With low hanging clouds and fog still overtaking the tracks on the west slope, the Office Car Special races uphill towards Altoona shortly before 7am. The train is coming back from a week long tri... (more)
Led by an SD70ACU, Norfolk Southern intermodal train 23Z heads west on the Pittsburgh Line and passes under the PRR signal bridge at MP 256 in Cassandra. This signal bridge is on its final days as... (more)
Norfolk Southern train 67X glides around the curve at Cassandra with NS 1074 (Lackawanna Heritage Unit, SD70ACe) leading.
Norfolk Southern train 24M works hard upgrade as it passes through the rock cut in Cassandra PA.
NS 24M roars up grade behind a Dash 9 and SD60E as they pass through the ice-lined cut at Cassandra on the Pittsburgh Line. Locomotives:NS 9744 C40-9WNS 6975 SD60E
Intermodal charging up the mountain at Casssandra. One had to climb over a snowbank to get to the bridge, but you know, train photos are important!
The detector goes off, out of the 4X4 across the snowbank and onto the snow covered bridge to catch an eastbound storming the mountain.
Down the mountain in the cold with an empty coal train. Cassandra was my favorite part of the railroad in this area.
SD40E pushers zip up the mountain at Cassandra.
NS pushers on a cold snowy day.
It's cold! Pushers help a train up the snowy mountain.
Snow intensifies as an oil train rolls downgrade. It has been 20 years since my first visit here and 9 since my last. Changes since 2010 are less coal and more oil trains as well as more GE power.
Pushers assist an intermodal up the mountain. Lots of things have changed since my last visit here about 9 years ago. But the volume of trains has not changed at all.
NS trains pass at Casandra as the first big winter storm of the season moves into the region.
An NS train rolls west as the first major winter storm of the season gets started on the west slope. This was one of the very few coal trains we saw, dramatically less than 10 years ago.