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Little Power, Big Power

Local and road power mingle side-by-side on the ready tracks at Norfolk Southern‘s Hazleton, PA yard.. The two Geeps are the #5324 and the #5355 along with the #9147 and an unidentified GE.. Despite the recent NS purge of motive power, the little Geeps have managed to escape being sold off while the big GE […]

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Perspective: Bigger Trains = Bigger Problems

The DPU power for today’s Train 11Z glides under the Linden Street overpass at approximately 11:49 a.m.. Air/reservoir problems with the unit caused the nearly 200-car train to go into emergency a few miles up the line and tied up operations on the entire Sunbury and River Lines for hours. Today (April 9, 2020) one […]

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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 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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Alco Afternoon Delight

Today I did a little bit of serendipitous trainspotting when I happened upon the Delaware Lackawanna and the Norfolk Southern.. Both in spectacular, ethereal afternoon light.. First we see three of D-L’s five big six-axle Alco diesels with 55 carloads up from Taylor.. Over on the Sunbury Line, Norfolk Southern Train 14R had three GEs […]

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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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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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TGIF – Train 36T With A GP40-2 And The Delaware Lackawanna In Downtown Scranton

Norfolk Southern 36T with 103 cars @ 09:35 a.m….     Delaware-Lackawanna ALCO diesels crossing Lackawanna Avenue in Downtown Scranton, Pa….   Train 36T With A GP40-2 And The Delaware Lackawanna In Downtown Scranton   Guide To Understanding Norfolk Southern Train Symbols: Train Number Series Extra Series Symbol Train Description 000-099 R Special Trains 100-199 […]

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The Canadian Pacific And The Delaware & Hudson: The End Of The Line Is Now Albany, NY

Canadian Pacific And Delaware & Hudson: Albany, NY In case you didn’t know by now, a large chunk of the former Delaware & Hudson went up for sale in October 2014. Parent railroad Canadian Pacific plans to keep the lines from Montreal to Albany in order to retain the lucrative Bakken crude oil traffic which […]

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