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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By NathanAirChime on 07/08/07 at 23:31:39 - 'Curvewest_RFNET.jpg' 312 KB
One more for now.

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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:43:32 - 'HPIM0086.jpg' 130 KB
And finally, another shot of MKT 403. That'll do for my shots; For those who were at Railfest or photo'd the Es, feel free to post your photos!
 
And here's some video while I'm at it (If the YouTube link doesn't work, try the Google Video one, or vice-versa)...
YouTube link
Google Video link

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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:38:29 - 'HPIM0085.jpg' 270 KB
What's that, SEPTA extended their service to Pittsburgh?! Not really, but SEPTA provided 5 Bombardier-built coaches for Railfest.

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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:36:23 - 'HPIM0083.jpg' 59 KB
The EMD sticker, which IMO the guys at Juniata Terminal did one helluva job with recreating.

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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:35:19 - 'HPIM0082.jpg' 314 KB
Might've been my best shot of the night...

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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:34:04 - 'HPIM0080.jpg' 299 KB
Amtrak unit #75 was in charge of 43. Looks like it had a run in with something in the past...

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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:32:56 - 'HPIM0079.jpg' 113 KB
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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:32:03 - 'HPIM0078.jpg' 106 KB
The Pennsylvanian is shoving back in on the other storage track...

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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:30:49 - 'HPIM0076.jpg' 144 KB
Yours truly posing with the '09.

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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:29:54 - 'HPIM0075.jpg' 289 KB
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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:28:59 - 'HPIM0074.jpg' 310 KB
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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:28:16 - 'HPIM0073.jpg' 322 KB
Moving on to 5809...

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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:27:30 - 'HPIM0071.jpg' 333 KB
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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:26:40 - 'HPIM0070.jpg' 312 KB
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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:25:42 - 'HPIM0069.jpg' 137 KB
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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:24:50 - 'HPIM0068.jpg' 225 KB


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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:23:49 - 'HPIM0067.jpg' 87 KB
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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:22:47 - 'HPIM0065.jpg' 81 KB
...and NS 9710.

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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:21:34 - 'HPIM0064.jpg' 163 KB
Leading it was NS 9587...

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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:20:27 - 'HPIM0063.jpg' 179 KB
Detail shots are temporarily halted to the sight and sound of a incoming NS RoadRailer. Although I had my scanner, due to excessive noise from the passenger train, I didn't catch the symbol.

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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:18:19 - 'HPIM0061.jpg' 248 KB
The symbol of the PRR...

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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:17:07 - 'HPIM0060.jpg' 127 KB
5711's K3LA horn...

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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:15:45 - 'HPIM0058.jpg' 236 KB
Time for some detail shots...

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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:13:13 - 'HPIM0057.jpg' 116 KB
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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:11:58 - 'HPIM0056.jpg' 308 KB
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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:11:13 - 'HPIM0055.jpg' 103 KB
MKT PV car 403 was on the rear, as one of the conductors keeps good radio contact with the engineer.

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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:10:16 - 'HPIM0054.jpg' 234 KB
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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:09:33 - 'HPIM0053.jpg' 85 KB
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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:09:02 - 'HPIM0052.jpg' 79 KB
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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:08:18 - 'HPIM0051.jpg' 204 KB
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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:06:46 - 'HPIM0050.jpg' 117 KB
But it wasn't long enough before the sound of 567s was clearly heard, and the train came around the corner...

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Re: Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:05:13 - 'HPIM0049.jpg' 123 KB
Unknown PV car, named Heaton...

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Altoona Railfest 2007 - By Miketherailfan on 07/08/07 at 22:04:23 - 'HPIM0048.jpg' 100 KB
Although I wasn't at Railfest, I did catch the PRR E8s as they pulled into Pittsburgh's Penn Station with the Gateway Tripper in tow. My Dad took my camera on a camping trip, so I had to use my Mom's (My first time using it so bear with me).
 
Amtrak P42 #75, leading train 43, backs out of Penn Station to use the wye at CP Home.

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Re: Phillipsburg, PA - By Steel_Wheels on 06/22/07 at 00:43:13 - 'RJCP20GP3820770920017204-23-2003.jpg' 154 KB
Oh also the Bigler former Bradford Coal tipple hasn't seemed to be loading any cola for a couple years either.
 
