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Reading & Northern’s 20th Anniversary SD38 #2003

EMD’s SD38 made a name for itself in heavy drag freights and busy hump yards from the hills of Minnesota to the sprawling yards of the Northeast. Though production numbers were small compared to the similar SD40, many of these locomotives would change hands several times over their long careers – some of which continue […]

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Switchback Switching The Reading & Northern Keyser Valley Branch

Tuesdays and Wednesdays bring a little something different to the 6-day a week operations on the Reading & Northern Keyser Valley Branch. On September 24 & 25, 2019, I spent some time with the PISB Train crews while they worked a small switchback extension to their branch.. The “Switchback Track” as I call it has […]

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The History of Norfolk Southern’s SD70ACU

It wasn’t that long ago that a small armada of Armour Yellow diesels brightened the locomotive ranks of Norfolk Southern’s predominantly black diesel army. The former Uncle Petes paraded in their sunny dress throughout 2015, 2016 and much of 2017 before the painter’s spray can and the cosmetic surgeons’s scalpel finally caught up with the […]

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Norfolk Southern Train 14R with ES44DCs and a Screaming ACE Mid-Train DPU

A modest sized Train 14R came through town with a pair of GE ES44DCs on the point and a screamin’ EMD SD70ACe workin’ hard 65 cars back into the 105 total.. In the manifest were several squeaky clean cars and even though the train was back lit at this point, the back lighting made for […]

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It’s Another “Big MAC” Attack @ Enola Yard

Lotsa’ SD80MACs at Enola Yard, Pa.

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Norfolk Southern’s SD70ACU #7320 @ Enola, Pa.

Norfolk Southern SD70ACU #7320 @ Enola, Pa.

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Still Serving: EMD’s GP38-2 “Workhorse”

The blue & gray lightning striped livery of the Delaware & Hudson was a railfan favorite. Today only 2 remain and soon, they too will be covered in Canadian Pacific’s bright red paint. #7303 rests at Taylor Yard just two days before the Norfolk Southern takeover of the yard and the line.   Even though […]

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1000 Words: Fill Er’ Up

<<<< Last 1000     Next 1000 >>>> SD70M-2 #2661 and SD40-2 #3468 taking on fuel at Taylor Yard.

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Erie Lackawanna SD45-2 #1700 & Sister #1702 In Port Reading, New Jersey

Erie Lackawanna SD45-2 #1700 & Sister 1702 In Port Reading, New Jersey

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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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