Thursday, November 28, 2013

Cool Chromes -- Traction Action

Cool Chromes is a recurring feature of slides that have passed through the scanner recently.

Newark City Subway; Newark, N.J.; April 21, 1985
In this edition of Cool Chromes we're going to look at some traction -- electric-powered streetcars and subways. Our first shot above takes us back to April 21, 1985. The Newark City Subway (operated by New Jersey Transit) was having an anniversary of some sort (I can't remember exactly what!) and brought out one of its work cars for display at the Franklin Loop at the north end of the line. Today the PCC streetcar, the work car and even the loop are all gone.

MBTA; Riverside Carhouse, Newton, Mass.; July 1986
Next we have a line-up of Boeing-built Light Rail Vehicles (LRV) for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) at the company's Riverside carhouse in Newton (I think; I wasn't the greatest at taking notes). This view was made possible thanks to a tour operated for the joint convention of the National Railway Historical Society and National Model Railroad Association in July 1986. Once again, all these Boeing-built cars are gone to retirement.

SEPTA; Hunting Park, Penn.; January 28, 1995
Here's a Peter Witt streetcar operating in charter service for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA). The Philadelphia transit agency used to maintain a small fleet of historic cars, but has since dispersed its collection. The Peter Witt now resides at the Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton. This shot was taken on January 28, 1995, during a Super Saturday Streetcar Special operated by the Wilmington Chapter NRHS.

PATH; Kearny, N.J.
We finish this edition of Cool Chromes with a shot of the Port Authority Trans Hudson (PATH) system. A work train is out on the line at Kearny, N.J., using retired cars and a flat car. One of the curses of slides is the processor didn't always stamp the processing date on the mount (especially after Kodak gave up doing its own processing) so this slide is, for the moment, undated (I may have mentioned I was bad at taking notes). However, I would guess it was taken during a boat trip on the Hackensack River either during or right around the time of the 1988 NRHS Convention in New Jersey in July 1988.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Lincoln Steams Into History

You can find a complete set of photos from this trip here. 

Steam Into History; Glen Rock, Penn.; November 16, 2013
Lincoln and the York
One of the most interesting tourist railroads in the country started operating in 2013. Called "Steam Into History," the line operates on the old Northern Central (a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Railroad). The original Northern Central connected Baltimore with Sunbury, Penn.; today's tourist operation runs on only a small piece of that trackage, between the Pennsylvania towns of New Freedom and Hanover Junction. The line is historically significant in that it was used by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863 when he traveled to Gettysburg to deliver his famous address, changing trains at Hanover Junction.

Steam Into History has tried to capture some of the feel of railroading in Lincoln's day. The locomotive is a brand new replica of an 1860s 4-4-0, the York, constructed by Klocke Locomotive Works in 2013. While it sports a balloon stack typical of woodburning locomotives, the York burns fuel oil.

Leviathan at Glen Rock, Penn.
In mid-November the York was joined by a sister locomotive, Leviathan, which was built by Klocke in 2009. The two were together for a week in Pennsylvania. It wasn't the two locomotives together, though, that got me out to New Freedom. Instead, it was the fact that the rides have been so popular that Steam Into History had to add some night runs. This intrigued me. Thus, on November 16 I headed out to New Freedom.

Trips with Leviathan had been scheduled from the previous Saturday through Wednesday, with nothing announced beyond that. Thus I was pleasantly surprised to find Leviathan on the northbound end of the morning train to Hanover Junction. York followed a few minutes behind, and would couple on to the south end of the train for the return trip. The procedure was supposed to be repeated for the afternoon trip, but pesky air brake proble,ems that had plagued Leviathan all week caused it to be pulled off the train just a mile or so out of New Freedom. Alas, it would not be used at night.

Lincoln rehearses his Gettysburg Address
At Hanover Junction I wandered in to see the festivities. The station where Lincoln changed trains is still standing (a Matthew Brady photo shows Lincoln at the station) and the building has been nicely restored. I had not looked at a calendar, but somehow I had managed to time my visit to be just two days ahead of the 150th anniversary of Lincoln being here; he changed trains at Hanover Junction on Novemeber 18, 1863. The train had a few people in period garb, including Civil War soldiers, but the person who stole the show was the actor playing Lincoln. He addressed the crowd at Hanover Junction as if it were that day in 1863. He explained that he was on his way to Gettysburg to deliver an address the next day, and if the crowd didn't mind he'd like to rehearse his speech. He then delivered an excellent rendition of the entire address. I had read the speech a million times, but to hear it delivered by Lincoln gave me chills -- it was really impressive.

York pauses with the night train at Glen Rock
As the day wound down, I broke out the flash units for some night shots. With the short days, the afternoon train came back south after dark and I was able to shoot it at the town of Railroad. The night train provided shots at Glen Rock (where an impressive brick mill is now a restaurant) and passing the hotel back in Railroad once again.

