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State Panel Awards More Than $1.5 Million Dollars For Rails In Lackawanna County

By Borys Krawczeniuk for The Times-Tribune A state panel approved more than $1.5 million in grants Thursday for railroad-related projects in Lackawanna County. The Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Railroad Authority will receive $630,000 to install 9,000 new ties, costing an estimated $900,000, on its 18 miles of track between its downtown Scranton headquarters and Carbondale. The […]

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The Bridge Over “The Bridge Line” Battle Finally Comes To An End

Norfolk Southern Train 37T sits idle on the main line at Taylor Yard waiting for a new crew @ around 4:30 p.m.. The train was parked here in the morning of Monday, May 9 because of the line being closed about 10 miles north due to the demolition of the Sunset Road bridge in La […]

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First Enter, Now Exit Sandman

After years of residency in Taylor Yard, the fracking sand loading facility is gone…. The rumor is that garbage will be taking its place…. Not the traditional household-type garbage but rather building materials, plaster and stuff like that…. That’s the rumor and it hasn’t been validated yet, but what is certain is that the sandman […]

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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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Steam Returns To STEAMTOWN!

After years of being a steam park with no steam, Baldwin Locomotive Works #26 has been brought into the limelight and out of the shops. Running under her own steam the 0-6-0 made a short trip to the Radisson Lackawanna station hotel to pick up dignitaries and down to the park center. On Sunday, April […]

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[600th Post!] Loading Heritage Containers In Hanover

There’s been something going on in (railroad) Hanover, Pa. the last few weeks… Nanticoke to us locals. Blue 20′ foot containers with “HERITAGE” markings are being loaded somewhere near Nanticoke. Not a lots been told about where the containers are coming from or where they’re going once loaded or what their even loaded with. One […]

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10A & 11A: New Trains On The Sunbury Line?

Video still image of Train 10A with 14 cars moving downgrage towards Taylor Yard and a meet with its sister train 11A in the last minutes of daylight. On Monday, April 4, 2016¬†Norfolk Southern¬†Trains 10A (southbound) and 11A (northbound) operated over the Sunbury Line. For those not familiar with these numbers, they were formerly assigned […]

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Track Work On The Delaware Lackawanna?

While traveling to catch a Norfolk Southern southbound Train 11R I happened to catch a little activity on the normally idle Diamond Branch in downtown Scranton. A ballast tamper had came onto the branch where a ballast regulator and 2 loaded hopper cars were waiting. One of the workers got out of the tamper, fired […]

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The 90M Work Train Has Finally Gone Home…. Or Back To Enola At Least

The months of November, December and January were filled with Sunbury Line upgrades and maintenance. The star of the show, Train 90M, which was nothing more than a locomotive and a flatcar with a specially equipped excavator attached, did tree and brush cutting on most of the Sunbury Line during those months. From there it […]

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