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J.B. Hunt…. Moving To Taylor Yard?

Although this is still speculation to me at this point, I got this information from a very reliable source (a high-ranking NS employee) that J.B. Hunt Trucking has indeed purchased land adjacent to the Taylor Yard in Taylor, Pa.. Assuming that this information is true then I don’t have to explain what that means. Down […]

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Is Delaware-Lackawanna Train DL-3 The New SB-3?

Heard the Delaware-Lackawanna crew today, after finishing up @ Taylor Yard, getting authority from the Norfolk Southern dispatcher to proceed north from (CP 672) to Steamtown M.P. 671. Nothing new, but the way they identified themselves was…. They called themselves “DL-3.” … That’s the first time that I’ve ever heard that train number. For years […]

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Rail Link Could Revive Maine Shipping Port

By Tom Bell (Associated Press) PORTLAND, Maine – Freight trains are rolling through New England carrying the first-ever shipping containers loaded on the Portland waterfront. The new train service is the product of years of planning and millions in public and private investment, with the goal of connecting this once-thriving port by rail with freight […]

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It’s Official.. Trains 30T And 31T Are No More

Train 14R which came up on January 19 had 5 locomotives pulling 107 cars and still had trouble making the grades of Yatesville and Clark’s Summit. Back on January 11, I mentioned that the 30T and 31T would be combined with the 11R and 14R and that there would be no more Train 30T and […]

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Is Train 30T The New 11R?… Or Maybe It’s The Other Way Around….

Train 30T above, which came down on New Year’s Day 2016, has a Maine Central (PAR) SD40-2 second unit out. Pan Am diesels are a run through hallmark of Trains 11R and 14R between E. Deerfield, Mass and Enola, Pa.. BTW-That red wide-cab GE (3rd unit out) is Canadian Pacific (Strathcona’s) #8939.   HOT OFF […]

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BNSF: A New Player In The Northeast Pa. Grain Business?

On October 22, 2015 CSX unit Grain Train G-056-18 left the connection at Rotterdam Jct., NY to Horizon Milling at Ayer, Ma. (over the Pan Am Southern (PAS)) with 112 loads behind CSX C40-8 #7671, BNSF SD70MAC #9883 and BNSF C44-9W #4738. I point this out because of the BNSF power on this train. With (2) […]

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Sunday Train Summary #6: Heritage And Color Abound

Conrail Heritage Unit #8098 cruises downgrade and underneath Lackawanna Avenue in Scranton, Pa. @ 10:30 a.m. on-the-dot on November 19, 2015. <<<< Last Summary    Next Summary >>>> 2 Heritage Units in 2 days!… Conrail and Illinois Terminal roll through Scranton!… Although Heritage Units aren’t foreign to Northeastern Pa., they’re not a common sight either. Celebrity […]

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Sunday Train Summary #5: Connecting The Dots…. How It All Moves

<<<< Last Summary    Next Summary >>>> Early on in this documentary I had said that Norfolk Southern Train 11R (then running as Canadian Pacific 458 and its 14R counterpart) were the trains to pay the most attention to. Of course, to be fair, as I write this, 11R & 14R are only 2 of 8 […]

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Sunday Train Summary #4: Seeing The Bigger Picture

<<<< Last Summary    Next Summary >>>> In Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Obi-Wan Kenobi declares to a young Luke Skywalker, “Congratulations, you’ve taken your first step into a larger world.” And so have we…. That first step came on October 4, 2015 when we railfanned Binghamton, NY to Owego, NY. Yesterday, on November 7, […]

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Sunday Train Summary #3: Seasons Change

<<<< Last Summary     Next Summary >>>> Seasons Change…. The changing of the seasons from summer to fall is always an interesting and exciting time in the Northeast. Leaves turn various shades of yellow, red and orange just before they fall to the ground (I wonder if that’s why it’s called ‘fall?’), and everybody gears […]

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