NS train 152 with a mid train SD60 at Spartanburg.
Added: August 22, 2009
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Remarks: Train 152 was back up to speed after doing some switching at Hayne Yard. The engineer gives a big wave while passing by and blowing for Magnolia Street. This train was what NS referred to back then as a radio train, with a regularly assigned mid train unit.
Got a story on that one...that train's likely on the NS Washington-Atlanta line. The railroad personnel also used to call the radio controlled units "slaves". One time in the mid-90s (when I and other train fans used to go to the Gainesville GA station and watch the trains at night on that same NS main line), I encountered the station manager, who was an interesting guy who as I recall sometimes wore a cowboy hat. Anyway, while I was talking with him the southbound manifest with a mid-train helper went by, and as the DPU passed I said "Well, there goes the slave". He responded (I paraphrase but not by much) "We got a memo from NS...We can call them radio controlled units, or this or that, but we can't call them 'slaves' any more." I never thought of calling a piece of machinery this was a bad term but the NS apparently did.
Glad you liked the video Michael. Yes, Josh your are correct as this train was headed northbound on the Washington-Atlanta main line. Interesting story too, thanks for sharing it. And thanks to everyone for watching. Greg Ropp