A pair of Norfolk Southern SD40E's in helper service on the Alleghenies run downgrade through Portage towards their next assignment, passing by the classic PRR position light signals that have sin... (more)
The rear helper on 21Q slows the train as it passes through the town of Summerhill, PA and under the classic former PRR signal bridge in town. This signal bridge is on borrowed time and will be di... (more)
On a hazy April morning the rear helpers of NS 38Q pass MG Tower and interlocking. This control point has since been cut over as crews continue their way west on the Pittsburgh Line, removing inte... (more)
A set of Norfolk Southern SD40E helpers glide down the slope at Portage PA. These signals, along with all the other class PRR signals on the line, are quickly disappearing, as PTC installation cre... (more)
A pair of SD40E helpers assist a heavy eastbound down the hill around Horseshoe Curve in some foggy and wintery conditions
Pushers lean into a stack train while the blower waits. The blower has a small jet engine for blasting snow and ice out of switches.
The pushers on the rear of 12G hold the heavy train back going down the East Slope into Altoona, rounding Horseshoe Curve.
A four pack of helpers push a loaded coal train up track one through Lilly.
A pair of SD40E helpers on the rear of NS 25Z rolls westbound into the cut at Ardara, PA. The helpers will be removed from the rear a few miles ahead at Pitcairn and wait to shove the next eastbou... (more)
NS 6314 helps a east bound manifest through Cassandra, PA.
The last of four SD40E helpers disappears down the menacing Slide, assisting in the braking of a PPLX coal train destined for Strawberry Ridge. On the front were two clean looking Conrail SD60I's ... (more)
A Four-Pack of SD40E helpers assist a PPLX coal train dropping down the Slide into the New Portage Tunnel. Even in person, the 2.2 grade looks just as dramatic.
This past winter, heavy snow squalls dumped inches of snow within minutes.
A set of helpers drifts downhill under a soon to be demolished PRR signal bridge.
As the sun rises over Altoona, PA, a pair of SD40E's head west past a 4-pack of SD40E's running east back to the Juniata facility to await their next assignment.