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The Railroad Smorgasbord! Norfolk Southern, CSX, Canadian Pacific, and more!

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Published on Apr 15, 2012

EMD's and ALCO's, scenic and well-known locations, to urban-context and street running: this is the second installment of the railroad smorgasbord, continuing the visit to Class I and short line railroads through the Northeast, including Norfolk Southern, CSX, Canadian Pacific, Nittany and Bald Eagle, Western New York and Pennsylvania, and the Vermont Rail System. These shots are taken from the archives from the summer of 2009 to this winter 2012.

June 10, 2009
The Nittany and Bald Eagle Bellefonte, PA to Tyrone, PA (BT-10) has almost reached the interchange with the Norfolk Southern's Pittsburgh Line at the south end of town. Here, BT-10, which is quite lengthy for this short-line operation, heads south on Washington Avenue with a relic pair of GP locomotives, GP8 1601 and GP10 1804, both in full NBER livery.

June 11, 2009
PPLX coal train 536 has reached the summit of the Allegheny Mountains and backs off as it prepares to head down the 2.46% "slide" after being pulled and push by separate pairs of SD40-2 helpers and the main power, two SD60I's, which were both still in Conrail Quality livery at the time. In the summer of 2009, it was rare to see two SD40-2 helper sets on one train, because the SD40E's were causing them to be phased out of helper service.

Front Helpers:
NS SD40-2 3343
NS SD40-2 3364

NS SD60I 6728 "Conrail Quality"
NS SD60I 6722 "Conrail Quality"

Rear Helpers:
NS SD40-2 3348
NS SD40-2 3354

July 29, 2010
Western New York and Pennsylvania train OL-2, the Hornell Job, has just departed Olean Yard on its way east to Hornell, NY. The train, powered by two rare Alco Century 430 locomotives, WNYP 430 and 431, is about to cross over the diamond with the Norfolk Southern Buffalo Line.

May 8, 2011
On this day, the Vermont Rail System's Green Mountain Job was a big one, with loaded hoppers and 40 ethanol cars powered by an online 6 locomotives, representing much of the active roster:

VTR GP40-3 312
CLP GP38 203
VTR GP40-2LW 310
GMTX GP38-2 2663
GMRC GP40 304
CLP GP38 204

The train is nearing Chester, VT, which is along the final stretch for its destination of the interchange with NECR at Bellows Falls, VT. The train is limited to 10 MPH and is protected by track cars, both in front and behind the train, including a third that follows by road.

1/05/12
Q359 grinds up the slope around the scenic horseshoe curve at Mance, heading westbound toward Sand Patch with a pair of EMD's pulling hard. There was some snow on the ground this winter, but not much.

CSX SD70MAC 4527
CSX SD40-2 8096

1/14/12
Canadian Pacific 450 heads southbound on the Colonie Main near Albany, NY on its way to Kenwood Yard. The train has a nice mix of EMD power:

SOO SD60 6055
DME SD40-2 6364
CP SD40-2 6069

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