KCS, IC, MSRC, SP, Amtrak - Action Around Jackson!
My latest video upload to YouTube is a treasure-trove of footage from a time and location relevant to the Proto-Freelanced railroad this site is devoted to. On August 14, 1996 I made a trip to Jackson, MS with Bill Lang. I do not recall what the motivation was for the trip, however, the footage is excellent and I am pleased to have found this video after so many years!
The video starts of with a meet of two KCS locals on the Meridian Subdivision at Brandon, MS. Both engineers put on quite a show with their horn technique!
Next we see some IC action in Jackson, MS with train MOJA and then the Hazlehurst Turn arriving. The Hazlehurst Turn meets southbound Daniels Electric Generating Plant (DEGX) coal train with three SP AC4400CW's running elephant style. We chase this train southward on the IC Beaumont District for several excellent run-bys in the Mississippi forest.
Back to the KCS, we see train No. 30 arriving at High Oak Yard with six geeps. We observe the crew yard this train with many lumber related cars characteristic of the region.
Next we watch a couple of trains on the IC depart Southward from North Jackson Yard. The crew on the leading IC train realize that they are not next through the Switchtender Shack and the crew plugs the train as a KCS transfer with three MidSouth GP10s trundles past.
The action continues with Amtrak Train No. 58, the Northbound City of New Orleans followed by scenes of several more trains passing by the IC Switchtender Shack.
Enjoy this travel back in time to location and era that was fascinating to me!