NS ex-CR C39-8 8200 Editors Pick!        
"Hellfire" at Pine Junction!
Date: 9/6/2004 Location: Gary, IN   Map Show Gary on a rail map Views: 8530 Collection Of:   Mike Rapchak Jr.
Locomotives: NS 8200(C39-8)    Author:  Mike Rapchak Jr.
NS ex-CR C39-8 8200
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User Comments
Name Type Comments Date
Tim Huemmer General Wow!! 11/26/2004 4:09:57 PM
Rick Hoar General Cool chimeny fire! Need a rolaids? 11/26/2004 4:18:28 PM
steven langsford General is that normal for a engine to do that and does it hurt the engine? 11/26/2004 5:04:42 PM
Rick Hoar General It really is just a chimney fire. Soot in the stack burning off when it gets too thick and too hot. No damage unless it gets out of the stack or burns for too long. 11/26/2004 5:38:11 PM
Jeffrey Faherty General Marshmellows anyone? 11/26/2004 9:23:09 PM
Jason Breakiron General Gives new meaning to "All fired up" LOL Nice Shot! 11/27/2004 1:47:29 AM
tim heckman General you got to love those GE's they can sure put on a show guess no more chili for lunch 12/20/2004 10:49:10 AM
Louis Brzuchalski General It's also a sign of poor maintenance. One reason why you see burned paint near the top center of hoods. Seen this many a time in the yards to, especially if the enging sits to long and the hogger then puts the throttle wide open when starting. Heard the term "Cleaning out the cowwebs" used to. 2/7/2005 7:15:12 PM
Mike Rapchak Jr. General Thanks to all who commented here - I'm glad you enjoyed the photo! :) Mike 5/15/2005 11:40:08 PM
Sam Davey General wish i could see that sometime 6/13/2005 11:46:44 PM
Mike Rapchak Jr. General Sam, Keep an eye out for C39/40-8s. They seem to be the units that most often put on these displays. :) Mike 6/14/2005 4:07:55 PM
Gregg Pullano General Only on a GE! 12/31/2005 11:55:48 PM
Gregg Pullano General Anyone up for some smores? LOL 12/31/2005 11:56:01 PM
Anthony Wood General "Only on a GE!" Or ALCO's! I've seen that happen at night what a show!! 2/26/2006 6:36:14 PM
Zach Pumphery General Great shot, holy crap! 3/17/2006 6:23:02 PM
William Duvall General So much for the emissions standards! 3/24/2006 12:24:05 AM
Virgil Fitzpatrick General This also happens when all the fuel isn't completely burned away in the combustion chamber and ignites in the Exhaust. A Blown Turbocharger will result in the same effect even on an EMD. 3/31/2006 4:09:56 PM
D-F Strong-Baker General Thats funny as hell! Can't that damage the locomotive? or burn and start a fire on the cars behind it? 5/25/2006 6:03:35 PM
John J. Poshepny General I'll take 2 Hot Dogs. Nice Catch. 10/31/2006 9:48:52 PM
Dan Morgan General Yo man, HOT looken engine. I have always thought of painting an engine to look like a 50's street rod, but who needs to paint on wild fire flaims when you got real ones. Lucky shot but looks ummm, HOT! 1/2/2007 1:28:55 AM
Steven Kakoczki General I wish you do that on HO models...LOL! think of the fun! 5/22/2007 12:02:38 AM
Mike Rapchak Jr. General Steve: When I was a kid we used to burn plastic models. They produced the same kind of flame and inky black smoke. Got a couple of HO locos laying around you don't need anymore? :-) Mike 7/21/2007 3:53:46 PM
David Nutter General That beaufitul!!!!!!! 8/11/2007 10:31:08 PM
David Abeles General Pretty cool--the former Conrail #6000, their class unit of the C39-8 fleet. 10/12/2007 1:47:47 PM
Sean Kolker General Adds new meaning to the term "belch" doesn`t it? 10/17/2007 2:03:45 AM
Sam Davey General cant spell garbage without GE. 11/23/2007 11:03:43 AM
Mike Rapchak Jr. General Thanks so much to all for the great comments. :) 12/15/2007 1:58:29 PM
Alan Gaines General CSX 9000's will do that too! 1/26/2008 7:06:56 PM
Jim Bruce General EPA ? What EPA ? 2/3/2008 3:11:12 PM
George Redmond General Very good shot, I like the flames. 2/13/2008 7:47:24 PM
Doug Wooten General I think just about all GE's will do that. I had that engine as my leader about a year ago on one of our UP trains. BTW, that's class engine as well. 2/20/2008 6:13:21 PM
Collin Reinhart General (: Nice Photo:) It is a shame that NS retired almost all of the C39s. 2/21/2008 6:10:15 PM
MISSY G General FIRE!! lol I heard about those, then when I seen one Then I did believe it. 2/24/2008 2:19:41 PM
