Thursday, June 18, 2015

Meeting 7:30 , Thursday Night! Please help! Very Important!

Received the following via email from The Delaware River Railroad Excursions, Phillipsburg, NJ. 

Help save the Ol' Susquehanna Mine at 
The Delaware River Railroad Excursions



HELP KEEP POHATCONG TOWNSHIP FROM SHUTTING DOWN THE OL' SUSQUEHANNA MINE
A  week ago I sent out an email requesting help. The original email is below.
Since then, Fox TV has visited us and done a great investigative report on the situation.
It can bee seen here:
http://www.my9nj.com/story/29298467/railroad-amusement-faces-shutdown


Please support the Delaware River Railroad Excursions / New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society and make your opinion known.

There will be a hearing before the County Agricultural Development Board  this Thursday night at 7:30 PM.
They will be discussing the matter, and will decide if the state will protect the Ol' Susquehanna Mine at the Snyder Farm under the states agricultural tourism laws.
If they do the town will not be able to shut down the Ol' Susquehanna mine.


The Meeting will be held at:
Department of Land Preservation
500 Mt. Pisgah Ave.
PO Box 179
Oxford, NJ 07863
7:30 PM
Here is a map to the location:
https://goo.gl/maps/KyWkL
Alternately you can write the Mayor of Pohatcong and tell him how you feel.
The towns website list his contact information as follows:
James R. Kern III
Mayor
P: (908) 827-1881
E: mayorjamesrkerniii@gmail.com

Thank you,
Chris Cotty
VP & GM
The New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society Inc.
The Delaware River Railroad Excursions
Seven years ago  we built the Ol'Susquehanna mine on the Snyder Farm in  Pohatcong, NJ.
If you are not familiar with this, a nice video of the operation can be viewed here: http://877trainride.com/minetrain.htm
This attraction makes our weekly trips sustainable.
As nothing on the mine  site has a foundation, and is movable, we did not obtain permits as we believed we  had the blessing of the town. They knew we were there, and never interfered because they knew what we were doing was good for the farm, the town and the county. 
About 6 months ago, we received a  notice of zoning violation.  At one point they even threatened me with arrest.
It seems that two family's  that live almost a 1/4 of a mile away, have a long standing feud with the Snyder Family.
It is basically because of this they complained about the mine operation.
After meeting with the Mayor and land use board  the town told us they were very supportive of the railroad and the Snyder Farm. They promised to work with us to keep the mine site open.
Every time they moved in a direction to put this issue to rest, they went back on their word. 
Finally it was agreed that we should have the mine considered as  agricultural tourism. The state just passed several laws to protect farms and their ability to be self sustainable through agricultural tourism.
This would work perfectly, as the Mayor promised a letter of support, after all, it was their idea.
Rather than sending a letter of support, the Mayor sent a letter to the County Agricultural Development Board ( who presides over the right to farm decisions as well as agricultural tourism) stating that the Snyder Farm and the railroad should have nothing to do with each other.
This is the third time the Mayor showed poor character and went against his word.
On June 18th at 7:30 PM there will be a meeting of the County Agricultural Development Board.
They will be deciding if the Ol' Susquehanna mine can be considered a legitimate method of attracting customers to the Snyder  farm.
If they decide that it is, we will fall under State protection and the town can not close down the mine.
Our train passengers are responsible for the consumption of 10 acres of corn ( corn maze) and 4,000 pumpkins each year.
Without the train, the Snyder farm would not be self sustainable.
Because of a few vengeful people, and a very young and inexperienced mayor, our operation and the self sustainability of the Snyder Farm is at risk.
PLEASE come to the meeting on the 18th and  stand in support of the Snyder farm and the New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society Inc.  The mayor will be sending representatives to the meeting with the intent of slandering our operation and the Snyder farm.
We need our friends and supporters to make it clear that they believe the Snyder farm has the right to make itself self sustainable by its unique relationship  with our tourist railroad.
YOUR PRESENCE WILL MATTER.
The Meeting will be held at:
Department of Land Preservation
500 Mt. Pisgah Ave.
PO Box 179
Oxford, NJ 07863
7:30 PM


Chris Cotty
VP & GM
The Delaware River Railroad Excursions
The New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society Inc.
99 Elizabeth Street
Phillipsburg, New Jersey 08865


Steam Returns! - Dad's ride Free!

Received the following from The Delaware River Railroad Excursions, Phillipsburg, NJ.

