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Here are photos from CSX River Line (West Shore) at auto 17, Norwood NJ and CP22, Blauvelt, NY, and CP10 Bergenfield, NJ.

Chris Healy snapped a better picture of Piermont FD pumper 13-1001 and SB CSX train I010-14, as Honoring First Responder locomotive CSX 911 leads this high priority Chicago-Port Newark intermodal train down the mainline.

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  • CSX 911 - Train I010: Railfanning w/ Nick Ariemma
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  • CSX 1776: NB Auto 17 Norwood, NJ
  • NJT: Rescue Engine heading to Suffern, NY Yard
  • CSX 1776 NB Auto 17: CSX 911 Long Hood forward leading 911 & 3294
  • NJT: Wrapped for the Army Navy Game - Suffern, NY Yard

Some new loot from over the weekend. Amtrak Winter Park Express made its return to the slopes and some new powder always makes for a fun day along the Moffat Road.
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Near tunnel 18 and South Draw in the tunnel district. 1/15/22

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Near East Portal 1/17/22



Below are some frames from the last few years.

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1/18 at Leyden

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1/20 at Pinecliff and tunnel 29

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1/18 at tunnel 1 and Coal Creek Canyon

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2/20 at Winter Park resort and West Portal.

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Like much of the south and northeast, Pittsburgh got hit with about six inches of snow earlier this week that is slowly melting away. On Wednesday, I took the opportunity to try and get some wintertime shots of my favorite local shortline, the Allegheny Valley Railroad, on its run from Glenwood to Washington. 405178B3-F1A9-415F-BDB5-12B644088998

I started my chase at Bruceton, PA, instead of waking up early and going closer to downtown. This CDP (some new suburban McMansions and light industry) is the over-under crossing of the former Pittsburgh & West Virginia and the Baltimore & Ohio, today the Wheeling and Lake Erie and AVR. Behind the bridge is the interchange track for the two roads.

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Approaching the Country Store, Venetia, PA. As I am sure I have mentioned, AVR spent the summer upgrading the ballast on the line, allowing six-axle power and a track speed of 20 MPH instead of 10-15, though today's crew was likely running at 25 (I had perhaps 3 minutes of a lead on them).

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Tuesday's turn was unusual in that the train had eight frac sand hoppers in addition to the normal boxcars and plastics hoppers. With the cratering of oil prices in 2018, among other (nonpolitical) factors, Range Resources in Wylandville stopped receiving regular shipments of sand, which shrunk AVR-3 by a good twenty cars.

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There does not seem to be a rhyme or reason to what powers the turn; earlier this month a two-car train drew a sole GP59, while a 5-car train drew two SD60Ms. Today's power was a return to form, in some ways, with the return of GP40-3s to the train. 4001, rebuilt and repainted in 2019, sported a K3 series horn that gave the day a pseudo-Canadian feel.

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The conductor rides the stirrup of the two boxcars being switched to International Paper at Wylandville. The train left with just one plastic hopper, and I mistakenly assumed they were going all the way to Washington, PA (they did not).

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Rail-fanning at Imlay City, Michigan • January 15th, 2022 • 17ºF

Imlay City is about 70 miles north of my train room. It is a historic city with a lot of historic homes & businesses. I arrived at 12:30 PM and stayed for five hours. This BNSF is a rare catch in Michigan and it was the lead locomotive in a fast mixed freight. Outside the train station is a GTW Caboose & Passenger Car.

Track side is a grain elevator. Inside the station is a model of a GTW Steam locomotive built by Jim Gilkson in 1931. Scale 1/16 to the inch.

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2 BNSF Side View

3 GTW Caboose

4 GTW Caboose Rear copy

5 GTW Passenger Car

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7 Model GTW Steam

Every model railroader started out rail-fanning!

Hope to see you out rail-fanning and posting your images on “Rail-fanning on The OGR Forum”. Any day and time. 😎

Gary 🚂

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While returning from a trip out west with the family in September 1973, I spotted this little train that was stopped on the tracks that ran parallel to the road. I don't remember exactly where this was, but I think somewhere in Wyoming.

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Wondering what was on the other side, I drove across the tracks on the crossroad in front of the locomotive. Looked like they were cleaning up the aftermath of some sort of wreck.

