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Another Herzog Ballast Train…. With More Horse Power This Time

Who says that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks…. On Tuesday morning, April 20, Herzog Ballast Train 930 stormed out of Scranton, growling up the the grade to Clark’s Summit…. Though having three powerful GEs on the point, the grade proved to be just a little too much to handle and the train […]

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Trains 930 And 931: HERZOG Ballast Trains Roll Through Northeastern Pa. And Back

Herzog ballast Train #930 heading north to Binghamton (and beyond?) on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 @ 06:59 a.m.. Norfolk Southern work Train 930 (Herzog ballast train) made its way up through northeastern Pa. in the early hours of Tuesday morning with 75 heavily loaded hoppers behind three GE Dash-9s (#9145, #9036 & #9355). The locomotives […]

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Cylindrical Covered Hoppers (Part 2 of 2)

See Part 1 for the complete history of these unique freight cars. Cylindrical Hoppers (Part 2 of 2)

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Cylindrical Covered Hoppers (Part 1 of 2)

Perhaps the best part of rail fanning is the fact that there’s so many different types of freight cars to look at…. That being said, there’s no mistaking the odd but distinctive look of a cylindrical covered hopper. Besides often seen far from their home rails, what isn’t always obvious is the important role they […]

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Metro North’s GE P32AC-DM #228 a.k.a. The “New Haven” Heritage Locomotive

The P32AC-DM (GENESIS Series II) was developed for both Amtrak and Metro-North and can operate on power generated either by the on-board diesel prime mover or, for a short period of time (approximately 10 minutes), power collected from a third rail electrification system. It’s rated at 3,200 horsepower, 2,900 horsepower when supplying HEP, and is […]

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Passenger Stations: Towanda, Pennsylvania

In 1922, the Susquehanna & New York (S&NY) constructed this building, smaller than the freight depot (20′ x 64′). This one-story building of steel lath covered with stucco has an asbestos roof. The station had 3 rooms: ticket office, freight room and a passenger waiting room. The building was “city steam heated and electric lighted.” […]

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Union Pacific #1996 (The Southern Pacific Heritage Unit) In Sayre, Pa.

Railfans in the Northeast got a triple treat in February and March when the Union Pacific #1996 (the Southern Pacific Heritage Unit) made several appearances in Pennsylvania and New York. The first two of the three were on the CSX ex-New York Central Water Lever Route to and from the Albany area of NY State. […]

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New Jersey Transit PL42AC #4018 In Port Jervis, NY

New Jersey Transit PL42AC #4018 In Port Jervis, NY

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The Reading Heritage Unit: On Home Rails For The First Time In A Long Time

It’s been 4 years since Norfolk Southern‘s famed Heritage fleet was placed into active duty service across the system. Since then they, and their special interest brethren, have racked up tens of thousands of miles across America. That said, it’s sometimes a long time before the units see their own home rails. Such was the […]

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[500th Post!] Today’s Mechanical Reefers And Refrigerated Boxcars

The 3 reefers shown below @ Enola Yard are good examples of the refrigerated cars roaming the rails of America today. The one to the left is a Union Pacific “Chilled Express” reefer that was probably refurbished from an old Fruit Grower’s Express (FGE) insulated boxcar. The one in the middle is one of UP’s […]

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