I do remember being out there at Wallacton fighting a wildland Fire started by sparks off Corman's line man that was doozy!!! That fire was burning for miles along the rail line!!

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Re: Erie bio-diesel plant - By roc on 06/21/07 at 21:56:58 - '100_2280.jpg' 105 KB
A shot from a South of the plant and South of PA Rte 5 of what looks like small yard taking shape.

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Re: Erie bio-diesel plant - By roc on 06/21/07 at 21:54:46 - '100_2279.jpg' 63 KB
Here's a shot of the bio-diesel plant's apparently brand-new track mobile taken from the company's parking lot.
 
BTW, there are now dozens of motor vehicles in the parking lots around the plant. Also, although you can't get in to see for sure, it looks like workers have just about completed the covered hopper loading / unloading area.

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Re: Last Train From GAF In Erie, Pa - By roc on 06/21/07 at 21:50:52 - '100_2272.jpg' 58 KB
Here's shot taken from the GAF crossing, looking West toward the water works.
 
If you want 'em, I've got nine pics of the track around GAF—all sized and captioned in an email. Just email me.

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Re: US Open trains to Oakmont - By The_Rat on 06/21/07 at 08:06:28 - 'DSC_3645.jpg' 75 KB
NS 951 as seen from across the river at MP 278 (Doorninks Point) on 6-17-07 at 8:25pm.
 
Heading back to the barn.
 
The Rat

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Re: Shelocta/Saltsburg Connection - By rnetzlof on 05/28/07 at 00:15:23 - 'salts.jpg' 114 KB
on Jun 10th, 2005, 11:37am, rnetzlof wrote:       (Click here for original message)

The place you're pointing to is in an awkward location, right on the edge between two 15 minute map sheets. I've spliced two together, the upper part from the 1904 Elders Ridge quad, the lower from the the 1900 Latrobe quad.

 
PennPilot to the rescue! Here's a 1939 view of the area in question.
 
The location of the old bridge, and that it was a highway bridge, are pretty clear.


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Re: RJ Corman Pennsylvania Lines ops - By Steel_Wheels on 05/14/07 at 21:52:17 - '9179TQ-2.jpg' 62 KB
Already have the two HO scale GP-38's they produced of Corman engines.
 
The one is 7709 an actual Clearfield engine!! Never thought i would have an HO scale model of a engine out of Clearfield yard.
 
I also bought the other Gp-38 they produced too, i think they were only out a month!
 
But i was lucky and got both.
 
Picture of Atlas's GP-38 7709 below.

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Re: Was I there? - By rnetzlof on 05/06/07 at 21:31:43 - 'conpitt_741x541.jpg' 109 KB
As to where Conpitt Junction is, see the attached map snippet.
 
Conpitt Jct is the western end of the Sang Hollow Extension. The eastern end is in the western outskirts of Johnstown. The single track bridge you saw down by Bolivar is, I believe, left over from the long ago days when the Conemaugh Division ended at Bolivar. Originally, it ended at Blairsville. Then it was extended to Bolivar, and finally to the new junction, Conpitt. (For CONemaugh-PITTsburgh, but you knew that didn't you?)
 
Bob Netzlof

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Re: Conemaugh Line - By PVMRR76 on 04/29/07 at 19:27:42 - 'IMGP3742.jpg' 124 KB
Was in Blairsville- heard the horn and grabbed a shot of the Route 22 coal train with two SD-40-2s rumbling across Market street with brand new aluminum hoppers in tow. The lead unit was fresh out of the shop, complete with air conditioning.

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Re: Conemaugh Line - By PVMRR76 on 04/29/07 at 19:20:53 - 'Bow_Ridge29Apr07_copy.jpg' 185 KB
Sunday April 29, and the 10G crosses high above the 100 year old  curved stone arch Bow Ridge bridge and Tunnelview park below Conemaugh Dam.
 
Interesting power- Dash 8-40CW 8363 in CR blue, Dash 8-32B 5976 with yellow CSX numbers and high hood SD40-2 3256.  


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Piers Near Saltsburg - By Nicolai3985 on 04/28/07 at 22:43:11 - 'piers.jpg' 59 KB
While looking over some of the old aerial photographs at PennPilot, I noticed a set of old bridge piers about a mile north (down the Kiski River) from Saltsburg.    
 
