Norfolk Southern 12G Eastbound on Pittsburgh Line passing Amtrak's Pennsylvanian 43 07T Westbound at Thompsontown, PA. 4/9/2017.
Amtrak 42 with Francis L Suter on Rear
NS 18N on Reading Line at Mertztown, PA

Here's a live feed of the CSX Grade Crossing accident.

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WPXI-TV Pittsburgh was live.

BREAKING NEWS: A truck carrying hydrochloric acid has collided with a train. Chopper 11 is over the scene.

Bad scene in Washington County, PA as a CSX train has hit a truck carry hydrochloric acid. Reports are the crew and truck driver have been hospitalized.…/truck-carrying-hydrochloric…/711807985

A train collided with a truck carrying hydrochloric acid in Washington County.

For those interested in NS 4001, which was involved in a derailment a few months back, it looks like it will be salvaged. According to AltoonaWorks, it has been moved into the shop for wreck repairs.

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Overnight the 4001 was moved into the shop where wreck repairs will begin soon.

NS crews have been busy installing the new signal bridges on the Pittsburgh Line for startup of PTC, but you still can find some old school shots of Pennsy signal bridges like here in Latrobe, PA.

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AltoonaWorks added a new photo to the album: Pittsburgh Line Position Light Finale.

2/2018 - Eastbound stacks at CP-Trobe in Latrobe, PA on the Pittsburgh Line.
While the signal contractors are working in the Greensburg area, no new signals have been put up at CP-Trobe yet.

Coiurtesy of CT Rail Commuters Twitter page, here is a peek at the refurbished MBTA coaches that will be used for startup service on the Hartford Line.…/status/970442704214781952

“Here’s a peak at the “new” cars to be used on CDOT’s “Hartford Line” starting this spring.”

Bad Friday for CSX during the Nor'easter. Q409 had several cars blow off the bridge crossing the Susquehanna River in Perryville, MD.…/four-rail-cars-fall-into-susqueha…

PERRYVILLE, Md. (WBFF) -- CSX officials say six rail cars derailed Friday evening while on the Susquehanna River trail trestle in Cecil County, causing four rail cars to fall into the river.Officials say the CSX freight train was headed to Richmond, Virgin|By WBFF FOX 45

Great shot of the Wilbur Trestle in Kingston, NY...back when it was double tracked.

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New York Central System Historical Society

L2c 2873 with what looks like a local freight crosses the Wilbur Bridge east of Kingston, New York on the West Shore Line, June 6, 1948. (NYCSHS Collection)

Happy Flashback Friday!

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Throwback Thursday: Before the Clinchfield 800 was restored by CSX railroaders in Huntington, WV and led the 2017 Santa Train, it ran as the CSX 116. It’s pict...ured here pulling a roadrailer train just north of Paris, KY back in 1988. Learn more about how CSX has restored predecessor rolling stock, visit

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SEPTA has begin testing their ACS-64 locomotives.…/13-septa-begins-testing-on-acs-64-l…

SEPTA begins testing on all-electric ACS-64 locomotive on the Regional Rail network.

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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Philadelphia Chapter - Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society

May 9-13, 2018


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.

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.

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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Baker Mansion

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.…/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.

Interesting passenger charter out of Washington, DC this coming May...including private varnish.

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...

Norfolk Southern has begun dismantling the old Portage Trestle in New York.

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John Kucko Digital

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, 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 Trains

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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