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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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Steam Returns To STEAMTOWN!

After years of being a steam park with no steam, Baldwin Locomotive Works #26 has been brought into the limelight and out of the shops. Running under her own steam the 0-6-0 made a short trip to the Radisson Lackawanna station hotel to pick up dignitaries and down to the park center. On Sunday, April […]

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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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[600th Post!] Loading Heritage Containers In Hanover

There’s been something going on in (railroad) Hanover, Pa. the last few weeks… Nanticoke to us locals. Blue 20′ foot containers with “HERITAGE” markings are being loaded somewhere near Nanticoke. Not a lots been told about where the containers are coming from or where they’re going once loaded or what their even loaded with. One […]

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Sunbury Line Newcomer: Train 10A With A Rare Ex-Santa Fe SD75M

Norfolk Southern 10A with 13 cars @ 6:32 p.m….   Guide To Understanding Norfolk Southern Train Symbols: Train Number Series Extra Series Symbol Train Description 000-099 R Special Trains 100-199 M Merchandise Trains 200-299 I Intermodal Trains 300-399 W Merchandise Trains 400-499 X Bulk Commodities 500-599 Y Bulk Commodities 600-699 Z Bulk Commodities 700-799 Q […]

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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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10A & 11A: New Trains On The Sunbury Line?

Video still image of Train 10A with 14 cars moving downgrage towards Taylor Yard and a meet with its sister train 11A in the last minutes of daylight. On Monday, April 4, 2016 Norfolk Southern Trains 10A (southbound) and 11A (northbound) operated over the Sunbury Line. For those not familiar with these numbers, they were formerly assigned […]

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Perspective: Reversing The Decline Of The Rail Industry

<<<< Last     Next >>>> As a trucker of over 20 years I’ve seen many (in fact, too many) scenes like the one pictured above. Businesses once served by rail that are no longer served by rail. The most disturbing thing about this picture (besides the 14 unused railroad bays) is the fact that this […]

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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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