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Jim_O.
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« Reply #140 on: May 4th, 2005, 12:07am »
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Train's in early this week. Came in today (Tues.) around noon with the usual 3 units and 18 cars or so. The caboose is with them too. They'll probably be returning north early afternoon (Weds).

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« Reply #141 on: May 11th, 2005, 2:31pm »
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Train came into Indiana today about 1pm. No other details yet. Have to check it out after work.

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« Reply #142 on: May 12th, 2005, 8:40am »
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The train yesterday ended up about as far south as I think they can go. They parked it south of the power plant switch and cars were just north of the bridge over the river. They could barely be seen through the woods back there. Still some track equipment parked on Lucerne Branch by the switch. Looks like they've been doing some surfacing south of Old 119 where the track was laid right on bare ground. They still need to ballast north of Old 119 a ways.

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« Reply #143 on: Jun 7th, 2005, 7:18am »
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This is a bit of a late post but last week B&P had a work train in town with the 1507, 1506 and I think the 2000 with 20 cars of ballast. They worked for 2 days at dumping from the power plant switch to the Homer City plant at the top of the hill. I think that is the first time a train has been "up the hill" since the Chessie era.

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« Reply #144 on: Jun 15th, 2005, 7:01pm »
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Todays Indiana Gazette has a story about a coal yard that has been approved down on Indian Springs road by Gazette Printers and Gorrell Windows (old Season-All) plant.Coal will be loaded on the B&P train.

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« Reply #145 on: Jun 17th, 2005, 12:16am »
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Commission approves coal-storage facility  
By MARY ANN SLATER Gazette Staff Writer  
An Indiana business and coal mine developer won approval Tuesday to begin operation of a coal storage/loading facility on property behind Gazette Printers at 775 Indian Spring Road.  
Members of the White Township Planning Commission unanimously approved a site plan for the project, developed by Chris Evans, on land owned by his company, Mystic Brooke Development LP.  
 Planning commission member George Lenz, who is also a township supervisor, had reservations about the location of the facility, which he noted was near the busy intersection of Indian Springs Road and Wayne Avenue. : "This honestly just seems like the wrong location," he said.  
 But in the end he and the others voted to approve the project because they agreed it met the township's ordinances.  
Trucks will transport coal from several area mines to the facility, which is on a three-acre tract behind Gazette 'Printers. The coal will be stored there until it can be transported by Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad to sales markets out of the area. The rail line, which travels from Indiana Borough to the Homer City Generating Station, curves behind the tract to where the coal will be stored.
Before approving the project, commission members expressed concern about the additional traffic, noise arid dirt that could be generated by the new operation and asked just how much coal would be brought into the site.  
Evans said at this point he was not sure.  "I may never use it (the facility) or 1 may use one or two trains a month," he said, estimating that, at most, coal brought in would fill two 100car trains per month.
Evan said his company will have to use 400 truckloads of coal to fill. one train and 800 loads to fill two trains. At that rate, he expected that additional traffic at the site would be, at the most, an additional 1,600 road trips monthly.   Trucks will reach the storage facility via an unnamed road off Indian Springs Road that lies just to the east of Gazette Printers.  
The 1,600 trips per month would be well below the 750 trips per day that the Highway Occupancy Permit assigned to the road allows, Evans pointed out. The state Department of Transportation issues occupancy permits.  
"We will never be close to exceeding the limitation," Evans said.  
Mystic Brooke Development has applied for the necessary permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection, and Evans said he expects to receive the permit within the next 30 days.  
If that approval is received, the storage facility could begin storing coal as early as August.  
 


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Re: Train traffic traffic through Indiana, PA
 
« Reply #146 on: Jul 10th, 2005, 9:56am »
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Indiana Gazette has another article about the proposed coal loading facility today.The neighbors are all getting a petition to try and stop this.Chris Evans said this facility could also be used to store other items such as;sand for gas well fracking ,salt,and anti-skid for local municiples.

