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Parallel Universes

Imagine a typical, everyday Train 11R coming down the Sunbury line…. What would you expect to see in its consist?… If you’ve been following this site for any amount of time then you probably know that its manifest would contain some, or maybe even, all of the rolling stock of the following railroads….   AGR […]

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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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An “EPIC” Commodity Returns.. At Least Let’s Hope So

Back in the heydays of Canadian Pacific, waste from the NYC area in special intermodal containers were a common sight on trains like 166 (Toronto, Canada to Oak Island, NJ) and 167 (Oak Island, NJ to Toronto, Canada). But like all things that was the CP, those good things came to an end. Lots of freight was lost […]

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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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Freight Training For Railroads: Coping With The Boxcar Blues

(Above) Former Pan Am Railways boxcars lettered for one of its predecessors (Boston & Maine) moves south through Scranton, Pa. on Train 458 on July 7, 2015. The cars have been re-stenciled for their new owner CAI Rail. What A Trucker Can Teach The Railroad Industry Probably the three most recognizable (and culturally as well […]

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Remembering The Red-Hooded Stepchild: The St. Lawrence & Hudson (And #5690)

<<<< April 16, 2009    Next date: August 3, 2008 >>>> The railroad that never was…. Or the railroad that never should have been might be a kinder (if not more accurate) way of describing Canadian Pacific‘s short-lived, lovechild of the 90s, the St. Lawrence & Hudson railroad. Taken word-for-word from Wikipedia.org, they define the […]

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