Standard Railroad of the World (Everything Else is Deluxe)
A bit of the "Standard Railroad of the World" came through on 'home rails' this evening. Caught in a snow shower just after sunset, NS 8102 (PRR Heritage) rolls west under the fading position lights at Tipton, PA.
The title is a jab at the fact that, despite proclaiming itself as the being the standard, it had a lot of things that were quirky and nonstandard compared to most other railroads--Belpaire fireboxes, left hand lead locomotives, an aversion to compound mallets and superpower steam, brake cylinders with odd sizes, etc. Whereas chief rival New York Central had modern 4-6-4s and 4-8-4s working passenger trains, the Pennsy was dependent on double-heading its veteran fleet of 425 K4s 4-6-2s (a WW1 era design).
An ongoing/growing album of photos that IMHO reveal the awesome, but seldom seen beauty of railroads because most of us don't go out after sundown or before sunrise. From dusk to dawn, lights are on! (And I continue to find new "Lights In The Night"!)