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Post by Indianadon » Sun Feb 12, 2006 9:36 am

Is it my imagination or has the traffic level dropped on the New Castle district, or do more trains run at night. I live in Muncie and there doesn't seen to be as much traffic. I have seen as many as eight or nine trains in two hours in the past.

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Post by rrnut282 » Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:15 am

After the Conrail split, traffic on the NCD cooled. I can't cite tonnage or revenue figures, just a gut feeling from spending some time trackside. If if makes you feel any better, I think traffic is growing as a number of the stack trains are running in two sections some days. Plus add in the FEMA trains and Saturdays are close to the good ole days in numbers of trains. See the topic "New Castle Updates" for more information.
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Post by Mat W. » Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:48 pm

I live close to the New Castle line in Bluffton- They do run quite a bit at night, early morning. Their's probably twenty- twenty one trains in a 24 hr period.

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Post by rrnut282 » Thu Apr 20, 2006 8:32 pm

Thursday April 20, 2006 I saw a Loram ballast undercutter moving north (west) on the NCD at MP 175. At Kingsland I saw what looked like 196 on the Main waiting. In the siding was what looked like 197 waiting, also.
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Post by Eric in St Joe » Wed Apr 26, 2006 11:55 pm

If some of you get the chance, do some railfanning on the south end of the NCD between Richmond and Cinci.. The old PRR portion of then NCD is very intersting with all the grades and curves.. Makes for a neat rail line to photograph!!!
Also US 127 follows it most of the way from Eaton to Hamilton..
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Post by rrnut282 » Thu Apr 27, 2006 7:40 pm

Plus if you get off of the beaten path, there are roads that parallel the line sharing a common r/w line. I remember coming home from Cincy back in the late 80's and pacing a WB (north) coal train in my convertable. Those C39-8's on the point were pulling hard and made a pleasant thobbing sound. I almost had to ride the brakes to stay with them. :D
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