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Norfolk Southern 12G Eastbound on Pittsburgh Line passing Amtrak's Pennsylvanian 43 07T Westbound at Thompsontown, PA. 4/9/2017.
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NS Train 38Q in Cassandra, PA with Erie Heritage Unit
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SEPTA has begin testing their ACS-64 locomotives. http://trn.trains.com/…/13-septa-begins-testing-on-acs-64-l…

SEPTA begins testing on all-electric ACS-64 locomotive on the Regional Rail network.
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Interesting charter announcement from the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society. They will be operating a charter trip to and from their annual convention using all parlor car seating and will be pulled using Bennett Levin's ex-PRR E8 locomotives. The brochure also indicates this may be the last time you will see these locomotives on the mainline due to the coming of Positive Train Control. The trip will travel west Philadelphia to Altoona on Wednesday, May 9th and return over the same route Sunday, May 13th.

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Yesterday we posted that it was the 50th Anniversary of the last day of operations for the Pennsylvania and New York Central Railroads. So it goes without saying that today marks the 50th Anniversary of the first day of operations for the railroad everyone loved to hate...Penn Central. Merged in 1968, it became at the time the largest bankruptcy in American history up to that time in 1970. Attached is a great writeup by The Railroad Press to commemorate the 50th year of Penn Central. http://trpmagazine.com/50th-anniversary-penn-central/

For all of Penn Central’s woes, it still was a very interesting railroad to photograph and experience. You had a good chance of catching interesting motive power and the many of the signals, towers and other goodies from the golden era of railroading.
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Fifty Years ago today, the last day of operations for Pennsylvania Railroad and New York Central Railroad. The merged Penn Central began the following day.

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January 31, 2018, marks the 50th anniversary of an End of an Era in Altoona. 50 years ago today was the last day of operations on the Pennsylvania Railroad. On February 1, 1968 Penn Central Transportation Company would be in charge until 1976. PRR 1846-1968

Amtrak charter train carrying GOP lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia collides with a truck. Truck driver has been killed. Amtrak Heritage Locomotive 145 has suffered damage as well. http://www.foxnews.com/…/train-carrying-lawmakers-to-gop-re…

A train carrying members of Congress to a Republican retreat in West Virginia slammed into a dump truck on Wednesday, throwing lawmakers from their seats and leaving at least one person dead, officials said.
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Interesting passenger charter out of Washington, DC this coming May...including private varnish. http://www.railsnw.com/charter/harrisburg/Main_Page.htm

Join us for a rare and scenic daylong late spring rail odyssey starting and ending at Washington, DC’s iconic Union Station. Let us transport you through some of the finest scenery in four Mid-Atlantic states. You’ll relax, dine and sightsee in comfort as we take you across fields rich with Civi...
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Norfolk Southern has begun dismantling the old Portage Trestle in New York.

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JKDrone Extra: Some of the bravest workers around right here as it's truly the end of an era in WNY. Nerves of steel (or in this case iron) high above the rag...ing, icy waters of the Genesee River at Letchworth SP today. These are brave WNY folks working on behalf of American Bridge to dismantle the iconic 1875 railroad trestle, some 240 feet above the river. They are in the process of removing railroad ties from the old bridge, some 708 of them. Each one weighs about 650 pounds. They are loaded on a flatbed trailer, pulled off the bridge then off-loaded into a huge trailer. This material will be repurposed, used elsewhere. This is serious work going on here and it's primarily local people getting it done. Morning temps have been frigid, though they'll get a little break the next two days. WNY proud and true history in the making! Thanks to my guys at Vertigo Drones for encouraging me to push the Typhoon H. It has been wonderful to use in my documentation of this massive project.

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As many will be taking a snow day in the northeast tomorrow, here's an excellent throwback video to watch on the East Broad Top.

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Steam Locomotives - East Broad Top RETRO 1950s Footage, USA
The East Broad Top Railroad and Coal Company was a short line narrow gauge railroad built in 1872-74... to service the coal fields of the remote Broad Top Mountain area of south-central Pennsylvania, and haul the coal to the Pennsylvania Railroad at Mount Union or to on-line iron furnaces. The EBT dutifully and, for the most part, profitably performed this duty for over eighty years. The Broad Top coal business faded in the mid 1950's as oil and gas replaced coal power in many applications and the need for Broad Top coal haulers came to an end. On April 14, 1956, the line officially ceased freight operations.

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Norfolk Southern opens new Portageville Bridge in New York. http://trn.trains.com/…/new…/2017/12/11-portageville-bridge…

Norfolk Southern sends first train over Portageville Bridge in New York State.
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AltoonaWorks added a new photo to the album: Curry Rail Service.

8/2017 - Back in August, Southern E8A 6901 is seen in the Hollidaysburg Yard waiting to be picked up by the NS local.
The 6901 is owned by the Southeastern Rail...way Museum in Duluth, GA. It's in the process of an operational restoration and is currently at the Juniata Shops.
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4 veteran EMD's battle one of the steepest grades on Norfolk Southern's system of up to 2.14% on the NS Portland Secondary (12/2/17). These older EMD's roar as they try to conquer the hill at Flicksville, PA.

The only Heritage Locomotive I was able to catch during my October trip was on October 13th when Train 38Q passed through Cassandra, PA. The Erie unit was buried in an impressive 8-unit lashup.

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Sometimes you get lucky...Visited the Conpit Junction area on October 14, 2017 and set up to catch some action on the main line crossing the Conemaugh River. Not expecting it, I lucked out with this train using the Conemaugh Line instead, with 8 locomotives on the business end, including some color with Allegheny Valley Railway SD40-3 3001 in the consist. It was a very warm day for October, as evidenced by the bugs passing in front of the lens.

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During my October visit to the West Slope of the Pittsburgh Line, Track 2 was out of service for most of the day for trackwork. Shown here is 4 work train dropping bundles of new ties next to the track for installation in Portage, PA. Also a great opportunity to see one of their GP38-2's leading on the main line. Taken October 15, 2017.

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Amtrak 42 (04T) Eastbound passing Route 53 Overpass in Cresson, PA on October 15, 2017. Bringing up the markers is former PRR business car Francis L. Suter.

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Classy looking Santa train this year by CSX!

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