(Train sightings on 4-5-14.)
Thanks to the
Internet I learned that NS's heritage unit N&W would be leading 20R
(Chicago-Calumet, IL to E-Rail, NJ) Intermodal on only its second trip into NJ
on Saturday morning. Even the weather was cooperating by providing partly
cloudy skies. Back in October, 2013 it had some internal problems as a result of
a mishap in Pennsylvania. In April the repairs were completed and it was placed
in service on an NS ethanol train 64K into NJ and returned on a 65K. A quick
turn around found it leading 20R for its next assignment with the railfan
community trackside ready to record its return! The first image sees 20R heading
east on the LEHL at MP 68.8 in Bloomsbury (NJ).
The dispatcher instructed 20R to hold the siding at CP 67 for westbound 11J.
Once that train passed, 20R would continue its trip east to E-Rail. That
temporary stop would also allow me time to get 20R as it crossed over the
Raritan River and Cramers Creek dual truss bridges west of the Hamden Road grade
crossing in Hunterdon County (LEHL MP 57). Snapping that image enabled me to
capture my fifth heritage unit with only fifteen more to go!