Still excited with my new lens, I decided to head out on Presidents Day to see what I could see.
My first stop was Contractors Rd on CSX’s Philly Sub. I had heard some scanner chatter, so I figured I might get something good. I wasn’t disappointed, with a CP leader on Q216. I was frustrated with the grass growing up that I couldn’t see through the viewfinder though.
After getting him at Contractors Road, I headed further east on the Philly Sub and got him through the fence at Allender Rd.
While I was getting this shot, I heard an NS local talking about getting access to the nearby BG&E plant. This plant receives coal from out west via NS and the NEC. I wasn’t sure what a local crew was going to be doing there, but when I heard that he’d only be there for a little while, I knew I should head over that way.
Luckily, there’s good public road access around the perimeter of the plant, allowing for a good view of the rail action inside the fence.
When I arrived, I found that the local crew was there picking up some empty coal cars that seemed to be headed to the local NS car shop for some repairs.
I first caught him getting his train together inside the plant, but couldn’t get a good photo. I was able to position myself closer to the gate though, shoot through the fence, and get a few good shots off.
And then, after it leaves the plant, it crosses a road and heads off into the woods toward the NEC.
Since this train was heading back to the NEC, and would have to pass through the Martin State MARC station, I headed over and positioned myself to catch him going back south.
First up was a little Amtrak action as a long distance train headed south.
The local showed up shortly afterwards, letting me catch him again, both coming and going.
And, with station platforms available, I was able to get these going away photos.