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Published on May 4, 2012
After having spent 4 hours in and around the North Grafton MBTA station area and seen nothing but a flurry of commuter rail trains, I was just about to head home when scanner chatter with a CSX dispatcher became frequent and I decided to hang around for a bit longer. Over the course of just under an hour, an unexpected rush of Westbound CSX activity came blasting through and certainly made the wait worth while.
The train first seen that kicked off the action was a Monster, 488 axle Q437 consisting of a nice variety of general freight. As the daily beast heads by at just under 50 MPH, you'll also notice MBTX locomotive #1116 (Mass Bay Commuter Rail power) made its way onto the lash-up for a journey out of New England where necessary repairs will be made at a shop in PA.
Seen a little while later, a somewhat frequent CSX Local job charges West with its short string of freight headed for the Worcester yard not far from this location.
Just minutes after the Local train clears, hard working GE power can be heard in the distance and soon thereafter, daily Intermodal train Q119 with a friendly crew and their 166 axles of priority cargo bound for the Chicago area, fly by to cap off what turned out to be a pretty nice weekday evening of railfanning in Central Mass. Enjoy!
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