Conrail, CP, SOO, KCS, SP, UP, BNSF: All on the NS Harrisburg Line





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Published on Mar 27, 2010

If the power isn't enough to make you wide-eyed during this video, because you'll see over 3 pure Conrail lash-ups, a former Reading unit, a pure SP locomotive, a candy apple red SOO, southern belle and other foreign power, plenty of SD40-2's...then I know you'll enjoy the wonderful scenes nature has to offer during the Winter to Spring Transition along the NS Harrisburg Line. Starting out at the end of snowy February, and working our way through a sunny and cloudless, sometimes rainy, and goreous sunsetting March, to the day directly before Spring. I was so impressed by the action and scenery during this transition, that I included many (but not nearly all) the video during this past month to make a super 10 minute plus video to show the scenes best captured. I hope you enjoy.

Loaded ethanol train 68Q heads east through an evening snow squal with very diverse power.

NS D9-40CW 9750
BNSF D9-44CW 4800
KCS SD70ACe 4127

Ethanol empties 69Q head west in the snow with a very rare pure Southern Pacific locomotive. Oddly enough, this was the second time I saw this engine (and I bet there are people along UP tracks who haven't even seen it). I was glad to catch it unpatched, because I think it is destined to become UP 6308.

NS D9-40CW 9386
UP SD70M 5164
SP AC4400CW 352

CP 165 / NS 31J now runs with relic EMD rather than the GE's that had plagued the trains for months. The train is also very early at 21:45. CP has haulage rights back and forth from Binghamton, NY to Philadelphia, PA. This deal still carries through from the D&H on Conrail days. I must say, that is one of the best K3L's I have ever heard.

CP SD40-2 5935
CP SD40-2 5677
CP SD40-2 5919

Local H33 has a Conrail duo of relic EMD's.

NS GP40-2 3061 "Conrail Quality"
NS GP40-2 3001 "Conrail Quality"

Westbound Canadian Pacific haulage rights train 165 (NS 31J) makes a historic night with a candy apple red SOO
leader fresh out of the storage line and has a great K3L horn. The train which normally passes this location at 03:00 was very early at 22:00 on the dot.

SOO SD60 6048
CP SD40-2 5677
CP SD40-2 5919

On a fantastic sunny afternoon, ethanol empties 69Q is led by a nice blue former Conrail EMD.

NS SD60I 6742 "Conrail Quality"
NS D9-40C 8823
NS ES40DC 7523

Smoking and throttling hard, trash empties 64J makes a great show with a nice pair of relic EMD's.

NS SD40-2 3423
NS SD40-2 3433

The eastbound loaded automotive train 18N, with a nice EMD pair, breezes by a local farm at its normal afternoon time.

NS SD70M-2 2776
NS SD70 2504

Train 33A looks more like its predecessor, Conrail BAAL (Baltimore-Allentown), with its pair of smokey former Conrail Dash-8's. The leader was really blowing a lot of smoke, it smelled very strong too.

NS D8-40CW 8445 "Conrail Quality"
NS D8-40CW 8401 "Conrail Quality"

If 33A wasn't enough Conrail for the day, H47 also has a pair of relic former Conrail EMD's.

NS GP40-2 3001 "Conrail Quality"
NS GP40-2 3061 "Conrail Quality"

An odd CP 165 / NS 31J heads home to Binghamton with no cars from South Philadelphia. The SOO is now sandwiched.

CP SD40-2 5919
SOO SD60 6048
CP SD40-2 5935

Eastbound loaded automotive 18N heads east later than usual, and is illuminated in a nice sunset. I was hoping this train was earlier so I could get better light on the rare former Conrail SD50, but I could not be unhappy with how beautiful this sunset is.

NS SD70M-2 2705
NS SD50 5406 "Conrail Quality"

Eastbound loaded Maintenance of Way train 936 barely disturbs the farmers in their fields; the lead unit is the only one online.

NS SD40-2 3393
NS GP38-2 5351


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