After two GP35’s with an eastbound coal train arrived at Altoona, Pennsylvania in a cloud of brake shoe ... (more)
An analysis of the air in Altoona, Pennsylvania in the 1970’s would have revealed that the four most predominate components of that air were nitrogen, oxygen, diesel exhaust, and brake shoe smoke.... (more)
NS SD60M #6768 sits at the Norfolk Southern Juniata Locomotive Shops for PTC installation and upgrades.
The first lights of the day show a westbound NS autorack train with EMD SD70 locomotive leading the formation, continue your route by the busy NS Pittsburgh Line near Altoona, PA.
A trio of cabs bring up the rear of a westbound freight east of Horseshoe Curve (~MP 240).
NS 20K glides through Altoona past Alto tower with the Illinois Terminal heritage unit on point. The sun has just peeked over the surrounding mountains and a coat of snow lingers from a previous ... (more)
A pair of SD40-2s shove on the rear of a westbound freight a little over a mile east of Horseshoe Curve.
Eastbound PIOI rolls through brilliant fall foliage east (MP 240.5) of Horseshoe Curve.
Having not made the trip to Horseshoe Curve since I was maybe 5 years old, it was time I made the pilgrimage to see the fall colors. They weren't anything to write home about, but the volume of tr... (more)
A Norfolk Southern intermodal train passes through the Horseshoe Curve.
A SD-60 leads Norfolk Southern train through the Horseshoe Curve in magnificent Fall colors.
An Ever-Changing Scene--As the Sun Sets The Juniata Locomotive Shop is a never-ending source of interest. On each visit, the details are always a little different. Different locomot... (more)
It's Getting Cold Up HereThe first thick blanket of snow has fallen on the Altoona area, and NS is as busy as ever with extra intermodal traffic ahead of the holidays. This place ne... (more)
Multi-track Drifting!!The Rose Yard job decided it wanted to try out drift racing. It turns out that, while you can do this with models, real trains should stick to one track at a t... (more)
An assortment of power sits at Norfolk Southern's Juniata Shops, including an Altoona-rebuilt GP38-2, the last UP-painted SD90MAC mid rebuild, and an ex-NW GP38AC, retired years ago and recently p... (more)