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A Railfan Report 3/8/09

March 9, 2009

Hello and welcome to the first railfan report, where we’ll cover train action in Roseville and the Sacramento area.
On 3/7/09 I went to the yard at Roseville, intermodal traffic and grain traffic was pretty heavy that day. It was also a good day for rare catches, there were 2 locomotives and 2 cars that were rare. The locomotives were a Rio Grande GP40-2 and an SP AC4400CW. The cars were a Northern Pacific chip hopper and a Norfolk & Western boxcar. The Northern Pacific hopper was on a BNSF manifest, and the N&W boxcar was on a UP manifest. A UP maintenance crew came later in the day and replace a few parts of a switch. Most of the trains were through train, the most notable was the BNSF manifest, it was going at least 55mph. It had 3 Heritage II C44-9Ws leading. The most notable departure was a manifest with two SD60Ms leading. The P42DC on Amtrak California Zephyr Train 6 had a fouled K5LA, and there was a side-by-side meet between a grain train and a manifest. There was also a light move to the maintenance facility with a Canadian Pacific GEVO.

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