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« Reply #147 on: Jul 12th, 2005, 5:13pm »
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After two years of renovating its tracks, the Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad Co. will begin shipping coal by train through Indiana Borough this weekend.  
Engineering District 10 of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is advising motorists to be alert for train traffic for the first time in about 14 years at the 15 railroad crossings in town. PennDOT also has made improvements to the grade crossings, including Oakland Avenue and Grant Street, near Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  
 
Three test trains and a special excursion are planned from Friday through July 22, but exact times the trains will go through town were not announced.  
 
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Kevin Bowser, marketing director for the railroad company, said the first test train will deliver coal to the Homer City Generating Station over the weekend. The second train is scheduled for July 19 with a special excursion and a third test train planned for July 21.
 
"The plans for the trains could change, based on the construction schedule," Bowser said this morning. "But those are our most recent plans."
 
When in full operation, three trains with locomotives and 40 coal cars will deliver coal each week to the generating station, Bowser said. Previously, the railroad company projected the delivery of coal to the generating station on a daily basis. He said the schedule of the trains will depend on when the shipment is needed at the generating station.  
 
PennDOT and the railroad company announced plans for the test runs Monday afternoon in a joint news release.
 
Motorists are advised to use caution when approaching the grade crossings and to expect traffic stoppages and delays. The PennDOT news release noted that since there is no set schedule for the delivery of coal to the generating station, people should be aware that trains could be using the crossings at any time.
 
More information on railroad safety can be obtained on PennDOT's Web site at www.dot.state.pa.us or at the Operation Lifesavers Web site at www.oli.org.  
 
 
 
 


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Re: Train traffic traffic through Indiana, PA
 
« Reply #148 on: Jul 18th, 2005, 12:47pm »
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After two years of renovating its tracks, the Buffalo and Pittsburgh  
Railroad Co. will begin shipping coal by train through Indiana Borough  
this  weekend.  
 
Engineering District 10 of the Pennsylvania Department of  
Transportation is  
advising motorists to be alert for train traffic for the first time in  
about  
14  years at the 15 railroad crossings in town. PennDOT also has made  
improvements  to the grade crossings, including Oakland Avenue and  
Grant Street, near  
Indiana  University of Pennsylvania.  
Three test trains and a special excursion are planned from Friday  
through  
July 22, but exact times the trains will go through town were not  
announced.  
Kevin Bowser, marketing director for the railroad company, said the  
first  
test train will deliver coal to the Homer City Generating Station over  
the  
weekend. The second train is scheduled for July 19 with a special  
excursion and  a  
third test train planned for July 21.  
"The plans for the trains could change, based on the construction  
schedule,"  
Bowser said this morning. "But those are our most recent plans."  
When in full operation, three trains with locomotives and 40 coal cars  
will  
deliver coal each week to the generating station, Bowser said.  
Previously, the  
 railroad company projected the delivery of coal to the generating  
station on  
a  daily basis. He said the schedule of the trains will depend on when  
the  
shipment  is needed at the generating station.  
PennDOT and the railroad company announced plans for the test runs  
Monday  
afternoon in a joint news release.  
Motorists are advised to use caution when approaching the grade  
crossings and  
 to expect traffic stoppages and delays. The PennDOT news release noted  
that  
since there is no set schedule for the delivery of coal to the  
generating  
station, people should be aware that trains could be using the  
crossings at any  
time.
 
 


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Re: Train traffic traffic through Indiana, PA
 
« Reply #149 on: Jul 21st, 2005, 4:21pm »
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Thursday, July 21, 2005
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
With Gov. Edward Rendell and Indiana County officials present, a rail freight link reopened today.
 
"Today, we mark completion of the reconstruction of 16 miles of rail line between Indiana and Homer City," Rendell said at a grand reopening ceremony. "My administration, the federal government and the Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad joined in making this improvement possible."
 
