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
A very late NS L11 rolls west on the Fostoria District through Maple Grove, Ohio with a pair of former BN SD60M Triclops locomotives leading the way.
The helpers on loaded coal drag NS 590 push are to shove this 80 plus car coal train up to the summit.
A pair of SD40E helpers shove hard on the back of loaded coal train 862.
A set of helpers come out of the tunnels westbound on track 3.
A helper set gets ready to push on the rear of this heavy westbound past Alto in quite a snow squall. Thanks to Brad Morocco for the lighting set up.
Day in and day out, the SD40E's slog up and down the grades of the Alleghenies shoving heavy trains east and west. On this particular day, we see the 6310 assisting the 16N train east on track 1 ... (more)
A pair of SD40E's grind up grade on the back of a loaded Pennsylvania Power and Light coal train. To see the head end of the train check out Railroad: Norfolk SouthernLocomotive: EMD SD40ELocation: Mineral Point, Pennsylvania, USALocomotive #: NS 6310Train ID: NS C9MPhoto Date: January 12, 2010
NS workers remove snow from the switches and derails in the vicinity of the Cresson Engine House as a westbound empty coke train passes with two helpers assisting the solo ES40DC...