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Norfolk Southern (more..)
EMD SD40-2 (more..)
NS Pittsburgh Line (more..)
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA (more..)
October 21, 2009
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NS 3344 (more..)
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Scooter Hovanec (more..)
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NS 3344 and its SD40-2 mate provide some assistance to a lone SD80MAC on a west bound empty coke train swining on to the Sang Hollow Extension. Built on the north side of the Conemaugh River the Sang Hollow runs from this point at the west end of Johnstown, known as Dornicks Point westward to Conpitt, where it rejoins the other two mains of the Pittsburgh Line just prior to the divergence of the Conemaugh Line. 'SG' Tower, about a mile east of this location originally controlled movements at the east end of the 'other route' unitl its closure in the 1980's, at which point the interlocking was removed. The removal made 'C', on the northeast side of Johnstown, the last point a train can enter the extension. The former 'JD' Tower at Conpitt controlled the west end until it was remoted to Pittsburgh in the mid 80's. Primarily used for westbound movements the Sang Hollow is signalled bi-directionally and is home to the Conemaugh Generating Station in New Florence, PA which recieves coal trains on a near daily basis. Also of note in the background is the blue mill building known as the Shell Plant. Originally the home of ammunitions manufacturing during WWII the plant was converted to a secondary car shop (the main car shop in town was located on the other side of the city in Franklin Boro), and was the birthplace of numerous hoppers, gondolas, flatcars and spine cars until its closing in the mid-1990's. Today it is still used as welding and fabrication shop.
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