New App Helps Land NS Heritage Unit

I bagged Norfolk Southern’s  Norfolk & Western heritage locomotive this weekend and here are some pictures and a story.

Using a new app that will tell you what NS heritage units are within a certain radius from where you are at (say 100 miles), we were able to chase down and get the N&W 8103 on Saturday.

The app said that it had been spotted at Sandusky about two hours earlier, the time being 1 p.m.). So we loaded up and went to find it.

We checked to no avail several logical places, including the north end of the yard, the docks and the former New York Central local yard.

We then checked the south end of the former Pennsylvania Railroad yards and found the 8103 sitting out in the open. It was a successful trip using Internet reports.

However, not all Internet reports can be trusted. The same app also said that the Lackawanna heritage locomotive was on the former Nickel Plate Road in Pennsylvania heading to Buffalo.

If true it would have traversed Cleveland about 9 a.m., yet there were no sightings or reports here.

Well that was because the Lackawanna unit was sitting at Roanoke. Va., Somone had misposted its location, which they corrected later, but such is the problem with Intenet posts.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon

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One Response to “New App Helps Land NS Heritage Unit”

  1. marktwainhobby Says:

    Reblogged this on Mark Twain Hobby Center and commented:
    this is a great story for all train enthusiasts. While I am not a smart phone user, I guess that the new app that he is referring to would be for either the Ipad, Iphone or other smart phones. We saw two of the newly painted Heritage diesels in Berkley (St Louis) this weekend, if you have a smart phone look for this app.

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