On Terraserver, the piers are shown LINK URL
 
Topographic map on that site shows the piers as being approached by an Old Railroad Grade on the west side - but nothing on the east.
 
I'm aware of the bridge piers closer to Saltsburg proper, which were part of the original WPRR/NWRR alignment in use from 1864-1882.  
 
SO...what bridge did this other set of piers carry?  The 1907 realignment did not cross the river that I know of.
 
Anybody got this one?
 
-Nick

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Re: Buffalo & Pittsburgh - By splicer65 on 04/22/07 at 21:17:16 - 'DSC_0013_3.jpg' 189 KB
Started off a sunny Sunday by hearing The AshStop detector go off, so headed north.  Later,  heard this train talking to the Dispatcher at the "Chainworks"  (where exactly is this).  Heard him call  his arrival time at New Castle,  then a  SLOW ride south because it took a while to get to Eidenau.  
453, 451 and 459 doing 10 mph on the west leg of the Y with a string of empty hoppers.
 
Paul

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Re: Conemaugh Line - By PVMRR76 on 04/22/07 at 14:23:22 - 'NS9300bowrdg4-22-07_copy.jpg' 195 KB
Bow Ridge train number two came at Noon. The ethanol unit train, lead by yet another wide cab GE, #9300.
The giant sycamore trees have yet to bud- a good thing since their leaves obscure much of the view from the old 1907 PRR right-of way.

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Re: Conemaugh Line - By PVMRR76 on 04/22/07 at 14:18:46 - 'NS9521bowrdg4-22-07_copy.jpg' 139 KB
My wife and I went for a walk at the Conemaugh Dam park today, and amazingly caught TWO trains within 30 minutes. It was around 11:30 AM, and the lighting wasn't right, but TWO trains on the Conemaugh Line- in daylight- in 30 minutes! I haven't had that happen since the early eighties.
 
Here Dash 9-40CW  9521 leads one of the LONGEST trains I've seen across the huge Bow Ridge bridge. Shot from the curved stone 1907 viaduct over the Conemaugh River.

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Re: Buffalo & Pittsburgh - By EMTRailfan on 04/14/07 at 08:25:36 - '09_GandW_7803_GP9.jpg' 274 KB
Here is a pic of the interior of the BV Shops that I took.  Sorry for the excellent quality.    You can barely make out the opposite end of the shop.  I don't have a full exterior pic of the shop to give the real perspective of the size.

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Re: Conemaugh Line - By ConemaughMan on 04/12/07 at 10:40:56 - 'DSCN1395_1.jpg' 356 KB
I went for a walk at Conemaugh Dam last month and took my camera just in case a train came along.  Good luck was with me.  I saw this great EB mixed freight with six locos up front: 4 in NS paint, one in Conrail, and this BNSF unit.  Pretty cool.

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Liberty Iron Switchers? - By jeffgt131 on 04/07/07 at 20:35:09 - '102_1749.jpg' 183 KB
Does anyone have any information on these two that are located at Liberty Iron at Erie, Pa?

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Re: Erie Coke switcher - By jeffgt131 on 04/07/07 at 20:26:38 - '101_1559.jpg' 187 KB
Am looking for the history of this unit. Anyone able to tell it?

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Re: RJ Corman Pennsylvania Lines ops - By Steel_Wheels on 04/06/07 at 21:27:02 - 'usa1843.jpg' 37 KB
Did R.J.Corman aquire the Dubois, Pa. yard and tracks from B&P?
 
A few weeks ago "EMTrailfan" asked me why he was seeing R.J. Corman engines in Dubois yard, he had photos of them.
 
Tonight in the April 6th,2007 edition of the Clearfield "Progress" newspaper there was a report from the Dubois City council meeting.
 
Anyway it mentioned asking for R.J. Corman's permission to 'bore under their rail line to run a new water line into RESCAR( A rail car repair facility).
 
This is odd since i thought B&P owned the line and railyard in Dubois, RESCAR is right beside the railyard.

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Re: Buffalo & Pittsburgh - By Steel_Wheels on 04/06/07 at 21:13:08 - '454_Riker-2.jpg' 52 KB
Whats the deal?
 
A few weeks ago EMTrailfan asked me why R.J. Corman engines were in Dubois, Pa. at the B&P railyard. I did not know, why or how and neihter did some local railfans i know from DuBois.
 
