NS 17G gets a set of front end helpers 6329/6327 as it makes its way west over the mountain.
After a long wait, the first westbound of many speeds down the long straight between Cassandra and Portage on the West Slope...
Yes, there is a train in there! 14,000 tons of freshly loaded fine coal going track speed makes for quite a mess as the helpers on the rear of 578 disappear into the heavy cloud of coal dust that ... (more)
10 of NS' SD80MACS head east through Portage back to South Fork after being serviced at Cresson
There was some color to be seen on the West Slope in mid October, but 2008 seems to have been a much better year for fall foliage.
A surprise catch of 6 SD80MACs headed toward Cresson for servicing. After passing by Altoona and seeing the many engines in storage including some 80MACs it was good to catch some on the mainline.... (more)
Westbound empties with some Conrail Blue!
Coal dust and diesel exhaust fill the valley as westbound 21M passes an eastbound coal drag.
A short trailer train passes a track inspector who was cleaning up the right of way before the F-units were scheduled to come by.
NS F units head west during peak color on the west slope.
26,000 horsepower, zero cars. After dropping off some cars at the R.J. Corman interchange in Cresson, NS local C51 drops down the West Slope on its return trip to South Fork. NS SD80MAC 720... (more)
Two 40s and two widecabs are giving it all they got as the bring a coal train west through Jamestown just before sunset.
Looking west train 64J is barely visible as a whirlwind of snow obscures the rest of the train as it moves at track speed eastbound.
17G is one of the first trains through after sunrise, going through MP 257 on the NS Pittsburgh Line. The Cassandra railfan bridge is visible in the background.