Remarks: The crossing gates at Myrtle Street were throwing a tantrum the entire afternoon of November 8th, raising and lowering at will, causing several trains to proceed much more cautiously through town. One of the first trains affected was this northbound manifest walking slowly up the hill from Ashcake Road, led by an elephant-style, all-GE trio - 'ES40DC' 5204, C40-8W 7865, and patched C40-8W 7304. No, I did not mistype the model on the lead unit - the badge below the number on the cab clearly identified the 5204 as an ES40DC - a downrating after the recent turbo troubles I presume. As the train continued its slow march northward a second headlight appeared, paralleling the manifest on the near track - the northbound Carolinian. P42 179 and train were just a few freight car-lengths from the tail of the manifest as they rolled through town at a similar pace.