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Southern Pacific 222 at St. Louis - December 2004

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SP 222 near Compton Ave. - December 24, 2004 Southern Pacific (SP) 222 sits along Union Pacific's (UP)  Jefferson City Subdivision  in St. Louis, Missouri. SP 222 was serving as the distributed power unit on a loaded coal train. The train is seen here sitting in a side track between South Theresa Avenue and Compton Avenue. This location is just to the east of Grand Interlocking , where the Jefferson City Subdivision interchanges with the BNSF Hannibal Subdivision and the TRRA Merchants Subdivision. SP 222 at St. Louis, MO. -  December 24, 2004 SP 222 is an AC44CW model, and was built by General Electric in 1995. The locomotive is painted in SP's speed lettering paint scheme. Since these photographs were taken in 2004, SP 222 has now been repainted and renumbered as Union Pacific (UP) 6303, due to UP's merger/take over of the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1996. The locomotive was patched as UP 6303 for a while before being completely repainted into UP's color scheme. P

Folding@Home and how to cool your GPU semi-MacGyver style

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This post is going to have a few of my photographs, but it is a departure from my normal photography posts. With the world having been turned upside down and most of us hunkering down in our homes, with limited outside adventures, it may seem there is little that you can do to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. However, aside from practicing social distancing, there is something you can do from home. You can donate your computer's unused CPU and GPU cycles to the Folding@Home Project . If you would like to skip to the photographs , they are down at the bottom of this post. What is Folding@Home? Folding@Home (FAH) is a distributed computing network, like the SETI project. The project started at Stanford University, but is now managed out of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis , Missouri. Once you download and install the FAH software on your computer it downloads data from the project to be processed on your system, and then sends the results back to the project

Prague's main train station from Vinohradská Street

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Praha hl.n. from Vinohradska Street Back in the spring of 2015, my wife and I traveled to Prague, Czechia. On our second day in Prague we made our way over to Prague's main railway station where I spent an hour or so photographing the seemingly endless parade of passenger trains arriving and departing the station.The station's name in Czech is Praha hlavní nádraží, but is often shortened to Praha hl.n. The name in English means Prague main station. The original station building was built in the late 19th Century, while the current station building was built in the early 20th Century. Originally, the station was called Franz Josef Station, after Franz Josef I, of Austria. It was later renamed twice, once before and once after World War II, as Wilson Station (Wilsonovo nádraží), after former United States President Woodrow Wilson. The street in front of the station, on its west side, is still named Wilsonova. Praha hl.n. is the busiest train station in Czechia. The sta

Photographs around NS' Luther Yard - St. Louis - June 2007

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BNSF 8724 - crossing Hall Street toward Luther Yard On a few days in June 2007, I headed up to North St. Louis to see if there was any railroading action going on around Norfolk Southern's Luther Yard. On one of those days I was driving north on Hall Street when I saw the RR crossing lights start to flash for the transfer track between the BNSF's North St. Louis Yard and Norfolk Southern's Luther Yard. I pulled the car over quickly to the side of the road and was able to grab a couple of photographs as BNSF 8724 crossed Hall Street leading a transfer train to Luther Yard. This is one of the few images I have ever gotten of a train using this transfer track. The track is not a long one, as the two yards are only about three tenths of a mile (approximately half a kilometer) apart. At Luther Yard Next I headed over to Carrie Avenue on the south end of Norfolk Southern's Luther Yard in North St. Louis. Not much was going on at the time but I was able to captu

NS 9599 nearing Luther Yard - St. Louis, MO - July 2007

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NS 9599 and NS 8450 - St. Louis, MO Norfolk Southern (NS) 9599, Norfolk Southern 8450, and two other unknown locomotives, lead a train east along Switzer Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri. The train is rounding the curve at milepost 8 on the Norfolk Southern's St. Louis District. Soon, the train will be entering Luther Yard after having made the trek from Moberly, Missouri, where the St. Louis District meets up with the Norfolk Southern's Hannibal District and Kansas City District . NS 9599 and NS 8450 NS 9599 is a model C44-9W (Dash 9-44CW), and was built by General Electric.  NS 8450 is ex-Conrail locomotive CR 757, according to RR Picture Archives. It is a model C40-8W, and was built by General Electric for Conrail in 1994. Since the time that this photograph was taken, NS 8450 has been repainted into Norfolk Southern's Thoroughbred paint scheme, which is the paint scheme that NS 8450 is painted in. NS St. Louis District The St. Louis District runs between Mob

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