The
                                    Delaware River Railroad Excursions

Steam Returns for it's 12th Season on the Delaware River Railroad Excursions
Dad's Ride Free
Dad Rides Free

This weekend in celebration of Fathers Day, Dad rides free with any ticketed passenger*. One Dad per ticketed passenger, just buy your tickets and bring Dad along!


* Steam Train Ride only, Mine train $5.00 additional, may be paid in person at ticket office or Mine office

Take Dad on the Winery Train!

Does  your Dad like wine?
This weekend treat dad to the  award winning Warren County Winery Train.

Delaware River Railroad Excursions
99 Elizabeth Street
Phillipsburg, New Jersey 08865
877trainride

Steam has returned once again to the Delaware River Railroad Excursions. Come ride behind this amazing machine. #142 will be operating every weekend through the end of october.



E-L Slide Show Invitation

Received the following via email. 

From: NY Society of Model Engineers, Carlstadt, NJ
Subject: Slide Show Invitation

NYSME will be hosting rail historian Victor Zolinsky as he comes to speak about rail operations in the NY area. Victor will be showing slides of the Erie, Lackawanna and the after merger Erie-Lackawanna from his personal collection. All photos were taken by Victor who started shooting photos in his youth, the 1940s, and continued his photography while actually working on the railroad.
Victor would be hired on as a towerman on the New Haven and worked his way up to trainmaster, working at Grand Central Terminal. This is the second time that Victor has come to present. 
All will be astonished by the wealth of information that Victor is!
This event will take place at Rutherford Ambulance Corp second floor meeting room 
at 44 Ames Ave. Rutherford, NJ
This Friday June 19, 2015 Doors open at 7:30pm
As always, the event is FREE

All are welcome - Feel free to pass this on.


See our Facebook page for additional info

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Knowledge has no value unless shared with others.
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NS Service Alert - Heavy Rains and Bridge Washout Impacting NS Operations in the Midwest (Update)

Received the following via email. 

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:25:46

Heavy Rains and Major Bridge Washout Impacting Norfolk Southern Operations in the Midwest  (Update)

The bridge damaged by flood waters near Huntington, IN Tuesday June 16th has been repaired and opened to rail traffic.  Due to the heavy backlog of traffic and the expectation of more heavy rains in the area over the next few days from the remnants of  Tropical Storm Bill customers with traffic moving through this area should continue to expect delays of 48-72 hours.  NS personnel remain on-site to monitor this situation and updates will be provided as necessary.   
           
The latest ETA and routing information is always available through Pacesetter and accessNS. 

Customers with questions regarding specific shipments should contact the National Customer Service Center. 

Customer Service Operations at 800-635-5768.
Customer Service Automotive Operations at 888-649-9273. 


Customers with questions regarding local service should contact their Operations and Service Support Representative. 

Operations and Service Support at 800-898-4296


NS Service Alert - Heavy Rains and Bridge Washout Impacting NS Operations in the Midwest

Received the following via email. 

Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:43:03

Heavy Rains and Major Bridge Washout Impacting Norfolk Southern Operations in the Midwest  

Heavy rains on the Lake Division of Norfolk Southern have resulted in a bridge collapse near Huntington, IN closing the mainline between Ft Wayne, IN and Peru, IN.  NS personnel are on site and resources are being dedicated to repair the bridge and re-open the mainline as soon as possible.  Customers with traffic moving through this area should expect 48 to 72 hour delays. 
           
The latest ETA and routing information is always available through Pacesetter and accessNS. 

Customers with questions regarding specific shipments should contact the National Customer Service Center. 

Customer Service Operations at 800-635-5768.
Customer Service Automotive Operations at 888-649-9273. 


Customers with questions regarding local service should contact their Operations and Service Support Representative. 


Operations and Service Support at 800-898-4296


We need your help!

Received the following from The Delaware River Railroad Excursions, Phillipsburg, NJ.

