Scenes of classic diesel locomotives and rolling stock that were running at the North Carolina Transportation Museum's Rail Days event at Spencer, NC on June 12, 2010.
The first scene is a train of vintage passenger cars pulled by FP7 6133, maintained in the Southern Railway's green, gold, and white passenger paint scheme. Upon entering the museum grounds, I set up for what I thought would be a great shot of the train pulling away from its loading point, only to be fooled as the train backed away from me. I shifted to the right and caught the train as it switched tracks and pulled forward to roll between the shop buildings. The consist included a Southern RPO, an N&W baggage-coach combine, several N&W coaches, the ex-New Haven sleeper-lounge 'Pine Tree State', and 'Doris', the museum's private car formerly owned by tobacco and electricity magnate James Duke.
The second scene is of the 6133's train again, this time at the Barber Junction station. The crew aboard the Southern RPO performed a mock mail bag grab each time the train passed by the mail hook at the end of the station platform, recreating a scene that was repeated millions of times across the country in an era when trains carried the bulk of U.S. Mail traffic.
Following close behind the 6133 was a photo freight led by Southern Railway GP30 2601. I have many fond memories of seeing GP30s pulling Southern and NS freights in the early 80s, but having cut my railfanning teeth on late Penn Central and early Conrail, I also appreciated the Jade Green PC covered hopper with Pennsylvania lettering showing through.
The third train taking laps around the museum that day was a caboose train led by Norfolk & Western GP9 620 in the N&W's Tuscan Red passenger scheme. The caboose consist included N&W 518641, SCL 0613, CC&O (Clinchfield) 1048, and N&W 518675. I barely scratched the surface with respect to viewing the museum's rolling stock on this trip, but I have vowed to return in the near future - and in more hospitable weather!