Hi, there, folks.

I am late again to the Midweek Photos game, and don't have much to show that is different for the past couple of weeks.  Here are a few shots of my slice of heaven called Scranton, PA in the snow.  

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On December 2, we were expecting over a foot of snow on top of ice.  The ice we got, but there might have been 5 inches of snow.  I walked to pick up my car after repairs to her seats, and while crossing the Delaware-Lackawanna RR tracks, grabbed this view.  This is the former Delaware & Hudson main line looking north at Olive Street in Scranton.  

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The next day, walking around town, I snapped this view of two of the D-L Alcos, which were idling away.  The 1554 is an original Jersey Central RS3, which was restored around 2010.  To her left is RS11 no 1804. She was originally a Central Vermont unit. 

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And, Santa Clauses came to town to stand outside the Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel.  This 1908 gem began life as a train station for Scranton, and Delaware Lackawanna & Western RR's general headquarters. 

That starts the thread for this week.  Christmas is on a Wednesday this year, so we will use this forum for posting our year in review beginning January 1, which is also a Wednesday.  I hope to get some more pics of live trains before the year is done.  For now, you can make this thread yours with your special photos to add to it.  Thank you to all who have contributed.  We need to keep showing off how cool this railroad world is.  

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What is it? & What does it do? • Like to hear from you. A rail-fanning conversation Starter

Went rail-fanning December 7, 2019 at Amtrak Station, Pontiac Michigan.   Let’s go for a walk and see what we can find. This is a sampling of what I saw. All aboard for a walking railroad adventure with Train Room Gary.

1 Yellow rail joints

Rail joints spray painted yellow. • Why are they printed yellow?

2 A Derailment chuck

A derailleur with a Master Brand Lock. • How is a derailleur use by Amtrak?

3 On Circuit

A signal light with signage. • “ON CIRCUIT”  What does this signal tell the engineer & conductor?

4 Lone Rail

A short piece of rail with blue paint. • Why was this short rail left trackside and why are the ends blue?

5 maybe bootleg

Could this be an up graded “bootleg”? • What is going on with this trackside device?

6 Amtrak cables

Amtrak cables. • How does Amtrak use these electrical cables?

7 Pads? Maybe

A pile of track parts. • What are these parts called and what are they used for?

8 Google Earth Pontiac

From Google Earth, “WE ARE HERE”. Notice the Amtrak locomotive & passenger cars on the siding.

Camera: iPhone 11 Pro • • • Post-production: Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom 

Thanks for taking a look. Hope to see you out rail-fanning: Gary

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Nice stuff here as always!  I haven't had a chance to post anything to "Mid-Week Photos" in quite a while, but here are a few photos from October...

First...two shots of a fire-damaged autorack car parked on a siding in Gardner, MA taken by me on October 5th.  And yes, it was loaded with new vehicles that obviously never made it to their destination!  I don't know the back story here...I just happened to see it as I was driving to a train show in Gardner and figured I'd grab a few shots with my phone.  It's not every day that you see something like this!

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Next are two shots of a Providence & Worcester passenger special taken by me along Rt. 122A in Millbury, MA on October 19th.  There was a P&W GP38 on each end of the train...#2010 was leading and #2011 was trailing as the train headed toward Worcester.

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Joe

Enjoying this Great Hobby in memory of Dad & Pop...the "original Joe's" responsible for my interest in trains!!

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I haven't had much to post in a while, but I am happy to share an update on Scranton Transit trolley #505. 

The DL&S shop in Honesdale recently finished hot rivet work on our first set of replacement side sheets.  The old sheets had to be painstakingly removed, making sure to not damage overlapping panels or work that was already completed at AES in Kutztown.  This method allowed us to replace full sheets at the factory seams for a better repair.  

With the old panels completely removed, we also discovered that a few sections of tee post needed attention as well as a bulkhead section that had been damaged during the car's service life.   Luckily we still had a few spares from Queensboro car #601.  

This process is being repeated on the opposite side of the car, along with two new letterboard panels and, hopefully, floor pans by February or so.  We will be contracting with Stourbridge for the carpentry work as well, so I'd expect to see some major advances this summer. 

