Northbound Turn On KCS’s Gulfport Sub – 26 April 2010

by Jim on 2011/04/26

[Jimbaux will make you his someday . . .  somehow, somewhere, someway.]

Yeah, and I associate Kenny Wayne Shepherd with the KCS’s Gulfport Subdivision for some reason.

What A Difference Each Year Makes

On Monday 26 April 2010, I took these pictures as I was out with a pal on the KCS’s Gulfport Subdivision between Gulfport and Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  Not much later, a federally funded project to replace the old jointed rail and install continuous welded rail for higher speed trains would commence.

The Magnolia State

Here’s is the northbound Gulfport Turn on its way north toward Hattiesburg from its base in Gulfport.

Here’s the overhead shot at Perkinston.  I erred about a year ago when I said that taking this shot was a good way to a few inches shaved off of one’s rear end.  That’s true if you’re shooting in the other direction from here.

And here he is a few seconds later as he inches closer.  Elevation makes a train shot great!

We had a long, grueling wait for him switching at Wiggins, as seen below.

After that happened, the front end coupled back to the train, and the train started moving forward.

Perhaps an hour later, here is the front end of the train near the south end of Brooklyn.

Yeah, it’s different, and different is good.



1 ian Loasby April 26, 2011 at 08:39

Love some of your work, but must ask why you choose to go b/w with that wonderful light.

Ian Loasby

2 EDITOR - Jimbaux April 26, 2011 at 11:47

Well, actually, the reason I chose to go B&W there was because the lighting was terrible. The train was coming straight out of the path of the sunlight (or close to it) in the B&W pictures.

3 Howard Bunte April 26, 2011 at 12:55

isn’t there a line…what does not kill you makes you stronger…?
Hey, you’re still there, still strong… and getting stronger…

just listen to that old Bill Conti song “theme from “Rocky”… and think of ‘running up those steps’…
great shots for a time and place, there on the Gulfport Sub… and I liked them in b/w…
nice for tone… and my narrow gauge Mikados look just great, like your KCS locos.

4 PPA April 26, 2011 at 13:01

This is the trip I missed, correct? I just couldn’t make it down there.

5 EDITOR - Jimbaux April 27, 2011 at 00:33

Correct. Yes, you missed it, and so did the Cajun Porkchop. You would have all enjoyed each other’s company.

6 Tom Becket April 27, 2011 at 11:30

Next time you’re stuck in Wiggins, there’s a restuarant called Wentzel’s there-it’s in a strip mall storefront, we found it by accident while poking around one time on the way back from Mobile, so not sure of the exact location, but it was pretty close to downtown-that had fabulous Gulf seafood at really reasonable prices. Worth a stop if you’re waiting!!

7 Sinue April 27, 2011 at 13:48

Hermosas Fotografias amigo James……… Sin duda el mejor fotografo de KCS

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