Photos taken along the former PRR mainline between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, PA
A loaded coal train destined for the port of Baltimore passes under this classic Pennsylvania Railroad signal bridge at Summerhill, PA just after midnight on February 20, 2017.
Twenty-Seven and a half minutes elapse in this collection of four shots layered together as the Pennsy signal bridge at AR (Allegheny Range) stands tall against the backdrop of the swirling night sky and the North Star. This signal stands close to the Pennsylvania Railroad’s summit across the Eastern Continental Divide 2,167 feet above sea level and lets eastbound crews know half the journey over the mountains is complete before they enter Portage Tunnel and into “The Slide” and down the mountain.
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.
CANNON’S NIGHT LIGHTS: Standing guard on the former Pennsylvania Railroad Pittsburgh Line west of Harrisburg is this signal bridge at Duncannon. An eastbound approaches on track 2 as a westbound, on track 1 awaits to continue on and activates the position light signals.
PORT ROYAL PRR SIGNALS
FOGGY CLEARANCE: A quiet night along Norfolk Southern’s Middle Division of the Pittsburgh Line is on break as an eastbound approaches the block from the west and lights up the PRR position Light signals and a westbound intermodal train prepares to round the curve illuminating the fog and tracks ahead silhouetting the mast signal.
A TRAIN’S A COMIN’: Norfolk Southern westbound train is about to come around the curve as it makes the dash for Allegheny Tunnel, Gallitzin, PA and the summit.
SNOW LIGHT: A westbound train is about to exit the Gallitzin Tunnel and lights up the inside liner, heavy moisture in the air and the blowing snow.
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.
D&L HERITAGE AT SHERMAN CREEK
An eastbound reaches the Allegheny Summit at Gallitzin, PA with the former tower in the distance.