Tonight in the Clearfield "Progress" newspaper i saw a Meeting report from the Dubois City council that said petition was made to ask R.J.Corman if they can bore under R.J. Corman's tracks to install a new water line to RESCAR industries( A rail car repair company.
 
Did R.J. Corman aquire the DuBois B&P line from B&P?
 
I'm gogin to ask in the R.J.Corman forum too in case someone there knows.

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Re: Buffalo & Pittsburgh - By Steel_Wheels on 04/06/07 at 14:16:42 - 'prr6755.jpg' 42 KB
As far as R.J. Corman and B&P linking into each other there is an easier way than re building to Dubois from Clearfield and Mahoning Junction.
 
They could from Mahaffey to Punxatawney easier.
 
The B&P tore up the line from Dubois to the C&M junction four miles south of Clearfield yard. It was a old BR&P line that was taken over by C&O in 1930. The New York Central built up and to join the BR&P line at C&M junction and used Trackage rights into their Clearfield yard, built so BR&P could hand off Lumber and Coal to the NYC for transport to eastern markets. Probably a non monetary trackage agreement that allowed NYC to use those few miles of track in return BR&P could use the Clearfield Railyard facilities.
 
Anyway, if somebody bothered to look B&P could probably collect trackage fees for those three or four miles.
 
Anyway, When Conrail still ran in this area around 1989 i saw B&P GP's down here from Dubois several times, pulling a couple cars here and there.
 
By the mid 1990's however B&P tore up the entire line from Dubois to Curwensville. If RJ Corman ripped out into Curwensville it was neccesary, I walked it a few years ago the ties were rotten the rails terribly worn and even the spikes were working their way out of the ties.
 
When R.J. Comran was working up there last summer they tore everything worn out up, they re habilitated the grade and improved the drainage. I'm thinking to build a new siding on it into Curwensville industrial park for when the Ethanol plant is built where the Howe's leather tannery stood. It would also service the Lezzer Lumber Truss systems with lumber and building materials.(RJ Corman already does this for Lezzer on a siding in the Clearfield Industrial park! but then Lezzer has to transport it to Curwensville by truck.)
 
R.J Corman has extended the rail siding into Clearfield industrial park across the road and put in a second crossing beside the first probably for a siding to a warehouse or factory rumored to be building out there  soon served strictly by rail.
 
Anyway things are picking up here in Clearfield/Curwensville Area, it would probably do B&P good to be part of the action.
 
BTW, this is K4s 1361, I had mechanical malfunctions and had to change my login.

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Re: Buffalo & Pittsburgh - By PVMRR76 on 04/04/07 at 20:06:37 - 'BP1506_7HCbridge.jpg' 169 KB
A second shot of MP-15s 1506 and 1507 as they charge onto the bridge over Cherry Run on the Homer City Generating Station spur.  
 
Years ago when there were no trains, you could see the bridge clearly. Now it is obscured by mature trees.

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Re: Buffalo & Pittsburgh - By PVMRR76 on 04/03/07 at 12:20:43 - 'HCcoalMP15s_copy.jpg' 125 KB
Caught MP-15s  #1506 and 1507 dragging a short sting of loaded hoppers up the spur to Homer City Generating Station this morning. Sounded good blasting the cool air in notch 8.
 
 Bloody Fuji wouldn't focus- made me miss the shot I really wanted!!!

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Re: RJ Corman Pennsylvania Lines ops - By towny72 on 03/30/07 at 08:37:50 - 'fuelrack.jpg' 85 KB
Here is 6 RJC units on the pad getting service.

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PSR/Sligo Branch Abandonment - By EMTRailfan on 03/29/07 at 18:44:23 - 'PSR-Sligo_Abandonment_Web.jpg' 236 KB
Scanned from the Clarion News, 29March2007 edition.

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Re: Shelocta/Saltsburg Connection - By PVMRR76 on 03/14/07 at 19:06:39 - 'mac7213crossingcopy_copy.jpg' 114 KB
7213 goes past the gates on the only signal protected crossing on the Shelocta Sub. Local residents fought hard to have the expensive high level warning lights at this location.

