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    On the 15th of January, I was in the Sunbury/Northumberland area when, as dumb luck would have it, decided to drive past Northumberland Yard, namely the North Shore RR's portion. NSHR as a whole operates 6 railroad companies: Lycoming Valley, Juniata Valley, North Shore, Nittany & Bald Eagle, Shamokin Valley and Union County Industrial.

    NSHR SW8 #365 is painted in their Erie-Lackawanna scheme, and even has the lightning bolt with 'radio equipped' on the cab. However, look through the newer paint before the 'North' and you can make out 'Lehigh'. The SW8 is ex-Lehigh Valley RR #255, before becoming Conrail #8669.


    Next up is Lycoming Valley GP20m #9052. The three darker blue patches on the longhood cover the predecessor's initials of the Georgetown RR. Before that, she was Milwaukee Road #947, and before her rebuild to GP20m status she was MILW GP9 #261 (nee-MILW GP9 #2369).


    Third in the power pool is NSHR GP38 #2004; ex-Lycoming Valley #2000, Norfolk Southern #2890, Conrail #7695, nee-Penn Central #7695.


    Last in line (or first) is NBER CF-7 #2427; ex-ATSF #2427, nee-ATSF F7A #268.


    For the few shots I took there, I was more than satisfied once I looked up their heritages. I'm becoming more of a fan of The Milwaukee Road, and was happy to see one of their own, even if it wasn't in orange & black. Enjoy.
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    It's been quite some time since I posted here. I'm back to using Photobucket at the current time. Anywho, back to the shots. The following were shot on December 29th, 2010.

    Irishtown Road grade crossing on Amtrak's Keystone Corridor. I showed up early and was just lucky enough to catch the Coatesville Local returning to Dillerville Yard, led by NS GP38-2 #5309 going long hood forward.


    Newcomer Road grade crossing on Amtrak's Keystone Corridor. Westbound Keystone Train #609 is heading towards Mount Joy Station roughly 10 minutes late, being pushed by AEM-7 #952. Just to the right of the 'toaster' is my ZX2.


    Same location as previous shot. Minutes after WB#609 went through, Eastbound #648 rushes through the same crossing with AEM-7 #940 pulling a shorter Keystone.


    February 2nd, 2011, Paradise, PA. This guy caught me off-guard, but here we have Keystone #647 passing at reduced speed through CP Leaman (just out the left side of the shot) with a very short consist and both pantographs raised; quite odd. Although I've heard the past few winters have wreaked havoc on that aging equipment. The concrete overpass is Route 30/Lincoln Highway.


    May 11th, 2011, Enola Yard. The first of Norfolk Southern's SD60 Capital Rebuild Program, #6900 rests awaiting its crew and assignment. The new designation for these locos is SD60E's, still rated at 3800hp. The only major change is electronic components and the wide nose cab. Also note the custom upper 'overhang' where the numberboards are. This unit was previously NS SD60 #6653, built for NS 11/1988.


    Same as previous. Ex-Southern GP38-2 High Hood #5007 works with a sister 38-2 HH on consist assembly at the north end of the yard.


    June 11th, 2011, Cherry Hill PA. The three o'clock train takes us out of Groff's Grove and back to Strasburg, shot going past the famous Corn Maze. This was my nephew's first train ride, though I doubt he'll remember much at 21 months old. That's Norfolk & Western 4-8-0 #475 working upgrade with 9 loaded coaches behind her.


    Same date, Strasburg Yard. Reading A4B 0-4-0 Camelback #1187 rests in the Strasburg Shop's "waiting to be restored" line, infront of her tender and another tender labeled for the Cumberland Valley RR.


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    That camelback is awesome! I might have to model one out of an Atlas n scale 0-4-0 switcher
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    I am not only a railfan but I work for Norfolk Southern Railway in Muncie, Indiana! So I guess I have the best job for a railfan! Great pictures! Keep posting them for all to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisZX2 View Post
    That camelback is awesome! I might have to model one out of an Atlas n scale 0-4-0 switcher
    Here's the three other shots I took as the car I was riding in passed the Camelback. IIRC that locomotive came to the Railroad Museum of PA (across the street) in the mid 1980s. If it's at Strasburg, there's a slight chance it may see steam again. But, since it's only an 0-4-0, and most likely owned by the museum, my best guess would be cosmetic restoration only.

    If you are serious about modelling it Chris, send me a PM. I can get up close shots of it if you'd like.


    And here's Strasburg's new (to them) switcher, replacing their aging 360hp GE 45 tonner #9331 of PRR fame. This one is ex-NYC.


    Enjoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wallyjr View Post
    I am not only a railfan but I work for Norfolk Southern Railway in Muncie, Indiana! So I guess I have the best job for a railfan! Great pictures! Keep posting them for all to see.
    I'm glad you like the pictures. I'm hoping you went all the way back to the first page and watched the progression of this thread. I've heard from other NS employees that some Yardmasters and Supervisors want nothing to do with railfans, and have fired some when they heard people under them were that. I'd keep that under wraps, but best of luck to you!

