Many of today’s railroad companies are a combination of other railroad’s merged into one another or simply purchased outright and abandoned. For example, today’s CSX is a combination of the Chessie system and Seaboard System which included multiple railroad’s like the B&O, WM, C&O, L&N, ACL just to name a few.
Amtrak began in 2011 to celebrate it’s 40th anniversary by painting 5 locomotives in schemes off it’s past. Norfolk Southern took the lead to celebrate it’s 30th anniversary in 2012 by painting 20 new locomotives in paint schemes to honor the “fallen flags” as they’re commonly called by rail enthusiasts that made up the Class one company into what it is today.
The Pennsylvania and Southern, a switching operation in and around the Letterkenny Army Depot near Chambersburg, PA debuted #17 an EMD SW7 built in 1950 for Weyerhauser in the Pacific Northwest. It was purchased from LTEX and in 2016 was painted by railroad employees in honor of the lives lost in 2011 on Extortion 1-7 in Afghanistan. This photo was taken on railroad property and posted with permission.
Welcome to Great Cacapon/Woodmont, WV where AMTK 156 leads the daily westbound Capitol Limited along the Potomac River. Six years ago, one would have come to this spot and been able to capture a classic B&O CPL Signal Bridge about where the last car is and a codeline on the right down the length of the right of way. All was removed in the Winter/Spring 2012.
HERITAGE FOR ALL GENERATIONS
NS Triple Seven rushes through Maugansville, MD at 130am 1/14/17 on the Lurgan Branch on its way back to Shire Oaks, PA for more black diamonds to keep America running. Leading is NS 4002, a Roanoke shop DC to AC conversion engine rebuild of NS 8789 completed in August, 2016. It is joined by sister NS 4000.
Continuing the B&O tradition of the Capitol Limited, Amtrak Phase IV painted heritage 822 leads 42 the Salute to Veterans painted unit across the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry, WV.
NORFOLK AND WESTERN
A hint of color along the Juniata Valley at Mt. Union, PA as the westbound Pennsylvanian crosses over the river via the Kistler Viaduct on October 15, 2016 with AMTK 145 in the lead.
PACIFIC BEND SLEEPER: Sitting on the Gettysburg Northern Station Spur is the Amtrak Exhibit Train, Bringing up the rear is AMTK 10020 the “Pacific Bend” Sleeper Car originally built in 1950 by the Budd Company for use on the Union Pacific.
AMTRAK VETERAN’S 42: Amongst the consist of the Amtrak Exhibition Train is Amtrak 42, the specially painted locomotive honoring America’s Military. Photo taken from railroad property with permission.
STUCK IN TIME
A READING GHOST ON THE READING: My final shot of 2013. Sean Hoyden was shooting the Reading SD70ACe on it’s namesake rails Seen here which I helped set up. On a whim after changing batteries after shooting H58 i set my camera up closer to the water and guesstimated Sean’s trigger point as he was shooting it from across the Yellow Breeches Creek. 214 drew close and was about to round the curve towards our location and I opened my shutter. Sean’s flashes fired at his desired location which my camera caught, making it look like a READING GHOST TRAIN ON THE READING.
ELGIN DRIVE – KIMBALL, VA
FAST FREIGHT LINE
THE LINK IN THE CHAIN
POINTING AT HISTORY
ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
ROYAL BLUE LINE –
BACK IN TIME
LACKAWANNA’S PHOEBE SNOW
SALUTE TO OUR VETERAN’S
NEW YORK CENTRAL: Passing by the Greencastle, PA Intermodal terminal on the Norfolk Southern Lurgan Branch is 37Q with a heritage leader.
THE NIGHT LIFE: GCK Engines pose just outside of Brush Tunnel in what could pose as a set of helper engines in the 1970’s heading up the hill to the summit at Deal, PA to fetch a stalled train. Lighting provided by Sean Hoyden and Jason Walter.
HIGHFIELD SWITCHIN’ 2015
CNJ AND READING AT NEW DANIELS: A siding extension project continues into the Fall of 2014 near Ranson, WV on the NS H Line. Two NS heritage engines lead an empty hopper train north under the soon to be activated Daniels signals
TUNNEL VISION: George’s Creek 7436 and 7471 behind it pose just outside the west portal of Brush Tunnel. The scene was “painted” with ONE spotlight during a 10 second open shutter at 400 ISO and 6.3 f-stop
MARYLAND MIDLAND PRIDE 2015: 2060
SOUTHERN STAR: NS’s Southern Railway heritage locomotive leads hot intermodal 211 in blistering cold conditions on the railroad’s Lurgan Branch at Greencastle in January, 2014.
ORIGINAL NS TASTE
THE “BEE” LEADS THE WAY: PORT ROYAL, PA – Taken 2:50 AM as NS 1067, the Reading Heritage SD70ACe leads empty oil can train 65x on the former PRR Middle Division between Harrisburg and Altoona on 8/18/13. Lighting equipment provided by Sean Hoyden.
AMTRAK PHASE 3: The Capitol Limited makes its station stop in Martinsburg, WV. Leading is AMTK 145, the Phase III heritage engine. The former station is now used for offices leased out from the town who owns the building. It was replaced in the 1990’s by a more modern structure to its left. It was once the B&O hotel and not only served as the town’s railroad station but also crew quarters for the company.
Norfolk Southern’s “New York Central” heritage unit leads hot shot intermodal train 211 south across the Potomac River on the H Line on a late February afternoon in 2015.
READING TRIPLE SEVEN: Passing thru the northern outskirts of Ranson, WV between Charles Town and Shenandoah Junction is the Triple 7 empty hopper train led by the NS Reading heritage unit on a late Fall afternoon.
CENTRAL OF GEORGIA