The B&P will deliver coal to the Homer City Generating Station, operated by EME Homer City Generation L.P.
 
Rendell said the $9.6 million railroad infrastructure improvement project was financed with state and federal grants and private funds from the B&P Railroad. Work included installation of 16 miles of continuous welded rail, 41,000 ties and 10 new switches. Thirty-four public and private road crossings have been rehabilitated.


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« Reply #150 on: Jul 22nd, 2005, 9:49am »
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http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05203/541971.stm
 
 
 
Old railroad line chugs back into service
It will carry tons of coal from Armstrong County to Homer City power plant
 
Friday, July 22, 2005
By Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
 
INDIANA, Pa. -- John W. Mills, who spent most of his career as a doctor delivering babies, took a class to become a train brakeman at age 64. He met half the requirements -- you have to make four perfect runs on a train -- but now, at age 79, he doesn't think he'll ever finish.
 
 
 
"With a bad, arthritic hip, I'm not sure I should be hopping on and off of moving trains," said Mills, of White Township.
 
Yesterday, he had to settle for a red leather seat in one of the passenger cars as the newly restored Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad began operating again in the borough.
 
The line, which last operated 12 years ago, was purchased by the railroad last year to begin moving coal from the Clementine Mine in Clinton, Armstrong County, to the Homer City Generating Station.
 
It will not operate as a passenger line, but to celebrate the completed work, dozens of dignitaries, rail employees and enthusiasts were invited to travel 16 miles along the tracks from Indiana to Homer City and back. Five passenger cars were brought in for the occasion, and they were pulled by two orange Buffalo & Pittsburgh locomotives.
 
When the actual coal-hauling begins this weekend, it will take five engines to pull the 40 cars -- each carrying 100 tons of coal -- on a circuitous 100-mile route from south of Kittanning to the power plant in Homer City, said Kevin Bowser, director of marketing and industrial development with Buffalo & Pittsburgh.
 
His railroad has been interested in developing the line for more than four years. Bowser said its benefits will be many. Coal will be delivered to the plant faster and cheaper, and it will be safer, keeping approximately 40,000 coal trucks off local roadways each year.
 
 
 
The power plant burns about 6 million tons of coal annually, and Buffalo & Pittsburgh hopes to deliver 1 million tons during its first year.
 
Bowser expects the train to make one round trip every day, likely in the late afternoon.
 
It cost $9.6 million to restore the line, which came from private, state and federal funding. The project helped Indiana County retain 700 jobs and created 70 more, state officials said.
 
Gov. Ed Rendell, who was unable to take the leisurely, 15 mph test run, did attend the line's opening and spoke briefly before the train departed from alongside a parking lot at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
 
"It's a great public-private partnership," said Rendell, who made four stops across Western Pennsylvania yesterday announcing economic development projects. "As coal and railroads continue to come back, I think we're going to see renewed economic growth."
 
Bowser hopes to find other freight-hauling opportunities as the Homer City branch gets up and running.
 
As the train glided lazily along, neighbors along the tracks stood in their yards waving and snapping pictures. Motorists who were stopped at the many railroad crossings did the same.
 
The train passed through corn fields and cow pastures, and for a while followed Marsh Run, which was high following a heavy storm that came on just as the governor arrived.
 
To get the rail line back in working order, crews for the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad installed 16 miles of continuous welded rail, 41,000 cross ties and 10 new switches. A total of 34 road crossings were rehabilitated and about 30,000 tons of ballast was spread over the line.
 
When the coal trains are running, top speed will be about 40 mph. As they travel through communities, though, including Indiana, they will slow to 10 mph.
 
For Mills, who has held a fascination for trains -- primarily steam engines -- since he was introduced to them at age 3, yesterday's round-trip was quite a treat.
 
"There's nothing like watching a train," said Mills, who loves to hear the whistles blowing.
 
"I knew it was strictly going to be freight trains, but that's OK, it's still a train."
 
(Paula Reed Ward can be reached at pward@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1601.)
 


