(Part 1 of 3) Harrisburg, Pa: Enola To Paxton, Amtrak To NS (Enola Yard)

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Today started out foggy and drab, just as the forecast had predicted and didn’t help that we were right next to the Susquehanna River…. Whatever the case, it’s Saturday, January 17 and once again, we’re in Harrisburg, Pa. getting an early morning railfanning start at Enola Yard.

Looking north into the fog and up the running track that services the “coal train yard” we see a lone EMD road unit resting on a spur. During our last trip here we caught a coal train entering the coal train yard from Belle Vista Drive at the north end of the yard.

And although a gaggle of activity and energy, Enola seems somewhat eerie at the moment. Cantenary from Pennsy’s days of electrification still litter the south end and the whole yard still appears to be in sleep mode.

It doesn’t take long for that to change, however, and before we know it, the sounds of metal and machinery fills the sleepy morning air. For the residents of East Pennsboro, it’s just another day at home but for us, it’s the start of another railfanning adventure at Enola Yard.

Clustered around the locomotive terminal, like bees to a hive, the black & yellow diesels of Norfolk Southern congregate. There are no foreign locomotives visiting today but a handful of diesels noteworthy of honorable mention stand out to me….

Ex-N&W SD40-2 #6205 (although they can’t be seen from our vantage point) is one of only a handful of such units lucky enough to receive zebra stripes on the plow. Also in attendance is the ex-Erie Lackawanna SD45-2 #1702. One of only a handful of SD45-2s still (active) on the NS roster. And also here today is “Operation Lifesaver#9256, a GE Dash-9 and EMD GP59E #4660, a locomotive model that I’ve been after for a long time.

Another unit of interest in the ex-Union Pacific #7229. This is the class unit of the SD9043MACs acquired from Progress Rail for rebuilding into SD70ACUs. Their numbering sequence follows that of the ex-Conrail SD80MACs numbered #7200-#7228…. And did I mention that the #7228 is also in the yard today as well as #7217 which is the class unit of the CSX acquired 80 MACs….

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Harrisburg, Pa: Enola To Paxton, Amtrak To NS (Enola Yard)

 

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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

 

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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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