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10/17/2018
 
 
 
 
 
By:G. R. Harper
Dates:1/30/2017 - 2/3/2017
Album Info:Ongoing double tracking project between former control points Green and Smothers on NS Danville District took a leap closer to completion with the elimination of the control point at Smothers
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Snow in Pittsylvania County!
Title:  Snow in Pittsylvania County!
Description:  Surprised to see snow on the ground en route to Smothers
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:05:59 AM
Location:  Gretna, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Amtrak #20 running three hours late passes through CP Smothers just prior to its elimination (the CP that is, not Amtrak)
Title:  Amtrak #20 running three hours late passes through CP Smothers just prior to its elimination (the CP that is, not Amtrak)
Description:  #20 had killed a trespasser near Meridian MS the day before, resulting in the big delay. http://www.wtok.com/content/news/Livingston-Alabama-train-track-death-investigation-412323413.html
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:07:38 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  AMTK 74(P42DC)
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A snow squall resulted in near whiteout conditions!
Title:  A snow squall resulted in near whiteout conditions!
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:10:30 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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The last train to pass through Control Point Smothers, NS 214.
Title:  The last train to pass through Control Point Smothers, NS 214.
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:11:51 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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NS 9876 leads the last train to pass through CP Smothers.  train 214
Title:  NS 9876 leads the last train to pass through CP Smothers. train 214
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:13:58 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  NS 9876(C44-9W)
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The rear of NS train 214 clears the "plant at Smothers".  Southern used the word "plant" instead of "Control Point"
Title:  The rear of NS train 214 clears the "plant at Smothers". Southern used the word "plant" instead of "Control Point"
Description:  As soon as 214 cleared M of W forces got track time for 15 hours, until 1 a.m. on Jan. 31!
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:15:30 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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As soon a track time was given a hoard men and heavy machinery descended upon the right-of-way.
Title:  As soon a track time was given a hoard men and heavy machinery descended upon the right-of-way.
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:19:00 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Swarm of M of W men begin to dismantle the turnout at CP Smothers
Title:  Swarm of M of W men begin to dismantle the turnout at CP Smothers
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:20:32 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Turnout at CP Smothers is cut up
Title:  Turnout at CP Smothers is cut up
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:22:02 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Process of straightening the existing main line now that there is no turnout begins
Title:  Process of straightening the existing main line now that there is no turnout begins
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:23:30 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Shifting existing main line track to line up with #1 main in the distance
Title:  Shifting existing main line track to line up with #1 main in the distance
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:25:39 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Turnout at CP Smothers is removed piece by piece.  Alignment of track continues
Title:  Turnout at CP Smothers is removed piece by piece. Alignment of track continues
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:27:36 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Portions of turnout at CP Smothers is lifted out
Title:  Portions of turnout at CP Smothers is lifted out
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:29:56 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Switch points at CP Smothers lifted up to snap the torch cut made earlier
Title:  Switch points at CP Smothers lifted up to snap the torch cut made earlier
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:31:55 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Frog section at CP Smothers is moved out of the way
Title:  Frog section at CP Smothers is moved out of the way
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:33:56 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Turnout at CP Smothers is gone!  Note flood lamps to the right.  They were given track time until 1am 31JAN
Title:  Turnout at CP Smothers is gone! Note flood lamps to the right. They were given track time until 1am 31JAN
Description:  Signal department is working on the bridge in the background
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:35:29 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Alignment of existing main line track a few hundred yard of now-former CP Smothers
Title:  Alignment of existing main line track a few hundred yard of now-former CP Smothers
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:37:50 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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The turnout at CP Smothers is gone and dozer in foreground piles up dirty ballast to be removed
Title:  The turnout at CP Smothers is gone and dozer in foreground piles up dirty ballast to be removed
Description: 
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:40:45 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Using measuring tape existing main line is tapped into proper alignment.  Final portion of second main will be put down in a matter of days.  It currently ends out of sight around the curve
Title:  Using measuring tape existing main line is tapped into proper alignment. Final portion of second main will be put down in a matter of days. It currently ends out of sight around the curve
Description:  When complete NS will have an unbroken stretch of double track from CP Deal (MP 190.0) to CP White (MP 222.0) which will help to eliminate a traffic bottleneck that exists south of the "Hurt Connection"
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:42:49 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Aligning a piece of panel track place where the turnout used to be
Title:  Aligning a piece of panel track place where the turnout used to be
Description:  Note signal heads on old signal bridge are gone.
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:51:23 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Measuring for proper alignment of a section of panel track
Title:  Measuring for proper alignment of a section of panel track
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:53:24 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Final section of panel track which will link Main #1 north and south at former CP Smothers is moved into place.
Title:  Final section of panel track which will link Main #1 north and south at former CP Smothers is moved into place.
Description: 
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:54:46 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Signal Department prepares to dismantle the northbound signal bridge at former CP Smothers
Title:  Signal Department prepares to dismantle the northbound signal bridge at former CP Smothers
Description: 
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:57:32 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Southbound mast signal is removed
