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Apparently the cosmetic restoration of the Southern caboose included a shiny new stove stack. Looking closely you can still see the UPC sticker on the side.

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W861 flatbeds full of military equipment.

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Paperwork on the side of one of the vehicles on the W861 military train.

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A look along the wall of "The Train Room" at the upstairs portion of my Dad's house.

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Southbound CSX U241 coming through downtown Georgiana, Al

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With all eyes on northbound Q192, my son Elliott watches as the train races away from the sun set in Auburn, Al

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Eastbound 336 coming into Opelika while passing over the "Big Fill" just northwest of town.

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The trailing unit of 336 appears to have the sanders stuck open.

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My trusty JVC video camera taking a video of NS 336 while I keep a safe distance from the tracks.

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With a full train of autoracks from the KIA plant in West Point, Ga, southbound Q223 flys into Notasulga, Al on its trip to Montgomery.

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In an effort to try and capture all elements of my railfaning tools and partners, I tried to get this photo. The train is northbound Q614 grinding up hill into Notasulga, Al. Also seen is the trusty TJ with camcorder mounted on the windsheild , and my two year old taking the whole experience in.

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Treating those that decided to brave the heat and congregate in Opelika for a meet, Q602 delivered with a huge assortment of power that totaled nine locomotives up front and one GEVO pushing in the rear.

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My son Elliott watches on as the consist of an 11,000' Q602 passes the downtown area of Opelika.

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A single GE ES44AC pushes on the rear of an 11,000' Q602 as the train continues north through Opelika, Al.

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Northbound W861 slowly makes their way past the depot in Auburn, Al.

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Northbound CSX Q602 makes their way over the Dean Road grade crossing in Auburn as they begin to slow the train in preparation for a meet at Opelika siding with southbound Q601.

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Here's a broadside shot of the recently restored caboose located at the depot in Opelika, Al. The windows still have plastic tarping and there's no Southern stencleing on the side but the caboose looks much imprived from the way it did prior to its new paint.

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Here's a broadside shot of NS 4631, which wears a special Operation Life Saver paint sceme, taking local A41 back to Columbus, Ga.

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Northbound CSX Q614 makes theiir way through downtown Opelika, Al on a hot & steamy summer afternoon.

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In what's to me a timeless shot, we see the crossing of the CSX/ A&WP sub and the NS/ CSntral of Georgia destrict in Opelika, Al.

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Several chip hoppers , some of which bear some fallen flagg names, are seen here parked in the transfer yard of Opelika, Al.

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After throwing the switch for their movement, this CSX employe watches as the second mother/ slug set comes up from Vulcan Quarry near Loachapoka, Al to couple on to the head end of A003 rail train.

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Classic Trains Birmingham Article Write Up

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Classic Trains Birmingham Article Full Page

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After waiting on track work to finish up the line at Cusseta and letting A746 move up the line to clear the way, Q144 gets moving again. The train is passing under the 10th street bridge in downtown Opelika, Al.

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After meeting Q614 in Opelika, southbound Q601 is on the move again. The train is seen here heading south past the depot in downtown Auburn, Al.

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No railfan would be complete without their vehicle. Well..., here's my Jeep Wrangler taking the view on as southbound Q601 passes through downtown Auburn, Al.

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Continuing on its journey south, Q611 is seen coming off the A&WP/ WofA Sub and onto the M&M Sub as it makes its way out of Montgomery, Al.

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Q192 pounds the diamond in Opelika after a long wait south of the interlock.

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Restricted signal, 114.1

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Q602 makes quick time passing the depot in Auburn, Al with an assortment of five locomotives up front and one pushing in the rear. The train was over 11,300' long this day.

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Northbound Q602 coming through Auburn, Al

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This is the very well kept depot area in Opelika, Al that now serves as the city chambers.

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The Central of Georgia still stands guard at the 334.0 signal box on the P line in Waverly, Al.

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The late afternoon sunset glows as northbound CSX Q602 passes the Western of Alabama coaling tower and crosses the diamond in Opelika, Al.

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Seen looking soutbound on the A&WP in Opelika.

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NS 137 leaves Opelika as it begins crossing over the "Big Fill" just north west of town.

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137's rear is protected by this FRED as it crosses the large fill north west of Opelika on its journey to Birmingham.

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Northbound CST Q614 races past the 114 signal in Auburn as it heads north towards Atlanta and eventually North Carolina.

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Q609 heads south with some special visitors from the north in tow.

