Sunday, January 3, 2010

Today's Train of Thought- Nobody's Fool: January 3, 2010.

The weather outside was no doubt frightful when contributor Gary R. Schermerhorn snapped this image of CSX SD40-2 #8850 leading a trio of six-axle EMDs up the grade in Hudson, NY with a cut of cars for the nearby ADM mill. But his patience was rewarded with the sight of three burly six-axle motors tiptoeing their way down the middle of 7th street in Hudson and past the Iron Horse Bar on New Year's Eve 2007. The grade that the trio of locomotives are cresting is particularly steep and trains for the nearby ADM mill typically run at about 60 to 70 cars. The train usually is brought up to the mill 10 cars at a time and judging from the lopsided ditchlights on #8850, it seems to have encountered something besides snowbanks on its way to the Hudson mill.

The exterior of the Iron Horse [seen to the left with the name partially obscured by fallen snow] was used for a few scenes in the 1994 slice-of-life film Nobody's Fool, starring Paul Newman, Bruce Willis, Melanie Griffith and Jessica Tandy. If you look close enough, you can see a snowblower on the sidewalk to the left of the train. No word on who's garage that was stolen from.

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