Posts Tagged ‘Delaware & Hudson Railroad’

Baldwin ‘Shark’ Sighting Reported in Michigan

December 3, 2021

A Baldwin RF-16 locomotive was moved out of its storage shed this week in Michigan, Railfan and Railroad magazine reported.

Social media reports indicated that former Delaware & Hudson No. 1216 was moved around a yard of the Escanaba & Lake Superior.

The magazine said it is unclear why the locomotive was moved.

The 1216 is one of two “Sharks” that have been stored in Michigan since the early 1980s. Also in storage is ex-D&H No. 1205.

The two units are the only survivors of the 160 locomotives of this type built by Baldwin.

Some of those “Shark’s” worked on the Monongahela Railroad in southwest Pennsylvania before being retired.

The article can be found at

NS Touts Improvements on ex-D&H Line

September 21, 2016

A year after it took over operation of a former Delaware & Hudson line between Sunbury, Pennsylvania, and Schenectady, New York, Norfolk Southern said it has made significant infrastructure improvements.

NS logo 2In a news release, NS said it has installed 90,000 new ties, resurfaced 84 miles of track, and made improvements to the Belden Tunnel in New York.

NS purchased the 282-mile line for $214.4 million from Canadian Pacific and hired 166 new employees, including 140 ex-D&H workers.

The line how hosts an average of eight trains a day and has attracted additional rail traffic that had gone by truck.

NS said that its intermodal terminals in Ayer, Massachusetts, and Scranton, Pennsylvania, have posted double-digit volume growth during the past year.

The former D&H line connects with the NS system at Sunbury and at Binghamton, New York.

There is also a connection with Pan Am Southern at Mechanicville, New York, which provides NS with a single-line route between Chicago and southeastern U. S. markets and the capital region of New York.

Why Go to Binghamton?

March 16, 2016


Although this is not from a first-class negative, it brings back an Akron memory worth posting. The Erie Lackawanna had run-through/pool power/leased units that would appear from time to time and surprise the local railfans. Many of us remember the rainbow days of early Conrail, but how many remember a Delaware & Hudson Alco/GE lash-up passing the old Knight Cold Storage building?

It is the late 1960s/early 1970s and D&H Nos. 617, 762 are heading an eastbound EL freight through Akron.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Transfer of ex-D&H Line to NS to Begin Today

September 18, 2015

The transfer of a former Delaware & Hudson line south of Schenectady, New York, to Norfolk Southern will begin today.

Canadian Pacific, which currently owns the line, will halt all traffic at 5 p.m. on Friday as the transition begins. NS will begin dispatching trains again at 12:01 Saturday morning.

NS paid CP $217 million to acquire the 283-mile line between Schenectady and Sunbury, Pennsylvania. CP will continue to own and operate the line north of Schenectady.

The union representing dispatchers working on the former D&H earlier this week asked the Surface Transportation Board to delay the line transfer until labor protections were ensured for its members. On Thursday, the STB had yet to respond to that petition.

NS said in a customer bulletin that customers could expect a 24-hour delay on intermodal traffic moving to and from Albany, New York. Traffic between the Port of New York and New Jersey and the Montreal area is expected to be delayed 18 to 24 hours.

NS has said the D&H route will provide shippers in Pennsylvania, New York and New England with improved services, including direct run-through merchandise service with Pan Am Southern, increased frequency for local service, expanded NS bulk-transfer and warehouse locations, and increased track and infrastructure.
The line will be dispatched from the NS dispatching center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

STB Gives NS OK to Acquire D&H Line in Pa., N.Y.

May 16, 2015

Norfolk Southern on Friday won Surface Transportation Board approval to acquire 283 miles of track from the Delaware & Hudson.

The route is located in Pennsylvania and New York and known as the South Lines. That includes 267 miles of the main line between Sunbury/Kase, Pa., and Schenectady, N.Y., and 15 miles of the running track between Voorheesville Junction and Delanson, N.Y.