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« Reply #151 on: Jul 22nd, 2005, 4:54pm »
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Here's the story of the rail line from the front page of today's Latrobe Bulletin. Marie McCandless, our Associate Editor, covered the story, wrote the following article and took a few pictures. She even went for the ride on the rails.
 
I will post the pictures (and accompanying captions) in later posts. The article & following pictures (c)2005 The Latrobe Bulletin.
 
Railroad line reopens
Touted as part of economic resurgence
 
by Marie Mccandless
Bulletin News Editor
 
   Gov. Ed Rendell visited Indiana County Thursday to cut the ribbon on a rebuilt rail freight link that holds economic promise not only for Indiana County but also the southwest Pennsylvania region.
   “Economic development would not occur without public/private partnerships such as this,” said Morton Fuller, chairman and CEO, Genesee & Wyoming Inc., of which Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad Inc. is a part.
   Rendell agreed.
   “It’s a win-win situation,” the governor stressed. “This is a great day.” He noted that  federal and state governments as well as the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad Inc. cooperated to make the $9.6-million restoration reality.
   “Today, we mark completion of the reconstruction of 16 miles of rail line between Indiana and Homer City,” Rendell said. “My administration, the federal government and the Buffalo and Pittsburgh Railroad joined in making this improvement possible. This is one more step in our journey to a new Pennsylvania, a Pennsylvania with a thriving economy and good-paying, family-sustaining jobs.”
   “This was an opportunity where state government, joined by the Federal Railroad Administration and the B&P Railroad, made a targeted investment that will build our economy and create new jobs,” Rendell continued. “The project itself created 240 construction jobs. We’re looking at retaining the current 700 jobs and expect as many as 70 new jobs between the railroad and the electric utility.”
   He noted, “There were more Pennsylvanians working last month than in the history of the commonwealth.” With 4.8-percent unemployment, the governor related, “This is the first time in half a dozen years that it’s been lower than the national rate.”
In Indiana County, though the 5.5-percent unemployment rate today is above the state average, it is much lower than in January 2004, when it stood at 9.3 percent, Rendell said.
   “That’s good news,” he commented. “We’re going in the right direction but we have our work cut out for us.”
   Rendell said building on the state’s strengths of coal, steel and railroads will help maintain that resurgence. Pennsylvania leads the nation with more than 5,000 miles of rail lines.
   Moving freight by rail is “cheaper than roads and better for the environment,” Rendell said. Removing an estimated 80,000 trucks a year from the region’s highways, he noted, would reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, reduce wear and tear on roadways, and reduce fuel usage.
   Dave Collins, B&P president, said that when he first saw the rail line that opened yesterday, “It was bees and trees, rails and a few ties, but not much more.” He added, “It was a very long, challenging process to get here.” Collins said the first coal train will include 80 cars heading to the power plant this weekend.
   Fuller said his great-grandfather began Genesee & Wyoming Inc. in 1899 with a short line that hauled salt in upstate New York. From that 14-mile line the company has expanded to five countries on three continents. He said when G&W acquisition of B&P in 1988 was part of a “strategy to acquire existing rail operations so they would become a vital part of the economic infrastructure.”
   The B&P line that opened yesterday is part of a 750-mile regional network in Pennsylvania and New York, Fuller said. It will deliver coal to the Homer City Generating Station, operated by EME Homer City Generation LP.
   Guy Gorney, president of Midwest Generation, pointed out that 260 employees work at the Homer City power plant, working to provide “reliable and affordable” electricity to some 2 million households. The plant uses 5 million tons of coal a year, and generates an estimated $300 million in economic impact. He praised the “vision, sensitivity and cooperation” that brought the B&P to reality.
   Dr. Tony Atwater, president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania since February, said as a former journalist himself, he recognized, “This is a good news story for the Indiana region.”
   Sharon Daboin, PennDOT deputy secretary for aviation, rail freight, ports and waterways, said, “This is a town where the train hadn’t run for a while. It was not an easy task. It was a change for people who don’t automatically recognize the impact of a railroad to a community or recognize its impact to the community and the region. If the train tracks disappear and the railroads are not serving, they will not come back.”
   Instead, with the rejuvenated line, she said, “It will build. The railroad is part of the economy of the past and of the future.”
Daboin continued, “It is so critical. These locomotives are not just pulling the train. They are the economic engine for the region, the drive to help pull us into the future.”
   State Sen. Don White said the line will create new markets, opportunities and jobs, delivering freight “faster, safer and cheaper. That’s what it’s all about.”
   Rebuilding the Homer City Branch of the B&P included installation of 16 miles of continuous welded rail, 41,000 ties and 10 new switches. It also involved rehabilitating 34 public and private road crossings, installing five new bridge decks, and spreading approximately 30,000 tons of ballast over the line. The line had been dormant for a dozen years.
   Following the ceremony, conducted under a tent during a driving rainstorm, guests took an excursion on part of the renewed line, riding in five restored passenger cars pulled by two B&P locomotives. Residents and motorists waved, photographed and stared at the novel sight of a train passing through the cornfields and back roads of Indiana County.


