Favorite Catches in the Greater Altoona Area





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Published on May 2, 2011

Filming Credits go to DaveNJersy. We spent the weekend in Altoona, PA during the weekend of 4/29/11 - 5/01/11. Here is the video of some of my favorite catches of the weekend.
FH=Front Helper
RH=Rear Helper

Amtrak Pennsylvanian #42
-NS 6323 EMD SD40E
-NS 6301 EMD SD40E

The Crew of Amtrak Pennsylvanian #42 discovered engine trouble in Pittsburgh shortly after coming on duty. NS sent a pair of helpers from Altoona helper base to rescue the train. Finally, after departing several hours late, they arrive in Altoona about 4 hours late.

Norfolk Southern Office Car Special
-NS 4270 EMD F9(A)
-NS 4275 EMD F9(B)
-NS 4276 EMD F9(B)
-NS 4271 EMD F9(A)

Got a tipoff from the NS Altoona Yahoo group that the NS OCS will be running to the Kentucky Derby

Norfolk Southern Extra 098
-NS 9346 GE Dash 9-40CW

A surprise at Horseshoe Curve, we see this colorful consist coming down the mountain and discover it's the Export GE Locomotives for Brazil VALE

Norfolk Southern 17G
-FH NS 6308 EMD SD40E
-FH NS 6314 EMD SD40E
-NS 2731 EMD SD70M-2
-NS 8729 EMD GE Dash 8 40C
-RH NS 6327 EMD SD40E
-RH NS 6306 EMD SD40E

17G had a very interesting consist this morning in Downtown Altoona. First, there's NS 2353 (EMD MP15DC) and NS 5210 (EMD GP38-2 High Hood) dead in tow, then there were several Reading & Northern Coal Hoppers, and then a few empty high and wide flat cars.

Norfolk Southern 593
-NS 1019 EMD SD70ACe
-NS 1024 EMD SD70ACe

Last train of the weekend, and what a catch! Brand New SD70ACe's on the point of an empty coal drag, NS 593.


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