Octo-Train!… Norfolk Southern Train 30T With (Count em’) 8 Locomotives And 80 cars

NS-30T-1-6-2016 (4)

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NS-30T-1-6-2016 (14)

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Norfolk Southern Train 30T with 8 locomotives and 80 cars @ 08:47 a.m….

Winter and sunny skies has always been (at least to me) a double-edged sword…. Because the clearer the skies, usually the colder the day…. Today was no exception. The temperature was 10 degrees this morning with a real feel of about 11 degrees so when I heard the Train 37T setting off the defect detector at M.P. 676 at around 07:00, I made no effort to intercept…. That and the fact that it was still halfway dark out.

Not much longer afterwards I heard Train 30T comin’ down the line. It’s both exciting and frustrating when listening to the scanner. On the one hand, it’s a thrill as to what locomotive gems you might catch on the fly, but frustrating in that you never know if it’s something worth pursuing.

Today I didn’t expect much but got an 8 diesel locomotive power play (which was clearly a power move of sorts) with a CEFX leaser and a mixed variety of EMD and GE locomotives. The breakdown is as follows:

EMD SD70ACe – #1155
EMD SD70M-2 – #2652
EMD SD70M-2 – #2735
EMD SD60 – #6709
GE Dash 9-44CW – #1029 (CEFX)
GE Dash 9-40CW – #8981
EMD SD9043MAC – #7280
GE now ES44DC – #7575

Didn’t quite get all of the details surrounding it but the last unit (and ironically the newest) was having problems all the way into Enola.



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 Line….

Norfolk Southern Train K81 is a local job out of Taylor Yard that services the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metropolitan area as far south as Hanover, Pa.. K81 is a daylight runner between 07:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m..

Norfolk Southern Train K82 is a Taylor, Pa. to Binghamton, NY nocturnal Turn running from 7:00 p.m. to 07:00 a.m..

Norfolk Southern Train 11R is an East Deerfield, Ma. to Enola, Pa. manifest which formerly ran as Canadian Pacific Train 458.

Norfolk Southern Train 14R is a Harrisburg (Enola), Pa. to East Deerfield, Ma. 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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Can’t understand what you’re hearing on the scanner….

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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
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 (Dragging Equipment Detector)
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 Sunbury 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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