Smooth, stylish, retro, E, F… These are descriptions of the early generations of diesel locomotives that are very much easier on the eyes but less formidable than their steam predecessors. A handful survived the scrap heap and today are seen as vestiges of railroading’s former glory.
ONE FOR THE ROAD
FARMING E’s: Passing thru the hamlet of Lee’s Crossroads, PA on the NS Lurgan Branch.
GOLDEN SLUMBERS: Returning from the Streamliner event in Spencer, NC are the Juniata Terminal restored PRR E8’s and train pictured at sunset after crossing the Potomac River. The train will stop at Hagerstown before continuing its trip back home to Philly the next day.
GOT HERITAGE?: Sitting in the yard before being sent west to Cumberland on the nights D720 is the B&O F7 coming back from the event over the weekend in Spencer, NC. Although not a true B&O Heritage engine, the former BLE locomotive was painted into the Baltimore & Ohio livery in 2010 to honor the South Branch Valley’s 100th anniversary. Also pictured are two EMD GP40-2’s both of C&O heritage.
ON THE OLD CVRR: The southern end of the NS Lurgan Branch is actually the old Cumberland Valley Railroad that went from Harrisburg, PA to Winchester, VA. The CVRR was later acquired by the PRR so catching the PRR E8’s on home rails was an added bonus here just south of the Mason Dixon Line.
HOLDING AT LEE’S: Due to a derailment on the CVRR near Carlisle, a PRR extra pauses at Lee’s Crossroads, PA after merging off the PRR main at Shippensburg to head east to Harrisburg where it will rejoin the main. Just kidding, its NS 043 with the restored PRR E8’S heading back from Spencer, NC.