There should be a photo in there somewhere.  It would be interesting to know the routes.

Is Altoona Harrisburg Division or Pittsburgh Division?  

Steam through West Park again on the North Side?  I sure hope so!  We already had these beauties through.

 

 

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Originally Posted by CWEX:
On the 21st century steam site it states the 2012 schedule will be announced soon....so I guess just keep checking back periodically....

These 2012 trips are not officially part of the 21st Century Steam Program. That program is the public trips. I'm not sure that there will be any public trips in 2012. The 30th Birthday Celebration will keep all the steam crews and the railroad pretty busy this year.

I am just hoping to get to just see the 765 on the Curve and maybe somewhere closer to home.

 

Riding is not as important to me, since I find that riding behind steamers in enclosed cars is nowhere near as fun as open air cars (which you won't see on the mainlines) where you can better see the engine, hear the engine working and smell the coal smoke (and get covered in cinders ).  Of course, being in the cab is even better. 

 

Andy

Originally Posted by Andy Hummell:

 

Riding is not as important to me, since I find that riding behind steamers in enclosed cars is nowhere near as fun as open air cars (which you won't see on the mainlines) where you can better see the engine, hear the engine working and smell the coal smoke (and get covered in cinders ).  Of course, being in the cab is even better. 

 

Andy

 

No guarantees that it will be the same, but vestibules were open on the public trips last fall.  They were closed however on the private trip to Alcoa.

 

Hopefully, they will allow them to remain open on any future public excursions.  Nothing like getting pelted with cinders at 40mph while listening to the whistle and stack talk.

Kevin

Originally Posted by MartyE:

Steam through West Park again on the North Side?  I sure hope so!  We already had these beauties through.

 

 

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Quite possibly. If there is a dome car in the consist, it may be a bit sketchy. I've seen the NS OCS run through the (Amtrak) station downtown with the dome car, as well as on the Mon Line. Amtrak's Capitol Limited makes it in there with Superliners on a daily basis. But anything that won't make the tight clearances between CP BELL and CP WING will go around the city on the Mon Line. It will also depend on traffic on either the Fort Wayne, Pittsburgh, and Mon Lines.

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Originally Posted by Keystone:
This might explain Rich's coy NKP 765 reference to the Horseshoe Curve from a week or two ago.    Looks to be a grand time for many rail fans that either ride or just take pictures along the route.

Just to clarify...these trips are for Norfolk Southern employees and their families. These are not public trips and no tickets will be available to the public.

 

You don't know how many train chasing, picture taking, railfans are now going, Whew,  now I don't have to listen to any complaining about not supporting these programs by not buying tickets.  

Oh yeah I know what you guys are scheduled for is not "public" trips.  I was just referring to the "public" schedule, but I didn't think about how busy things were going to be this summer for the crews.  The 630 is scheduled for several trips I see, I wonder if they have the bearing problems figured out.  I remember a while back you had said that with the 630 having been in a wreck some years back that the frame is not straight....must be a royal pain in the bleep trying to figure out measurements and such.
 
Originally Posted by OGR Webmaster:
These 2012 trips are not officially part of the 21st Century Steam Program. That program is the public trips. I'm not sure that there will be any public trips in 2012. The 30th Birthday Celebration will keep all the steam crews and the railroad pretty busy this year.

 

Good to hear that big steam is running over some historic routes again even if it's only for employees.  I don't have a problem with that.  You can never see these beauties anyway when you're stuck in a coach behind them.    Much better to watch it go by.  Kudos to NS for keeping up their heritage.

 

Ray

Originally Posted by OGR Webmaster:

Track speed on Horseshoe Curve is no where near 80 mph.  

30 MPH. At 80 mph it would make National News.

Originally Posted by Mike CT:

There should be a photo in there somewhere.  It would be interesting to know the routes.

Is Altoona Harrisburg Division or Pittsburgh Division?  


back in the conrail days i think the pitts. division started at slope or alto interlocking[alto is located on the west end of whats left of altoona yard].  i heard alto tower was being phased out this year,if not already.-jim

Cannon (Duncannon, Pa) is the division point.  CP Cannon is on the Harrisburg Division.....anything west of the eastbound home signals is the Pittsburgh Division.

Or if you want to get technical, the Harrisburg and Pittsburgh divisions are also split at Blasdell, NY on the old NKP as well

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Rick, Is the Lake Division the former NYC that runs between Chicago and Toledo?  I would like to know when you will be running through Elkhart Co in Indiana.  Would love to view it as it passes by. Dick

 Our memo for the Pokey stated a first come first serve basis and a limit of four.So if you know someone,you might get a chance if your family  .

 Suppose to only run from Williamson to Naugatuck WVa.About 14 miles.

per Eastern Rail News, this is the employee excursion schedule as of right now--subject to change.  Most trips will be very short.  A few will have a bit more mileage to them.

 

 

SR 630

June 2-3 Inman to Austell, GA (Atlanta, GA area)

Atlanta North District MP 140.8H to 134.7H

 

June 9-10 Salisbury to Barber Jct, NC

NS Asheville District MP S0.6 to S11.5

 

June 30-July 1 Roanoke to Walton, VA

NS Christiansburg District MP N261.7 to N297.6

 

July 14-15 Knoxville to Coster, TN

NS Knoxville Terminal MP A130.7 to A125.0

NS Coster Line MP C0.0 to C2.5

 

September 15-16 Irondale to Downtown Birmingham, AL (14th St)

NS East End District MP 791.8 to 798.2

 

 

NKP 765

July 21-22 Bellevue to Colsan, OH

NS Sandusky District MP S96.4 to S62.9

 

July 28-29 Homestead to Airline Yard, OH (Toledo, OH area)

NS Toledo Belt Line Connecting Track MP TB5.6 to Tb1.2

NS Chicago Line MP CD286.9 to CD290.8

 

August 4-5 Williamson to Naugatuck, WV

NS Pocahontas/Williamson District MP N459.7 to N470.3

NS Kenova District MP N470.3 to N484.3

 

August 11-12 Conway to CP Wood, PA (near Pittsburgh, PA)

NS Fort Wayne Line MP PC22.6 to MP34.8

 

August 18-19 Enola to CP Capital, PA (Harrisburg, PA area)

NS Port Road Branch MP EB73.0 to EB73.7

NS Pittsburgh Line MP PT110.9 to PT105.1

NS Harrisburg Line MP HP112.9 to HP111.3

 

September 8-9 Luther to Robertson, MO (St. Louis, MO area)

NS St. Louis District MP S8.3 to S16.9

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