#GEInstaWalk – Touring GE’s rail locomotive production facility, Fort Worth, Texas

It’s not every day that a railfan gets to visit the place where mighty railroad locomotives are born (forged of steel and bound together by lots and lots of welding)… Recently, however, I got an invite to tour GE’s new locomotive manufacturing facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Right now they’re producing the Evolution Series Tier 3 locomotive (ES44C4) for BNSF, and I got an up close and personal view of the process from start to finish. The entire locomotive creation process takes about 60 days, and the facility had various locomotives in all stages of that process. Every week six locomotives are completed… six gleaming, shiny powerhouses…

 
A shiny new locomotive, ready to be tested on GE’s test track…

My invite to GE Manufacturing Solutions came with their #GEInstaWalk program – which opens some of GE’s state-of-the-art facilities to Instagram photographers and fans. This was the third InstaWalk to be held, the first being at GE Aviation’s jet engine testing facility in Peebles, OH, and the second was to see the two GE wind turbines at the Cape Cod Air Force Facility in Massachusetts. Each event was a unique opportunity for the attendees to get a VIP experience “behind-the-scenes” of some amazing technology.

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Top 13 of 2013 – Social Media Edition

It is always nice to take a little time at the beginning of a new year to reflect on the previous year, and everything that has come to pass. 2013 was certainly an interesting year, to say the least. Grand Central Terminal celebrated its centennial, and Metro-North turned the big 3-0. The year was not kind to railroading in general, from a Quebec town forever changed, to a North Dakota fireball to round out the year. Metro-North was, of course, no stranger to turmoil in 2013 – but we all hope for a bright future in 2014.

As for this blog, much of 2013 was spent covering Grand Central Terminal and its centennial. Our 100 for 100 project, which posted a historical photo from Grand Central’s history each day until the centennial, was quite popular. Outside of our general area, we spent a lot of time talking about the Alaska Railroad, and the Cedar Point and Lake Erie Railroad.

As we’ve done in past years, it is always fun to take a look back at what was popular with the viewers on the site. Later on we’ll look at the top 13 posts of the year, but now I figured we’d check out what was popular on social media. In February of 2013 we joined Instagram, and have spent a lot of time posting train photos from all over. These were the most favorited photos in our feed from 2013:

 
  
  
 
  
 
  
 

As for Facebook, these were the most viewed items that we posted:

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