(Part 1 of 2) Epic Hump Day Railfanning: 3 Trains And A Light Engine Move In 2 Hours

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Having just pushed a disabled 14R over Clark’s Summit and into Dalton, light power from Train 37T eases downgrade to its train @ 06:33 a.m..

Until today, Sunday, June 14, 2015 had the distinction of being the most epic day of railfanning ever. You can see what happened RIGHT HERE….

But unlike that day which heated up as the day wore on, today started out heavy within 5 minutes of turning on the radio….

A bit of a drama was taking place as the power from NS Train 37T had to push a crippled NS Train 14R up the hill out of Scranton and onto Dalton where not 1, but 2 other trains, 36T and K82 right behind him were waiting to go down the hill.

By the time 37Ts light power came back down it was my impression that the 36T would follow him and they’d both meet again @ Taylor…. Not so. About 30 minutes after disappearing downgrade 37T stormed up the hill @ 07:10 a.m. with 63 cars and onto Binghamton, NY. Because of the issues with 14R the 37T ended up having to “hold out” at New Milford for a time before being allowed to proceed into the yard.

With the two northbounds out of the way the 36T made its way down the grade @ exactly 08:00 a.m. sharp with 55 cars bound for Allentown Yard. This train was unique in having a large amount of containers in its makeup… Forty-two minutes later K82 made its way down to Taylor with its usual makeup of EMP containers and interchange traffic for the Reading & Northern.

So between 06:00 and 09:00 a.m. we had 4 trains through the area with the best still yet to come hours later in the afternoon…. But that is in Part 2!

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Norfolk Southern 37T with 63 cars @ 07:10 a.m….




Norfolk Southern 36T with 55 cars @ 08:00 a.m….

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Norfolk Southern K82 with 44 cars @ 08:42 a.m….

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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

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 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.

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.)

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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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