The 505 Committee is working hard to stay ahead of the curve and have parts or drawings available for the reconstruction of the roof and platforms.  It has taken a lot of time and effort to get to this point, but this isn't your typical restoration - not quite a Duesenberg, but it's close.  It's also not cheap, so if you like what you see please consider helping us out (*cough* paypal to trolley505@yahoo.com *cough*).

Thanks, and Happy Holidays!

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From last weekend's open house at the Midwest Railway Preservation Society. Special thanks to Brian Smith for the wreath!

Nick

Proud member of the next generation of railroad preservationists.

Pennsy Productions - Bringing you the best railroads of the Midwest

“It’s a good thing to let another generation know what a steam locomotive is.” - W. Graham Claytor, Jr.

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trainroomgary posted:

What is it? & What does it do? • Like to hear from you. A rail-fanning conversation Starter

Went rail-fanning December 7, 2019 at Amtrak Station, Pontiac Michigan.   Let’s go for a walk and see what we can find. This is a sampling of what I saw. All aboard for a walking railroad adventure with Train Room Gary.

1 Yellow rail joints

Rail joints spray painted yellow. • Why are they printed yellow?

2 A Derailment chuck

A derailleur with a Master Brand Lock. • How is a derailleur use by Amtrak?

3 On Circuit

A signal light with signage. • “ON CIRCUIT”  What does this signal tell the engineer & conductor?

4 Lone Rail

A short piece of rail with blue paint. • Why was this short rail left trackside and why are the ends blue?

5 maybe bootleg

Could this be an up graded “bootleg”? • What is going on with this trackside device?

6 Amtrak cables

Amtrak cables. • How does Amtrak use these electrical cables?

7 Pads? Maybe

A pile of track parts. • What are these parts called and what are they used for?

8 Google Earth Pontiac

From Google Earth, “WE ARE HERE”. Notice the Amtrak locomotive & passenger cars on the siding.

Camera: iPhone 11 Pro • • • Post-production: Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom 

Thanks for taking a look. Hope to see you out rail-fanning: Gary

Yellow joint bars can be used to tell the end/beginning of a circuit for a crossing, an electric lock switch to a main.

The derail with that particular blue flag could be a point where maintenance personal work on the equipment. When a blue flag is applied that track is ‘out of service’ to the person or persons of that craft to protect them of other trains, cars of equipment from moving or coupling up to them

The on circuit light could be on a crossing circuit or signal circuit, possible to pull up further or needing to back up 

-Chris Member since 12/14/02

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trainroomgary posted:

What is it? & What does it do? • Like to hear from you. A rail-fanning conversation Starter

Went rail-fanning December 7, 2019 at Amtrak Station, Pontiac Michigan.   Let’s go for a walk and see what we can find. This is a sampling of what I saw. All aboard for a walking railroad adventure with Train Room Gary.

1 Yellow rail joints

Rail joints spray painted yellow. • Why are they printed yellow?

2 A Derailment chuck

A derailleur with a Master Brand Lock. • How is a derailleur use by Amtrak?

3 On Circuit

A signal light with signage. • “ON CIRCUIT”  What does this signal tell the engineer & conductor?

Camera: iPhone 11 Pro • • • Post-production: Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom 

Thanks for taking a look. Hope to see you out rail-fanning: Gary

Yellow joint bars can be used to tell the end/beginning of a circuit for a crossing, an electric lock switch to a main.

The derail with that particular blue flag could be a point where maintenance personal work on the equipment. When a blue flag is applied that track is ‘out of service’ to the person or persons of that craft to protect them of other trains, cars of equipment from moving or coupling up to them

The on circuit light could be on a crossing circuit or signal circuit, possible to pull up further or needing to back up 

Hi Chris: Thanks for the feedback. 🚂

Gary

What is it? & What does it do?  • Still looking for feedback on these photos…….

5 maybe bootleg

Could this be an up graded “bootleg”? • What is going on with this trackside device?

7 Pads? Maybe

A pile of track parts. • What are these parts called and what are they used for?

🎄Gary ⛄️

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