Help save the Ol' Susquehanna Mine at 
The Delaware River Railroad Excursions


Seven years ago  we built the Ol'Susquehanna mine on the Snyder Farm in  Pohatcong, NJ.
If you are not familiar with this, a nice video of the operation can be viewed here: http://877trainride.com/minetrain.htm
This attraction makes our weekly trips sustainable.
As nothing on the mine  site has a foundation, and is movable, we did not obtain permits as we believed we  had the blessing of the town. They knew we were there, and never interfered because they knew what we were doing was good for the farm, the town and the county. 
About 6 months ago, we received a  notice of zoning violation.  At one point they even threatened me with arrest.
It seems that two family's  that live almost a 1/4 of a mile away, have a long standing feud with the Snyder Family.
It is basically because of this they complained about the mine operation.
After meeting with the Mayor and land use board  the town told us they were very supportive of the railroad and the Snyder Farm. They promised to work with us to keep the mine site open.
Every time they moved in a direction to put this issue to rest, they went back on their word. 
Finally it was agreed that we should have the mine considered as  agricultural tourism. The state just passed several laws to protect farms and their ability to be self sustainable through agricultural tourism.
This would work perfectly, as the Mayor promised a letter of support, after all, it was their idea.
Rather than sending a letter of support, the Mayor sent a letter to the County Agricultural Development Board ( who presides over the right to farm decisions as well as agricultural tourism) stating that the Snyder Farm and the railroad should have nothing to do with each other.
This is the third time the Mayor showed poor character and went against his word.
On June 18th at 7:30 PM there will be a meeting of the County Agricultural Development Board.
They will be deciding if the Ol' Susquehanna mine can be considered a legitimate method of attracting customers to the Snyder  farm.
If they decide that it is, we will fall under State protection and the town can not close down the mine.
Our train passengers are responsible for the consumption of 10 acres of corn ( corn maze) and 4,000 pumpkins each year.
Without the train, the Snyder farm would not be self sustainable.
Because of a few vengeful people, and a very young and inexperienced mayor, our operation and the self sustainability of the Snyder Farm is at risk.
PLEASE come to the meeting on the 18th and  stand in support of the Snyder farm and the New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society Inc.  The mayor will be sending representatives to the meeting with the intent of slandering our operation and the Snyder farm.
We need our friends and supporters to make it clear that they believe the Snyder farm has the right to make itself self sustainable by its unique relationship  with our tourist railroad.
YOUR PRESENCE WILL MATTER.
The Meeting will be held at:
Department of Land Preservation
500 Mt. Pisgah Ave.
PO Box 179
Oxford, NJ 07863
7:30 PM


Chris Cotty
VP & GM
The Delaware River Railroad Excursions
The New York Susquehanna & Western Technical & Historical Society Inc.
99 Elizabeth Street
Phillipsburg, New Jersey 08865


Tri-State Needs Your Help - Wheelset found in Sunset Lake (Mountain Lakes, NJ)

Received the following via email. 

Tri-State Needs Your Help

Wheelset found in Sunset Lake (Mountain Lakes, NJ)

John Grossmann, the Mountain Lakes Historic Preservation Committee Chairman has reached out to us to see if any of our members might be able to provide more information about this artifact. Please let us know if you can provide any guesses or insight.

The assembly was recovered near the shore of Sunset Lake by the boat dock on the portion of the lake that's closest to The Boulevard, the main street in Mountain Lakes. It's along The Boulevard, on what's now a walking-biking path, that the Trolley tracks formerly ran.
Inside distance 40" (guage)
Outside distance  50"
Note the flanges on the outside of the wheels.
Might this be from one of the trolleys that ran from Denville to Boonton along the Boulevard?
Possibly part of a boat/marine launching railway or plane?
Please Let us know if you can provide any information. Photos of the wheel set may be see on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tristaterail.org/photos_stream.

For those of you who are not members of Facebook, There is a 'window'/portal to our Facebook page on our website: http://www.tristaterail.org/ scroll to the bottom of the page then scroll down within the window.

If you prefer to send email please send emails to info@tristaterail.org 


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A GOOD Friday!!

Received the following from Kermit Geary, Jr.  Text and photos are his.

Despite the cloud cover, a trip to Topton to get things ready for the 
Allentown & Auburn's Easter Bunny rides tomorrow (4/4/2015) turned out quite
well.  Just missed the CofG unit trailing on 38G, but saw this bright patch 
of color coming past our shop.  Slowed to a stop in town, then proceeded 
east towards its destination in Linden, NJ.  Sad to see how the ravages of 
time have taken their toll on the paint scheme.  One has to wonder if it 
will get repainted in kind or get a NS-Heritage black and White scheme...








"Wheeling Wow!" at New London, OH on Sunny April Fools Day, 2015

Received the following from our correspondent in NW Pennsylvania. 