I cannot say enough about the Steam Into History operation. From its locomotive to its quaint coaches to its above-average living history, it is really a great heritage railroad. I look forward to returning someday and shooting more with the York.

Steam Into History; Railroad, Penn.; November 16, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Cool Chromes -- The Coolest Diesels Ever

Cool Chromes is a recurring feature where we look at slides that have passed through the scanner.

Burlington Northern; Bragdon, Colo.; May 1985
There have been a lot of cool diesels throughout the years and a lot of cool paint schemes. I'm too young to have seen the heyday of cab units and most other "first generation" diesel power. The second generation of diesels was well underway by the time I started noticing what was around me. Of the diesels I've seen a lot of, however, there was never a better paint-and-locomotive combination than Burlington Northern's Cascade Green on its General Electric C30-7 diesels.

My first encounter with these beasts came in Colorado in 1985. I was making my second trip to the state, and this was the first with my own set of wheels (in 1982 I had been to Colorado as part of the NRHS Convention and didn't venture out on my own). Friend Frank Garon and I had gone to Colorado to ride a fan trip behind Union Pacific's No. 3985, the recently restored Challenger, and as part of the trip had spent a day on the "Joint Line" (Santa Fe and Rio Grande shared the line) between Denver and Pueblo. As the day wound down and we approached Pueblo, we stopped at the railroad junction of Bragdon awaiting sunset. On the horizon I could see a cloud of smoke, and it was moving. Eventually this cloud of smoke lifted off the horizon with six diesels working hard on the grade out of Pueblo beneath it. Four of the BN C30-7s led the train (trailed by an EMD diesel and a GE from the Santa Fe) and put on quite the show. I was hooked on these engines.

Jump forward nine years and I made my first (and so far only) visit to the Powder River Basin, the vast coal region in Wyoming. Both BN and Chicago & North Western (now Union Pacific) served the basin, with brand new GE's holding down duties on the C&NW and mostly SD40-2s from EMD leading BN's trains. A handful of BN's trains, however, had my old friends -- the C30-7s -- leading. These were by far and away my favorite Powder River trains.
Burlington Northern; Antelope, Wyo.; September 1994

I don't think any of the C30-7s got painted into the merger colors of BNSF after the BN and Santa Fe merged. I have encountered a few on regional railroads, including in Michigan. But the most recent time I have seen these great engines was in 2005 in the unlikely place of the northern Maine woods. A trio of them -- still in Cascade Green -- were leading a train on the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic past the section house at Bodfish. They still looked and sounded good. Roll on!
Montreal, Maine & Atlantic; Bodfish, Maine; July 21, 2005

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Random Ramblings -- More Than Trains

Virginia Museum of Transportation; July 13, 2013
Right now I am working hard to catch up on my website and get it current -- the main gallery now has photos into mid-August. Once I get caught up, the blog posts should become a little more current. In the   meantime, here is some stuff that's just getting onto the site.

The railroad environment is more than just trains. The people that make it function and use the railroads are just as important, but they often escape the lens of the rail photographer. I get it -- some of us are just not comfortable shooting people as they go about their jobs. However, great opportunities can often present themselves at museums and tourist railroads, be it candid shots from a casual visit or staged shots as part of a photography event. We have here three photos from a Lerro Productions photo shoot at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke from mid-July. Three steam locomotives (all of which do not operate) were brought to "life" using smoke bombs and lighting. And museum volunteers and others dressed in period garb to add to the scenes. Norfolk & Western steam ruled the rails of the south during World War II, and many railroad employees were off fighting in the war. To fill in stateside, women were often employed in factories and at railroad shops, with "Rosie the Riveter" being their symbol. In the photo above we get a glimpse of what that might have looked like. (Our "Rosies" are [L-R] Stephanie Lucas, "Wizzy" Strom and Katie Slider of VMT.)

Virginia Museum of Transportation; July 13, 2013
Of course, without customers -- freight and passenger -- the railroads would have no reason to exist. Our next shot shows a platform scene as passengers await the arrival of a N&W train powered by Class J 4-8-4 No. 611. (Actors include Norman Altizer and Russell Chu [standing] from VMT, Ron and Susan Vanderpool from the Antique Automobile Club of America, and Shannon Meiss and Jessica Simmons).

Virginia Museum of Transportation; July 12, 2013
Even the quieter scenes are worth recreating. Here we have a porter taking a quick break before his passengers arrive. Outside the window of his car is N&W Class A 2-6-6-4 No. 1218. (Charles Hardy of VMT is the porter).

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Cool Chromes -- The Conrail Business Train

Cool Chromes is a semi-regular feature where we take a look at some slides that have come off the scanner.
Conrail; Lawrenceville, Penn.; September 1989
In today's edition of Cool Chromes we're going to look at the Conrail business train, which was used for Office Car Specials (OCS). While many Class I railroads have business trains, Conrail's was especially elegant, painted in Pullman green with two streamlined E8 locomotives built by the Electr-Motive Division (EMD) of General Motors. Our first shot (above) shows the OCS on an employee picnic trip to Hammond Lake in upper Pennsylvania in 1989. The train has come across the Southern Tier line in New York state and turned south near Corning to enter Pennsylvania. Here it is at Lawrenceville, Penn., right on the state line.

