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Pan Am Railways Gets New SD40-2s

Pan Am Railways recently received (5) GMTX SD40-2s for use in “pool” service on Trains 11R and 14R between East Deerfield, Ma. and Enola Yard in Harrisburg. The freshly painted units numbered #3400-#3404 came up from the south on the CSX early in November and have been powering trains on the Pan Am Southern (PAS) […]

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Another “BIG MAC” Attack At Enola, Pa.

Another railfanning trip to Harrisburg finds another batch of some of my favorite locomotives on the tracks of Enola….     Another “BIG MAC” Attack At Enola, Pa.

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Norfolk Southern SD40-2s #3468 – #3491. The “Black Board” Brigade

SD40-2 locomotive #3383 has the traditional white number boards with black lettering. Don’t know if you knew this (I certainly didn’t) but it seems that we have a few anomalies to the SD40-2 family of Norfolk Southern diesels…. There’s a group of 24 units that were acquired from National Railway Equipment by NS in 2012 […]

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EMD SD60M And SD60I…. What’s The Difference?

I know I’m not the only one who’s ever gotten a little confused over this subject, so I’ll do my best to clear up any confusion in this post…. But ever since the days of Conrail there’s been some confusion about the SD60Ms and SD60Is and whether or not there’s a difference between the two. […]

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D.M.E. & I.C.E. Blue And Yellow…. Get Up, Get Out And Go Shoot It While You Still Can

It’s no secret that the Canadian Pacific is now the proud owner of the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern and its largest subsidiary, the Iowa, Chicago & Eastern…. Ironically, the I.C.E. is the bigger of the two. That being the case, it should be no surprise that it’s just of matter of time before the blue […]

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NS Locomotives With Reporting Marks…. Get Up, Get Out And Go Shoot Em’ While You Still Can

Norfolk Southern Dash-8 40C #8689 at Enola still sports the reporting mark of the Southern Railway. As Norfolk Southern continues to upgrade and modernize its fleet of locomotives, so do we say goodbye to many of the 20th century models and paint schemes that we all know and love. Up to and including the breakup […]

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Ladies Known As The 80s – EMD SD80MACs At Enola

Ladies Known As The 80s – EMD SD80MACs At Enola On my trip to Harrisburg I had to stop by Enola to check out what locomotives were on hand. And as you can see from the photos here, there was a lot of black & yellow mingling on the tracks. But amidst all of the […]

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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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The Union Pacific EMD SD70 Locomotive

Back in the 90s, the Union Pacific Railroad made history when they placed an order for 1,000 EMD SD70M locomotives. They would go one to order at least 500 more. Uncle Pete has the largest fleet of SD70s and/or their variants of any railroad on planet earth…. The image below illustrates some of the external […]

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BNSF Heritage Paint Schemes

Ever since the giant BNSF Railway was formed the road has experimented with several different paint schemes to represent its corporate image. Along the way there’s been several “oddball” paint schemes to liven up the mundane orange and black such as the “Golden Swoosh #7695,” the “Vomit Bonnet #9647,” the “Heritage 1 with gold lettering […]

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