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Sun Jul 7 10:23:19 EDT 2019

I would call to Mike’s attention the skies over Pittsburgh, Cleveland, south Chicago, etc.  They’re clear.  Even after all the tons of smoke put out by the steel mills and other polluters.  They’re clear.  After all the coal smoke emitted by tens of thousands of steam locomotives skies are clear.  After that marvelous shot of 611 that Mike P. took at Walton, the sky is now clear. Volcanos have spewed thousands of tons of pollution into the air but the skies are now clear. The earth is self-healing despite what some idiots say.  If the EPA wasn’t such a political animal it might be OK but it is.  

If he thinks that government will cure all the problems, he needs a wake-up call.  

Ed King


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Sent: Sunday, July 07, 2019 9:11 AM
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Subject: Re: SD60s

To both Ed’s, your comments are spot on.  Being only two hours from those coal fields I miss going there to photograph the moving of coal.  Even being near Belews Creek, NC I have a hard time catching the trains in and out. 

For the SD60’s, well I really think the SD60E program met it’s intentions just like the SD40E program did.  But with the new AC rebuild program ongoing the newer more compliant locos are meeting their goals as well.  We now have most of the Dash 9’s being rebuilt and the SD70’s.  Just look at my photos and you see the Tier 2 or 3 SD70M-2’s are sidelined now that NS has gone to AC traction.  I am now seeing unit grain trains coming to Winston Salem from Roanoke with two AC locos in place of three DC locos.

Mike wonderful photo of 611.

James Wall
Rural Hall, NC

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