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Re: Shelocta/Saltsburg Connection - By PVMRR76 on 03/14/07 at 19:02:25 - '3-11-07ctwpMACS.jpg' 137 KB
About a mile past Clarksburg the MAC's round a curve and start blowing for the crossing.  
Note-7213's horn sounds like its has a dead trumpet or two. YuK.

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Re: Shelocta/Saltsburg Connection - By PVMRR76 on 03/12/07 at 17:52:17 - 'NSmacs3-11-07_copy.jpg' 137 KB
Got lucky yesterday!(Sunday 3-11-07)  Caught 3 SD80MAC's with the empty Shelocta coal train along Blackleggs Road just outside Clarksburg. If you look very carefully at the photo, you'll see a Llama watching all that horsepower rumble past! Bet there aren't any other llama shots on the forums (yet).
**Bill G**

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Re: RJ Corman Pennsylvania Lines ops - By K4s 1361 on 03/03/07 at 21:19:12 - '2005070512540628415.jpg' 120 KB
I do not believe there is any through service in Philipsburg anymore. They kind of use that line a Wye. I believe they filed for abandonment of anything from Philipsburg to Osceola Mills , Pa.
 
I watch this line as it is the one my Grandfather worked on whenit was NYC("Beech Creek Extension Railroad" not to be confused with the original "Beech Creek R.R." that also terminated in Clearfield but went down through Snowshoe) Then he Worked for PennCentral and retired from Conrail out of the Clearfield yard now owned by R.J.Corman.
 
I do know they still load at the Bradford Coal Tipple in Bigler from time to time, in fact they started one heck of a Forest fire with sparks off their wheels a couple years ago, we were there for almost 12 hours trying to get that one out.

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Re: RJ Corman Pennsylvania Lines ops - By K4s 1361 on 02/26/07 at 17:32:33 - '9179TQ.jpg' 62 KB
Alcoman, You from Clearfield Curwensville area? I'm from Clearfield.
I believe R.J. Corman operates on Norfolk southerns frequency as they hook in to them at both ends of their operation. The Keating Mainline and the Harrisburg/Pittsburgh mainline.
 
BTW, Atlas put a limited run(1 month) of two different Gp-38's of R.J. Corman. They went about $130 a piece i got both. the one is a Clearfield Engine 7709 see picture below.

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Re: Buffalo & Pittsburgh - By EMTRailfan on 02/25/07 at 16:59:25 - 'BT3_US_Old_Glory.jpg' 147 KB
And with Old Glory standing guard.

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Re: Buffalo & Pittsburgh - By EMTRailfan on 02/25/07 at 16:58:01 - 'BT3_tomb_stone.jpg' 167 KB
Behind a tomb stone.

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Re: Buffalo & Pittsburgh - By EMTRailfan on 02/25/07 at 16:56:55 - 'BT3_framed.jpg' 234 KB
Framed in an upside down heart.

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Re: Buffalo & Pittsburgh - By EMTRailfan on 02/25/07 at 16:55:39 - 'BPRR_2004_profile.jpg' 188 KB
Here are my photos of 2004 as promised.

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Re: Buffalo & Pittsburgh - By PVMRR76 on 02/24/07 at 16:34:41 - 'BPcherrycrossing_copy.jpg' 143 KB
Five GP38's in three different pain schemes are the usual power on the Homer City Power Plant coal train. #2001 crosses Cherry Run Road as the train heads North toward Indiana.
A memory card error ended my photo shoot. Got ahead of the train and was going to take some shots in Indiana but Murphy's Law *&^%$#&# ruined that idea.

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Re: Buffalo & Pittsburgh - By PVMRR76 on 02/24/07 at 16:25:01 - 'BP7083HCINDUSTRIAL_copy.jpg' 121 KB
Pumping up the train air at the "Begin Homer City Industrial" sign. Penn View Mountain looms in the background. BRRRR!

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Re: Buffalo & Pittsburgh - By PVMRR76 on 02/24/07 at 16:21:11 - 'BPHomerTR1_copy.jpg' 127 KB
Whoa- I Finally caught a daylight run of the Homer City Coal train today.  The afternoon sun was on the wrong angle (of course!) Here are the photos.
 
The GP38 lash up has just coupled onto their empty string of coal hoppers in this view from Neal Road. The track to the power plant can be seen winding round the hillside in the background.

