A Tale Of Two Trains, Two SD70s And A “Real” Union Pacific “Big Mac”

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Norfolk Southern Train 12T with a Union Pacific SD9043MAC….

Sometimes I wish every day was like today…. No sooner than I arrive at trackside I hear the airhorns of a freight train down in Taylor and before even I have time to set my stuff down and unpack I hear the rumble of the train coming upgrade….

Ok, so you’ve heard that scenario from me before, true, but I don’t think there’s a railfan out there who doesn’t know the frantic nervousness of trying to get their cameras and equipment setup while a train is rapidly approaching…. Oh, did I happen to mention that it was also raining preventing me from getting the angle I had originally been fixed on?

Anyhoots, with head and ditch lights burning Norfolk Southern SD70M-2 #2665 rounds the bend at 06:05 with 3 units, 61 cars and a visitor in the Armour Yellow and Harbor Mist Gray of the Union Pacific railroad. The big SD90 is my first catch of one of these units anywhere!…

And as always, the train itself has some interesting rolling stock to talk about…. Check out those CETX (Cowden-Eaton) and JTLX (Joseph Resources) gondolas as well those gray HOKX (Hooker Chemical) and white OLNX (Olin) tank cars and my favorite of this train, that PMLX (Prairie Malt Limited) jumbo covered hopper.

And for all of you smart alecs out there who thought that this SD90 was a Norfolk Southern patch job, notice the winged emblem on the front, the locomotive number on the cab and rear as well as the name on the sides which makes this a “true” Union Pacific “Big Mac!”

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Norfolk Southern Train 458….

I figured the 12T might run into the 458 on the way up, and judging by his 07:22 run by, it’s a safe bet to say that he did…. The “Old Reliable” as I like to call it also had an SD70M-2 on the point followed by an ES40DC and 80 cars.

The ones that stood out to me were the Kansas City Southern (KCS) boxcar, the Conrail (CR) coil car and not one, but two Corinth & Counce Railroad boxcars that were patched over for the Hartford & Slocum (HS) and the Alabama & Gulf Coast Railway (AGR).

Pay attention to the reporting marks here, lots of southern and Gulf Coast roads…. Remember that this train originates in Binghamton, NY and terminates further down the line in Linwood, NC near Spencer (between Lexington and Salisbury) on the now Norfolk Southern Crescent Corridor.

Once NS takes over full and proper it’ll be interesting to see what other types of railroads and rolling stock we’ll see making the north and south run by through the west side.

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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
657-Factoryville
659-661 (10,000 ft. siding)
661-Dalton
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.
692-Buttonwood
696-Nanticoke (Broadway Street)
701-Retreat State Hospital
707-Mocanaqua
714-Beach Haven
716-Nescopeck
750.5-Banks
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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