West Slope Helper Service
A matched set of Norfolk Southern SD40-2's lend a hand to NS 10G as they begin their decent down the Alleghenies. Long gone are the days where SD40-2'... (more)
A variety of EMD power is gathered around the turntable at JBS
Today's 11K was long and heavy, needing 4 SD40-2 helpers. The two on the rear are now about to round Helman's Curve heading to downtown Cresson on track 4...
A 4 pack of SD40-2 helpers are shoving a westbound slab train uphill as the Pennsy Geep looks on.
The sun begins to burn through the dense fog as a Norfolk Southern helper set tacks onto the hind end of a westbound coal drag about to depart from Cresson, PA.
Pushing hard to help NS 11J west over the Alleghenies.
Just after a heavy rain NS 3342 helps pull a coal train up hill
A group of helpers rest beside a trainload of John Deere combines waiting to be moved east from the yard in Altoona.
NS SD40-2s 3342 and still blue 3336 help manifest 11A up the east slope of the Allegheny Mtns. and around Horseshoe Curve. Another set of helpers are shoving on the rear.
21Q's rear helper smokes it up with it's head end out of sight along site the long train.
You can really see the grade on this telephoto shot. The tale of the train is still coming over the hill, while the helpers have just crest the grade and are heading into the "Slide."
Helpers on the 11G sit in the hole waiting for the NS OCS to arrive.