“Hey man, what are you doing?” You gotta love it when you get a text from a friend like that. Turns out my friend Doug was in town for work and had some time to kill so we got pit beef and he got a quick tour of Baltimore.
We live in weird times. Covid-19 has changed many things in our lives. The name of the game currently is “social distancing”, keeping your contact with people to an absolute minimum. That means, generally, staying the f**k home. However, it was a beautiful day, I just got new tires, and I needed to get some fresh air.
I love the ability to do incidental railfanning that having a cell phone with a quality camera provides. In this case, I was headed to my friend Eric’s place to do some modeling, and spotted CSX spotting some autoracks at the port. Perfect!
I was driving home from my friend Josh’s place and needed to get some gas. There’s one way I could’ve gone where I didn’t drive by the tracks, and there’s one way I could’ve gone where I did. You can guess which way I went.
The story of Sparrows Point’s decline and eventual destruction is a sad one. I feel that it’s made even sadder for me because some cool stuff seemed pretty accessible, but I never took advantage of it. These are a few photos I took from a trip over there back in 2011.
Today I was out running some errands in Baltimore and had a moment to kill. I happened to notice that some containers were moving south toward the port. It was only when I got ahead of the train did I realize the silliness of modern CSX: it was being led by a long hood forward C40-8W.
I had a few hours to get out and about today, so, while on my way to go work on some modeling projects with a fried, I swung by CSX’s Curtis Bay yard. I got lucky, catching a coal train just arriving on the scene as I got there.