Like most short lines, the Blacklands Railroad runs diesel locomotives retired from Class I railroads. BLR’s three Electro-Motive engines from the General Purpose series have varied backgrounds that include duties far from their current home in East Texas. The Blacklands’ most identifiable locomotive is No. 201 with its red paint scheme and BLR herald, a yellow swoosh and lettering in a gray circle. According to Railroad Picture Archives, an online collection of railroad photos, the GP8 was built as a GP7 in June 1952 with a high, short hood and originated on the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie. The engine was sold to the Illinois Central Gulf and rebuilt as a GP8. No. 201 later operated on the Garden City & Western and is owned by Pioneer Equipment Co. (PREX). The GP9 No. 4601, which BLR owns, is a former Grand Truck Western Railroad unit that was rebuilt at the Battle…
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As the U.S. energy market focuses more on natural gas and regulations related to environmental issues remain stiff on coal, fewer rail cars filled with lump, black coal are running on the nation’s rail network. In Wyoming’s Powder River Basin, the number of unit coal trains being loaded gets a little lower each year, yet the Black Thunder and Peabody operations see a steady stream of unit trains file in for loading. At those locations near Gillette and Wright, WY, loading crews work through rain, sleet, snow, frigid temperatures and blistering heat around the clock.
Overcoming the Challenge
The eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) is the largest conifer in the eastern U.S. But the tree that grows throughout New England isn’t typically commercially produced for model railroads. Modeling these unique trees on the On30 Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway presented a challenge because the eastern white pine tends to be wide at the top and tapered toward the bottom. The branches are open to expose more of the trunk. But there is an easy way to replicate these big beauties, as author Pete Leach describes.
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