“In reaching its decision, the Board found that NS’s acquisition of the South Lines from D&H is not likely to cause a substantial lessening of competition or create a monopoly or restraint of trade,” said STB spokesman Dennis Watson. “The Board found this to be true, even when taking into account D&H’s planned discontinuance of trackage rights that connect to the D&H South Lines, which are the subject of a separate proceeding.”

In reaching its decisions, the STB decided that the move would not lessen competition and that any anti-competitive effects would be trumped by the public benefits of the transaction.

Those benefits include allowing NS to provide more reliable, safe and efficient service for shippers that will offer better competition with such other transportations modes as trucking and water transportation

The Board imposed some conditions, including requiring NS to enter into voluntary commercial agreements with D&H to preserve certain shippers’ access to two carriers, NS and D&H.

Not Just Another Pretty CP Locomotive

November 23, 2014


Despite the somewhat gloomy morning, I heard a westbound light engine move coming so I set up for a photo “just in case.”

I’ve seen just about anything on some of these power moves, but this one contained a treat, at least for me.

It’s very rare that I get to see former Lehigh Valley power, but Canadian Pacific No. 7306 (ex LV 319) was the trailing unit on this move.

I don’t know what’s up with that “do not couple” on the plow, but having this engine with the nose uncoupled was nice regardless of the weather.

Sporting its still clean late 2013 CP paint job that covered up an older StL&H scheme, it looked good. But paint only hides history, it doesn’t erase it.

This locomotive was built the same year that I got into train watching full time, 1972. It’s had at least six paint jobs and I’m sure a million plus miles on her and she’s still going strong.

I have no idea how many miles I’ve got on me train watching since 1972. I saw these on the Delaware & Hudson after it acquired them in the patched-out LV scheme and later in the Avon blue and yellow, and in Guilford gray.

Anyway, I spent some time contemplating all the places that this unit might have been since coming out of LaGrange.

Up and down the D&H thousands of times, running in a motive power pool to places like Bellevue, Ohio, and all over the Guilford and CPR Systems.

And, yes, last week over former Pennsylvania and New York Central rails now owned by Norfolk Southern, in this case the old NYC in Cleveland or, more precisely, the shoo fly around a bridge construction site on the former NYC.

To some, the passing of this unit might be just another pretty CP engine going by. To me it was a surprising and pleasant link to the past.

Article and Photograph by Roger Durfee

NS Wants to Buy ex-D&H Tracks in Pa., N.Y.

November 18, 2014


Norfolk Southern would pay $217 million to buy 282.5 miles of the former Delaware & Hudson in Pennsylvania and New York if the Surface Transportation Board approves.

The track in question runs between Sunbury. Pa., and Schenectady, N.Y., and is now owned by Canadian Pacific.

CP will retain ownership of the tracks north of Schenectady order to hold on to the line’s lucrative crude oil traffic.

“Acquiring this portion of the D&H provides for more efficient rail transportation system by consolidating freight operations with a single carrier,” said NS CEO Wick Moorman in a statement. “Aligning the D&H track with Norfolk Southern’s 22-state network allows us to connect businesses in central Pennsylvania, upstate New York and New England with domestic and international markets while enhancing the region’s competitive rail and surface transportation market.”

The ex-D&H route connects with the NS Southern Tier route at Binghamton, N.Y., and at Sunbury with its route between Buffalo, N.Y., and Harrisburg, Pa.

The acquisition would give NS single-line routes from Chicago and the southeastern United States to Albany and NS’ recently built Mechanicville, N.Y., intermodal terminal.

NS would also gain an enhanced connection to its joint venture subsidiary Pan Am Southern.

Additionally, NS would acquire D&H’s car shop in Binghamton along with other facilities.

“As we have stated in recent months, we’ve been in the process of negotiating the final details for the potential sale of the southern portion of our D&H line,” said CP CEO E. Hunter Harrison in a statement.

CP acquired the D&H out of bankruptcy proceedings in January 1991.