Do You Recognize This Train?… You Shouldn’t…. But Then Again, Maybe You Should….

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The late, great 458…. Reincarnated….

It’s not even been a week since the CP/D&H Sunbury Sub gave way to the NS Sunbury Crescent but already change is in the air…. Local power has changed. Train symbols have changed. And in some cases, the actual trains have changed…. Or so it seems….

Take for example the hallmark of the Sunbury Sub (IMHO), the late, great Train 458 which Norfolk Southern ran as 11R on its own lines. Double stacked green & white EMP containers have long since been a staple on this train (between Binghamton and Taylor) but all other container traffic was found only on Canadian Pacific‘s Train 258 between Allentown, Pa. and Binghamton, NY.

With all of the commotion and clamor of yesterday, it’s hard to believe that the one train that got by me was, in fact my old friend, the former 458. Today, I redeemed myself when I heard the crew of the old reliable getting their track authority to leave Bingo-Town @ 06:30 a.m..

The manifest breakdown was as follows: Dash 9s #9309, #9183 & #9611, 105 cars at 6,245 feet. The crew had been on duty since 02:55 a.m. so I knew that they’d be wanting to “put the pedal to the medal” so-to-speak and highball down the line.

By the time they made it to Scranton it was 08:25 and though not initially included in the original flight plan (the original plan was a straight shot to Enola), the dispatcher informed the crew that there was 30 cars @ Taylor Yard to be picked up and taken with them to Enola making their total car count a beefy 135 and their total length at least 9,000 feet…. That too, a change, since CP had an 8,000 ft. restriction on trains on the Sunbury Sub.

The train itself looked pretty much the same except for a colorful curve ball thrown at me partway through the consist. Container traffic from Hapag-Lloyd, Seaco and others.

If you’ve been following this journey for a while then you know that these particular containers were the hallmark of another Sunbury Sub train…. CPs late, but not-so-great in their last days 258 and 259 between A and B-Town.

A railfan acquaintance told me that NS would be keeping the 258 train symbol and judging by today’s 11R it looks like there may be some fact to that rumor. Assuming that’s the case, the first thought that crossed my mind was why these cars weren’t bound for Allentown on a train like the 36T. Further thought pointed out that one reason could be that the longer distance to Enola and east to Allentown could mean higher revenue for the railroad and a less overall cost of not having to incur additional haulage rights fees over the Reading & Northern trackage.

I don’t know for sure if any of this is actually true, but it does make a lot of sense.



Understanding the train symbols of the Norfolk Southern Sunbury Crescent….

Norfolk Southern Train 11R is a Binghamton, NY to Enola, Pa. manifest which formerly ran as Canadian Pacific Train 458.

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

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

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

Norfolk Southern 37T is an Allentown, Pa. to Buffalo, NY manifest which formerly ran as Canadian Pacific Train 932.

Norfolk Southern 36T is a Buffalo, NY to Allentown, Pa. manifest which formerly ran as Canadian Pacific Train 933.

I’ll keep you posted on any more 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)
631-Milford (Siding)
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)
677- (Dragging Equipment Detector)
679-Dupont Jct.
696-Nanticoke (Broadway Street)
697-Hanover (Siding)
701-Retreat State Hospital
714-Beach Haven
716-Nescopeck (7,800 ft. siding)
722- (Dragging Equipment Detector – Hot Bearing Detector)
747- (Dragging Equipment Detector – Hot Bearing Detector)
750-Banks (6,400 ft. siding)
752-CP Kase (this is where the Sunbury Crescent joins the Norfolk Southern Buffalo line to Harrisburg and Enola.)

The Norfolk Southern/D&H South Line

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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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