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Norfolk Southern Is Sending Their Hazmat Safety Train Over The Road

Norfolk Southern has rolled out a new educational train and website to help first responders across its network respond to potential rail-related incidents. The train and website are part of NS’ Operation Awareness & Response (OAR) program and was launched in 2015 to strengthen relationships with local first responders by providing classroom, web-based, and field […]

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$36 Million For Rail Projects In Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania State Transportation Commission approved $36 million for 31 rail projects throughout the state over the next five years. The funding will cover 15 projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and 16 projects through the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP). RTAP is a capital budget grant program funded with bonds and RFAP […]

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State Panel Awards More Than $1.5 Million Dollars For Rails In Lackawanna County

By Borys Krawczeniuk for The Times-Tribune A state panel approved more than $1.5 million in grants Thursday for railroad-related projects in Lackawanna County. The Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority will receive $630,000 to install 9,000 new ties, costing an estimated $900,000, on its 18 miles of track between its downtown Scranton headquarters and Carbondale. The […]

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The Bridge Over “The Bridge Line” Battle Finally Comes To An End

Norfolk Southern Train 37T sits idle on the main line at Taylor Yard waiting for a new crew @ around 4:30 p.m.. The train was parked here in the morning of Monday, May 9 because of the line being closed about 10 miles north due to the demolition of the Sunset Road bridge in La […]

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First Enter, Now Exit Sandman

After years of residency in Taylor Yard, the fracking sand loading facility is gone…. The rumor is that garbage will be taking its place…. Not the traditional household-type garbage but rather building materials, plaster and stuff like that…. That’s the rumor and it hasn’t been validated yet, but what is certain is that the sandman […]

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Perspective: A Lesson Learned At The Cove

An unidentified Norfolk Southern intermodal train races eastbound past the signals @ Cove, Pa. (M.P. 116). <<<< Last When it comes to railfanning some places are clearly better than others…. But then again, better is in the eye of the beholder isn’t it?… Harrisburg, Pa. is known as the crossroads of the Norfolk Southern system […]

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Is Train 11Z The New 11R?

More change is in the air…. There’s another new Train plying the the rails of the Sunbury Line…. On the morning of April 29 @ 02:45 a.m. I heard a train number that I’ve never heard before…. Train M1Z. For those familiar with the Norfolk Southern way of identifying trains then you know that this […]

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The Weekend 48: Train 14R And Two Train Riders

  Guide To Understanding Norfolk Southern Train Symbols: Train Number Series Extra Series Symbol Train Description 000-099 R Special Trains 100-199 M Merchandise Trains 200-299 I Intermodal Trains 300-399 W Merchandise Trains 400-499 X Bulk Commodities 500-599 Y Bulk Commodities 600-699 Z Bulk Commodities 700-799 Q Coal Trains 800-899 S Coal Trains 900-999 O Miscellaneous […]

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The Weekend 48: The Longest Train 37T Yet

Or at least the longest one that I’ve seen to date!… 140 cars long   Guide To Understanding Norfolk Southern Train Symbols: Train Number Series Extra Series Symbol Train Description 000-099 R Special Trains 100-199 M Merchandise Trains 200-299 I Intermodal Trains 300-399 W Merchandise Trains 400-499 X Bulk Commodities 500-599 Y Bulk Commodities 600-699 […]

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Another Herzog Ballast Train…. With More Horse Power This Time

Who says that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks…. On Tuesday morning, April 20, Herzog Ballast Train 930 stormed out of Scranton, growling up the the grade to Clark’s Summit…. Though having three powerful GEs on the point, the grade proved to be just a little too much to handle and the train […]

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