Photographer Ken Heyl shares with us Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway SD40-2 #6352, broadside, westbound over Chenango Road, approaching the former site of 'Hiles' Interlocking Tower (now CP 47 on CSX's old New York Central 'Big Four' Line) where, today, the Wheeling and CSX connect at New London, Ohio. April 1, 2015. Love that W&LE speed lettering!





4 EL C425s power BN train at Sandpoint, ID 04-03-76 on way to BCOL!

Received the following via email from our correspondent in NW Pennsylvania.

I knew the dozen Greyhound Leasing EL Alco C425s went to the British Columbia Railway instead of to Conrail, but I never saw this VER-Y cool picture of four of them as sole power on a westbound BN train across Lake Pend Oreille at Sandpoint, Idaho on April 3, 1976 on their way out to the BCOL





Photo from the following web site:  http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/el/loco/el-c425.jpg


Friday, June 12, 2015

Weaver Models & Scalecoat Paint

Received the following via email from Walthers.

Good Afternoon,

Please note: as of June 29th 2015 Weaver Models, being Quality Craft (610) and Scalecoat Paint (640) will be closed and out of business.

They still have some paint colors available and we will stock what we can. Advise your customers to assess their needs and place orders ASAP.

Have a great day!!
Sincerely;
Cristie



Cristie Volkmann
Account Manager
Wm. K. Walthers, Inc
1-800-877-7171  ext 7393
fax: 1-414-527-4423



Temple Universities archaeologists will be at Dino Days THIS WEEKEND!

Received the following via email from The Delaware River Railroad Excursions, Phillipsburg, NJ. 


The
                                    Delaware River Railroad Excursions

For the Delaware River Railroad Excursions Dino Days, folks of all ages are invited to participate in a real archaeological dig! Activities will include interacting with professional archaeologists, digging and screening for artifacts, and getting dirty (but not too dirty)! Native American artifacts that date from 13,000 years ago to the 17th century from the Snyder Farm will be available for viewing.  
Come meet the archaeolgists from Temple University THIS WEEKEND!
Dino Days 
THIS WEEKEND 


When the region's earliest inhabitants migrated into the New World during the Ice Age, Native Americans frequently revisited the Snyder Farm from 13,000 years ago up to the 17th century. Native people used the surplus of natural resources available at the Snyder Farm to help them survive. Many of these resources, such as toolstone (e.g., flint and jasper) quarries and natural springs, are still present today. An archaeological dig by students at Temple University studies early Native inhabitants and the geologic development of the soils and sediments found along the Delaware River. This will help us to understand Native lifeways and how people in the past adaptedto environmental change through the last 13,000 years.

A full day of family fun!
Whats included:
  1. The Dinosaur Show -  Field Paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka. We will take you on a scientific exploration highlighting the world of dinosaurs, fossils and rocks/minerals. 
  2. Scott Wagstaff Ventriloquist and his Zany Animals
  3. Meet and Greet with Davey The Dinosaur - take pictures with our very own favorite dinosaur-Davey
  4. Steam Train Ride-  
    Journey to the Ol'Susquehanna mine and learn how to pan for real gem stones.
  5. 40' bouncy obstacle course
  6. Spin Art
  7. Dino Temporary tattoos
  8. The Dinosaur Game Show -  a whole lot of fun and learning
Also on site our great Dinosaur themed food court and a Dino Days Gift Shop!

Sincerely,
Chris Cotty
The Delaware River Railroad Excursions
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Tickets now on sale for "A Knight Train"



This Weekend- Beautiful! - DINO Days Train Ride

Received the following via email from The Delaware River Railroad Excursions, Phillipsburg, NJ. 


The
                                    Delaware River Railroad Excursions

THIS WEEKEND!!
Don't miss  
Dino Days 
at The Delaware River Railroad Excursions

Dino Days 
THIS WEEKEND!

A full day of family fun!
Whats included:
  1. The Dinosaur Show -  Field Paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka. We will take you on a scientific exploration highlighting the world of dinosaurs, fossils and rocks/minerals. 
  2. Scott Wagstaff Ventriloquist and his Zany Animals
  3. Meet and Greet with Davey The Dinosaur - take pictures with our very own favorite dinosaur-Davey
  4. Steam Train Ride-  
    Journey to the Ol'Susquehanna mine and learn how to pan for real gem stones.
  5. 40' bouncy obstacle course
  6. Spin Art
  7. Dino Temporary tattoos
  8. The Dinosaur Game Show -  a whole lot of fun and learning
Also on site our great Dinosaur themed food court and a Dino Days Gift Shop!
Sincerely,
Chris Cotty
The Delaware River Railroad Excursions
Join Our Mailing List!
Tickets now on sale for "A Knight Train"




Readin' Railroad Story Time starts this Saturday

Received the following via email. 


