Frisco Run-Through Operations

Discussion in 'Freight Operations' started by Gabriel G., Apr 12, 2021.

  1. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    Stumbled on to another potentially interesting picture in the archives tonight. It shows a SP U boat behind a Frisco SD45. Supposedly, it was taken in Virginia. The most likely answer is that the label is wrong, and it was taken somewhere in the Frisco system, probably Tulsa. If anyone can ID the buildings in the back, that would help.

    IF somehow this actually was taken in Virginia, that would open up a whole new world of power pool possibilities.

    http://frisco.org/mainline/wp-conte...smouth-Virginia-in-June-1977-Vernon-Ryder.jpg
     
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  2. Gabriel G.

    Gabriel G. Member

    Ethan,

    A quick search on rripicturearchives.net confirms that this photo was indeed taken in Portsmouth, Virginia. The structure seen in the photo you posted can be seen in the background of this photo. Frisco units would sometimes make it out to Virginia in run-through service with the Seaboard Coast Line. Likewise, the Southern Pacific unit is from one of the run-through trains Southern Pacific operated with the Louisville & Nashville and Seaboard Coast Line.

    Gabriel G.
     
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  3. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    Interesting. Do you have any details on the SP-LN-SCL arrangement?
     
  4. Gabriel G.

    Gabriel G. Member

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  5. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    Thanks for finding that.

    You seem to be a real wiz at finding these documents. Any secrets you want to share on sources for this kind of stuff?
     
  6. Gabriel G.

    Gabriel G. Member

    Ethan,

    I don't have any secrets, really. :LOL: I get most of my stuff from movingthefreight.com, multimodalways.org and wx4.org, all of which have hundreds of documents pertaining to railroad freight operations. You can also find PDF versions of railroad freight schedules on places like groups.io and on many railroad historical society websites.

    Gabriel G.
     
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  7. Iantha_Branch

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  8. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    Tonight while looking for something completely unrelated, I stumbled into a virtual treasure chest. Someone has several pictures of the Purcell, OK area from the late 70's that show many of the possible leased units that I was having trouble finding pictures of. Included are CN, CNW and B&O units. I still haven't found any pictures of the supposed W&LE units on the Santa Fe.

    http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3115122

    Notice how the B&O unit has the 9 patched over the 4 in the unit number
    http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3130290

    Notice the CNW SD45 without Dynamic Brakes. I didn't know such a thing existed.
    http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=2718603

    http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3115121

    http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3113012

    While I still haven't found proof that these leased units (other than the B&O) made it in to the Frisco pool via the Santa Fe, it is still possible that it happened.
     
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  9. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Thats some pretty cool stuff there Ethan. Certainly opens up possibilities doesn't it?
     

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