An overcast autumn afternoon on the mountain is embellished with a respectable run of traffic, as usual. This time a westbound has pipe loads on the head-end as it snarls beneath the 2426 signal b... (more)
NS 3372 sits outside the Juniata Shops after having PTC Work, waiting for it's next assignment, with sister 3421 behind.
Perched high on the mountainside west of Horseshoe Curve, a pair of SD40E helpers shove westbound NS manifest 17G upgrade. Eastbound intermodal 16N passes as it descends toward Altoona, Pennsylvan... (more)
Traction motor assemblies wait to be picked for installation while a mothballed GP60 hopes to return to duty.
Westbound empty hoppers have just left Altoona, Pennsylvania for the coal fields of western Pennsylvania. A Conrail GP40-2/SD40-2 combo is working hard to get to Cresson.
Looking like it’s fresh from the shop, Conrail SD45-2 6666 is paired with an SD40-2 as a helper set drifting to Altoona from Cresson, Pennsylvania. The big EMD soldiers on today as NS 1705.
An intermodal train slows for a crew change at Altoona in preparation for its climb up to Horseshoe curve.
Deadlines always fascinate me for some reason, especially when they are fi... (more)
Better Than Steam
The older residents of Altoona no doubt remember when steam ruled the rails, and the air was constantly filled with coal smoke, and a bitter taste filled their mo... (more)
Single-unit trains on the Conrail main west of Altoona were not a common occurrence. Here a lone SD50 with an empty CWR train drops into Altoona at Slope.
A helper set shoves on a freight up the grade at Horseshoe Curve.
A helper set is in Dynamic Brake for tonnage on the downgrade for a loaded coal train around Horseshoe curve as a empty oil train passed heading westbound.
A helper set is in Dynamic Brake for tonnage on the downgrade for a loaded coal train around Horseshoe curve.
Rounding the bend at Horseshoe Curve a container train pulls hard on the grade.