Jim Bruce General To the Engine: "Sir, I Chalenge you to a belching contest!, do you acept, or are you a Coward?" The engine: "would a coward do this?" Great Shot !!! 4/26/2008 2:29:57 PM
Ryan Koertge General I hope the firetrucks are around. Cool shot 7/28/2008 9:23:31 PM
Mike Rapchak Jr. General Thank you, Ryan! Fiortunatley this pyrotechnic display subsided once the train got rolling (though it took a while. It had stopped for a red board; every time the engineer tried to accelerate he'd get this mini volcano; then he'd back off the throttle. It happened 6-8 times in first couple of minutes. Since they were short, quick bursts it was a trick trying to photograph them. This pic is the best one out of three attempts). 7/28/2008 10:06:23 PM
Jim Knox General Awesome shot!! 9/15/2008 9:08:46 PM
Mike Rapchak Jr. General Thank you very much, Jim! :) 9/15/2008 9:13:41 PM
Shelley H. General VERY COOL CATCH!!!!!! 11/1/2008 12:00:55 PM
Mike Rapchak Jr. General Thank you, Shelley! 11/1/2008 1:35:33 PM
James Gardiner General Doing what a GE dose best.......wish i could get a shot like this 11/23/2008 6:26:36 PM
Mike Rapchak Jr. General Glad you like it, James! :) 11/23/2008 7:48:11 PM
Ted Marshall General Oh yeah!!! Super catch; great photo. Very well done. 11/28/2008 8:13:13 PM
Mike Rapchak Jr. General Thanks very much, Ted! 11/29/2008 10:45:26 AM
Jim Gavin General Great catch !! The EL U34CH's used to shoot flame when starting out of a station, but nothing like this and you could only see it at night most times. 2/6/2009 3:20:28 PM
Mike Rapchak Jr. General Thank you very much, Jim - I'm glad you like it! :) 2/6/2009 8:00:56 PM
Michael Tierney General nice shot 6/3/2009 2:35:49 PM
Mike Rapchak Jr. General Thanks, Michael! 6/3/2009 9:55:20 PM
Joe Usselman General Rest in peace Mike. 1/10/2010 1:31:17 AM
George Sillett General Great Shot, Ther goes his turbocharger 1/15/2010 1:22:04 PM
Howard Castellucio General Thanks for all the great shots...........you will be missed Mike. 2/4/2010 11:45:10 AM
Jim Dodds General Awesome shot. Looks like someone's havin a barbecue. LOL. :) seen on the rrpicturearchives.net homepage. 3/27/2010 5:32:15 PM
Dan Glatiotis General VERY COOL CATCH!!!!!!!!!! 11/9/2010 8:14:28 AM
David Nutter General Great shot! 3/8/2011 4:56:03 PM
Victor Butts General GREAT SHOT! RRPA homepage pic. 3/30/2011 8:47:18 PM
Charlie Wood General That is just amazing! The C39-8s were always cool looking leaders in CR paint, and you captured one doing what it does best...smokin! Great shot, great job! 5/22/2011 8:58:14 PM
Dave Howarth Jr. General Seems like that Conrail unit is showing off her great 'Fire-Power'...Watch out for this guy. Great Shot Micheal! 8/20/2011 9:46:14 PM
lukas fols General Nice pic! Seen on RRPA homepage on 10/6/11! 10/6/2011 7:27:23 PM
Alexandre Boucher General so nice!!!! 11/20/2011 6:08:54 PM
Fred Stuckmann General Homepage, red ribbon and awesome. Congrats. 2/6/2012 6:27:15 PM
Joseph Bishop General What an awesome shot! 3/13/2012 7:45:39 PM
Jamie West General Awesome shot! That happens often enough on the older GEs. 4/15/2012 12:52:37 AM
Mike Maskel General NICE SHOT AND CATCH 6/12/2012 12:33:00 AM
Alan Fricker General Portable volcano anyone? Great catch! 11/26/2012 9:55:24 PM
Randy Kotuby General Still a great shot Mike. RIP my friend. You are missed. 8/20/2013 1:55:33 PM
Ben Kranefeld General One of the best shots ive seen on RRPA! 6/25/2014 5:09:35 PM
Butch Getz General Reminds me of a Pentrex video....nice catch. 12/18/2014 8:31:42 AM
Gary Richards jr. General Sweet catch & shot!! 11/18/2015 8:10:18 PM
Dan L General Spectacular shot! Seen on homepage! Well done! 4/4/2016 8:45:36 AM
David Nutter General Seen this been cover front of RP homepage today! Amazing shot! 4/12/2016 1:17:20 PM
Randy Kotuby General Thnikng of you tongiht. Reast inpiece my friend, miss you a lot. 2/23/2019 11:07:02 PM
Jonathan Spurlock General Photo was on the home page again today. The flame reminds me of another GE on the former C&O. Sometimes a train had to go over scales at a VERY slow speed and sure enough, one GE was blazing out the stack as well. Not nearly so "bold" as this one, I have to admit, but it was still rather startling to see flames coming out the stack. This is one of the best photos ever and thanks for sharing it with us. 8/28/2019 2:37:59 PM

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