HiDef: A Busy Norfolk Southern Pittsburgh Line

With about 60 trains a day, action on this line is non-stop. Here, on June 26th, we visit the eastern portion of the Pittburgh Line, which cuts through the heart of Pennsylvania along the Juniata River, and look at spots as Bailey around Milepost PT 128, Mexico at PT 148.7 and at Mifflin interlocking in downtown Mifflintown, around PT 153. Bailey, just east of Newport: 12G – 0642 hrs NS D9-40CW 9334 NS D9-40CW 9288 406 – 0706 hrs NS D9-40CW 9202 NS D9-40CW 9835 407 – 0925 hrs NS D8-40CW 8450 “Conrail Quality” NS SD60I 6763 Mexico, in the middle of Amish farm territory and with Tuscarora Mountain in the background, is at PT 148.7 with signals and a defect detector. Tuscarora Mountain tops out at about 2100 feet in this area, and to think that 100 miles west on the Pittsburgh Line trains are topping the Gallitzin summit at that height! 14G – 1012 hrs NS ES40DC 7693 NS D9-40CW 8893 21E – 1056 hrs NS SD70M-2 2744 without a K5LLA NS D9-40CW 9354 The Mifflin Signals in Mifflintown, the beautiful PRR signal bridges have since been replaced with modern vaders. 26T – 1124 hrs NS D9-40CW 9801 NS SD70M-2 2760 13G – 1126 hrs NS D9-40CW 9269 NS SD60I 6750 Just outside of the town, a little bit east down the river, there is a grade crossing at River Road. 21J – 1215 hrs NS D9-40CW 9505 NS SD70M 2635 NS D9-40CW 9201 Back to Mexico for a rumbling duo of deuces: 23W – 1233 hrs NS SD70M-2 2676 NS SD70M-2 2671 (20T at Cove was on June 21st while driving by the area, Cove is just west of
Video Rating: 4 / 5

HiDef: Bouncin’ and Rockin’ Through Downtown Lebanon

February 14, 2009: Several trains, including a meet, bounce uncontrollably across 11 crossings in down town Lebanon, blowing the horn dozens of times. 213 NS D9-40CW 9638 (K5LA) NS SD60 6602 19G NS SD70M 2622 (K5LA) NS D8-40CW 8324 500 NS D9-40CW 9767 (K5LA) NS D9-40CW 9020 20W NS D8-40CW 8317 (Leslie RS-3L) NS SD60M 6788 11J NS SD60M 6798 (Leslie RS-3L) NS D9-40CW 9377
Video Rating: 4 / 5

HiDef: Three Trains at a Busy CP Prescott

February 7, 2009: W4A lines up at Prescott to wait on two fast-pace eastbounds. W4A is first seen at the 81 signal tower (just west of Myerstown) with the 79.9 detector sounding. Power for W4A (34A’s second/late section) is: NS SD70 2505 (P3 horn) NS D8-40CW 8394 NS GP38-2 5070 (High-Hood) NS D9-40CW 8907 NS SD60I 6736 The train has a monsterous high and wide; and crosses 2 to 1 at CP Prescott after two… Y02 comes east with: NS ES40DC 7582 NS D9-40CW 8964 14G comes east with: NS D9-40CW 9416 NS SD70M-2 2746
Video Rating: 4 / 5

