Friday, December 15, 2017

[NSAlert] 2017 Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Schedule

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2017 Christmas and New Year’s Holiday Schedule
NS will not accept trains at interchange from 7:00 a.m., Sunday, December 24th through 10:00 p.m., Monday, December 25th. NS operations will cease at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 24 through 10:00 p.m., Monday, December 25th. This includes road trains, yard switchers, and local trains servicing customers.
NS road operations will run as regularly scheduled over the New Year’s holiday. Yard/local operations will operate as governed by volumes and customer needs.
Customers with critical service needs for either holiday should contact their respective OSS, Automotive, Intermodal, or Unit Train Representative.
The latest ETA and routing information is always available through Pacesetter and AccessNS.
Operations and Service Support at 800-898-4296
Automotive Operations at 888-649-9273
Intermodal Operations at 800-497-2919
Unit Train Services at 404-979-5241


[NSInfo] Norfolk Southern begins running trains over new Portageville Bridge, expanding economic opportunities for New York’s Southern Tier and New England

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Norfolk Southern begins running trains over new Portageville Bridge, expanding economic opportunities for New York’s Southern Tier and New England

CASTILE, N.Y., Dec. 11, 2017 – After two years of construction across a 235-foot-deep river gorge in Letchworth State Park, Norfolk Southern has begun operating trains across the new Portageville Bridge on its Southern Tier Line.

Known regionally as the Portage Bridge, the 963-foot-long steel arch railroad span will support economic growth and jobs across New York’s Southern Tier region, connecting businesses from Buffalo to Albany with markets east and west. The new bridge will speed up train traffic and enable Norfolk Southern to run heavier rail car loads over the line, eliminating a major rail bottleneck for freight shippers.

The $75-million single-track bridge, which spans the Genesee River Gorge, was funded through a public-private partnership among Norfolk Southern, the New York State Department of Transportation, and the Federal Highway Administration.

At 2:20 p.m. Monday, Norfolk Southern’s 36T, an eastbound general merchandise train running from Buffalo to Allentown, Pa., with stops in Corning and Binghamton, N.Y., became the first to run across the new bridge.

“This is a very exciting day for Norfolk Southern and for the future of freight rail service in New York’s Southern Tier region,” said James A. Squires, chairman, president and CEO. “The successful completion of this bridge is an excellent demonstration of how the public and private sectors can work together on freight transportation projects that generate significant public benefits and are vital to U.S. commerce. It’s also a testament to Norfolk Southern’s robust bridge program and the ingenuity of engineers and railroaders.”

“The new Portageville Bridge complements the beauty of Letchworth State Park while providing safer, more efficient freight rail service,” said New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. “Through a combined effort with Norfolk Southern, government leaders and the public, we have built a modern arch bridge which will support economic growth in the region and continue our drive to strengthen and modernize transportation infrastructure across the state for generations to come.”
In addition to enhancing rail safety and operating efficiencies, the new bridge expands freight capacity and business opportunities for shippers from the Midwest to New England. With the new bridge, Norfolk Southern can now transport rail cars over the Southern Tier Line loaded to the industry standard 286,000 pounds, a key benefit for customers. The old iron truss bridge it replaces, built in 1875 by the Erie Railroad, was unable to support modern freight rail needs – car weights had to be reduced 13,000 pounds below the standard, while train speed was restricted to 10 mph. Trains crossing the new bridge will operate at up to 30 mph.

“I’m immensely pleased with the revitalization of the Portageville Bridge,” said New York State Assemblyman David DiPietro. “Investing in infrastructure and supporting businesses that create it is central to a strong economy. The jobs created by these ventures and the efforts surrounding the Portageville Bridge are vital to our local economy. Creating opportunities to expand both business markets and infrastructure is something we must always stress, and this is the perfect union to achieve that.”

Among New York-based businesses benefitting from the new bridge are 10 short line railroads that service and connect local industries to Norfolk Southern’s network. Norfolk Southern transports freight over the Southern Tier Line for about 1,100 customers in more than 20 states. The line serves as a gateway for trade with Canada and provides a connection to New York City and New England markets.