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Re: Winfield Railroad - By Bessemer on 02/05/07 at 20:41:22 - '100_1167_806x605-1-.jpg' 95 KB
Here's a shot I took of the Winfield Furnace yesterday.  It was a little too chilly to od much exploring and the furnace wasn't very warm.
 
Gary

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Re: Winfield Railroad - By Bessemer on 02/03/07 at 21:42:16 - 'KeppleStation_899x498-1-.jpg' 80 KB
Here's a shot of Kepple Station which was about 1 mile north of Winfield Junction which would be about 6 miles south of Winfield.  It can be found using MapQuest under the name Kepples.  
 
Gary Moser  


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Re: Winfield Railroad - By Bessemer on 02/03/07 at 16:58:55 - 'WinfieldTurntable_659x869-1-.jpg' 95 KB
Here's a shot of the cement plant, mushroom mine, and Winfield Sand Co..  The cement plant and mushroom mine photo is from 1979 when the mushroom mine was still in use.  All the company houses are gone.  You can see some foundations between the cement plant and road on the left and a few houses on the very top of the shot.  There is also a boxcar between the cement plant and mushroom mine.    
The shot of the Winfield Sand Co. includes the railroad track and also the side of the turntable.    
 
There is also a lot of other info on the top of the page.  There is one mistake.  The Winfield RR did not run to Monroeville.  It was Monroe which was about 1/2 mile north of Winfield Jct..  
 
 
 


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Re: Question on some trackage in Indiana, Pa - By rnetzlof on 02/01/07 at 14:36:37 - 'coral2.jpg' 114 KB
I suspect the edge of the map is not as far north as you think. Perhaps the attached aerial photo will help.
 
The red dots mark the PRR Indiana Branch.
Orange dots the tracks in the coke works east of Coral/Graceton (I don't know where the one ends and the other starts).
Green dots the srup north of the coke works spur.
Blue dots the remains of the street car right of way.
 
The snippet from the topo map is enlarged to 150%. I see only one track which would have crossed 119, but it's easy to get lost because the actual crossing is just off the edge of the map. Th eother branch, the one which heads off to the north or northeast is well north of the edge of the topo map.
 
Bob Netzlof

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B&P Railroad employees place marker for their bigg - By EMTRailfan on 01/31/07 at 20:41:22 - '013107-kevin-engineers.jpg' 54 KB
All I have to say is "Well done B&P Punxy Guys!!!"
 
B&P Punxy workers placed a memorial for their biggest railfan in Punxy.  The news paper article is well worth the read and is really moving.  Here is the link to the article: LINK URL
 
Again, WELL DONE!!!

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Re: Ligonier Valley Railroad  (The Liggie) - By ranger101 on 01/11/07 at 16:40:18 - 'lvrrtrack.jpg' 144 KB
Finally, I went to Latrobe and took this picture of the rail that is sitting in the ground.  This looks like it could be the original rail.  It says Carnegie 1905  ET.  I figured that they were made by Carnegie steel in 1905.  I imagine that the ET means Edgar Thompson Works, but I could be wrong.

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Re: Ligonier Valley Railroad  (The Liggie) - By ranger101 on 01/11/07 at 16:36:41 - 'darlingtonsta.jpg' 164 KB
Hi all,
     I was in the Ligonier area yesterday.  I took a picture of the Darlington, Pa. station.  It is currently under restoration by the Ligonier Valley Railroad Association.


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Re: Erie Coke switcher - By jeffgt131 on 01/09/07 at 12:41:50 - '100_0145_1075x806.jpg' 94 KB
Here's one of the EMD locomotives that they use. Sorry about the poor photograph, but the plant isn't exactly a photographer's dream for public access.

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Re: Ligonier Valley Railroad  (The Liggie) - By rnetzlof on 01/02/07 at 11:02:29 - 'idlewild.jpg' 179 KB
You're thinking of the store and parking lot located between the east and west lanes of US 30? That is not where the yard was, but close. You're correct in thinking that, east of Idlewild the eatsbound lanes of US 30 are on the old RR grade BUT at the flea market, the eastbound lanes are on their way to, but have not yet made it to the RRgrade.
 
That is, if you were standing in the flea market parking lot, facing the Loyalhanna Creek, the RRR grade would be closer to the creek. The yard would be off to your right front.
 