HiDef: 12 80-90 MPH Trains on the Amtrak Harrisburg Line

10 Amtrak Keystone Service trains and the 2 daily Pennsylvanians grind their way east and west at 80-90 MPH through the beautiful Amish countryside of Lancaster County on April 1, 2010. Three locations are covered in this outting, Irishtown Rd. Grade Crossing, Bird-in-Hand, and Paradise. This was supposed to be an outting until sunset, but my camera battery died before the last 3 trains, so sorry I do not have videos of those. :-/ 609 – 11:04 (5-10 minutes late) AEM-7 936 (Push) 648 – 11:42 (on time) AEM-7 935 (Push) 643 – 12:03 (on time) AEM-7 929 (Push) 650 – 12:46 (on time) AEM-7 917 (Push) We then change locations to Paradise in hope that the Pennsylvanians would meet in this area like they normally do, however, both trains had slight delays and met somewhere just west of Bird-in-Hand. 43 – 13:51 (10-15 minutes late) Amtrak P42DC 72 42 – 13:58 (5-10 minutes late) Amtrak P42DC 97 645 – 14:41 (on time) AEM-7 941 (Pull) 652 – 16:03 (on time) AEM-7 936 (Pull) Nice doppler on 647 guy though it was ashame for the motor bike. 647 – 16:53 (on time) AEM-7 928 (Push) I tried to pan but it turned out eh, the zooming got messed up. Oh well, it was a nice fly-by. 654 – 17:08 AEM-7 929 (Pull) A hot air balloon! 649 – 17:53 (on time) AEM-7 625 (Push) Two horse and buggies meet right after the train passes, showing a true clash of technology, the simple lifestyle of the Amish, the PRR position lights from the 1920’s, and the modern high speed rail trains. 656 – 18:19 (on time) AEM-7
Video Rating: 4 / 5

HiDef: NS Harrisburg Line Trains in Early May 2009

For the lack of a better title, let’s just say the weather this May was wet, windy, and dark. But that didn’t stop some sweet trains from rolling on by, as you can tell, trains with 6 to 9 engines, exConrails, veteran power… etc. Rain or shine, the Harrisburg Line is captured in any weather condition. 5-1-09 H33 roars past the purina feed mill… NS GP40-2 3038 “Conrail” NS GP38-2 5070 5-1-09 Rain starts to fall as more RS-3L sounds fill the hear, though no longer blue, 33A sports a nice leader. NS D8-40CW 8388 NS D9-40CW 9859 5-1-09 64J in the pouring rain. NS D9-40CW 9649 NS SD40-2 3381 5-1-09 16T with a motherload of nine locomotives, including all of the types of SD40-2’s on the active roster! WOW! NS D9-40CW 9879 NS D9-40CW 9712 NS ES40DC 7694 NS SD70M-2 2701 NS SD40-2 6107 NS SD40-2 1651 NS SD40-2 3361 “Conrail Quality” NS D9-40CW 9720 NS SD60I 6749 “Conrail Quality” 5-2-09 14G with a pair of black eights and none other than JB Kerr at the helm. NS D8-40CW 8372 NS D8-40CW 8322 5-2-09 Yet another grand 34A (note the backwards NS doors on the 9250): NS D9-40CW 9250 “Operation Lifesaver” NS ES40DC 7712 NS SD40-2 6107 NS SD70M-2 2701 NS ES40DC 7694 NS GP38-2 5617 5-2-09 21M flies by with, wait a minute? A P3 horn on an SD70M-2? NS SD70M-2 2749 NS SD70M-2 2773 NS D9-40CW 9552 Sadly, that was the only sunny shot. 5-2-09 18N sports some blue… NS D9-40CW 9354 NS D8-40CW 8360 “Conrail Quality” 5-2-09 33A… awesome power, to say the least. NS D8-40CW 8437 “Conrail
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Hi-Def Pacing Amtrak 205 G-scale

Just outdoors playing with the trains August 12, 2010. LGB Amtrak 205 is my oldest Gennisis loco. Hey ! Subscribe to me here.. I will be auctioning off a USA Trains SD-70 on Ebay in a few weeks. I post that loco here when I put it on Ebay. Check out my Playlists here on Youtube.. Now over 1000 G-scale trains in those Playlists.. Keep Posting !

HiDef: Spring Brings the Circus Train, Rare and Nice Lashups to the NS Harrisburg Line

