Friday, January 19, 2018

My consolation prize!

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Checking one of the websites that lists if an NS heritage unit is leading a train I saw the Virginian heritage unit was leading intermodal 20K. With Thursday having good sunlight 20K and sunshine would be the motivation that got me track side to wait for it. My initial location would be Stanton Station were afternoon lighting is usually good. At 1:57 PM I received a text stating an eastbound train just passed through Phillipsburg (NJ). Hmmm... perhaps it would not be much longer now I thought to myself. Unfortunately that train would be NS 64E, a unit tank train of ethanol. Motive power would find NS 8018 leading with CN 2523 trailing. With shadows starting to fade into the scene I decided to head down to Hillsborough where the Lehigh Line crosses Route 206. Here the 64E sort of snuck up on me as I was able to grab one shot as it crossed over the highway. As for that 20K, after leaving my last location I decided to head over to the Valley Road grade crossing which is basically a ten minute drive from where I was. Doing this would allow me to check that block signal and see if the 20K might have a green signal. Rounding the curve and seeing the grade crossing's down gates 20K had been only fifteen minutes behind that 64E and already passing through this grade crossing -Aaaargh! I guess the "five minute rule" was engaged on this day for me.




Friday, January 12, 2018

BDRV Boxcar 111

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BDRV purchased 6 boxcars around 1997-1998 for outbound loads from the paper mill in Milford,New Jersey. BDRV 101-105,111. Only #111 remains as #101-105 were scrapped around 2004. BDRV is seen on the BR&W's  Three Bridges siding on January 11, 2018.



[NSInfo] Norfolk Southern facilitated over $1 billion in industrial development along rail lines in 2017

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Norfolk Southern facilitated over $1 billion in industrial development along rail lines in 2017



NORFOLK, Va., Jan. 11, 2018 – Norfolk Southern assisted 75 industries in locating or expanding their business operations along its rail lines in 2017.



The 54 new and 21 expanded industries across 17 states represent an investment of $1.1 billion by Norfolk Southern customers. This economic development is expected to create nearly 2,000 new customer jobs in the railroad's service area and generate over 147,000 carloads of new rail traffic annually.



“The strong industrial development activity in 2017 is an indication of renewed confidence on the part of industry and consumers, as well as continued demand for freight rail service,” said Jason Reiner, assistant vice president industrial development. “The results include a mix of manufacturing, energy, and foreign-trade related business, and we believe we have an encouraging pipeline for growth entering the new year.”



Norfolk Southern works with state and local economic development authorities on projects involving site location and development of infrastructure to connect customers to its rail system. Norfolk Southern provides free and confidential facility location services, including industrial park planning, site layout, track design, and supply-chain analysis. During the past 10 years, NS’ Industrial Development Department has participated in the location or expansion of 922 facilities representing private investment of over $60 billion and creating nearly 41,000 direct new customer jobs in territory the railroad serves.



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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1993: UP @ CR's CP WEST PORTAL

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The date is March 7, 1993 as CR's OIEN (Oak Island to Enola) prepares to depart the CP West Portal siding near LEHL MP 66. It was being held for two eastbound trains and now continues on to Enola. Behind UP 1978 is a consist that includes twelve CR diesels and 144 cars of general merchandise. Today CP West Portal no longer exists as that siding has been extended to LEHL MP 67.



Some D&H images from 1980

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My one regret when attending college back in 1979 to 1980 in Wilkes-Barre (PA) was not taking the time to photograph the D&H more extensively than what I did. I am glad that I was able to capture a few images from my time residing in that area though with these three being among my favorites.

Image 1: On March 15th near Burnwood D&H train RW6 suffered a derailment at 7:50 AM. Records showed it had four diesels for seventy-two cars that totaled 3,529 of gross tonnage. D&H 2311 (U23B) had brought up some of the equipment needed for cleaning up the derailment. I still wonder why I didn't take a roster shot of the caboose behind 2311? Perhaps the slope and snow made it a bit hazardous to take a photo?

Image 2: D&H's Hudson yard in Plains is seen in March, 1980 on a quiet Saturday morning. 5002 (ALCO RS11) was the first D&H locomotive to appear in this paint scheme. I seem to recall reading that originally 5002 was to be either a PC or NYC diesel (I can't recall which one!) but when that deal fell through, the D&H acquired it.

Image 3: A D&H general merchandise freight passes through Hudson yard in Plains back in October, 1980.




Friday, December 29, 2017

Chance For 2017 Donations!

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Help us bring the train back to Lambertville with your year-end donation to BRRHT!

We need your help!

Time is almost up to make tax-deductible donations in 2017, so please consider making a donation to BRRHT (a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corp) in support of our project to bring the train back to Lambertville!


We have already opened 2.5 miles of the line, and have 4.5 miles left. With your support, we may complete up to another 2-3 miles in 2018!

A private donor will be matching 25% of all donations through the end of 2017, so your donation can have an even bigger impact!



Merry Christmas 2017

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This will be the last mass photo email sent out as Earthlink has decided  to
limit messages to a maximum of 80 recipients.  Most everything will be
posted on Facebook.  If you have that application, look me up and friend me
there.  If you don't have it, let me know and I will try to send it to you
directly.

Kermit Geary JR



Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A holiday toast for one and all this holiday season!

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When Air Products transported their heat exchangers down the Lehigh Line here in NJ, one observation was how it looked like a giant bottle. Perhaps this photo is wishful thinking but the sentiments shown in that scene is a toast to all my friends and their families for good health and happiness during this holiday season and into the new year!

Season's Greetings!




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.

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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.