To help trains traverse the steep grades between Altoona and Cresson, helper engines are added to the front and back ends of trains. Here is one such Railroad: Norfolk SouthernLocomotive: EMD SD40ELocation: Cresson, Pennsylvania, USALocomotive #: NS 6310Train ID: UnknownPhoto Date: June 24, 2011
RJ Corman pulls over the Arch Street bridge and onto the wye at Cresson to the interchange with Norfolk Southern.
Already stripped of its headlight and numberboards, the end is near for this former Southern SD40. Meanwhile, it’s busines as usual for its Corman owned cousins in the background, the brace of SD’... (more)
An RJ Corman Company train pulls a cut of cars through Cresson passing Cresson Steel.
A helper set pushes an Eastbound oil train up the West Slope through Cresson into Gallitzin.
An Eastbound hotshot intermodal passes The Station Inn in Cresson at MP 251,
A Westbound empty coal train heads under Route 53 in Cresson passing under the old Pennsy signals.
The Westbound "Pennsylvanian" passes under the old Pennsy signal bridges at Cresson with two private cars on the rear.
An NS intermodal train heads West passing the famous Station Inn meeting an Eastbound manifest.
Looking back at photos from this time last year, I found this image of NS Dash 9 cabs awaiting being scrapped at Cresson Steel.
Late in this April afternoon, an eastbound coal train is resuming the climb up the West Slope of the Alleghenies. The 2 SD40E helper units are giving their best to help get the drag back up to spe... (more)
NS 60N rolls under the PRR signals at PT 249
A set of helpers are pushing up past MO and soon to be slowing down the train as it descends into Altoona. The signals are soon to be replaced by their PTC replacements.
NS 60N led by a Norfolk Southern SD70M ducks under the PRR signal bridge at the RT. 53 overlook.
The helpers on an eastbound mixed freight approach Cresson, Pa.