Title:  Southbound mast signal is removed
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 10:59:18 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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This signal has definitely been retired.
Title:  This signal has definitely been retired.
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:00:48 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Signal base is pulled out of the ground.
Title:  Signal base is pulled out of the ground.
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:02:01 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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A look at track alignment up close
Title:  A look at track alignment up close
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:03:19 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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One more look at track alignment between rail and stake
Title:  One more look at track alignment between rail and stake
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:04:29 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Horizontal section of old northbound signal bridge at CP Smothers is taken down and last section of main #1 is eased into place
Title:  Horizontal section of old northbound signal bridge at CP Smothers is taken down and last section of main #1 is eased into place
Description: 
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:06:24 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Bye Bye signal bridge at former CP Smothers
Title:  Bye Bye signal bridge at former CP Smothers
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:10:15 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Rail saw in action to make the pieces fit
Title:  Rail saw in action to make the pieces fit
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:12:06 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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More rail saw action
Title:  More rail saw action
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:13:29 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Putting the pieces of panel track together
Title:  Putting the pieces of panel track together
Description: 
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:14:51 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Signal department flash-welds a bond wire
Title:  Signal department flash-welds a bond wire
Description: 
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:16:10 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Main #1 at former CP Smothers is straight-railed, will a few wiggles still.
Title:  Main #1 at former CP Smothers is straight-railed, will a few wiggles still.
Description:  Main #1 extends from CP Deal to CP White now. Soon there will be a Main #2.
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:17:44 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Horizontal portion of new cantilever at MP 212 is lifted into place
Title:  Horizontal portion of new cantilever at MP 212 is lifted into place
Description: 
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:20:18 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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New track and new signals at former CP Smothers
Title:  New track and new signals at former CP Smothers
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:22:23 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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With Main #1 intact and in place now, ballast train 90J moves into position to dump rock
Title:  With Main #1 intact and in place now, ballast train 90J moves into position to dump rock
Description:  Georgetown Rail Equipment train used. a conveyor belt runs the entire length of the train. Ballast is fed to the belt, which transports it to a moveable (left, right or center) inclined belt at the rear.
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:23:43 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  NS 6076(SD40-2)
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My shadow of me standing on Galveston Rd. and the power on NS train 90J below
Title:  My shadow of me standing on Galveston Rd. and the power on NS train 90J below
Description: 
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:27:48 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  NS 6076(SD40-2) NS 6110(SD40-2)
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Power on ballast train 90J underneath Galveston Rd. at former CP Smothers
Title:  Power on ballast train 90J underneath Galveston Rd. at former CP Smothers
Description:  My shadow, too.
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:29:39 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  NS 6076(SD40-2) NS 6110(SD40-2)
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Conveyor belt that moves rock from the cars to the rear of the train is seen
Title:  Conveyor belt that moves rock from the cars to the rear of the train is seen
Description: 
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:31:21 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Ballast rain 90J on newly installed panel track at former CP Smothers
Title:  Ballast rain 90J on newly installed panel track at former CP Smothers
Description: 
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:32:55 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Locomotives:  NS 6110(SD40-2) NS 6076(SD40-2)
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Business end of ballast train 90J delivers rock to realigned Main #1
Title:  Business end of ballast train 90J delivers rock to realigned Main #1
Description: 
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:34:30 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Oh my!  while watching dumping take place, the pieces of the old signal bridge at former CP Smothers departed the scene.  :'(
Title:  Oh my! while watching dumping take place, the pieces of the old signal bridge at former CP Smothers departed the scene. :'(
Description:  Note friendly truck driver giving me a thumbs up. one M of W guy said I must be one tough dude to be able to stand on the bridge all day in the cold. Chuckle. More like insanity than toughness!
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:37:44 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Old signals at former CP Smothers on their death bed, so to speak, being hauled off
Title:  Old signals at former CP Smothers on their death bed, so to speak, being hauled off
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:40:57 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Rock on the conveyor belt of the "GREX train"
Title:  Rock on the conveyor belt of the "GREX train"
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:42:20 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Ballast being delivered to where it needs to go
Title:  Ballast being delivered to where it needs to go
Description: 
Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:43:57 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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We will, we will ROCK YOU!
Title:  We will, we will ROCK YOU!
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:45:20 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Ballast train 90J stretched out at former CP Smothers
Title:  Ballast train 90J stretched out at former CP Smothers
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:46:22 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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Gradall fine tunes the placement of rock earlier by train 90J
Title:  Gradall fine tunes the placement of rock earlier by train 90J
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Photo Date:  1/30/2017  Upload Date: 1/31/2017 11:48:03 AM
Location:  Smothers, VA
Author:  G. R. Harper
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