On the final day of May, 35A departs Altoona with 6 engines taking their final ride on NS rails. Dash-9s 9190 and 9144 are heading to GE-Fort Worth for rebuilding in AC44C6Ms. SD75Ms 2801, 2803, 2... (more)
Warm sunny weather has finally hit Central Pennsylvania. Eastbound intermodal 20T drifts down into Altoona with the Wabash Heritage SD70ACe leading. The train would terminate in Harrisburg later i... (more)
The squeal of 6-axle flanges from a pair of U-Boats announce the passing of pushers down-bound, returning to Altoona for their next push westbound up the curve. U25C 6502 and 6536 a U-30C.
NS Dash 9 9924 leads 2 others on an intermodal train as it climbs the grade out of Altoona, PA
Shoving hard on the tail-end CR 6341 and SD45-2 6655 are knuckled onto a CR bay-window caboose, westbound up Horseshoe Curve.
Mid track at Mid Grade. For many, the reality of Norfolk Southern removing the former Pennsylvania Railroad signals on its Harrisburg and Pittsburgh Divisions really hit home on Sunday, May 5, 201... (more)
Single Stacked a single year ago. A derailment the previous evening at Wyomissing Junction, PA caused a number of detours to occur on Wednesday, April 17, 2019. Amongst these, Norfolk Southern Cor... (more)
As snow comes to the Heartland this Easter Sunday, I thought I'd go back to an April day in '93 when rain turned to snow overnight and yielded a heavy, wet snow in central Pennsylvania. At MG, hal... (more)
A set of helpers descend thru Slope Interlocking returning to Altoona. Before Conrail, both were former EL SD45-2s. CR 6661 was EL 3676 and CR 6663 was EL 3678. Both went to CSX in the 1999 breaku... (more)
One of my favorite places to observe traffic was MG, located about 2 miles west of Horseshoe Curve on the climb to Gallitzin. The block station was open and symbol OIPI (Oak Island-Conway) was cro... (more)
This Penn Central E8 didn’t make it to Amtrak, and has now run its last mile. It is sitting the Altoona dead line waiting to donate its prime movers to the DeWitt Geep RS3 rebuild program.
Symbol freight ALPI (Allentown-Conway) passes beneath the westward home signal bridge for MG interlocking as afternoon shadows reach down the mountain slopes.
A line of locomotives sit in Juniata Locomotive Shop. The front end of the NS 2702 locomotive was newly repaired.