Thursday, May 23, 2013

Saturday's LEHL sightings

(Train sightings on 5-4-13.)

With a warm sun shining, the yard chores and plantings could wait until I got back from going track side on Saturday morning along the LEHL. The first stop would be Bloomsbury where I managed to photograph NS 22V heading east around 8:54 in almost perfect sunlight. Motive power was NS 7647 and NS 7589 laboring with a long train of COFCs as it climbed NJ's "mountain barrier" known as the Musconetcong Mountain. It took almost five minutes for this train to pass my vantage point. Next eastbound train was NS 212 that would take the siding at the west side of Pattenburg Tunnel around 10 AM. It would hold for two westbound trains, 21M and 11J. By that time I decided to take a break and head home to start those yard chores. 

Knowing that there was also a eastbound Air Products high and wide load scheduled to come east, around one o'clock I decided to take a well-needed break from planting vincas, straighten out my back and head back to the LEHL to catch the H/W train designated as NS 052. Around 2:30, it would pass over the Raritan River in Neshanic Station. Motive power was two C40-9Ws, NS 9406 and NS 9636. This heat exchanger was shipped from the Air Products Hanover Township (PA) facility on Friday via CP, Reading & Northern and NS. NS 052 would overnight in Manville Yard before heading down CSX's Trenton Line for shipment overseas on Sunday morning, supposedly to Saudi Arabia.