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More happenstance than rail-fanning, but here are two Amtrak pics from this past week.

First, is from a thread I posted separately, with a tree entangled in a train pantograph about 100 yards west of the Exton, PA, station.

Amtrak catenary

The second is from the Baltimore Washington Airport rail station.  I'm guessing they must be doing work on the track servicing the platform.  These cars are used to board the train from the platform.




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Leave it for the night crew! • May 1, 2021

Amtrak Maintenance Yard • Pontiac, Michigan

1 Maintance Crew

This is the maintenance crew chief setting up the cars for maintenance. Notice the blue light next to his right shoe. More about that later.

2 Crew on radio

The crew chief on his radio.

3 Step Stoll

Amtrak’s yellow conductor’s step stool.

4 Coachclass

Amtrak’s yellow conductor’s step stool, for coachclass.

5 Yard Vehicle

This Kubota utility vehicle is used to move supplies & crew to the coaches.

6 Blue Safty Light

This blue light was placed by the maintenance crew chief to warn the engineer & conductor that the train is in for maintenance and not to move this train.

7 Brake Shoes

A bin of used brake shoes.

8 Siemens Charger

The Siemens Charger is parked out of reach of the yard lights. I used the headlights of my F150 to light of this Midwest Locomotive.

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


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Here’s a few shots of the N&W 611 that I’ve compiled from the last few weeks. Starting on the 25th of May, I shot the locomotive in Harrisburg, Enola, Columbia, Lancaster, and finally Strasburg over the course of roughly 5 days.

The photos are out of order, but here is a shot of NS 955 in Enola on May 26th before departing for Strasburg.


The next two shots shown are my attempt at staging our “Classic Car” (1991 Chevy S10, 32k miles) with the “queen.” Taken on May 30th.



NS 1206 and 611 preparing to depart Enola on NS 955


On Saturday, May 29th, I had gotten tickets for a hostling tour and the 11:00 excursion. The second photo is a small shot I nabbed of the loco. Anyone who attended this tour on this day would know how bad the weather started out as.


955 at Good Drive in Lancaster.


Below: The 611 prepares to depart East Strasburg on her first excursion of the season (of which I was able to ride).


NS 955 departs Enola with 611 in tow.


611 meeting 8618 after being delivered in Paradise by NS.


First excursions on May 29th.


Below is a YouTube link with some of my clips on the “chase”.

I’ll post more photos in this thread in the near future before, but I felt like this would be a good place to begin.


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Wow - this is a GREAT thread.  There is something about the trains in the snow that I really find very tranquil and relaxing.  

Regarding the picture of the caboose with the windows removed.  My guess is that the car is being used for storage.  I saw a similar caboose (i.e., no windows) in Waukegan Illinois, and asked what it was being used for, and was told it was for storage.  It was an old CNW bay window caboose.

Late 1960's steam trip on the CNR in the height of winter. Took PC/D&H to Montreal. Trip was from Montreal to Quebec City. Snow was piled high. Had mechanical trouble going into Quebec City, several hour delay. Heading back to Montreal a car drove into the side of the train, another several hour delay getting back at about 2AM. Stayed overnight and took a sleeper back to NYC.



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Last weekend was the annual Railroad Days festival in Galesburg, IL.

It was nice to be back after the show was cancelled last year.

BNSF, the main employer, had some locomotives (SD40-2 and SD9, slug) on display but unlike most of the last 10 years, it was forbidden to climb up and take photos inside the cab.

Got to see the Eastbound Southwest Chief, running 6 hours late and the westbound California Zephyr, running half an hour late within minutes of each other. Didn't get to see the westbound Southwest Chief that was delayed soon after leaving Chicago due to brake issues.

These are just my opinion,

Naveen Rajan



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Homewood, Illinois.  What used to be Main Line Illinois Central.  Chicago at one end and New Orleans at the other.


South Shore yards.  Chicago's southern edge from the Indiana state line for about one mile.


Along side an industry in East Chicago, Indiana.


A crossing in East Chicago, Indiana


Foreign power on CSX tracks in Hammond, Indiana.

In the Calumet Region, every day is rail fan day.  John in Lansing, ILL


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