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The Weekend 49: More Freight & Monster Manifests

Train 37T is making a rare afternoon appearance @ 2:18 p.m. with 134 cars to lug up to Binghamton, NY. Almost 8 hours earlier its sister Train 36T went down the line to Allentown, Pa. with 101 cars and its Extra counterpart, Train W7T came up with 59 cars to go to Binghamton having dropped […]

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The Future Of The Sunbury Line (2 of 7) Putting The Sunshine Back Into The Sunbury

Assorted double-stack containers roll northbound on Canadian Pacific Train 259 on June 26, 2015. <<<< Part 1 It’s not often that one gets to witness change on an entire railroad, but railfans in the Northeast have been both blessed and cursed to have had that unique priviledge more than once. The Norfolk Southern Sunbury Line […]

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Coal Trains Thunder Over The Sunbury Line Again!

It’s no secret that coal is what put Northeastern Pennsylvania on the map but what might not be known to today’s Sunbury Line railfans is that coal trains did in fact thunder along the Sunbury Line in the 20th century too. It was summer of 1999, not long after Conrail was chopped in half like […]

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The Future Of The Sunbury Line (1 of 7) A Perspective From Pan Am Land

Part 2 >>>> Norfolk Southern Train 30T, running as Canadian Pacific 930, ducks underneath Lackawanna Avenue in Scranton, Pa. and drifts downgrade into Taylor Yard and on to Enola Yard on June 17, 2015…. In three more months (almost to the day) NS will take over and become the official owner of this line. And […]

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Could This Be The Future Of The Sunbury Line?

Since the takeover of the south end of the Delaware & Hudson by Norfolk Southern lots of changes have been taking place…. Forget, if you will, about the red corporate raider known as Canadian Pacific for now and focus on some of the positive things. Since September 19th, 2015 we’ve seen new freight patterns, lots […]

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10 Reasons Why Railfanning In Northeast Pa. Rocks

1. Class 1s, Regionals & Shortlines: Norfolk Southern, Reading & Northern, Delaware Lackawanna and the Luzerne & Susquehanna all operate in Northeast Pa. giving railfans a variety of rail activity to enjoy. Three of the four feed from the same trough known as Taylor Yard. 2. Taylor Yard: Although small compared to other yards, Taylor […]

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CP Takes Its Play For NS Online

If you haven’t heard about it, Canadian Pacific has a new website which explains why (in their words) they feel their takeover of Norfolk Southern would be the greatest thing since rail transport and in the best interest of everybody. Judge for yourself. You can find it @ CPConsolidation.com. Warning: Status quo for NS and North American […]

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Parallel Universes

Imagine a typical, everyday Train 11R coming down the Sunbury line…. What would you expect to see in its consist?… If you’ve been following this site for any amount of time then you probably know that its manifest would contain some, or maybe even, all of the rolling stock of the following railroads….   AGR […]

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Where’s The BNSF?

On January 10, 1984, a Chicago Nail Manicurist named Clara Peller became a pop culture icon and made advertising history with a three-letter catchphrase…. “Where’s the beef?“ It’s 2015 and in Northeastern Pennsylvania that catchphrase is being asked once again, that is, minus the two vowels. A railfan acquaintance tells me that in 2014, BNSF […]

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Coal Trains…. At The Crossroads?

Coal trains like this one @ Binghamton, NY’s Bevier Street Yard may become a rarity as America gears up for possible changes in energy production.   Since the earliest days of railroading coal has been the lifeblood for many rail lines, and to this day, is the quintessential essence of heavy railroading. Just seeing a […]

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