NS 4284 is a class GE AC44C6M and  is pictured in Altoona, PA, USA.  This was taken along the Pittsburgh Line on the Norfolk Southern. Photo Copyright: Brandon Fiume uploaded to Railroad Gallery on 05/18/2023. This photograph of NS 4284 was taken on Saturday, May 13, 2023. All Rights Reserved.
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Eastbound Intermodal at the Horseshoe Curve

By: Brandon Fiume


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Eastbound Intermodal at the Horseshoe Curve - Led by a newly rebuilt AC44C6M, an eastbound Norfolk Southern intermodal train descends the Allegheny Mountains and rounds the World Famous Horseshoe Curve in Altoona, PA.


Railroad

Norfolk Southern

Class

GE AC44C6M

Road Number

NS 4284

Line/Subdivision

Pittsburgh Line

Location

Altoona, PA, USA

Date Taken

May 13, 2023

Date Uploaded

May 18, 2023

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Eastbound Intermodal at the Horseshoe Curve - Led by a newly rebuilt AC44C6M, an eastbound Norfolk Southern intermodal train descends the Allegheny Mountains and rounds the World Famous Horseshoe Curve in Altoona, PA.


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— Brandon Fiume

I capture motion in my photography by using slower shutter speeds that illustrate the speed of gigantic trains as they move across the country. I experiment with new photo techniques, such as pacing trains with my drone.

About the Locomotive Class

GE AC44C6M

The GE AC44C6M is a refurbished Dash 9 locomotive from GE Transportation Systems that has 4,400 horsepower (3,300 kW) of AC-traction. Since September 2015, GE (now Wabtec), American Motive Power, Inc., and Norfolk Southern Railway's Juniata and Roanoke Shops have been doing AC44C6M rebuilds. The AC44C6M replaces the Dash 9's DC traction motors with alternating current GE 5GEB13B7 traction motors while keeping the 16-cylinder 7FDL-16 prime mover that was previously used in the core locomotive. The rebuilds still contain the original Dash 9 units' underframe, engine, and radiator compartments, but they have new wide-nosed cabins, a new front hood section, and a new inverter cabinet. The cost of converting a vintage Dash 9 locomotive into an AC44C6M is only 50–60% of purchasing a brand new Tier-4 Compliant locomotive. In comparison to an un-rebuilt Dash 9, the AC44C6M is found to have an improvement of 17% in fuel efficiency, 30% improvement in reliability, and a 55% improvement in haulage capability according to Wabtec.

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NS 4284 is a class GE AC44C6M and is pictured in Altoona, PA, USA. This was taken along the Pittsburgh Line on the Norfolk Southern. Photo Copyright: Brandon Fiume uploaded to Railroad Gallery on 05/18/2023. This photograph of NS 4284 was taken on Saturday, May 13, 2023. All Rights Reserved.


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