“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.
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 received a new lens for Christmas and was itching to try it out. So, on the first Saturday after the holidays, I headed out to the Martin State Airport MARC station. My plan had been to go try it out on some of the most challenging things to shoot: Amtrak’s NEC. However, that all changed when I got a fateful text message.
I had a family errand to run over on the east side of town which gave me a free hour to do some railfanning. It turned out to be a pretty productive hour, with NS, CSX and Canton action afoot.
Bayview used to be a great place to sit and watch trains, before the Volunteer Corps of America moved in and ruined it. You could catch mainline action, and if your timing was good, be well-positioned to head off and chase something going down to Canton.