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« Reply #152 on: Jul 22nd, 2005, 5:10pm »
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Here's a picture that didn't get published. This was from inside the train. Anyone here look familiar?

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Here's another unpublished photo.

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Photo by Marie McCandless
 
This is one of the five restored passenger cars that carried guests during the grand opening Thursday of the Homer City Branch Line, a 16-mile freight link of the B&P Railroad. Beginning this weekend, the line will carry coal from Indiana County coal mines to the Homer City Generating Station, operated by EME Homer City Generation LP.
 
photo (c)2005 The Latrobe Bulletin


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Photo by Marie McCandless
 
Cutting the ribbon for the rebuilt Homer City Branch Line Thursday were Sharon Daboin, deputy secretary, Aviation, Rail Freight, Ports and Waterways, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation; state Sen. Don White, 41st District; state Rep. Sam Smith, 66th District, Pennsylvania House majority leader; Gov. Ed Rendell; Mort Fuller, chairman and CEO, Genesee & Wyoming Inc., and Dave Collins, president, Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad.  
 
photo (c)2005 The Latrobe Bulletin


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One more unpublished photo, this one alongside IUP. Note the vanity license plate in the bottom right foreground: "ON TRACK".

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« Reply #157 on: Aug 3rd, 2005, 8:30am »
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anybody get pics of the coal trains yet?

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« Reply #158 on: Aug 3rd, 2005, 11:22am »
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I think it is absolutely great that trains will soon be running through Indiana but I find the whole thing a little ironic.  I believe a major reason for the widening of 119 was to accomodate the massive coal truck traffic during the week.  Now the rebuilt rail  line will eliminate 80,000 trucks a year.  Though I haven't been up that way in a while I remember many a Sunday where traffic was pretty light.  In hindsight if PennDOT wanted to eliminate trucks from the road they should have looked into the rail route in the first place.  My bet is that the rail upgrade was cheaper.
 
To anyone traveling to see the B&P run through Indiana be sure to stop at Celm's BBQ outside of Blairsville.  Their ribs and sanwiches are the best BBQ north of the Mason-Dixon!


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« Reply #159 on: Aug 3rd, 2005, 7:35pm »
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Today at around 1pm a short B&P train went down thru Marion Center,I caught the first two engines;1514-1506-last one was in the old Conrail blue 78were the first two numbers ,it was going thru the wooded area by the Rayne Drop Inn and I missed the last two numbers.I heard them talking around Indiana and they were stopping at Brodsky's Scrap Yard and were loading up some tools before going further down.The hoppers had to have ballast in them, because you couldn't see anything up over the top.The DS called them and said there would be no work train on the Indiana Branch on Thursday.Maybe someone else got to see this also.

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