Readin' Railroad Story Time
This Saturday!
Dear Patron,

Tickets are available for Readin' Railroad Story Time! This unique train tailored for our youngest guests features a reading of a popular children's book, a sing-along, magic tricks, and much more!

The train departs Flemington Station this Saturday at 10:00 AM. Reservations are required, and are available through our website.

Visit Our Website
Readin' Railroad Story Time - 2015
Saturday June 13, 2015 to Saturday August 15, 2015 Enjoy a round-trip excursion between Flemington and Ringoes, and a reading of a popular children's book. Kids can follow along with their own copy of the book! Reservations required. "A" tickets are Adult tickets (age 12+). "C" tickets are Child tickets (under age 12). Make sure you consider how many books you want when choosing which tickets to purchase. Only tickets that indicate "1 book" in their description include a book!

THIS TRAIN DEPARTS FROM FLEMINGTON STATION - RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.





BR&W News and Coming Events

Received the following via email.  


BR&W News & Coming Events
Dear Patron,

It's only June, but BR&W has already had a busy year! We've been working on the Alexauken Division, introduced a new coach on our passenger trains, and celebrated our 50th anniversary - but we're just getting started. Read up on our coming events, and get your tickets today!
Coming Events

This Saturday, June 7: Caboose Train
  • Departs RINGOES at 5:00 PM for a round-trip to Flemington, scheduled return to Ringoes at 6:15 PM. Reservations required, $15 per passenger.

Next Saturday, June 13: Readin' Railroad Story Time
  • Departs FLEMINGTON at 10:00 AM for a round-trip to Ringoes, scheduled return to Flemington at 11:15 AM. Reservations required.

Our Summer Excursions are now operating every Saturday and Sunday!


Recent News


New Coach!

This May we introduced former Central Railroad of New Jersey coach #1009 to our passenger trains. This coach was built in the early 1920's and our volunteers just completed an extensive overhaul, restoring its interior to its original appearance. Come ride any of our Summer Excursions to ride 1009!




Alexauken Division

We've been pressing on with our effort to clear the Alexauken Division and prepare for track rehabilitation. Work crews have reached as far south as Mt. Airy, and we recently purchased more ties! Visit our website to see a brief video with some shots of our recent progress.




BR&W 50'th Anniversary

On May 16-17 we celebrated our 50'th Anniversary in style - with a special train for railroad employees and invited guests, and special excursions for the public at our original 1965 prices. Hundreds of guests visited and enjoyed a ride behind steam locomotive #60.


LV 112 Goes Incognito

Former Lehigh Valley Railroad #112 is a small diesel-electric locomotive the BRRHT leases from Pennsy Railcar Restorations to pull many of our passenger trains when steam locomotive #60 is not operating. Recently, #112 received a fresh coat of paint honoring one of BR&W's first locomotives, #400. Come ride our Summer Excursions this summer to get a look!




Caboose Trains - 2015

Saturday June 6, 2015 to Saturday August 22, 2015 Enjoy an evening train ride from Ringoes to Flemington and return in one of our historic cabooses! Cabooses from several railroads are available and include bay window, cupola, and wide-vision models.

THIS TRAIN BOARDS AT RINGOES STATION - RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.


Readin' Railroad Story Time - 2015
Saturday June 13, 2015 to Saturday August 15, 2015 Enjoy a round-trip excursion between Flemington and Ringoes, and a reading of a popular children's book. Kids can follow along with their own copy of the book! Reservations required. "A" tickets are Adult tickets (age 12+). "C" tickets are Child tickets (under age 12). Make sure you consider how many books you want when choosing which tickets to purchase. Only tickets that indicate "1 book" in their description include a book!

THIS TRAIN DEPARTS FROM FLEMINGTON STATION - RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.



Norfolk Souther Days at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is having a special event this coming weekend (6-13/14-15) titled Norfolk Southern Days.  The locomotive NS 911 described in the post below will be on display along with other NS equipment.

Details can be found at the following web page:
http://www.rrmuseumpa.org/visitors/seasonal/ns/index.shtml



NS dedicates locomotive honoring nation’s first responders

Received the following via email. 

