Backup Plan. With nothing moving at Guilford's nearby East Deerfield Yard, Amtrak's Vermonter crossing the big bridge at Millers Falls is often a convenient backup plan, at least un... (more)
Where We Used To Roam. PRR 4859 led the first electric-powered passenger train into Harrisburg way back on January 15th, 1938. 72 years later, she survives as a display piece under... (more)
Back To The Future. In the largest city in Lackawanna County, the Lackawanna once again lives on through the work of the ARHS and Tri-State NRHS, who teamed up to repaint their F3 s... (more)
Steam In The Electric City. Ready for one last day together under steam, CN 3254 and CP 2317 sit in the roundhouse before the day begins. The one-time rivals are now stablemates in... (more)
Retirement Party. Quite the crowd turned out to see CPR 2317 on her last day in service. As she stepped lightly onto the turntable, there was just enough of a gap in the crowd to l... (more)
Hiding. Three years after my last visit to the EBT, I found time to sneak away from Homecoming in State College to visit Orbisonia again, and found M4 stashed away inside the shop w... (more)
Not Quite The Broadway Limited. Amtrak's westbound Pennsylvanian hustles west down track two, leaving Tyrone in its wake and heading for the station stop at Altoona, nine mil... (more)
Hauling The Mail. 21E rolls uphill with UPS and U.S. Mail packages trailing his two GE units. On the far ridge line, another wind turbine takes shape.
Blue And White. On the Friday morning of Homecoming weekend at my nearby alma mater, Penn State, it seemed appropriate to shoot a train led by blue and white locomotives. Here at B... (more)
Lifeless. 2317's boiler time has expired, leaving her cold and lifeless in the roundhouse on her first day as a display piece. CN 3254 will now do the honors until whenever Steamto... (more)
Priorities. Even though E729 arrived at Mexico before the Q137, the crew of the empty coal drag still must sit and wait for the higher-priority train to get through before they can ... (more)
The Stepchild? Although Strasburg is known as a bastion of steam, there are a few diesels on the roster to handle a little freight on the side. One of the first locomotives acquire... (more)
Opening Up. Leaving the attractive town center in its wake, #40's engineer opens his throttle and cylinder cocks with a trainload of tourists for a 45-minute ride through the rollin... (more)
Rush Hour. With traffic-clogged Interstate 93 dominating the background, MBTA 1004 leads a trainload of commuters out of North Station for a much more relaxed trip home than they'd h... (more)
Leaving For Work. On a bright Labor Day Monday, there's steam at Steamtown. With exhaust steam billowing across the roundhouse floor, CN 3254 backs out of her stall to go to work.