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Ohio Central units in tow headed south on Q609.

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Ohio Central units in tow headed south on Q609.

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Ohio Central units in tow headed south on Q609.

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Ohio Central units in tow headed south on Q609.

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Q612 with Ferromex, leading the way makes its way through Auburn on its journey northward.

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The restored Southern caboose soaks up the early Fall sunlight as it stands guard next to the Central of Georgia Deopt in Opelika.

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Eastbound

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North end of macon Siding

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Elliott waving by by to Q602's DPU.

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CSX Q602 rolling through the rural Alabama country side.

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With a freshly painted SD40-2 vet at the helm, the entirity of A746 can be seen here making their way through Auburn, Al while the crew enjoys a cool fall brease through the cab door.

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In the waning afternoon sun, westbound NS 187 leaves Opelika as it begins its journey over the large fill just west of town.

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The conductor of westbound NS 187 gives a friendly wave to my son and I as he continues his journey to Birmingham.

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Westbound NS 187 races toward the setting sun as the train crosses the large fill just west of Opelika.

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A rare site for these parts shows its face on westbound NS 137 lead by a BNSF red and silver bonnet paint sceme racing over the large fill west of Opelika.

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CSX A746 eases its way to the diamond in Opelika in a classic image of old and new as the train passes the concrete monolith used in days gone by.

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Heading south after meeting northbound Q612, southbound local A746 climbs its way out of Opelika.

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NS local A41 works the transfer track in Opelika while in the back ground CSX WO45 prepares to work south spraying vegetation along the right of way.

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Q602 makes its way down and out of Auburn with a DPU-less train on mid Haloween day 2010.

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NS 137 knocks down the West Opelika signals as it stirs up a slurry of leaves on its journey west.

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My first heritage unit on its home rails none the less! NS 8101, Central Of Georgia, is seen heading west from Opelika at sunset while leading NS 137 up the ex Central of Georgia P line between Birmingham and Columbus.

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Though still missing new windows and the Southern name on the side, the caboose has had its ID restencled on the side of the caboose.

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Southbound CSX Q-611 coming through Loachapoka, Al during a rare snow storm for these parts.

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A bit more detail on some of the stored locomotives.

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Overview of the layout.

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Southbound CSX Q601 rounds the bend and is about to come over the crossing at the small area known as Chehaw, Al.

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NS 334 hammers the diamond in Opelika, AL on a cold January afternoon.

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Northbound CSX Q600 manages the curves north of the town of Cusseta on a brisk second of January.

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During a windy & cold spring afternoon, northbound CSX Q-614 makes their way through Auburn, Al.

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Here's a shot of westbound NS 371 as they make their way through Opelika, Al

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Northbound CSX Q614 is about to pass under the almost completed E. Main St. bridge in Notasulga, Al

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Northbound CSX Q614 comes through Loachapoka, Al a little over a week after heavy winds damaged several buildings and trees around the area.

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With the caboose kept at the depot in Opelika as a foreground subject, we see westbound NS 371 slowly make its way toward the CSX interlock.

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Westbound NS 371 races through the small town of Gold Hill, Al. The railroad knows this location as Gold Ridge.

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Northbound CSX Q144 comes over the Dean Rd. crossing in Auburn, Al with a rare beast in the number 2 spot, a UP SD9043AC.

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One of Alabama's younger railfans watches from the cab of his Dad's train chasing machine as northbound CSX Q144 passses by.

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NS 739 with some rare green and white BNSF paint coming over the interlock in Opelika during sunset.

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NS 335 crosses the Opelika interlock on its way to Birmingham, Al

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Southbound Q-145 coming down the hill into Notasulga in a rare Alabama snow storm.

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WO75 ballast train makes its wat through Auburn, Al on its journey toward the Lineville Subdivision via La Grange, Ga.

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Northbound CSX Q612 Makes its way over Dear Road in Auburn, Al with a somewhat rare lead unit in the form of NS 9532.

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Here's a bit of an "artistic" look at the Western of Alabama Coaling tower located at the CSX/ NS interlock in Opelika, Al.

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Working hard upgrade, northbound Q-614 comes out of Notasulga, Al close to the Vulcan Quarry spur.

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Northbound CSX Q-614 works hard through the elevated curve in downtown Loachapoka, Al

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Making it back up to track speed after the long climb up the subdivisions ruling grade coming out of Notasulga, northbound CSX Q-614 races past the Western of Alabama depot in downtown Auburn, Al.

