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.
With a coal train stopped at CP GRAY. an eastbound intermodal approaches the PRR signals at Tipton, PA. Why was the coal train important? Because it was still in the block and kept the westbound signals lit.
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.
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 PRR Position Light Signals at Lilly, PA overnight in October, 2017 as the light from an approaching eastbound pierces through the night air and stars slowly fade. Of note is the contraption to the left center of an old pulley system used by the PRR to allow water to the locomotives since Lilly was a water stop and full interlocking on the West Slope.
An eastbound reaches the Allegheny Summit at Gallitzin, PA with the former tower in the distance.
D&L HERITAGE AT SHERMAN CREEK
An eastbound manifest turns the corner around the curve on the PRR mainline through Mapleton, PA as it turns out, an empty hopper train enters the westbound block at Jacks and activates the 193W 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.
PORT ROYAL PRR SIGNALS
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.