Hump Day Railfanning A Rainbow Of Color With NS, RBMN, UP, CN And BC Rail

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Late Running Norfolk Southern Train K82 Switching In Taylor Yard….

For some reason the K82 night shift crew never made it out of Binghamton Container and when I turned on the scanner @ around 06:00 I was hearing the dispatcher talking about how the K82 wouldn’t be leaving Binghamton until around 07:30, and incidentally, that’s about when it finally left.

That being the case, I knew that it wouldn’t be until about 10:00 or so when it finally made it into Taylor, and incidentally, that’s about when it made it there.

All of this worked out good for me because I was going to be in Taylor but ironically, it wasn’t the K82 or even the K81 that I was after…. Today is Hump Day and (for now, at least) that means I was stalking the Jolly Green Giant otherwise known as the Reading & Northern. The R&N is a nice change of pace not only because of its “closer to home” operating profile, but also because this is where you see the western roads in the manifest. R&N makes almost daily runs to the Keyser Valley Branch which services the Stauffer Industrial Park. The train usually arrives between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 (usually) and works the industrial park until sometime after 3:00 p.m. when it heads out for the day.

But the late running K82 was still a treat and by 10:00 a.m. he was at the south end of Taylor Yard pulling a string of empty double-stacks from the unloading track and spotting them to be taken back up north on the next train.

Not long after, as expected, two of R&N’s SD40-2 diesels showed up with the usual block of about 16 cars. All BNSF boxes say for one lone “green” IBT boxcar and at about 10:35 the inbound train tiptoed through the yard and up the branch into the industrial park.

Reading & Northern coming onto the Keyser Valley Industrial Branch….

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Norfolk Southern / Canadian National Train 31T with 41 cars and a rainbow of diesel color @ 1:55 p.m….

The best show of the day came later during the afternoon when Canadian National Train 31T made an unexpected appearance with an even more unexpected show of power. As the train made its way around the south bend of the Steamtown Wye I see first a Norfolk Southern black GE, then an ex-Union Pacific SD90MAC (even better), then another NS GE and then a Canadian National unit 4th out…. Awesome to say the least, so I was totally caught by surprise when the BC Rail C40-8M #4622 (one that I’ve never photographed before) and another CN unit brought up the 5th and 6th spots in this incredible motive power lash up!

The (3) Canadians were dead-in-tow but still made an impressive sight as they along with the “power” on this train walked up the hill with 41 cars on their way back to Montreal.

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Guide To Understanding Norfolk Southern Train Symbols:
Train Number Series Extra Series Symbol Train Description
000-099 R Special Trains
100-199 M Merchandise Trains
200-299 I Intermodal Trains
300-399 W Merchandise Trains
400-499 X Bulk Commodities
500-599 Y Bulk Commodities
600-699 Z Bulk Commodities
700-799 Q Coal Trains
800-899 S Coal Trains
900-999 O Miscellaneous or Work Trains

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.

 

Find out where the freight cars in this post call home….

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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)
629-631 New Milford (Siding)
643-Kingsley (Dragging Equipment Detector)
648-650 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)
677- (Dragging Equipment Detector)
679-Dupont Jct.
692-Buttonwood
696-Nanticoke (Dragging Equipment Detector)
697-Hanover (Siding)
701-Retreat State Hospital
707-Mocanaqua
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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