“This new, state-of-the art bridge over the Genesee River Gorge is an engineering marvel and will enhance train traffic across the region,” said New York State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan. “It also complements the beauty of Letchworth State Park and helps to restore the river to its natural state for the first time in nearly 150 years. This public-private sector project, funded by New York State, the Federal Highway Administration, and Norfolk Southern, will serve our community for decades.”

The design and construction budget for the bridge project included $15.5 million provided through New York State, including a $2 million grant from the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council and $13.5 million in state and federal funds through the New York State Department of Transportation; and $59.5 million from Norfolk Southern.

The bridge’s arch design minimizes the railroad’s environmental footprint in the Genesee River Gorge and complements the scenic vistas found in Letchworth State Park.

About Norfolk Southern
Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) is one of the nation’s premier transportation companies. Its Norfolk Southern Railway Company subsidiary operates approximately 19,500 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia, serves every major container port in the eastern United States, and provides efficient connections to other rail carriers. Norfolk Southern operates the most extensive intermodal network in the East and is a major transporter of coal, automotive, and industrial products.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Riding ELDCPS's Christmas Train into the past...

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Actually the train ride, sponsored by the Erie Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society (ELDCPS), was to Gouldsboro (PA) on December 10th. Saturday's four inches of snow and sunshine made a nice touch to what amounted to being a pleasant ride through the Poconos. The ride was described as follows " The train will stop at the historic Gouldsboro station for everyone to have the opportunity to explore the restored station. At the station, passengers will enter the Dickensian world of A Christmas Carol with volunteers dressed in period-authentic costumes, featuring stories, caroling, and a visit from Santa, Scrooge, and his ghostly visitors." Passing over the grade crossing in Tobyhanna I recalled that was the crossing I bicycled over in my NJ to Wyoming bike trip on a day that was hot and humid. The Goldsboro Area Foundation proved to be very good hosts at the station with their various home made goodies. At 3:30 it was time to depart for the trip back to East Stroudsburg. Our train was held for about twenty minutes around Mount Pocono for a northbound DL freight. Once that train passed we were once again heading for East Stroudsburg. All in all, it was a nice day on a trip that was well run.
 
Image 1: Passengers getting ready to board in East Stroudsburg for the 1 PM departure. Motive power for this trip was DL 2403 and DL 2423.
 
Image 2: The Christmas Train awaits its passengers to board in Gouldsboro for the return trip to East Stroudsburg.
 
Image 3: I was tempted to try an existing light photo and the Christmas Train's evening return provided me that opportunity. My location for this scene was the porch on the East Stroudsburg Tower and for a "stand" I used the tower's wooden railing.





CNJ warehouse new HQ for candy giant

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Mars Wrigley Confectionery, maker of M&M’s, this week announced plans to locate its U.S. headquarters to the former Newark Warehouse Company, opened in 1907 as a rail-served facility by the Central Railroad of New Jersey in the heart of the city’s business district.

The company, with offices in Chicago and Hackettstown, N.J., will locate about 500 jobs in the structure, to be renovated as part of Ironside Newark, a 456,000-square foot commerce and retail center.

 
Gary R. Kazin
DL&W RR Milepost R35.7
Rockaway, New Jersey

North Pole Express Departures Added For Dec 23!

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Two North Pole Express Departures Added!

December 23 9:30 AM and 12:00 PM

That's right! Due to overwhelming demand, we have added two departures to our 2017 North Pole Express schedule. Both trains depart Flemington Station and will be powered by one of our diesel-electric locomotives. Tickets now available!

Details and tickets on our website.




Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Lackawanna Heritage Valley's "Santa Train"

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Saturday marked the twenty-first year that the Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area have combined their efforts to hold the annual Christmas in a Small Town celebration. Carbondale, Archbald, Jessup, Olyphant and Dickson City were the towns the "Santa Train" made scheduled stops in. Upon the train's arrival in Archbald it was interesting to see a majority of the people holding up their arm to record the train's arrival with their cell phones. It made me wonder if people standing in the back got a video of the arms of people standing in front of them? Motive power was Steamtown's #26, Baldwin Locomotive Works 0-6-0, with two Lackawanna coaches. The attached photos were taken in Archbald as the train arrived and in Olyphant as the train was departing for its next stop which was Dickson City.




Friday, December 01, 2017

Operation Toy Train - Toys for Tots Foundation

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Join GPCo to Support a Good Cause!
December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, and 10th

Every holiday season, The Garbely Publishing Company's staff volunteers to support the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation, which collects toys for redistribution to local, less fortunate children.

