NS 4011 is a class AC44C6M and  is pictured in Washington Boro, Pennsylvania, USA.  This was taken along the Keystone Div  on the Norfolk Southern. Photo Copyright: Jason Jay uploaded to Railroad Gallery on 11/11/2022. This photograph of NS 4011 was taken on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. All Rights Reserved.
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Coal on the Columbia and Port Deposit

By: Jason Jay


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Coal on the Columbia and Port Deposit - NS 650 blasts through Washington Boro on the Port Road Branch with a semi-clean AC44C6M in charge on a late summer eve.


Railroad

Norfolk Southern

Class

AC44C6M

Road Number

NS 4011

Line/Subdivision

Keystone Div

Location

Washington Boro, Pennsylvania, USA

Date Taken

August 23, 2022

Date Uploaded

November 11, 2022

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Description

Coal on the Columbia and Port Deposit - NS 650 blasts through Washington Boro on the Port Road Branch with a semi-clean AC44C6M in charge on a late summer eve.


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ā€” Jason Jay

Iā€™m a rail-photographer based in Central PA, born and raised in Lancaster County. I mostly shoot the local short lines and steam ops (SRC, R&N, etc), however the Port Road Branch and Pitt Line hold a special place in my heart.

About the Locomotive Class

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 50ā€“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.

Photo Blurb

NS 4011 is a class AC44C6M and is pictured in Washington Boro, Pennsylvania, USA. This was taken along the Keystone Div on the Norfolk Southern. Photo Copyright: Jason Jay uploaded to Railroad Gallery on 11/11/2022. This photograph of NS 4011 was taken on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. All Rights Reserved.


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