I've compared aerial photos (PennPilot 1939 and Terraserver 1990-something).  It looks to me that the old RR yard is now occupied by the parking lot in what used to be the Storybook Forest section of Idlewild. (When first openned, Storybook Forest was separate from Idlewild, had its own entrance and its own parking.) Indeed, the drive into that parking lot appears to be on the RR grade.
 
See marked-up aerial photo:
 
 
 


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Re: Ligonier Valley Railroad  (The Liggie) - By rnetzlof on 12/23/06 at 20:39:28 - 'latrobe1.jpg' 154 KB
The aerial photo below is from LINK URL , taken June 6, 1939.
 


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Re: Ligonier Valley Railroad  (The Liggie) - By ranger101 on 12/15/06 at 08:28:38 - 'platform.jpg' 99 KB
This view is looking down the old passenger platform to the east.  In view on the right is the old freight station.  To the north of me is the Trinity Catholic Church.  This church was once the engine house and shops for the LVRR.  I will post a photo of the Church when I get up to Ligonier again.  The parking lot was the where the road bed existed.  I think that there were 3 tracks located in here.  
     Here is a question for someone.  I see the sign on the platform for Ligonier.  Are the colors of the sign, blue and yellow, the same color scheme as the Ligonier Valley Rail Road.  I haven't found anything yet in my research that mentions what the railroad's colors were.


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Re: Ligonier Valley Railroad  (The Liggie) - By ranger101 on 12/15/06 at 08:22:18 - 'station1.jpg' 109 KB
Hello everyone,
     I was in Ligonier earlier this week and I took some photos of the old train station and platform.  I'm not sure of the year that this station was built.  I think 1909?  It now houses a Pennsylvania Game Commission Office and the offices of the school board.  From photos I have seen taken in earlier periods, it still looks the same.  Very beautiful building.


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Re: Mystery bridge in Meadville - By OC@T Fan on 12/09/06 at 22:44:17 - 'Meadville_Industrial_Park.jpg' 75 KB
Here is a piece I scanned off a topo map dated 1973 The B&LE line merges with the EL main before the switch tward the bridge and out toward the park. The track in still intact out the the Industrial Park except its really grown over

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Re: Winfield Railroad - By Kiski_Valley_RR on 12/08/06 at 23:53:39 - 'The_Winfield_RR_Co-1-.Loco_2-8-0_4-2_852x641.jpg' 72 KB
Winfield Railroad Co. Locomotive # 4, a 2-8-0
And that's a nice load of "Manure" in the gondola behind the tender!


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Mystery bridge in Meadville - By roc on 11/29/06 at 17:53:15 - 'meadville_mystery_bridge.jpg' 99 KB
I was in Meadville today and got to snooping around (as is my wont), and came across a bridge that I've never seen before.  
 
This shot was taken from the street by Meadville metal. The bridge can be seen just under the boom of the crane in the center of the pic.
 
Was this the B&LE and where did it go?

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Erie Coke switcher - By roc on 11/29/06 at 10:56:45 - 'erie_coke_112806.jpg' 99 KB
Was out and about yesterdy, and I noticed this aged GE switching coke loads at Erie Coke (pic snapped from their public turnaround). What's this unit's background?
 


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Re: History Of Trackage In Brookville, PA? - By EMTRailfan on 11/16/06 at 19:09:30 - 'Redbank_Furnace.jpg' 285 KB
And another.  I'm not sure if any of the drawings are of the area where you were, but they are from the AVRR 1877 thanks to Caldwells Clarion County Atlas.  This is where I obtained all photos from.

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Re: History Of Trackage In Brookville, PA? - By EMTRailfan on 11/16/06 at 19:06:31 - 'Coal.jpg' 267 KB
another one

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Re: History Of Trackage In Brookville, PA? - By EMTRailfan on 11/16/06 at 19:04:48 - 'Catfish.jpg' 252 KB
MGtrainut,
 
Here is an illustration to hopefully show you what you saw going up the hill at the 3 MP.  I will add a few more since we can only place one at a time.

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Re: Buffalo & Pittsburgh - By PVMRR76 on 10/03/06 at 22:26:14 - 'BRPTUNNEL_PUNXY1910_copy.jpg' 184 KB
Another vintage Buffalo Rochester & Pittsburgh RR photo. " Tunnel near Punxsutawney, PA 1909 or 1910" Check out the donkey engine! It looks like everybody came to pose for this one.

