Train Time in Tyrone

Amtrak's eastbound Pennsylvanian swings around an S curve and with it carries the ghost of Pennsylvania Railroad passenger trains past.

Amtrak’s eastbound Pennsylvanian swings around an S curve and with it carries the ghost of Pennsylvania Railroad passenger trains past.

We got an early start to a railfan trip to Pennsylvania and decided to spend a couple hours on the Pittsburgh Line of Norfolk Southern in Tyrone.

Amtrak’s eastbound Pennsylvanian was due in at 10:17 a.m. and we got there a good 40 minutes before that.

We thought about catching the train in Altoona coming past Alto Tower because I’ve never photographed there.

But I’ve also never photographed in Tyrone, which is somewhat amazing considering that for two years I lived a half-hour away in State College. But I did all of my railfanning back then in Lewistown.

Tyrone is a flag stop for No. 42 and no one was waiting on the platform with luggage in hand when we arrived. We did meet a couple who was there to pick up someone who got on at Johnstown.

It turned out that Tyrone was a black hole for cell phone service for us so we had to rely on the radio to listen for the train rather than get an update from Amtrak Julie.

The NS dispatcher was a reliable source of information. A maintenance of way guy was out on the line somewhere and he reported an OS for No. 42 to the dispatcher.

The weather was less than ideal with mostly cloudy skies and haze that resulted in muted colors. That wind whipping through the valley was downright cold and I wished that I had brought a heavier jacket.

The detector went off at Tipton for Track No. 2, which Amtrak must use at Tyrone because it is next to the platform.

P42DC No. 138 led the six-car train of Amfleet equipment around the curve for an on-time arrival.

There were more people disembarking than boarding. In fact, come to think of it, I’m not sure if anyone boarded No. 42 before it departed for New York City.

There is a pretty sharp curve to the east of the Tyrone station so I was able to get a going away shot of the train snaking out of town and ducking beneath Interstate 99. And then it was gone.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

P42DC No. 138 almost has the Pennsylvanian there.

P42DC No. 138 almost has the Pennsylvanian in the station.

The conductor scans the platform as No. 42 arrives.

The conductor scans the platform as No. 42 arrives.

Onward to New York City and points large and small in between.

Onward to New York City and points large and small in between.

The former PRR passenger station in Tyrone is now the home of a historical society. Amtrak uses a bus-shelter type station out of sight to the right.

I later learned that this is not the original PRR passenger station in Tyrone. It is a modern building built to be the home of a historical society. Amtrak uses a bus-shelter type station out of sight to the right.

Keeping the heritage alive near the Tyrone station.

Keeping the heritage alive near the Tyrone station.

 

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