A New Look on the MEC
Since a brief period early last year when M426/M427 were extended to Waterville Yard with CSX road power being used the whole trip, CSX power east of Rigby had become rare again with just a few local service units and dead-in-tow EMD's going to and from the Waterville shops.
Lately in the past few weeks more CSX units have been popping up on the various locals mostly east of Rigby, including these two recent Huntington SD40-2 rebuilds; now powered with a GE prime mover. The new locomotive model is known as SD23T4.
Personally I find fresh company paint like this refreshing after seven years of patched up former CSX C40-8's (often referred to as "blobs" by photographers).
This is the scene last week at the west end of CSX's Waterville Yard as the power for the night's L070 took in the last rays of the afternoon sun before starting to double up their train after dark.
The two 1700's would return east the next day eventually reaching Mattawamkeag late Friday, while the 2514 would be left at Rigby for local service.
CSXT 1721 - CSXT 1727 - CSXT 2514
Photographed by Dan Comick, February 8, 2024.
Added to the photo archive by Dan Comick, February 12, 2024.
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