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Another Herzog Ballast Train…. With More Horse Power This Time

Who says that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks…. On Tuesday morning, April 20, Herzog Ballast Train 930 stormed out of Scranton, growling up the the grade to Clark’s Summit…. Though having three powerful GEs on the point, the grade proved to be just a little too much to handle and the train […]

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Trains 930 And 931: HERZOG Ballast Trains Roll Through Northeastern Pa. And Back

Herzog ballast Train #930 heading north to Binghamton (and beyond?) on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 @ 06:59 a.m.. Norfolk Southern work Train 930 (Herzog ballast train) made its way up through northeastern Pa. in the early hours of Tuesday morning with 75 heavily loaded hoppers behind three GE Dash-9s (#9145, #9036 & #9355). The locomotives […]

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Norfolk Southern Geometry Unit “The Brick” #38 Eastbound @ Franklin Township, NJ

Norfolk Southern Geometry Unit “The Brick” #38 Eastbound @ Franklin Township, NJ

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Track And Flange Greasers

This is a track/flange greaser…. Ugly isn’t it?… It’s purpose is to lubricate the wheel flanges on rail equipment as to help ease the wear on tight curves such as the one a few hundred feet upgrade. This greaser is located @ about M.P. 671.5 on the now Norfolk Southern Sunbury Line (Canadian Pacific Sunbury […]

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Norfolk Southern Work Train 90M At The Old Nescopeck Yard

Here is Work Train 90M…. A lone MOW car with a removable excavator!… The track in the background is the Sunbury main line. And speaking of Work Train 90M…. If you’ve been listening to the scanner over the past few weeks, then you’ve no doubt been hearing a lot about this train. It’s a work […]

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(Video) Norfolk Southern Timber & Surface Gang

Railroad track maintenance in the 90’s on the Norfolk Southern Railway.

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(Video) Communications and Signals: Then and Now

Take a look at how Communications and Signals systems have evolved over the last 100 years and played a pivotal role in railroad operations.

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Norfolk Southern’s Seldom Seen Scale Test Cars

One of the most seldom seen, and yet important, functions of any railroad is the weighing of loaded and/or empty freight cars to ensure that proper charges are being made to the customer. That being said, one of the most important facets of billing is making sure that the scales where the cars are weighed […]

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Red Boards, Yellow Boards, Green Boards…. What Do They Mean?

Somewhere along the way in your railfanning travels you may have stumbled across one or more colorful “boards.” They may be red, yellow, green or a combination of colors and they vary in appearance from railroad to railroad but their colors are the same and so is their purpose. They’re temporary flags (“slow boards”) and […]

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Weekend Railfanning Episode 15: Norfolk Southern “Geometry Car” Moving Through Scranton

I got an unexpected surprise at trackside this morning…. As I waited in anticipation for RAILFEST 2015 to officially begin I decided to hang out at M.P. 671 to see what I could catch before the Labor Day weekend festivities began. And instead of the Norfolk Southern Train 12T I was expecting to see rounding […]

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