(Part 6 of 7) Weekend Railfanning Episode 24: BNSF & Amtrak @ Harris Tower – Harrisburg, Pa….

13R is an Enola to Linwood, NC train and heads north out of Enola Yard and onto Rockville Bridge, then south through Harrisburg Yard and past Amtrak’s Station in downtown to CP Paxton. Paxton is the junction point for many of the trains coming into, through and leaving from Harrisburg. There 13R crosses over the Susquehanna River on the ex-Reading concrete stone arch bridge and down the Lurgan Branch to Hagerstown, Md. and Riverton Junction in Front Royal, Va..

From there it may swing east to Manassas, Va. And then south through Lynchburg, Va. and into North Carolina where it goes through Greensboro before reaching Linwood Yard…. Or it may go south to Roanoke, Va. where it can swing east on the Heartland Corridor to Lynchburg and pick up the east line there.

From there, 13R terminates and is broken up with its cars going here, there and everywhere in the south, southeast and Midwest.

13Rs northbound counterpart 12R makes the same journey in reverse to Enola. (if you’ll recall, 12R used to be the northbound sister train to 11R before it was changed to 14R).

Nestled among the high rise office buildings of downtown Harrisburg sits “HARRIS” interlocking tower. Built in 1929 by the Pennsy, Harris now serves out its days as a tourist attraction on Saturdays.

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Harris Tower is a 1929 interlocking tower that’s open most Saturdays and features an operating simulation. By the time we made it there it was after 4 p.m. and it was starting to get dark. We still had 1 more stop from here but that same Train 13R that we encountered back on the Rockville Bridge would be coming past and I wanted to get a good look at its consist.

At about 4:30 the 13R gets a clear signal indication to proceed south past Harris Tower and past my camera lens.

Train 13R moves slowly past “HARRIS” interlocking tower and Amtrak’s Station in downtown. Just around the bend is CP Paxton where most of Harrisburg’s rail lines converge. From there the train will turn south down the Lurgan Branch on its way to Hagerstown and Linwood Yard in North Carolina.

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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

 

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 around the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania metropolitan area: at BROADCASTIFY.COM. Click this link for the Harrisburg East Dispatcher and click this link for the Harrisburg Terminal Dispatcher.

The Norfolk Southern in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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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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