Railroads roll to 2018 Masters in style

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – The start of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday finds three Class I railroad business trains in town, a source close to the railroads tells Trains News Wire. BNSF Railway, CSX Transportation, and Norfolk Southern have sent trains to entertain guests during the world-renowned sporting event.

The BNSF train consists of ES44C4 No. 4251 and nine cars, including power car Mount Rainer; sleepers Glorieta Pass, Eagle Pass, and Trinchera Pass; diners Missouri River and Red River; dome Canyon View; and office cars Topeka and Gerald Grinstein.

CSX's train includes F40PH-2s Nos. 9992 and 9999 and nine cars. The consist includes dormitory Kentucky; sleepers Mississippi, Indiana, and Pennsylvania; diner Ohio; and office cars Tennessee, New York, Baltimore, and Waycross.

The Norfolk Southern train includes an A-B-B-A set of F units, locomotives Nos. 4270, 4275, 4276, and 4275, with power car No. 39; office cars Virginia, Carolina, Michigan, Maryland, Claytor Lake, Ohio, and Pennsylvania; sleepers Missouri, Georgia, Alabama, Illinois, and Indiana; dome Delaware; diners West Virginia, New Orleans, Kentucky; and theater car Buena Vista. Also part of the NS train is former 20th Century Limited observation car Sandy Creek, now owned by former NS CEO Wick Moorman.

The tournament runs through Sunday, and after that the trains will likely return to their respective homes.
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