Out on the Southern Tier in 1993

During late June and early July of 1993 Marty Surdyk and I had a wide variety of railroad highlights planned for our vacation. Those included catching Nickel Plate Road 2-8-2 No. 587 on a Detroit-Bellevue roundtrip, and railfanning the former Erie Railroad’s Southern Tier line.

We also had stops planned along the Hudson River; a visit to Cooperstown, New York; catching the action at tourist railroads in eastern Pennsylvania and in New Jersey; and then finishing with a stopover in Altoona, Pennsylvania, on the way home.

This post includes highlights in the Canisteo Valley on the Southern Tier in New York on June 27, 1993, when it was Conrail territory.

In the top image, intetermodal train 290 is shown east of Hornell, New York. This train had Susquehanna motive power and ran on Norfolk Southern west of Buffalo, New York.

No. 290 is also shown in the next photo at Canisteo, New York.

Photographs three and four were made at Cameron, New York, while the bottom image features classic semaphores at Canisteo.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

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