A lone ES44AC, NS 8165, leads a short eastbound through Altoona.
The Ringling Brothers circus train began its day in Philadelphia, and is now getting ready to proceed west from Altoona. Two GP40-2’s have been adequate to get the train to Altoona, but now an SD4... (more)
A westbound empty hopper train charges past Conrail’s Juniata shops in Altoona, Pennsylvania. The helpers for the grade to Gallitzin haven’t yet been added, but I’m sure that the C36-7/SD40 will g... (more)
Meets are common at the Horseshoe Curve, but it's a rarity that the trains meet at the apex. Here, NS 98N meets 21Z.
Westbound at 17 st Altoona Pa , with a empty auto rack train.
Westbound at 17 st Altoona Pa.
The Silent WatcherLong-silent Pennsylvania Railroad GP9 #7048 stands watch over Horseshoe Curve. In September, she will have been here for 30 years--2 years longer than 1361 was. On... (more)
Train 747 is led today by ex-Conrail SD70 2573 as it passes the Altoona Transportation Center and heads up the hill. The days are officially numbered for the SD70's which will soon make this scene... (more)
NS fast freight 25Z led by NS 9331, NS 2755 and NS 9802 curve it's train around the famous Horseshoe Curve viewing area and the PRR GP9 7048. The tail end is assisted with 2 helpers as well as se... (more)
NS train 19G is about to pass the Altoona Transportation Center with a colorful trio of BNSF units trailing.
NS 3435 rests in bay 27 of the famed Juniata Shops. This ex-PRR SD40 has fallen victim to the SD33ECO rebuild program, meaning that nearly everything besides the frame, trucks, and a few other par... (more)
Just Another Day on the JobNS 7200 was waiting for the switch to be lined an locked, having just stored a cut of its train in the ROSE yard (left) while a new crew comes on duty for... (more)
Assaulting the AllegheniesWith a 3 pack of helpers ahead, 25V begins its assault on the east slope out of Altoona. The lead unit began life as Conrail SD50 #6700 and is no stranger ... (more)
FRA on the SlopeNS 3404 leads a pair of FRA Geometry research cars down from Horseshoe Curve thru what is historically known as SLOPE Interlocking (now part of CP-Altoona).
There's nothing like a pleasant autumn afternoon along the railroad. Norfolk Southern goes about its business on the hill as yet another intermodal train passes MG interlocking.