Hump Day Railfanning: Super Rare CITIRAIL GEVO On Norfolk Southern 13T!

Norfolk Southern Train 12T with 53 cars @ 0610….

In all fairness to the occasion, any day of railfanning can be considered a good one but there are days that stand out over others…. Hump Day today was one such day…. I arrived on station just before 0600 and at 0559 I’m hearing airhorns coming from the grade crossing at Depot Road…. Already I’m thinking that these are the kinds of days that I like!… Immediate gratification!

About ten minutes later a matched pair of EMD SD70ACes bound for Buffalo ease on by with Train 12T and 53 cars in tow. This would be it for several hours so the feast soon turned to famine as all (including the radio) were quiet for nearly 3 hours.

At about 0840 the CP dispatcher comes across the Taylor radio frequency and tells the foreman about the morning’s lineup. And although the transmission was spotty and somewhat garbled I was able to hear the words that were important to me…. 458, Binghamton with 933 about a half-an-hour behind….

By now it was almost 0900 so whether 458 had just left Bingo-Town or was in the process of leaving I surmised that it would be between 11-12 a.m. before he’d show up and with the 933 not far behind I figured that I was looking at an all-morning and into the afternoon waiting affair…. In fact, had it only been one train or the other I wouldn’t have stuck around but today I’m sure glad that I did.

So there I sit, nodding off as I wait when at 1000 on the dot, as the church bells rang, Surprise!… Here comes the 458 drifting downgrade with its manifest of 53 cars headed to Enola and further south to North Carolina. There was no work today in Taylor so shortly after the train passed by I heard the crew over the radio getting their track warrant to proceed south of CPF 679 (Dupont Junction).

The fact that the 458 showed up as much as 2 hours earlier than expected was nice enough but the big show was still to come…. Experience has taught me that each train has its unique aspects which make them fun to railfan…. 458 is a mixed freight that usually contains something unique in the manifest be it an old surviving relic of the 20th century or whatever. 30T and 31T are Canadian trains that are always predominately filled with CN rolling stock and usually have CN power in the motive power lashup. 12T and 13T are havens for foreign power and Heritage units and today 30T delivered in a big way.

At 1045 I see headlights getting closer so I get the cameras ready…. As it gets closer I start to make out the blue & yellow stripes and right away I know what I’m in for! It’s a rare (at least in these parts) CITIRAIL GEVO! Number #1203 (the same one shown on Wikipedia.org) and the third GEVO built for CITIRAIL. As he passes me by he lets loose on the air horn and it wakes up the entire city! He’s accompanied by a wide-cab and a standard-cab GE Dash 9s and 88 cars.

I often talk about patience in railfanning and today patience paid off big yet again…. Of course, patience isn’t the only virtue, it helps to have good judgment on when to pack it in and when to stick around!

Norfolk Southern Train 458 with 56 cars @ 1000….

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Norfolk Southern Train 13T with 88 cars @ 1045….

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Trains 21 Star Cars of August 19, 2015….

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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.)

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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