Yes It Is!… It’s A Trailer-On-Flat-Car (TOFC) Rolling Through Scranton, Pa.!

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Norfolk Southern Train 458….

Once again the moral of the story is patience and once again CP has saved the day!… I arrived on station a little later than usual so I knew that I may have missed the 12T…. Nonetheless, my old reliable friend 458 was still on the today’s ticket so I set up shop and waited for him to make his appearance.

About 0700 or so I hear the sound of diesel power coming from Taylor Yard and not long after that I start to hear chatter over the scanner. It’s the crew of Canadian PacificĀ 259 who were in the process of leaving but got stopped halfway or so out of the yard…. Something about hooking up with D-11. I couldn’t get all of the details but the 259 wound up shoving back down into Taylor to wait for the 458 to arrive.

At 0758 the 458 cruised down the line with 54 cars and at that point I figured that it would be just a few minutes before the 259 headed up so I wait, and wait, and wait. 0900 rolls around and still no 259. Next thing you know it’s 0930 and finally 1000.

Canadian Pacific Train 259 saves the day…. Again!

By 1000 it was getting hot and I was tired and hungry so I packed up my gear and was on my way when wouldn’t you know it, a crackle comes over the radio…. “Ready to head to the homeland….” Was all I hear so I’m waiting to hear a track warrant get issued when the sound (you know which sound I’m talking about) of diesel power comes up from Luzerne Street.

It’s 259 and with about 60 or so seconds to spare I unpack my camera, re-set my tripod and fire away…. The two fimiliar faces of #6249 and #5690 come around with an all intermodal manifest of 43 cars and something I’ve only seen once before, containers-on-flat-cars (COFC) and something I’ve never seen in northeast Pa. before…. A truck trailer-on-a-flatcar (TOFC)!…

The 458 was nice but the 259 was absolutely amazing…. With Norfolk Southern vying to get a sizable piece of the intermodal market let’s hope that we see more trains like today’s 259 around the bend!

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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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Keep up with all of the train action taking place on the former CP Rail Sunbury Subdivision (now the Norfolk Southern Crescent Corridor) at BROADCASTIFY.COM.

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.)

Trains 21 Star Cars of July 6, 2015….

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A trailer-on-flat-car (TOFC) rolling through Scranton, Pa…..

In all my days in northeastern Pa. (and admittedly I’m no Spring chicken!) I’ve seen all types of trains and rolling stock but I’ve never seen a trailer-on-flat-car (TOFC) roll through the area!

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The Saratoga and North Creek Heritage Railway….

Take a look at that shiny boxcar…. It’s a relatively new paint job for a boxcar belonging to a relatively new railroad…. The Saratoga and North Creek Heritage Railway of upstate NY.

The Saratoga and North Creek Railway is a railroad that operates over former Adirondack Railway trackage built in 1871. The Delaware & Hudson ran through this region until September 1989 when the mine at Tahawus which produced magnetite, ilmenite, and titanium was closed.

In 1999, the Upper Hudson River Railroad began operating excursion trains south from North Creek to Riverside Station in Riparius. By December 2010, the Upper Hudson River Railroad lost their contract with Warren County and ended after 11 years of operation.

On July 14, 2011, IPH began operating trains as the Saratoga and North Creek Railroad and with its creation, regularly scheduled service returned to the line for the first time since the D&H quit freight operations in 1989.

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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