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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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NS K65, Delaware Lackawanna Excursion, Office Car Special Or Something At Steamtown

NS K65(?) or Delaware-Lackawanna Special or something at Steamtown…. I came across the Delaware Lackawanna¬†yesterday with a most unusual train. One D-L Alco, #3642 and Genessee Valley #2045 led a short 5-car special of sorts in front of the Tower 60 at Steamtown @ 6 p.m.. The consist of the train was a Norfolk Southern […]

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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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New Cross Ties Still Sitting After Nearly One Year

Back on May 26 of 2015 (back in Canadian Pacific days) CP work forces places two 16-foot cross ties at the south leg of the Steamtown Wye to replace the ones supporting the switch stand…. Well, it’s been nearly a year since then and the ties are still there…. In the same spot where CP […]

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New Signs And Colors At The Steamtown Wye

The Wye at Steamtown has gotten a bit of a makeover…. In the past 2 weeks the de-railers have been freshly painted orange from their previous yellow and most noticeable are the new signs designating specific places on the line. At the north leg of the wye there’s a new sign that reads “Steamtown North” […]

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Almost A Heritage Unit…. New Power At Taylor Yard

It seems that the game of musical locomotives at Taylor Yard is still going on. Over the past couple of months we’ve seen the power go from EMD SD40-2s to GEVOs to Dash-9s and now the ACes…. Along with SD40-2 #3468, SD70ACe #1076 is (for now) the local power @ Taylor and on the trains […]

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The Elusive Norfolk Southern 90M Work Train

If you’ve been listening to the Sunbury Line scanner for the last 2 or so months then you’ve been hearing a lot about the 90M Work Train. It’s basically a locomotive and a flatcar with an excavator that does tree cutting along the line. Until President’s Day it worked the line south of Taylor, Pa. […]

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Union Pacific #1996 (The Southern Pacific Heritage Unit) In Rotterdam, NY

Good things come to those who wait!… At least they did for our roving railfan Mike who waited a couple of hours for UP #1996 (the Southern Pacific Heritage Unit) but it finally showed up. As you can imagine, many other local folks were there as well to see it. The UP 1996 led with […]

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Maine Eastern’s FL9s #488 And #489 Are Back In New Jersey

Morristown & Erie-operated Maine Eastern ceased tourist/passenger operations on the former Maine Central Rockland Branch effective December 31, 2015. On January 1, 2016 the Central Maine & Quebec Railway assumed operations sans the tourist/passenger part of things.¬†Morristown and Erie Railroad brought their EMD FL9s back to NJ.¬†These are ex-New Haven, ex-Amtrak and two of the […]

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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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