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
NS coal train 592 gets pushed up the West Slope by a helper set passing under the PRR signal bridge at Summerhill.
A set of helpers push an intermodal West through Summerhill, assisting with dynamic braking as the train descends the West Slope.
A helper set pushes an Eastbound oil train up the West Slope through Cresson into Gallitzin.
An helper sets heads east under a double rainbow in Western PA.
A four pack of helpers push a loaded coal train up track one through Lilly.
Fall foliage, beautiful variety of colors gives us the autumn, at Norfolk Southern Horseshoe Curve. NS freight go down to Altoona by NS Pittsburgh Line, in Altoona PA. As usual, EMD GP9 No. 7048 b... (more)
A fourpack of SD40E helpers assist a loaded coal train down the east slope.
An NS SD40E leads at Chesterton.
A set of helpers hurries east for their next assignment.
Across the ValleyThe Railroader's Memorial Museum cut the trees and brush clear about 2 years back, and what a difference does it make. Prior to deforestation, this view of the tail... (more)
A pair of SD40E helpers push 16N through CP SO. With new signal replacements behind the current Conrail era signals.
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)
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 64K rolls through MP 277 with SD40E 6336 leading 2 KCS Southern Belles