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Is there any prototypical reason why one road would lash up with another road in a single consist? Or would this only happen after the two roads merged and one of the engines hadn't been repainted yet?

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DCC Models
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"M> Is there any prototypical reason why one road would lash up with another "M> road in a single consist? Or would this only happen after the two roads "M> merged and one of the engines hadn't been repainted yet?

Happens all of the time. Most of the main-line RRs use 'run-though' power and have agreements about 'sharing' locomotives. Some railroads also lease locomotives (that are painted for the leasing company) and mix these with locomotives the railroad owns (painted in the railroad's own paint scheme).

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Robert Heller

So then it would not be unreasonable to see a Missouri Pacific lashed to a Union Pacific?

Frank

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DCC Models

"DCC Models" wrote in news:yvLXd.42$ snipped-for-privacy@twister.rdc-kc.rr.com:

Esp after the merger. I even saw a DRGW on the UP in Austin TX.

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Gordon Reeder

Absolutely reasonable...considering UP and MP became one and the same a few years back.

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Steve Hoskins

Well for what it's worth, I saw BNSF units on a coal trail just 10 miles or so west of Chattanooga last Sat. That's at least a few miles from home rails.

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John Franklin

Lets try COAL TRAIN, not coal trail..........whatever that is... :-)

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John Franklin

It depends Frank, What year(s) are you trying to model. The accurate answer is connected to that bit of information.

CH

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Captain Handbrake

Many railroads with seasonal traffic lease/rent out their surplus stock during the down season or rent/lease in in the busy season. Of course there has to be another railroad with different seasonal requirements for this to be a workable arrangement.

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Greg.P.

A coal trail is what happens when the bottom hatch on a hopper isn't completely closed. :-)

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Steve Hoskins

Or what the railroad detective follows long after the thief is gone.

The CV used to mix up GT, CN and a bunch of other engines all the time and it took about six engines to climb over the mountains. Sometimes it looked like spaghetti noodle soup on the head end.

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3D

_John_ coal train?

Love ya supremely.

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Steve Caple

"M> > Happens all of the time. Most of the main-line RRs use 'run-though' "M> > power and have agreements about 'sharing' locomotives. "M> "M> So then it would not be unreasonable to see a Missouri Pacific lashed to a "M> Union Pacific?

Yes, it could possibly happen.

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Robert Heller

Hmmm... but these are all Canadian roads, right? And aren't all the Canadian roads controlled by the government... more or less direct... like our AmTrak?

Frank

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DCC Models

Well, that's kind of why I said before a merger, but to be more specific, it would be the early days of diesel, during the transition period from steam to diesel. You see, I have several really nice GP7s and GP9s, but not a duplicate in the collection, and I wanted to know if it would be prototypical to see a Missouri Pacific GP7 lashed up with a Union Pacific GP7, etc.

Frank

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DCC Models

Somewhere I have a recent picture of a Norfolk Southern engine lashed up with some UP engines. I'll see if I can find it. I think it's from our first Feather River trip?

I think it's more economical to barter resources than pay cash to even up track rentals and such. A lot easier on the tax statement, I'm guessing.

Paul

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Paul Newhouse

"DCC Models" wrote in news:FsZXd.268$ snipped-for-privacy@twister.rdc-kc.rr.com:

I saw a bunch of UP motive power and rolling stock in Evansville's Howell Yards this weekend. That's CSX territory for sure. There was also a Norfolk Southern engine parked, a Conrail, and several others as well. There was a little bit of everything there from ragged out 50 year old SW's to the latest monsters from GE.

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Norman Morgan

After UP ate all those other roads, they found themselves in a power crunch and needed to "borrow" (lease) a LOT of locomotives from other railroads. That made for a lot of eastern road locos out west. Within the past few years they've been paying back on that, usually by leasing their OWN locomotives back out to the roads they owed. Thus, we've seen things such as UP locomotives helping to haul NS coal trains in Florida.

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Joe Ellis

Railroads often 'share' locomotives, lease locomotives from other railroads or leasing companies, sometimes buy used locomotives and run them for a while without repainting them, and host other railroad's locomotives on 'run-through' trains. There are also formal 'trackage rights' where a railroad obtains the right to operate on another railroad's trackage, by purchase, barter, or legal-action means.

So, there can be all sorts of reasons to see 'mixed' power, or another railroad's power on any given railroad.

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Daniel A. Mitchell

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