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How To Track Freight Trains

Railfanning is fun…. When there’s something to railfan, of course…. I say this with the understanding that I know that I’m not alone when it comes to the frustration of sitting for hours at trackside for rumbling freights that often don’t show up. It’s funny when you’re a railfan and you’re hoping for something to […]

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Helpful Graffiti?… Using Urban Art To Track Trains

AEX #11823 is shown above on Canadian Pacific Train 259 on June 18, 2015 in Scranton, Pa. heading empty back to Binghamton, NY where it will be reclassified and put on another train heading westbound to the salt mines near Dansville, NY. These salt cars mostly ping-pong back & forth between Reading and upstate New […]

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Train Symbols vs Train Numbers

Up to this point I’ve sometimes been identifying freights as “trains” and sometimes as “symbols.” Either was simply a colloquialism for the manifest but I’ve learned recently that I may have been “technically” wrong in doing that. It seems that on some railroads, train symbols are different from train numbers. Depending on the road, train […]

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