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6 truck, 24 wheel heavy duty flat car, unloading in Naperville, IL.  390,000 lb transformer is being transferred to an equally heavy duty, muti-wheel highway trailer. The transformer is raised with hydraulic jacks and yellow rails are placed underneath the transformer to facilitate the move. Conditions were quite challenging for the riggers, as it was 5 degrees above zero - - pretty tough guys !  IMG-6051IMG-6053IMG-6063IMG-6069IMG-6076IMG-6077IMG-6094

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Here’s some CSX action over the past couple weeks…

January 21st @ the CSX yard in Framingham, MA.  The yard crew is busy shifting cars around. I was standing on the shady side of the train, but I liked the look of the sun shining on the yellow end of the long hood.  Check out the cool snow flanger in the background…115FF29A-2918-48E0-B36A-8F4889A1D45D

Here are a couple more shots of the flanger taken this past August.  I love the little “Got Snow?” bubble.  It’s probably going to be put to good use after this weekend’s big storm!

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Back to more recent action.  Here’s a video of the yard job pictured above shuttling cars to the westbound departure yard…

January 27th @ North Grafton, MA.  A very short (one car!) local freight heads east on the CSX/MBTA mainline on its way back to Framingham, MA.  Just ahead of the locomotive is a trailing-point switch that leads to the Grafton & Upton Railroad’s North Grafton yard…7CD441F4-DF79-4088-A2CF-4AF85D3FADA6

Here’s a video of the same local as it passes though the MBTA’s North Grafton passenger station…

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Since Vern mentioned Ogden, Utah I'll follow suit.  From Golden Spike 125, at Ogden Union Station, 5/9/1994:

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For the full narrative follow this link:

   Flashback No. 1 – Golden Spike 125, Prelude including Related Events, Ogden Union Station, Ogden, Utah; May 9, 1994 | Mellow Hudson Mike

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In Tenino, WA, I'd just caught the NB container train when two Sherrif deputies pulled up and asked me what I was doing there. Before that they sat there for a few minutes, I assume for checking my plate.
You should have seen the looks on their faces when I showed them the camera bag. They clearly expected something different (and more interesting to handle). No meth here, I told them.

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I even opened up the camera bag.
Ironically there was a train coming and I really think they waited to see if I'd take photos of it. That's the last photo here.
I'd never saw the Sherrif stop there before. If they'd been jerks, I would have told them the local police always drive by and wave at railfans, and that the mayor has come to talk with train fans in the past as well...

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I didn't video this, but here's a video of the restoration of Southern Pacific 1744 2-6-0 at the Brightside Yard in Niles Canyon Railway SF Bay Area, CA. The video shows the volunteer team removing the driver tires for replacement. Dirty and heavy job! They don't have the buildings or resources that some other historic railways have, so they are out in the yard in the cold and damp Niles Canyon. NCRY depends on donations and volunteers for these restoration efforts. Behind them in the tent is Oregon's Skoocum #7 2-4-4-2 compound and articulated locomotive that pulls excursion trains on occasions. I posted photos of the Skookum running on the Niles Canyon tracks back in this thread back in October 2021. Here's the link to the video.

Rail-fanning at the Amtrak Maintenance Yard • Pontiac Michigan  January 26th, 2022 • 14ºF

Like for you to meet Elizabeth an Amtrak Employee. Her duties include many as part of the maintenance crew.

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2 Trash Day

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4 Baged Up

5 Rear

6 Siding

7 Power Pannel

Every model railroader started out rail-fanning!

Hope to see you out rail-fanning and posting your images on “Rail-fanning on The OGR Forum”. Any day and time. 😎

Gary 🚂

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Rail-fanning at the Amtrak Maintenance Yard • Pontiac Michigan January 26th, 2022 • 14ºF

Like for you to meet Elizabeth an Amtrak Employee. Her duties include many as part of the maintenance crew.

1 Liz Coach

2 Trash Day

3 Trash Day

4 Baged Up

5 Rear

6 Siding

7 Power Pannel

Every model railroader started out rail-fanning!

Hope to see you out rail-fanning and posting your images on “Rail-fanning on The OGR Forum”. Any day and time. 😎

Gary 🚂

We have ridden the Autotrain and NE Corridor many times. I have always been greeted by a smiling  Amtrak employee. 😁

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