Trains and Farms: The Norfolk Southern Reading Line

The NS Reading Line runs through the center of eastern Pennsylvania farm communities, providing some of the best rural scenery in the state while watching trains. The former Reading mainline, which runs between Reading, PA and Allentown, PA, still contains active Reading searchlight block signals, that serve about 30 trains daily. Selected are scenes from May, August, and November 2012, that show vast farm scenery, railroad related structures, or the Reading signals along the route. 0:00 – We start out on May 18, 2012 with the first scene of a heavy loaded garbage train speeding through Mertztown past the freight depot. Power for the train is a nice eclectic mix of EMD motors: 65J – Garbage Loads – Kearny, NJ – Mingo Junction, OH NS SD70M-2 2717 NS SD70 2519 NS SD60 6674 1:37 – That evening trains 15T and 261 head through the farms at Longswamp and the 222E block signal. 15T – Mixed Freight – Allentown, PA – Birmingham, AL NS D9-40CW 9628 NS D9-40CW 9609 NS SD60 6518 (UP Paint) NS 6518 is currently stored, either waiting call for service or rebuild to an SD60E. 3:23 261 – Roadrailer – Bethlehem, PA – Chicago, IL NS SD70M-2 2662 NS D9-40CW 9132 4:48 – The next day on May 19, 2012, the weather was just as spotless, therefore warranting another visit to the Reading Line. 11J is seen from afar as it enters the small town of Bowers with a weak and whiny horn on the leader. 11J – Empty Autoracks – Doremus, NJ – Bellevue, OH or Detroit, MI NS SD60M 6796 NS D9-40CW 9906 6:16
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Trains on the Norfolk Southern Harrisburg Line March 2012

Gorgeous sunny weather and warm temperatures made for exciting catches in March. Witness a variety of train types, locomotives, and locations, providing you with the scenery of the Lebanon Valley and western Berks County as seen from popular and obscure railfanning locations, including farming activities occuring in the background. The angle of spring equinox sun provides some of the best lighting available throughout the year, which accentuates the prime action on this busy mainline. This is a feature you won’t want to miss! 3/13/12 On a beautiful sunny afternoon, 19G rounds the curve near MP 74 with a MBTA GP40MC in tow headed for the Juniata shops. NS SD70M-2 2710 NS Dash-9-40CW 8389 MBTA GP40MC 1118 3/14/12 Empty gon train 69R slides downhill into Myerstown near MP 81. NS ES40DC 7683 NS SD70 2568 3/15/12 926 with a trio of new SD40E’s pulling new Herzog cars heads back to Dyers Quarry / Birdsboro, PA with empties near MP 78. NS SD40E 6337 NS SD40E 6333 NS SD40E 6341 3/15/12 Heavy loaded slab steel gon train 67Z throttles hard as it climbs out of the city of Reading after re-joining the Harrisburg Line at Wyomissing Junction, now passing the FM Browns feed mill in Sinking Spring at MP 64.5. NS ES40DC 7509 NS Dash-9-40CW 9546 3/15/12 33A glides down hill into Robesonia under dynamic braking near MP 70.5 with an assortment of power, much of which are yard units being ferried from Enola Diesel shop to Allentown Yard for both yard and local power. It is nice to see some

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
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Norfolk Southern 66E visits the Sipping and Switching Society

This video features Norfolk Southern woodchip train 66E as it traverses the combined Sipping and Switching Society of North Carolina and Ohio Valley Sipping and Switching Society HO scale modular layout at the NMRA Piedmont Division train show on March 13th and 14th. This weekend was the first time that the two groups combined modules into one layout. Prior to this weekend, these modules had never been within 500 miles of each other, but they were 100% compatible! The train features two atlas Dash-8 series locomotves and one Blueline SD40-2, all with DCC and Sound, and the cars are by LBF, Huberts, and Walthers. I followed the train around about half of the layout, and the names of the individual modules are displayed before each clip. Also featured are meets with five other trains on the double main line. I would like to thank Joe Balint and Rick Mattar for contributing some cars to the train. Sorry about some of the wobbling, I don’t have a tripod and was also controling the train at the same time. There is also some background noise, but it can’t be but so quiet inside a train show! Enjoy!
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MTH HO Norfolk & Western J Class Steam Engine

The Class J 4-8-4 was an engine of quiet superlatives. Handsome, powerful (5100 hp), and, as a test on the Pennsylvania Railroad proved, capable of hauling 15 cars at 110 mph, it was designed and styled not by one of the big three builders (ALCo, Baldwin, and Lima) or a famous designer like Raymond Loewy or Henry Dreyfuss, but by the N&Ws home-grown team of designers and craftsmen at the roads Roanoke, Virginia shops. For power and quick acceleration through mountainous territory, and to make room for the largest possible boiler, they equipped the streamlined J with 70 drivers — unusually small for a 4-8-4 and fully 10 smaller than the Southern Pacifics Daylight GS-4 of the same wheel arrangement. The MTH Electric Trains’ HO N&W J is more fun to operate than any previous version of this magnificent locomotive, with its N&W whistle, passenger station announcements, synchronized chuff and puffing smoke, and speed control so smooth you wont spill the water in the diner. For more information on our superbly detailed model and its prototype, including surviving J No. 611, visit

Norfolk Southern on MY LAYOUT!!! Lionel Legacy & MTH DCS

A tribute to Norfolk Southern on the Pittsburgh Industrial Railroad. There’s also a little payback for this video….he had this one coming to him for a while!! LMAO! 😀 Enjoy train friends! Engines Lionel: NS SD40-2 NS Dash 9 NS Genset NS SD70ACe heritage NS SD70M-2 MTH: NS Dash 8-40CW NS Dash 8-40C Narrow Nose NS GP35 High Hood NS SD50 Tags: Lionel Legacy MTH DCS Train Layout O scale O gauge model railroad table display horseshoe curve Altoona PA horse shoe vision line Proto sound sounds 2.0 3.0 fastrack Pittsburgh PIR Nick PghTrainFanatic zw-l tiu aiu ross custom switches gargraves PRR Pennsylvania Conrail engine locomotive consist tank cars eco
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Layout Update #3 Lionel Legacy Norfolk Southern Tank Train, Once around my layout on the main line.

Also being pulled is an MTH NS coal hopper. The layout still has lots of work to be done. If you are wondering, you can hear my little girl Lily in the room. She will be 2 in February. Thanks for watching train friends!