NS 4323 is a class GE AC44C6M and  is pictured in Cassandra , Pennsylvania, USA.  This was taken along the Pittsburgh Line on the Norfolk Southern. Photo Copyright: Brandon Fiume uploaded to Railroad Gallery on 01/04/2023. This photograph of NS 4323 was taken on Wednesday, December 28, 2022. All Rights Reserved.
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Norfolk Southern Crosses Little Conemaugh

By: Brandon Fiume


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Norfolk Southern Crosses Little Conemaugh - The two Norfolk Southern General Electric diesel locomotives gracefully navigate their way through the wintery landscape of Cassandra, PA, their powerful engines cutting through the cold air. From above, the tops of the trees become a sea of white, a blanket of snow covering the earth below. The drone captures the beauty of the scene, the contrast of the sleek, black locomotives against the snowy landscape. . It's a moment of pure beauty and wonder, captured forever in this drone photograph.


Railroad

Norfolk Southern

Class

GE AC44C6M

Road Number

NS 4323

Line/Subdivision

Pittsburgh Line

Location

Cassandra , Pennsylvania, USA

Date Taken

December 28, 2022

Date Uploaded

January 04, 2023

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Description

Norfolk Southern Crosses Little Conemaugh - The two Norfolk Southern General Electric diesel locomotives gracefully navigate their way through the wintery landscape of Cassandra, PA, their powerful engines cutting through the cold air. From above, the tops of the trees become a sea of white, a blanket of snow covering the earth below. The drone captures the beauty of the scene, the contrast of the sleek, black locomotives against the snowy landscape. . It's a moment of pure beauty and wonder, captured forever in this drone photograph.


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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 4323 is a class GE AC44C6M and is pictured in Cassandra , Pennsylvania, USA. This was taken along the Pittsburgh Line on the Norfolk Southern. Photo Copyright: Brandon Fiume uploaded to Railroad Gallery on 01/04/2023. This photograph of NS 4323 was taken on Wednesday, December 28, 2022. All Rights Reserved.


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