Today’s Norfolk Southern Lurgan Branch is a combination of two lines of prior roads connected at Shippensburg, PA, the halfway point between Harrisburg, PA and Hagerstown, MD. From Shippensburg north or railroad east is the former Reading Lines’ Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh Branch. The rails then make a sharp turn south (railroad west) as it connects to the former Cumberland Valley Railroad (PRR) at CP SHIP onto Hagerstown. The CVRR has the distinction of being one of the nations first carriers and predates the PRR by nine years.
The line today is NS’s major north/south artery in the Mid-Atlantic region and is part of its “Crescent Corridor” for high speed intermodal traffic.
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.
NO BOUNDARIES COMPARE
An evening shower passes to the north near the famed Mason Dixon Line on Norfolk Southern’s Lurgan Branch on May 22, 2015. NS local K80 with 3345, an ex Conrail SD40-2 leading shuffles cars from Greencastle, PA to Hagerstown, MD for pick up.
WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS
H34, NS LURGAN BRANCH, MASON DIXON LINE
213 CROSSING THE MASON DIXON LINE INTO MARYLAND
NEW YORK CENTRAL: Passing by the Greencastle, PA Intermodal terminal on the Norfolk Southern Lurgan Branch is 37Q with a heritage leader.
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.
CONOCOCHEAGUE CREEK, SCOTLAND, PA
32 1/2, 4 3/4
Spring is finally in the air and the NS READING unit on the former READING Lurgan Branch just north of Shippensburg, PA leads empty hoppers back to the Appalachian coal mines.
FARMING E’s: Passing thru the hamlet of Lee’s Crossroads, PA on the NS Lurgan Branch.
A trio of BNSF motors lead intemodal train 201 passes a local cemetery in Pennsylvania’s Cumberland Valley near Shippensburg on the Norfolk Southern Lurgan Branch in Walnut Bottom.
NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE: Kansas City, MO that is… Cutting though the light drizzle and thick fog in South Central PA on the Norfolk Southern Lurgan Branch is “Belle” Kansas City Southern 4765 on NS intermodal 204 as it makes it’s way to Harrisburg and the Rutherford Terminal. Many thanks to Sean Hoyden for the use of his lighting equipment.
MOUNT HOLLY SPRINGS, PA
Local H58 rolls across the thru truss Reading Bridge off Leidigh Drive on it’s way to interchange with the Gettysburg & Northern at Mount Holly Springs. Many thanks to Sean Hoyden for the use of his lighting equipment.
YELLOW BREECHES CREEK, LEDIGHS, PA
YELLOW BREECHES CREEK AT DUSK
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.
GOOD FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHT: Norfolk Southern train 202 races by the village of Brandtsville, Pa on the former Reading Lurgan as it races towards Harrisburg just after sunset on Good Friday 2014.