Posts Tagged ‘Pennsylvania’

Pa. Excursion Trip Set for May 18

February 17, 2017

Three organizations are teaming up to offer a rare mileage excursion over the Pennsylvania Railroad and Reading Railroad’s Shamokin Valley Branch.

PennsylvaniaThe May 18 trip will cover a 27-mile branch that is the third oldest railroad in the United States, having been chartered as the Danville & Pottsville Railroad in 1826.

The train will include a Pullman car, baggage car, three restored coaches and a PRR N8 cabin car.

The tracks are now used by the North Shore Railroad, which is operated by the SEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority.

The train will depart from Sunbury, Pennsylvania, with bus transportation provided to the boarding site from Camp Hill, Wyomissing and Lancaster.

Tickets are $89 per person for those departing from one of the bus locations and $45 for those driving to Sunbury on their own.

The fare includes a bag lunch. Other sandwiches and drinks will be available for purchase on the train.

This trip is subject to cancellation due to insufficient and/or late registration.

Tickets can be purchased by sending a check made payable to the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society.

Send payments to Iron Ore Special, 1624 Suzanne Drive, West Chester, PA 19380-1573. Registration and payment are due by April 10,

For further information send a email query to ironorespecial@gmail.com.

Trip sponsors are the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society, the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society, and the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

Pa. Museum Qualifies for Matching Grant.

February 1, 2017

Fundraising by the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania for a steam locomotive restoration project has reached the level where it qualifies for a matching grant of $50,000.

pa-rr-museumThe museum has raised more than $60,000 in its “Ready for the Roundhouse” campaign, thus matching a 50-50 grant from the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society.

The museum plans to use the money to restore five former PRR steam locomotives. The project needs to raise a total of $250,000.

The five locomotives include Pennsy M1b 4-8-2 No. 6755, K4s 4-6-2 No. 3750, L1s 2-8-2 No. 520, H10s 2-8-0 No. 7688 and B6sb 0-6-0 No. 1670.

All of them will be cosmetically restored and placed on display in a roundhouse that the museum plans to build. Groundbreaking for the roundhouse is expected to done this year.

Reading & Northern Building New Station

January 19, 2017

The Reading & Northern will build a new passenger station near the Reading, Pennsylvania, city limits.

PennsylvaniaThe $2 million project also will include construction of a siding from the main line, a water tank and a home for Canadian Pacific 225, a 4-6-0 formerly owned by the late George M. Hart. The 225 will be displayed at the site.

The R&N acquired the property for the station in 2016 for $895,000. It is located along Pennsylvania Route 61 in Muhlenberg Township north of a connection with Norfolk Southern.

To prepare the site, a closed strip mall and restaurant on the property were razed.

The new station will feature a Victorian era design and simulate a station known as the Outer Station that was located closer to central Reading.

That station was constructed in 1874 and located within a wye of lines branching off to Allentown, Pottsville, Harrisburg and Philadelphia.

The Outer Station, which had division offices, closed in 1969 and was destroyed by fire in 1978.

The railroad also had a passenger station in downtown Reading on Franklin Street.

The R&N said that it will begin offering scheduled Saturday passengers trains between the new station and Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, on Memorial Day, using former Reading rail diesel cars.

The route of the service will be ex-Reading rails from from Reading to Hauck on the Catawissa Branch and then over the former Jersey Central Nesquehoning Valley Branch to Jim Thorpe. The trip will be 60 miles one way.

Graham Named Brookville President

January 19, 2017

Rick Graham has been named president of Brookville Equipment Corporation, based in Brookville, Pennsylvania.

Brookville EquipmentGraham has served as the company’s chief financial officer for the past 14 months and previously held various positions in manufacturing, distribution and head care businesses.

At Brookville, Graham will manage daily operations, long-term business development, and engineering and design.

He replaces Marion Van Fosson, who had served as president since December 2014.

Railroading as it Once Was: Freshly Painted

January 18, 2017

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Two fresh-painted helpers have assisted what looks like CAPI up the mountain from Altoona to Cresson, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 2, 1998. Somehow I managed a quick spot of sun on them in Cresson. In less than a year Conrail would be gone with this section becoming property of NS.

Photograph by Roger Durfee

RBM&N Installing Locomotive Event Recorders, Plans to Boost Trains Speeds Above 25 MPH

January 14, 2017

Faster track speeds on the Pennsylvania-based Reading Blue Mountain & Northern will require the road to comply with a Federal Railroad Administration standard that at least one locomotive of a train be equipped with an event recorder.

PennsylvaniaThe RRM&N has about 320 miles of track at which trains can run at speeds of more than 30 mph.

The railroad recently installed the event recorders in a pair of its EMD SD50s at a cost of $12,000 per locomotive.

Railroad CEO Andy Muller said the company is still determining which of the other 40 locomotives that it owns will receive event recorders.

FRA rules require that the event recorders keep track for 48 hours of the train speed, selected direction of motion, time, distance, throttle position, and the applications and operations of the automatic and independent brakes. The event recorder does not necessarily need to be in the lead unit.

RBM&N plans to operate trains with a unit having a working event recorder at speeds of 40 to 50 mph.

“When you’re running through schedule freights from Reading to Scranton you can’t run 25 mph,” Muller said.

Muller said the RBM&N has track good for 40-50 mph operation and is adding more CTC-controlled territory, but train speeds were previously held to 25 mph.

In Search of Keystone State Steam: Part 2

November 3, 2016

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Second of a series.

Eastern Pennsylvania is known for its anthracite coal. Often called hard coal, anthracite is known for its sub-metallic luster, high carbon content, lack of impurities, and having the highest calorific content of all types of coal except graphite.

The mining of anthracite in Pennsylvania is not what it used to be, but it is still mined and there remains a relatively stable market for it.

In Ashland, Pennsylvania, the Pioneer Tunnel Coal mine takes visitors inside a horizontal drift mine that extend 1,800 feet into the side of the Mahanoy Mountain.

Today passengers can ride on a three-quarter mile ride around Mahanoy Mountain behind the Henry Clay, an 0-4-0 tank engine that was built in 1927 by the Vulcan Works.

A highlight of that trip is viewing the remains of the strip mines, but the journey ends at the Pioneer Tunnel, which is open to visitors.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

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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.

CSX Derailment Reported Near New Castle

August 15, 2016

Online reports indicated that a derailment west of the yard in New Castle, Pennsylvania, on Sunday had shut down rail traffic on both tracks of the CSX New Castle Subdivision.

CSX logo 1Details are sketchy, but it was reported to be train L352.

One poster on TrainOrders.com said he heard the IO dispatcher say it would be Monday before trains could begin moving again.

No news media reports about the derailment have yet surfaced.

Steamtown Announces July Excursions

June 16, 2016

Steamtown National Historic Site has announced its July excursion schedule. All trips will be pulled by diesel locomotives and will operate wholly within Pennsylvania.

  • July 9 excursion from Steamtown to Olyphant and return.
    Park service• July 10, 17, and 31 excursion from Steamtown to Moscow and return.
    • July 16 excursion from Steamtown to Gouldsboro and return.
    • July 23 excursion from Steamtown to Tobyhanna and return.
    • July 24 excursion from Steamtown to Cresco and return.
    • July 30 excursion from Steamtown to East Stroudsburg and return.

All end points are in Pennsylvania. Ticket proceeds for the trips to Moscow will be used to support the restoration of Boston & Maine steam locomotive No. 3713.