A Smokin’ Hot Train Literally! Train 930 With An Overheated Roller Bearing And A Wet 458

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Norfolk Southern Train 30T running as Canadian Pacific 930…

The Accuweather forecast predicted an early morning shower and their prediction was spot on…. It was raining lightly when I made it over to the west side and by the time the trains started showing up the light rain had graduated to a reasonably moderate one.

But as if that wasn’t enough, within 2 minutes of my arrival (before I could even get my equipment out of the bags) I see the headlight of a black diesel coming down the hill! Frantically I place the video camera on a discarded railroad tie (which is why the video came out crooked) and hurried to unpack my DSLR.

As if to play “opposites day” on me, the normally after-train-458 train 930 marches past with Norfolk Southern Dash 9s #8941 and #9001 and 51 cars in tow.

A little bit about the rolling stock….

Today’s lashup had some interesting bits and pieces including those big, silver blocks of bulk aluminum. Normally a staple on this particular train the metal blocks seemed to have disappeared for a while but (maybe because of an improving economy) seem to be back on the wagon.

I should also point out that I used to haul those same kinds of blocks out of western Massachusetts and down to York, Pa. back in the 90s!

But what really got my pulse going even more than the familiar commodity was the Illinois Central Gulf flatcars that the metal was resting on! I just love seeing relics of a bygone era and the ICG is a name I haven’t seen since my military days in Rantoul, Illinois!

A Smokin’ Hot Train!… Literally!…

GACX #14355 is running hot…. And I do mean literally! The boxcar is smoking its way down the tracks from what I would surmise to be an overheated roller bearing…. It should also be pointed out that the smell was quite unpleasant…. Like old tires burning….

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And a soaking wet Train 458…

Because of the weather (and the fact that there was no chatter on the scanner) I decided to pack it up by 0800. But wouldn’t you know, no sooner than I’d packed up my portable chair and was ready to split, my railfan acquaintance Mark shows up and tells me that the 458 is just a few minutes away!… Talk about perfect timing!

And he was right…. No more than a few minutes had passed (and no more than an hour after the 930 made its appearance) the 458 came slogging along with an almost as long (47 car) train with a just as interesting show of rolling stock.

A little bit about the rolling stock….

Included were some ADM (Archer, Daniels & Midland) cars, South Dakota Soybean cars and kaolin tank cars. I’m still hoping that the kaolin cars will again start dominating the manifests like they used to a few years back.

It was a productive morning and despite the rain, the wind, the clouds and the unseasonably cold weather I can honestly say that I wish I had more days like today. I had two trains within two hours and I made it back to the barn before 09:00.

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Understanding the train symbols of the D&H Sunbury Subdivision….

Canadian Pacific train 458 is a Binghamton, NY to Linwood, NC manifest which runs as Norfolk Southern train 11R.

Canadian Pacific train 459 is a Harrisburg (Enola), Pa. to Binghamton, NY manifest which formerly ran as Norfolk Southern train 12R but now runs as train 14R.

Canadian Pacific train 930 is a Rouses Point, NY to Harrisburg (Enola) Pa. manifest which runs as Norfolk Southern 30T.

Canadian Pacific train 931 is a Harrisburg (Enola) Pa. to Rouses Point, NY manifest which runs as Norfolk Southern 31T.

Canadian Pacific train 258 is a Binghamton, NY to Allentown, Pa. manifest.

Canadian Pacific train 259 is an Allentown, Pa. to Binghamton, NY manifest.

Canadian Pacific D-11 is a local that runs from Taylor Yard in Taylor, Pa. south down the Sunbury Sub (now the NS Crescent Corridor) to Sunbury (CP Kase).

Canadian Pacific D-12 is a local that runs from Taylor Yard in Taylor, Pa. north up the Sunbury Sub (now the NS Crescent Corridor) to Binghamton, NY.

Norfolk Southern 12T is an Allentown, Pa. to Buffalo, NY manifest which runs as Canadian Pacific 932.

Norfolk Southern 13T is a Buffalo, NY to Allentown, Pa. manifest which runs as Canadian Pacific 933.

Naturally many (if not all) of these symbols will change when Norfolk Southern takes over proper…. I’ll keep you posted on those changes as I find them out.


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Naturally when Norfolk Southern takes over these mileage markers will probably change.. When they do I’ll make sure to make the necessary updates…. For now here are the….

Pennsylvania Mile Markers from Binghamton, NY to Sunbury, Pa.

627-Hallstead (Dragging Equipment Detector)
643-Kingsley (Dragging Equipment Detector)
650-Hop Bottom (10,000 ft. siding)
653-Nicholson & the Tunkhannock Viaduct
659-661 (10,000 ft. siding)
662-Glenburn (Dragging Equipment Detector)
664-Clark’s Summit
671-Steamtown Wye (Bridge Sixty)
672-Taylor Yard (North end)
673-Taylor Yard (South end)
679-Dupont Jct.
696-Nanticoke (Broadway Street)
701-Retreat State Hospital
714-Beach Haven
752-CP Kase (this is where the Sunbury Subdivision joins the Norfolk Southern Buffalo line to Harrisburg and Enola.)

The last days of the Canadian Pacific/Delaware & Hudson and the Sunbury Subdivision

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Author:Railfan AC

AC is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a long haul trucker, a transportation enthusiast and a lifelong lover of trains. AC's mission is to travel America documenting American railroading in the 21st century while educating those who want to know about the importance the railroads play in our daily lives including, but not limited to, the movement of goods, services and more.

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