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Which Way To Reading, Pa.?

Eastbound trains on the Harrisburg Line that don’t have business in Reading Yard (about 1 mile south) can bypass the area like this train is doing. It’s shown crossing over Route 61 where it will meet a westbound in a few minutes.     In addition to NS, railfanning the Reading area also gives you […]

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Railroad Towns: Bethlehem, Pa.

    Guide To Understanding Norfolk Southern Train Symbols: Train Number Series Extra Series Symbol Train Description 000-099 R Special Trains 100-199 M Merchandise Trains 200-299 I Intermodal Trains 300-399 W Merchandise Trains 400-499 X Bulk Commodities 500-599 Y Bulk Commodities 600-699 Z Bulk Commodities 700-799 Q Coal Trains 800-899 S Coal Trains 900-999 O […]

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Industrial Switching: The Seldom Seen Backside Of Railroading

When most railfans think of railroading they think of unit trains and six-axle diesels storming through the mountains and racing across the prairies. Yes, this is railroading too, but it must never be forgotten that the purpose the railroad serves is delivering freight to the customer. In Scranton, Pa., there’s an interesting urban operation that […]

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Railroad Towns: Crewe, Virginia – A Town Built By The Norfolk & Western

Crewe, Virginia – A Town Built By The Norfolk & Western In the late 1950s, commercial photographer O. Winston Link spent 5 years documenting the last days of steam on the Norfolk & Western railroad (N&W). This took him to various nooks and crannies of the system including small, out-of-the-way towns like Crewe, Virginia. Like […]

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