A close up view of the tamper shows this monster in action.
This mini tamper is hard at work behind the alignment machine.
NS P98 holds at Burke with 2 GE's and a trio of GP60's (One in horsehead scheme). He is awaiting a new crew and clearance north past the smoothing gang.
VRE 325 slows to stop to drop off a relief crew for NS P98.
VRE 325 departs south after stopping next to NS P98 to drop off the P54 relief crew. P98 outlawed about an hour earlier. A nice conversation with the engineer passed the time while we waited for... (more)
A laser alignment and tamping machine works on #2 track south of Raven
NS P98 coasts by the smoothing gang just south of the signal at Raven. A friendly wave from the crew is always welcomed and the track supervisor is standing 2ft to my left.
Amtrak 51 in the plant at Burke. Notice the trucks, roof and end of the 1st coach in the consist. Appears to be an old "Metroliner" cab car!
The northbound Crescent races towards Washington almost 2 minutes early!
VRE 329 rolls through the plant at Burke w/ a set of ex-METRA bi-level cars purchased for a mere $1/pc. I bet they dont get the $30,000 VRE paint job!
V10 leads refurbished Pullman cars (METRA) as Train 327 emerges from the woods just south of the signal at Raven.
VRE 25 ducks under the signal bridge at Burke behind one of VRE's newest Geeps. The SOUNDER F59 is currently being serviced by VRE/Amtrak.
The westbound Cardinal hustles through Burke enroute to Chicago.
A UP duo leads NS 203 southbound at Burke just before heavy rains and flooding begin in the area.
The NS research train, led by a blue Conrail unit, tests Track #1 northbound at Burke. The southbound move on #2 track was cancelled after a signifigant thunderstorm moved in.