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Pennsylvania

I can't say much about Pennsylvania other than Pittsburgh is fantastic, in particular Conway, Pennsylvania. If you are ever in Pittsburgh do not miss visiting Conway upriver from Pittsburgh. I visited there twice, once during the summer of 99 and earlier in 1993. The action was not as frequent since the NS has taken over as compared to when it was Conrail. Back in 1993 Conrail was running 60+ trains a day through Conway and it was non-stop action whenever you visited. A public overpass crosses over the tracks at the south end of Conway, deadending in the NS yard. Do not go into the yard. You can park on the overpass as long as you do not block access across the bridge. I shot lots of film from the overpass and got some great shots both action and roster. Be sure to ask for Joe Jack when you visit the area. He's a Conrail (NS) employee who happens to be a local railfan as well. He can really fill you in on what's going on in the area.


Now this is an assortment of action. The track geometry car is parked on the siding to the left of the picture while a mixed freight heads south out of the yard at Conway, PA. Waiting at the tower is a GP9 and slug that will eventually pull a cut of cars out of the yard and sort them out. Another engine is waiting on the main for the southbound to clear the switches so it can back into the yard. Beaver Falls is off in the haze in the background.
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This is one of 63 trains that passed through Conway yard on June 13, 1993. This Conrail GE has the Union/Management logo on the nose. The main drag through Conway can be seen off to the right along the Pennsylvania hillside. The highway parrels the tracks all the way north to Beaver Falls where a large steel bridge crosses the river there. The CSX is on the other side of the river from Conway and you can hear CSX trains blowing at crossings across the river from Conway.
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Even though most of Conrails engines have been soiled by either NS or CSX marking above the numbers, this one escaped the lettering. It was also one of the only ones I found on this trip that did not have PRR or NYC stenciled on the cab. This is one of just a few NS/CR trains spotted just south of Conway yard north of Pittsburg. The signal bridge and action made the scene almost picture perfect.
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A set of power on a local in Reading, PA on February 2, 2002. Second engine in the consist has operation lifesaver markings.
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This mixed assortment of power is seen headed west out of Marysville, PA. I was surprised to see the KCS (x-Canadian unit) in the consist. I photographed this same unit in Vicksburg, MS about a year earlier when it first came to the KCS. This freight was one of several I saw this evening near Harrisburg, PA. It looked like after around 2 pm the action started and about 6+ trains passed before darkness fell.
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The fall foilage was a disappointment, but the Conrail blue was not. Several trains snaked their way along the Susquehanna River near Marysville, PA. The stone bridge that spans the river near Interstate 81 would be a beautiful shot if you had some access to it.
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A southbound Amtrak Metroliner clipping along around 90 mph at Marcus Hook, PA.
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I was surprised to see diesels under the cantinary and check out that assortment of cars. This is the Silver Palm just out of Philidelphia, headed for warmer weather down south.
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According to the Amtrak track inspector I was just talking to, this is not suppose to happen. Freights are suppose to move at night, but if there was an emergency they could move no more than 30 cars at a time. This afternoon shot at Marcus Hook has a Metroliner, headed towards Philly, meeting a very long NS coal train headed south.
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As the NS coal train crosses over to the northbound freight track and past the old Reading tower, it will turn back to the north and to the right of the tower a couple of streets over in Marcus Hook, PA.
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Just another day at Marcus Hook, PA one of the few places where you can actually get some decent shots along the rails. Amtrak 915 is southbound headed for Washington, DC.
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My last day in Dover, Delaware I found the CR local tied up waiting on a crew to switch the Kraft food plant in town. There is a caboose on the end of this cut of cars just out of the shot. Locals still use the cabs in Delaware.
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One of the new Amtrak Acela Service trains hustles past the tiny depot at Crum Lynne, PA headed south towards Washington, DC.
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Engine 90 is one of the beautiful steam engines of the Strasburg (PA) Railroad. This 2-10-0 prepares to depart the "cornfield" station on the last run of the day. This is a beautiful area of Pennsylvania and in the middle of Amish country.
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Engine 90 is gleeming as is moves towards the engine house in Strasburg, PA after a day of bringing back memories for hundreds of old time railfans.
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