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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