It'll Buff OutSeen waiting outside the steel shop at Juniata, farm-plow wannabes 4001 and 1036 await evaluation before decisions are made. Considering the damage done to 4001's cab ... (more)
Run Away, Little Boy! Run Away!Amtrak's Pennsylvania pulls up to WORKS in Altoona, but not without a near-miss. The boy on the bicycle in the middle of the frame is one of several t... (more)
Over the River (and Thru the Woods)the Everett Railroad's little 2-6-0 marches over the little Juniata River outside Hollidaysburg. This bridge is burred in the woods, and while we'... (more)
Running from the SunNS 9152 smashes its way into the Iron Triangle at Fostoria, running away from the rising, blazing-hot summer sun. Unlike the characters in a short story I read a... (more)
Into the Rising Sun NS 6980 drags an eastbound auto rack train over the diamond as the summer sun rises over Fostoria, OH.
What Parallel Universe is This?It's 2017, and somehow Penn Central still exists, right down to using flimsies printed in the 60s. Not how most would want to run a railroad these day... (more)
In Her Natural HabitatNevada Northern 40 poses by the East Ely Depot, with the yard and coaling tower as a backdrop. The Nevada Northern is a unique place, with equipment and buildi... (more)
Easter Done Like ChristmasCNJ 115 (really 113 masquerading as her long-scrapped sister) pulls into the station at Minersville, PA to start loading passengers for the day's Easter Bu... (more)
Anthracite CountryCentral of New Jersey #113 (disguised as long-scrapped sister 115) trundles over a swollen and obviously-polluted Little Schuylkill River outside Minersville. In t... (more)
Pride in Their WorkAn enginehouse crew poses with Nevada Northern 40, showing a little pride in the dirty, thankless work of hosteling and maintaining these machines.
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Out of PlaceThe only piece of equipment in the Nevada Northern enginehouse that really seems out of place--and gives away that it's not the 1950s--is SD9 #204. Left here by the BHP ... (more)
Traffic JamPA Route 36 is a busy secondary highway, as it is the primary route between Altoona and Roaring Spring. The Everett Railroad crosses it in East Freedom, and every time it... (more)
The World Famous Horseshoe CurveGrain train 50T wraps around the valley on the Horseshoe Curve. Built by the Pennsylvania Railroad and opened to traffic in 1854, Horseshoe Curve fil... (more)
A Step Back in TimeEverett Railroad 2-6-0 #11 rolls over the Little Juniata River with a short passenger train in tow. This bridge is just remote enough to mask the fact that it is ... (more)
Resting at Riker Work takes me places around Central Pennsylvania. I drive by the Buffalo & Pittsburgh's Riker Yard at least once a week, but this is the first time I've actually ru... (more)