Warbonnets, Conrails, Ringling Brothers, foreign power, all admist the usual Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern trains of the NS Harrisburg Line. You’ll see a lot in this spring sampler, and just a note, this video like many others I have uploaded, will all eventually be available on DVD. This is why I don’t show full clips of trains, not to mention I am pressed for file-size time, but I like to keep you all entertained so I hope you enjoy what I do put up. (For more details: read more below the power list). 3-20-10 The first day of spring and 19G shows off its many units in the afternoon sun. NS SD70M-2 2690 NS SD60 6584 NS D9-40CW 9335 NS D9-40CW 9390 NS D8-40CW 8382 UP SD70M 4404 3-21-10 Eastbound loaded automotive racks 18N in some nice sun, but the trees are still bare. NS SD70 2561 NS D9-40CW 9904 3-22-10 Ethanol loads 68Q in some spring rain with a relatively rare CSX locomotive trailing. NS D9-40CW 9660 UP AC4400CW 6620 CSX SD60 8712 3-22-10 A lashup of all ex-Conrails on 19G, misfortune would have it that the leader is black, when in fact it is rarer to see a black SD50 than a blue one, but still a nice trio of power for 2010. NS SD50 5429 NS SD60I 6758 Conrail Quality NS GP38-2 5281 Conrail Quality 3-27-10 A pair of standard cabs on 14G; this is an increasingly rarer site in the new decade. NS SD70 2563 NS SD60 6628 3-27-10 That afternoon, 19G meets 33A, both of which have nice power. All units are running on 19G and units 1, 2, and 4 are running on 33A
Video Rating: 4 / 5

HiDef: Trains and Trouble on the NS Harrisburg Line

Plenty of fast pace movements, as usual, but also, it isn’t uncommon for trains to have problems (ie broken air hoses, detector problems, engine trouble)… as the case with one of the trains in this video: battery failure. 4-26 64J roars east bound on a nice, but a windy, Spring day. NS SD40-2 3389 NS SD40-2 3423 4-28 19G sports an ex-Erie Lackwanna SD45-2 in slot three. NS D9-40CW 9827 NS SD70M 2610 NS SD45-2 1703 4-28 H31 NS GP38-2 5070 NS GP40-2 3038 “Conrail” 4-29 64J has a nice ex-Conrail GP38-2! NS D9-40CW 9473 NS GP38-2 5358 “Conrail Quality” 4-29 501 stalled on Wyomissint Inerlocking. NS D9-40CW 9921 (Dead) NS D9-40CW 9406 (Not Charging) NS SD50 5416 “Conrail Quality” (Only fully functional unit) The lead two units started having trouble, 501 powered up the 5416 and tried to shove the train back, no luck. Then from the second unit, he shoved it back to clear Wyomissing so trains could continue through the junction. 501 had to spin the power so the 5416 would lead… I couldn’t stay to the time he got back, I know they didn’t leave until night-fall. I was glad to see the SD50 operating, especially in notch 8. It’s good so see rare motive power take over when the boring ones take a dump. 4-29… trains that pass by the stalled 501, including a Reading and Northern QIT coal train: 20G NS D9-40CW 9623 NS SD60 6605 684 NS SD70M-2 2685 NS D9-40CW 9028 921 NS D9-40CW 9885 NS D9-40CW 9767 NS D9-40CW 9208

HiDef: Amtrak Trains of the North East

The Amtrak “Adirondack” and “Vermonter” are featured in this video. 10-11-09 Amtrak 68 heads south bound along Lake Champlain (the natural border to New York and Vermont). The location is just south of Port Henry, New York. I set up just in time (a little unlevel I think), the train was running over 25 minutes late and I also arrived late because I kept stopping for pictures of the amazing Vermont foliage on the way, plus the Bridge To New York is under construction and we sat for several minutes. Thank goodness no cars were coming! Several other fans were up on the rock cliff. P42DC 16 leads the train, which features the Adirondack dome car. 10-13-09 Just south of Montpelier along Route 12, Amtrak 55 bangs along a mix of jointed and welded rail on NECR’s mainline. Although there is some snow in this shot, just a few miles north in Montpelier there was about 1.5 inches on the ground and was the first snowfall of the season. This train runs push-pull due to the wye at Essex Jct. towards Burlington and back. P42DC’s 108 and 103 power the train; some foliage can be seen here, although much of it is in the Green Mountains, you haven’t seen foliage until you take route 125 in the fall! Later, we catch up to the train at White River Junction, we beat it because we can travel fast down I89. It was on time and arrives at 11:05 AM. There was no snow this far south, but some rain. There is some foliage here too; also, the Vermont Railway’s Green Mountain White River Flyer is
Video Rating: 4 / 5