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Re: Buffalo & Pittsburgh - By PVMRR76 on 10/02/06 at 22:36:11 - '05-02-1904BRPINDIANA1st_copy.jpg' 111 KB
Hello! It's time for something OLD. A photo from Buffalo & Pittsburgh's great granddad -The Buffalo Rochester & Pittsburgh RR.  
The back of this great old photo reads: " The first B.R.&P. passenger train into Indiana, PA May 2nd, 1904."

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Re: Buffalo & Pittsburgh - By PVMRR76 on 09/29/06 at 19:20:09 - 'IMG_0855_copy.jpg' 122 KB
The Dedication Day Special runs through a farm near the junction with the Homer City Generating Station spur. I had to snag my photos on the fly between calls for my job.

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Re: Buffalo & Pittsburgh - By PVMRR76 on 09/29/06 at 19:16:10 - 'IMG_0846_copy.jpg' 126 KB
I know I'm a year late with these pix, but her is a shot of the Dedication Day Special on its way to Homer City in July 2005. The train is crossing Indain Springs Road, just south of Indiana.

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Re: Buffalo & Pittsburgh - By PVMRR76 on 09/29/06 at 19:06:29 - 'BP_206_copy.jpg' 118 KB
Hey Kennstation. I wonder if we saw the same train in 1993. The only photos I ever took on the Indiana Sub of the B&P was of GP-9 # 206 spotting a cement car at the Halliburton plant. The photo was taken a dusk on August 8th or 9th 1993! Check it out.

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B&P coal train on CSXT again. - By RAS on 08/29/06 at 20:24:19 - 'v703gtc082908d.jpg' 400 KB
Today the V703, loaded Homer City train, ran over the CSXT Pittsburgh Sub.  Here's the train waiting @ GTC for it's turn on the Main.
 
LINK URL
 
Enjoy,
RAS

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Re: Shelocta/Saltsburg Connection - By RAS on 08/19/06 at 07:28:43 - 'ns563clarksburg071806a.jpg' 365 KB
At the overpass.
 


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Re: Shelocta/Saltsburg Connection - By RAS on 08/19/06 at 07:25:32 - 'ns563clarksburg071806b.jpg' 326 KB
Caught a 563 yesterday.  Here is the train near MP 5 @ Clarksburg.
 
 
Enjoy the pics,
 
RAS

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Re: History Of Trackage In Brookville, PA? - By railfandan on 06/20/06 at 22:11:27 - 'redbankfurnace_jpg.jpg' 42 KB
The area around MP3 on the Low Grade is known as Shannon (probably related to Shannon Mining Company, a shell owned at one time by C&K... shell owned the tipple in Sligo, and the first big 45 yard dragline back behind the County Home).  The area has been mined extensively since the mid-1800's for Lower Kittanning and Lower Freeport Coals.  The Redbank Iron Furnace used coals from these seams directly or coked in the behive furnace, while most others in the area used charcoal.  Rebank had their own inclined plane to bring the coal down off the top of the hill, so the technology was known in the area.  After iron making became unprofitable, Alexander Reynolds and/or his son switched the operation over to behive coke making, taking other coal from the area, coking it, and shipping off to Pittsburgh on the AVRR.
 
I have some old maps but they are too large for this site....
 
You can check out the Yahoo AVRR site to see them.
 
LINK URL
 
See files/maps/redbank
 
Dan

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Re: History Of Trackage In Brookville, PA? - By MGtrainut on 06/20/06 at 18:32:06 - 'matt_lowgradeline.jpg' 86 KB
here is my buddy matt posing with his quad, we decided to explore the lowgrade line one day......saw some very interesting things.  A question: near mp 3 we found a bunch of old concrete bases placed up a hill, lets see.....about 4 rows worth going up, with one placed about every 15 feet or so up the hill.  across the right of way, there was a huge pile of coal.  We decided that this had to have been an old mine, the concrete bases supporting a conveyor or chute of some sort.  Does anyone have any info on what this might have been, and/or what the concrete bases were for.  It appeared very old, as several had almost disintegrated into nothing.

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Re: History Of Trackage In Brookville, PA? - By MGtrainut on 06/20/06 at 18:24:57 - 'lawsonhamprr.jpg' 26 KB
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