Going Retro With The Reading & Northern

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Call it retribution for all of the many days of railfan disappointment I suffered, but these days I seem to have a knack for stepping in (something unpleasant) and still coming out smelling like a rose!…

Take today, a routine spur-of-the-moment stop @ Taylor Yard brought me face-to-face with one of the most interesting trains I’ve seen in a long time….

It seems that the Reading & Northern Railroad is going retro…. 3xTimes over!

The first blast-from-the-past was the rebuilt ex-Santa Fe EMD GP30 in full Reading regalia-or in R&N parlance, GP30RN. This is one of at least (3) newcomers from way out west that now spend their days toiling in the hills of Eastern Pennsylvania.

The second was truly a surprise and a treat…. A true “billboard” style boxcar in the tradition of those bygone days of steam railroading. This faded beauty used to be spotted at the Reading & Northern corporate headquarters where it greeted thousands of visitors to the yard @ Port Clinton. But somewhere along the way, it was apparently decided that this special car was better used in revenue service….

And bringing up the rear were a couple of diamonds-in-the-raw that I’ve been waiting a long time to catch!… These black beauties are painted in the tradition of those old 40′ boxcars of the long gone Lehigh & New England railroad.

This train was making its usual trek up Track #17 to service the Stauffer Industrial Park.

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Retro Reading & Northern


Railroad Crossing

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 has been discontinued since January 11, 2016 and now runs as Train 11R to Enola (Yard) Pa..

Norfolk Southern Train 31T has been discontinued since January 11, 2016 and now runs as Train 14R from Enola (Yard) Pa..

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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