Tag Archives: Freight
Switchback Switching Branchline Customers

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 Coolest Trains In America

Today’s Cryogenic & Mechanical Reefers

Railroading just keeps on evolving and when it comes to moving perishables, railroads have long been at odds (and at a strong disadvantage) with the trucking industry.. From the first ice bunkers of yesterday, to the newest cryogenics and mechanical reefers of today, railroads continue to help keep food on the tables of American throughout […]

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Train Symbols vs Train Numbers

Up to this point I’ve sometimes been identifying freights as “trains” and sometimes as “symbols.” Either was simply a colloquialism for the manifest but I’ve learned recently that I may have been “technically” wrong in doing that. It seems that on some railroads, train symbols are different from train numbers. Depending on the road, train […]

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