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Making quick time from Birmingham, eastbound NS 334 crosses over a location nicknamed "The Big Fill" just north west of Opelika, Al on it journey to Columbus, Ga.

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Northbound CSX Q-614 makes their way over the Dean Rd. crossing in Auburn on a steamy Friday 13th.

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Here's a parked rail train idling at Chehaw, Al

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Here we see southbound X101 passing a parked rail train at Chehaw, Al

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An inspection car heads up the cars behind the locomotives of southbound CSX Q601.

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Southbound baretable X101 rounds the curve at Chehaw, Al.

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Q619 makes their way south through Auburn, Al during a beautiful spring afternoon.

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Northbound Q144 makes their way over the Lee Rd. 55 grade crossing south of Auburn, Al on an abnormally warm spring afternoon.

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On Sunday April 26th, 2009 the southern caboose on display at the depot in Opelika, Al finally gets some TLC in the form of sand blasting under cover of a tarp. Next step..., a new paint job.

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I guess it's fitting that my truck would hit 100,000 miles while in hot persuit of a train.

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"DON"T TRY THIS AT HOME. I"M WHAT YOU CALL A PROFESSIONAL" ;) I head over the top in hot persuit of southbound Q617 as it passes under the bridge just outside of Notasulga, Al.

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Here we see the Southern caboose that rests at the depot in Opelika, Al tarped up while it gets a new paint job.

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A closer inspection of the bay windows shows the glass removed and little to no remanances of the color it once was.

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Looking under the tarp reveals the new paint being applied to the caboose, trucks and all.

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A northbound Herzog rock train begins the process of pounding the CSX/ NS diamond in Opelika.

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Throw a little blur into a shot and much can be revealed about how the weels of a rock train works. It's shown here passing over the CSX/ NS diamond in Opelika.

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One of Opelika's resident "railfans" keeps an eye on the transfer yard while between trains.

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Looking toward east toward Columbus, Ga, we see the historic depot in Opelika, Al.

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Progress has been made over the weekend as the Southern caboose begins to show its "true colors".

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Looking closely at the caboose you can see that the crew enlisted to repaint the caboose has painted the handrails yellow.

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Here's a wide shot of the Depot in Opelika, Al.

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Here we see eastbound NS 334 passing the dapot in Opelika, Al on its way to Columbus, Ga and beyond.

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Southbound CSX Q617 comes down the hill into the small town of Notasulga, Al on a soggy Saturday afternoon.

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Southbound CSX Q617 levels off after coming down "the mountain" south of Notasulga, Al.

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Westbound NS 335 waits for the signal to clear at the diamond in Opelika. While the view from this vantage point has changed over the years, the sight is still as impressive as always.

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Eastbound NS 334 splits the signals at "West Opelika" on a hot Sunday afternoon.

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Southbound CSX Q619 makes their way through Auburn, Al on a late Friday afternoon.

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A group of Alrails.com's finest wave for the camera take a ride on Flagg Coal #75's train as it leaves the Heart of Dixie RR Muesum in Calera, Al

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Flagg Coal # 75 departs the station at Calera, Al for one of many trips up and down the ex-L&N line at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum.

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While waiting on the star of the day to return to the station, the Shelby & Southern narrow gauge makes its rounds.

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Arriving back at the station from the 10:30 trip up the line, Flagg Coal #75 blows off some steam before pulling back to unload its passengers.

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After dropping off its passengers, Flagg Coal #75 backs its train for a photo runby.

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Flagg Coal #75 makes its way down the hill and through the curve past onlookers at it performs a photo runby.

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Dad and his boy watch on as the crew of Flagg Coal #75 keep the fire hot and the wheels turning. Photo taken by Joseph Kaney

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Me and my son Elliott are all smiles as we catch a ride behind Flagg Coal #75 at Heard of Dixie Railroad Museum in Calera, Al. Photo taken by Joseph Kaney

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The crew of Flagg Coal #75 work hard for the plearure of all who came to ride and watch. Photo taken by Joseph Kaney

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Old VS new. An EMD veteran & a Dash 8 face off while NS 335 sits, waiting on the signal clear for movement over the CSX diamond in Opelika.

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This is a close up look at the recently repainted truck belonging to the Southern bay window caboose located at the Depot In Opelika, Al

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Northbound CSX Q612 pushes its way into Opelika alabama on a beautiful fall afternoon.

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