GPCo is honored to be a part of Operation Toy Train, a conglomerate organization that is operating its 9th annual train across northern New Jersey and southern New York state, collecting donated toys along the way and delivering them to the Marines for redistribution to children along the train's route. The train runs every year during the first two weekends of December, and collects over 20,000 toys across those four days. This event has helped build the Toys for Tots contingent at Picatinny Arsenal (Dover, NJ) into the third-largest Toys for Tots operation in the United States, which directly benefits children in the most heavily populated regions of northern New Jersey.

This year, GPCo has stepped up its support of Operation Toy Train by volunteering time and donating financial resources to deliver a brand-new website to promote the train. Check it out at www.OperationToyTrain.org!
 
To get involved, click here to check out the train schedule. Feel free to stop by any of the station stops, see the historic railcars, and donate new toys to a great cause. And, bring your kids to meet Santa, without waiting in line at the mall!
 
Thanks in advance for the support, and hopefully we'll see some of you this weekend! If you have any questions, or if you'd like to contribute to Operation Toy Train or the Toys for Tots Foundation financially, please contact Rudy Garbely directly at rgarbely@operationtoytrain.org or at 973-800-9251.
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M&E's #18 travels east over the Lehigh Line!

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Back in August of 1994 I was up around Bloomsbury along CR's Lehigh Line when I heard a CR train, symbol SPL-101, coming east. My curiosity sparked by this unusual symbol I waited to see what this train was. Leading the consist was CR 7868 as seen in the first photo passing by the since removed block signal at Lehigh Line MP 68.8 in Bloomsbury (NJ). The second image shows M&E's # 18 bringing up the rear as it passes by the former Agway farm products business in Bloomsbury, now known as F.S. Growmark. SPL-101 would then take the siding at West Portal and wait on a west bound power move down around CP Pattenburg before proceeding east.




Saturday, November 25, 2017

1964 Photo - Ringoes Station

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I am Dave Homer, a Member of the group.  Found the attached photo of the Ringoes Station in the West Jersey Chapter NRHS Collection (I am scanning some of these photos).

Photo was taken on February 9, 1964 by Norman Lippincott.  I thought some of you might like to see it.  

Best regards,

Dave Homer


Can't wait to join you at the Holiday Jubilee!


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Hey Jan, 

Boy, those jingle bells are getting very close. Now that you've slept off that wonderful meal, it's time to plan for all of the fun at the Downtown Somerville Holiday Jubilee this Saturday, November 25! There's so much to do, you might even need a map. Luckily, there just happens to be one right here.
Start the day off early with some Small Business Saturday #ShopSmall action. Tons of stores, restaurants, and service providers can't wait to make your day with seasonal experiences that involve laughter and joy, not pushing and shoving. There's plenty of free parking in the municipal lots all around the Downtown, so plan to make a day of it! 

Holiday Jubilee entertainment begins around 5:30 with musical entertainment in front of the giant tree on Division Street. Representatives from the Somerville School of Rock and the Triangle Dance student dance troupe will be performing. Then, right around 6:00, Santa will make his big arrival and light the tree.


The holiday magic doesn't end for the rest of the night. Many shops and restaurants will be open for you to browse and snack. Complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides provide a tour of Main Street, thanks to sponsor RAM Law. 

Grab a cup of hot cocoa from sponsors The Children's Dental Center and The United Reformed Church, and discover treats and surprises from community groups like Brownie Troop 61140. 

Take a complimentary photo with Santa on the lawn of the United Reformed Church, and then step right inside for ongoing performances by the Raritan Ringers bell choir. 

Perhaps most importantly, say hello to your friends and neighbors. They'll be there, it's the community event of the year! 



Downtown Somerville Alliance, Somerville Borough Hall, 25 West End Avenue, Somerville, NJ 08876

North Pole Express Departures Added!

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Two North Pole Express Departures Added!

Dec 16 9:30 AM and Dec 17 9:30 AM

That's right! Due to overwhelming demand, we have added two departures to our 2017 North Pole Express schedule. Both trains depart Flemington Station and will be powered by one of our diesel-electric locomotives. Tickets now available!

Details and tickets on our website.