Reminds me, I've been meaning to ask what the oddest lashup anyone has seen in the real world would be.
  5. Herc Driver

    Herc Driver Active Member

    I visit railpictures.net often for the great shots and have seen quite a few pictures of diesels lashed together that made me wonder.
  6. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    i saw a picture of 10 locomotives of various types pulling 8 cars...

    thanks to john ireland for the picture.

  7. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    That lashup would be very unlikely in reality. The Baldwin wouldn't be able to MU with the EMDs, never mind that the B&O had retired all its Sharks before Chessie came around.
    I haven't seen a lot of weird consists in person, but I can show you some real oddities. http://railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=2191 E8A/U33C/GP35?/E8A/E8A/E8A is odd enough. http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=130070 This is odder, and one of my favorite railfan photos. GP30B/GP30/SD40-2/SD40-2/SD40-2/SD40-2. But the absolute oddest might be http://pc.smellycat.com/pics/eastern/pc4865rahway101770jt.jpg GG-1 and a diesel switcher I can't identify.
  8. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    I know that the RF-16 units were retired. I had this locomotive for some time now I finally got around to getting it to run. The Chessie System did some weird looking lashups of locomotives. You would often see F7's, GP38's, and a few other locomotives lashed up pulling a train.
  9. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    I have, on occation, seen 10+ UP SD units lashed up heading through my town pulling nothing at all.

    Seems like I've seen a picture with a steam engine or two, and then four or five diesels from different manufactures all pulling the same train. I bet that's a bear to organize.
  10. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    i think in that first picture that U33C is off to be repaired, its got a broken engineer's window.

    that second one is nothing, i saw a picture of UP with a U50C, a GP35, a GP9 and GP9B. I think there was more to it, but i can't find it.

    in that last one, that is an SW7 behind that GG1. i've seen another picture with an Also S2 behind a GG1 as well. I wonder why these units were tagging along?
  11. lester perry

    lester perry Active Member

    I didn't see this but read about it in C&O Historical society magazine. If memory serves correct there was a power shortage at Russell so 27 F7s and one caboose travel from northern Ohio to Russell Ky. That would be something to see.
  12. MilesWestern

    MilesWestern Active Member

    Did the Chessie ever paint F units in their colors, or did they retire them beforehand?? :confused: I haven't been able to find ANY pictures of it in real life, and only the bachmann model comes up on google! :rolleyes:
  13. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    Not actually known much about the operation of a train yard, I would speculate that the switcher was simply being relocated.
  14. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    WOW, that picture that GEC posted is really cool. That is alot of engines for only 8 cars. I wonder why they do that??

    And all that green and orange piplines look so cool. Does anyone know where iy was taken or what the industrial buildings are in the backround?? I noticed some coal hoppers and boxcars.
  15. Triplex

    Triplex Active Member

    They're moving the engines; only a couple of them will be running. Probably there's a power shortage in some area. Or maybe the engines were based away from a major shop, and they're being moved to one for maintenance?
    It's not what engines are on the train, but in what order. A B-unit leading is very rare. But if you want a really odd UP consist, try http://railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=15514 SD40X/GP9B/DD35/U50C.

    I don't have any pictures, but I know that in the late 70s, Ferrocarril del Pacifico ran long passenger trains with three or four C628s and a PA.
    I've wondered that - I've only seen models, too.
  16. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    lol thats the UP picture i was talking about. still cool stuff though!
  17. green_elite_cab

    green_elite_cab Keep It Moving!

    now that you bring it up, i think i've been there before, i'll have to check. suddenly that bridge looks familiar. I went on a trip to the USAF mueseum in 2000, (back when airplanes were the main focus of my modeling) and on the way back i think we were in virgina or somwhere near a river or something in the mountains. I remember because our Days Inn was across the street fromt eh tracks, and there were trains going by all night and day, i even saw some Chessie painted unites.

    i can probably go back onto railpictures and find it.
  18. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Lester,I wonder if all those F units was needed for a power storage or was on the way to be retired? When I was working on the C&O under the CSX banner I saw a 22 unit consist of GP7/9/SW7s on the way to Russell for storage due to these units being retired.

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