Night is falling quickly as a CSX local freight crew makes its way down an industrial branchline with cars for several businesses. Over the coming hours the crew will switch cars of chemicals, plastics and wallboard, keeping the industries humming through the night.
With all the switching to be done along the way, the caboose isn't always left at the end of the train as the local makes its rounds.
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While most of us are sleeping, the wheels of the economy keep turning. So too do the railroads. And this train is doing its part one car at a time.
For many modelers the local freight train represents the most interesting part of railroad operations. Rather than just watching the train run, the local requires lots of work. And picking up and dropping off all those cars after dark only makes the job more interesting!