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Chasing Norfolk Southern Train 36T From Pittston To Lehighton, Pa.

Maybe it was the three ex-Cons trailing the lead Dash-9 but for some reason this train brought out a lot of railfans on its way down to Allentown, Pa.. We followed it from Oak Street in Pittston to Packerton Jct. in Lehighton (over the Reading & Northern nee Lehigh Valley) where it crosses over the […]

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(Part 3 of 3) Harrisburg, Pa: Enola To Paxton, Amtrak To NS (Harrisburg Yard)

Harrisburg Yard is admittedly not the easiest spot to railfan in Harrisburg but it’s certainly a lot of fun. The MacLay Street overpass would make an excellent vantage point if not for the 8-foot or so high concrete wall…. Enterprising railfans can overcome this by bringing a step ladder with them for some great high […]

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(Part 1 of 3) Harrisburg, Pa: Enola To Paxton, Amtrak To NS (Enola Yard)

Today started out foggy and drab, just as the forecast had predicted and didn’t help that we were right next to the Susquehanna River…. Whatever the case, it’s Saturday, January 17 and once again, we’re in Harrisburg, Pa. getting an early morning railfanning start at Enola Yard. Looking north into the fog and up the […]

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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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Allentown!… The Legendary Yard And The VIRGINIAN & INTERSTATE Heritage Units

(Above) This shot of the VIRGINIAN Heritage Unit shows one of the few advantages of winter railfanning…. The naked trees opened up the possibility of getting an otherwise unobtainable shot of the black & yellow beauty at the west end of the yard.   (Below) Also visiting Allentown Yard this day was the INTERSTATE Heritage […]

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(Part 7 of 7) Weekend Railfanning Episode 24: Rutherford IMF – Rutherford, Pa.

By the time the rear end marker of 13R made it past Harris Tower, it was close to 5 p.m. and we had just a few more minutes of daylight left and that prompted a mad dash across Rte. 22 to 322 to get to the last stop of today’s expedition. Rutherford Intermodal Terminal is […]

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(Part 4 of 7) Weekend Railfanning Episode 24: Enola Yard – Harrisburg, Pa.

Hagerstown was a blast!… And it was very “rail” educational too. And with all of the wonderful things that we saw up to this point it seemed unlikely that the day could get any better…. But it did…. A lot better…. And fortunately so did the weather! The purpose of our trip from the outset […]

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(Part 3 of 7) Weekend Railfanning 24: The Crescent Corridor – Franklin County IMF: Greencastle, Pa.

We left Hagerstown and back into Pa. headed to the Franklin County Intermodal Center in Greencastle. One of the newest intermodal facilities on NS system and the Crescent Corridor. It’s a 200 acre, state-of-the-art facility southwest of Harrisburg with 7,700 feet of pad track and an automated gate system. It only handles 53’ foot containers […]

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(Part 1 of 7) Weekend Railfanning 24: The Crescent Corridor – Vardo Yard: Hagerstown, Md.

The day started out cloudy just as the weather forecast had predicted but we didn’t care…. We were going to Harrisburg…. Capitol of the Keystone State and the third largest rail hub on the Norfolk Southern system. We’d been planning and anticipating this trip for a while and we weren’t taking any chances, so we […]

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Weekend Railfanning Episode 19: BINGHAMTON BOUND or BUST! (Part 5 of 6) Intermodal Train 205

We headed back to Binghamton while there was still good light for shooting and as if one intermodal train wasn’t enough we were lucky enough catch another coming down from the Albany area behind 3 NS GEs #9131, #7580 & #9251. And unlike the train we saw @ Owego, this one was “double-stacked” and also […]

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