Which Way To Reading, Pa.?

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Eastbound trains on the Harrisburg Line that don’t have business in Reading Yard (about 1 mile south) can bypass the area like this train is doing. It’s shown crossing over Route 61 where it will meet a westbound in a few minutes.

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In addition to NS, railfanning the Reading area also gives you access to the Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern (Reading & Northern). We’re north of town on Route 61 and looking at one of two R&N tracks leading into Reading. This one has dozens of tank cars stored on it.

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The heritage of Reading Yard’s former owner is evident in this picture. The yard, situated ¬†between North 6th Street and North 9th Street, contains a yard office, car shops and a salt distribution terminal.

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The back side of Reading Yard can be accessed (limited) from areas along North 9th Street. CAUTION: Railroad property is private property so remember to respect its boundaries.

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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….

Check Out Our Reporting Marks Page

Can’t understand what you’re hearing on the scanner….

Check Out Our List Of Common Railroad Terms

 

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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 Reading, 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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