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    I like you shoots. I'm planning a move to chattanooga to try to get a job as a diesel locomotive repairman. Don't really want to be a carman. But I'd take anything to get in the door. I just love big pieces of machienery and it's even more fun to take them apart.
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    cool pics dude, ive got a trolley museum right down the road from me. they have electric trolleys that date back to the 50s they all still get used every day on tours. ill snap some pics next time im up there.

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    It's been awhile since I checked in here. Since I was last on, I went through a computer crash, a wedding (mine) and a honeymoon. But I'm back, so let's resume...

    A few months ago, I hung around the Harrisburg area shooting various trains and different locations. At the Overlook Bridge I caught NS 62A, hauling Case 7100, 8100 and 9100 Series Combines.



    Later in the day, I stopped by the renovated Harris Tower but I didn't plan on going inside due to H2W's movements; more on that later. Harris Tower at one time controlled all of the interlockings and movements around the PRR's (now Amtrak) Harrisburg Station. HT is a museum now, and the interlocking of CP HARRIS is controlled by Enola.

    Here's Amtrak #43 (westbound Pennsylvanian) departing Harrisburg. Under the canopy to the right is PRR GG-1 #4859, the first electric locomotive to reach Harrisburg after the PRR completed their electrification.



    Heading towards the Rockville Bridge, and Pittsburgh.



    I caught H2W coming through CP WYE to CP ROCKVILLE at a grade crossing. H2W is about to cross the Rockville Bridge, go through CP MARY and then enter Enola Yards, led by NS (ex-Conrail) SD38 #3805. Just weeks after I took this shot, NS retired their entire fleet of SD38s/SD38-2s, and many since (3805 included) have been sold off to leasing companies.


    In H2W's consist was this Missouri Pacific grain hopper, still wearing her MoPac reporting marks.


    More to come later! Enjoy.
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    How's this for rail fan I just leased a house 1800 miles away. Now I can move to Chattanooga where there are 3 repair facilities so I can get a job working on the trains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisZX2 View Post
    That camelback is awesome! I might have to model one out of an Atlas n scale 0-4-0 switcher
    I have one in HO scale running on my model railroad at home (just need to do the numbers and lettering, it's currently unlettered, unnumbered) - It's my local Freight engine, It's also the only HO engine that I have that will make it around the 12inch radius curves on the local freight line on my HO layout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeeEcksTwo View Post
    Here's the three other shots I took as the car I was riding in passed the Camelback. IIRC that locomotive came to the Railroad Museum of PA (across the street) in the mid 1980s. If it's at Strasburg, there's a slight chance it may see steam again. But, since it's only an 0-4-0, and most likely owned by the museum, my best guess would be cosmetic restoration only.

    If you are serious about modelling it Chris, send me a PM. I can get up close shots of it if you'd like.





    And here's Strasburg's new (to them) switcher, replacing their aging 360hp GE 45 tonner #9331 of PRR fame. This one is ex-NYC.


    Enjoy.
    That camelback does belong to Strasburg they used to run it, until it nearly caused them to have to declare bankruptcy in the 1970's because of the damage it did to the track. Having a steam engine with no lead or trailing trucks will destroy the tracks nearly 5 times faster than a steamer that has just a leading truck, because it will twist side to side as it travels slowly spreading the rails appart.

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    Some awesome pics in here!! Keep it up! I used to be into model railroading right much when i was younger, but kinda got out of it. Still love 'em just dont have the time, money, or place to set up like i would like to. Cars take most of the money now. I was lucky enough to actually ride the N&W 611(my favorite train of all time) when i was young while it was out of retirement for a short period of time. I'll have to see if i can get some of the photos from my parents of that trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diesel View Post
    How's this for rail fan I just leased a house 1800 miles away. Now I can move to Chattanooga where there are 3 repair facilities so I can get a job working on the trains.
    I wish you the best of luck working on those Thoroughbreds. All you really have to do is convince the paint crews not to show up for work, since there's only 36 active units left in Conrail/LMS blue. And there's too many Dash 9s out there; store a few please.

    Quote Originally Posted by david gettle View Post
    That camelback does belong to Strasburg they used to run it, until it nearly caused them to have to declare bankruptcy in the 1970's because of the damage it did to the track. Having a steam engine with no lead or trailing trucks will destroy the tracks nearly 5 times faster than a steamer that has just a leading truck, because it will twist side to side as it travels slowly spreading the rails appart.
    I see what you mean David. I know their 0-6-0 ex-CP #7312 (SRC #31) is still under repairs, but they do hope to have it under steam again soon. Their main 'excursion' steam lately has been N&W 2-8-0 #475 & GW 2-10-0 #90. Ninety actually underwent a short overhaul & NRA inspection, and received her first new paint since the early 1990s. I can attest that she looks beautiful; I saw her a few weeks ago due to my 2 year old nephew wanting to see Thomas.

    Thanks for all the positive feedback everyone. I plan on posting more photos, but I have to go through what I shot between April and November of this year... which probably amounts to a few hundred photographs. Cheers!

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    Here's a quick one I forgot to include in the post earlier in H2W's consist. A Canadian National boxcar recently repainted, looking pretty fresh.


    Enjoy.
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