Norfolk Southern dedicates locomotive honoring nation’s first responders

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 4, 2015 – Norfolk Southern (NYSE: NSC) in a ceremony at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station unveiled its latest commemorative locomotive, a vibrant SD60E honoring emergency first responders. The locomotive – with insignia recognizing police, fire, and emergency services – will enter general revenue service on Norfolk Southern’s 22-state network.

“The relationships we have with first responders across our network are vital components of operating a safe transportation system,” said Jim Squires, NS president and CEO. “We hope everyone who sees this locomotive will think about the dedication, the expertise, and the sacrifices first responders make to serve our communities. We at Norfolk Southern are grateful for their support, bravery, and partnership.”

The red, white, and gold locomotive – its paint scheme designed by NS’ Visual Communications team and painted at the company’s Juniata Locomotive Shop in Altoona, Pa. – features the Maltese Cross of fire services, the Emergency Medical Services’ “Star of Life,” and the Police shield. It also features the logo for Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response (TRANSCAER), a national outreach organization dedicated to providing education and resources to help raise the level of emergency preparedness for the unlikely event of a rail incident. The locomotive sports “9-1-1,” the phone number to request emergency assistance, as well as the Norfolk Southern OAR shield.

OAR – Operation Awareness & Response – is an NS program to educate the public about the economic importance of the safe movement of hazardous materials by rail to connect emergency first responders in Norfolk Southern communities with information and training resources.

Norfolk Southern is a nationally recognized leader in providing training and educational resources to first responders. NS earned TRANSCAER’s 2014 National Achievement Award, the 15th time TRANSCAER has recognized Norfolk Southern for its efforts to help communities prepare for and respond to hazmat transportation incidents.

“Incidents involving trains and hazardous materials are rare,” Squires said. “This is a safe mode of transportation. To make it even safer, communities and Norfolk Southern work together to raise the level of emergency preparedness, which is why we continuously facilitate training, dialogue, and partnerships with emergency response leaders across our network.”

Norfolk Southern conducted or participated in 98 TRANSCAER community outreach events in 17 states during 2014. These included classroom and hands-on training, tabletop simulations, and full-scale exercises, which provided training for 5,442 emergency first responders. NS assisted in the development of the AskRail app that allows first responders to use their mobile phones to look up commodity and response information on shipments, and NS continued its commitment to providing high-level training at the Security and Emergency Response Training Center in Pueblo, Co.

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 20,000 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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Below is a photo of NS 911 taken by Casey Thomason on 5-5-15 in Altoona, PA.  Photo is from RailPictures.Net.  More information at the following web page:  





Three Bridges grade crossing closure

(Train sightings on 4-1-15.)

Despite what the "ROAD CLOSED" signs might indicate, the LEHL in Three Bridges (NJ; MP 48) is not closed to westbound trains. Site preparation was taking place for April 6th's grade crossing closure date for vehicular traffic. The closing should last about one week for the NS upgrade of this crossing. Seen here is NS 212 heading east at 9:31 on Wednesday. Motive power consisted of NS 8016, NS 7642 and BNSF 6529.





NS 8101 Central of Georgia on 20K @ Stanton Station

(Train sightings on 3-29-15.)

The "S" curves at Stanton Station, NJ (LEHL MP 53) is the location for this image of 20K (Chicago, IL to Croxton, NJ intermodal) around 3:58 on Sunday as it continues east towards Croxton, NJ. Looking at this scene finds quite a variety of railroads represented. The NS leader 8101 (ES44AC) represents the Central of Georgia RR with CSX 5267 (ES44DC) and CSX 754 (ES44AC) trailing. The tracks were once part of the Lehigh Valley RR, later Conrail and now NS. As for Stanton, it was at one time a station on the East and Amboy Railroad.




Snow Squall at Chenango Road, W&LE, Saturday, 11/28

Received the following from our correspondent in NW Pennsylvania. 

We got down to 15 degrees on Friday night, here in Greenville, PA, and although we didn't quite get down into the single digits on Saturday night (after Ken Heyl made this photo, just east of New London, Ohio), we DID get just one frigid degree away...
Old Man Winter can be a tenacious sun-of-a-gun in March in northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

Good Sunday morning RR Friends,

Yesterday morning was a fairly nice here in Ashland, however when I got up to “CSX/WLE Land” the weather all CHANGED !   Here’s a photo from the “Winter Time RR Adventure” observed yesterday ---  W&LE #6983 waits in a snow storm for a crew change at Chenango Road just east of New London, Ohio.