Conrail; Smithboro, N.Y.; November 25, 1997
Next, we're actually on the Southern Tier in November 1997. West of Binghamton, N.Y., the Southern Tier was one of the last holdouts of semaphore-style signals in the U.S. (only one major stand of semaphores still exist in the U.S., along the line over Raton Pass in New Mexico). A late fall snow flurry is coming down as the OCS passes one of the classic signals.

Conrail; Bethlehem, Penn.; April 29, 1998
Now we're in April 1998 and one locomotive of the OCS is spending the night next to the former Central Railroad of New Jersey station in Bethlehem, Penn. This was a particularly busy day for OCS trains in this part of the woods -- Conrail had three E8s for its business trains, and this one was assigned to one train while another had the other two E8s. Both trains were in the Allentown-Bethlehem area on this day.

Conrail; Iona Island, N.Y.; July 24, 1998
We'll finish off with a shot from the Hudson Valley in New York state. The OCS is southbound exiting Iona Island. The BEar Mountain Bridge over the Hudson is visible in the background. The OCS trains usually ran with some advance notice, and it was not uncommon to get shots of them. After September 11, 2001, however, railroads decided that business train moves were going to be primary targets for terrorists (go figure) and clamped down on releasing advance information on the trains.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Nickel Plate Steam On the Pennsy

A complete set of photos for this trip can be found here.

Nickel Plate Road 765; Horseshoe Curve, Altoona, Penn.; May 26, 2013
As we get the gallery caught up on the redesigned website, we're up to May 2013 and a trip that involved main line steam in the Northeast. Norfolk Southern's 21st Century Steam program brought Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 No. 765 (leased from the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society) to NS's former Pennsylvania Railroad main line for a series of rips between Lewistown and Galitzin, Penn., over Memorial Day weekend. Due to operational logistics, the train would have to deadhead each evening from Lewistown to Enola Yard near Harrisburg for the night, then deadhead back to Lewistown in the morning. These moves were almost as long as the revenue trips.

NKP 765; Mifflin, Penn.; May 26. 2013
Since I had a commitment on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (May 25), my first day to get out to the Harrisburg area was May 26. The train left the yard before the sun was over the mountains across the Susquehanna River, so I opted to head west to Mifflin where the tracks turn north, allowing for good sun angles on summer mornings. After a short parade of westbound freights, the 765 came blasting through on its way to Lewistown for the passenger pickup. The previous day it had left before sunrise, but much to the consternation of NS the train got to Lewistown well before the advertised departure time of 8:30 a.m. and had to sit on the main line for quite a while, delaying freight traffic. On this morning they tried to make the deadhead's arrival time closer to the advertised revenue departure time.

NKP 765; Mapleton, Penn.; May 26, 2013

Using the lengthy stop to board passengers at Lewistown to get ahead of the train, I went off seeking the next shot. The story of the trip was the locomotive was running on the former Pennsylvania Railroad, and not many photo props say "Pennsy" quite as well as the classic position light signals that were unique to the railroad. A set was found between Mount Union and Huntingdon at Mapleton, and the train was duly recorded.

From Huntingdon the tracks swing north through Tyrone while U.S. 22 makes a straight shot into Altoona. From Mapleton I headed directly to the signature shot of the trip, Horseshoe Curve. I knew it would take some hiking to get to the location here -- what I was not prepared for was the amount of other photographers here. Parking was a problem, resulting in a long walk, and then it was hard to find a location that wasn't occupied by someone else on the slick hillside overlooking the curve. I had no sooner found a place to wedge myself into than the whistle could be heard, a lot sooner than expected. Nonetheless, I got the shot (top of this post).

NKP 765; Altoona, Penn.; May 26, 2013
The next shot I wanted was another classic Pennsy location -- passing recently closed Alto Tower in downtown Altoona. Once I had extracted myself from the hillside and made the long walk back to the car, I headed downtown and set up on the 17th Street bridge for the shot. The train then paused in Altoona for a couple of hours so the locomotive could be serviced and passengers could tour the nearby Railroaders' Memorial Museum. My approach for the day had been to not get caught up in chasing the train with the hundreds of other folks doing the same thing -- instead, I'd pick a few shots that were many miles apart, let the crazies stay with the train and be in position well before the train (and motorcade of crazies) showed up. Thus, while the train was making its stop in Altoona, I leisurely got out of Dodge and headed for the next spot.
Norfolk Southern; Huntingdon, Penn.; May 26, 2013

The next shot up on my agenda was another classic Pennsylvania Railroad location -- the tower at Huntingdon, which is now a museum. I knew the eastbound train would be a tough shot in the afternoon light, but I was hopeful. While waiting, two nicely lit westbound freights showed up. Unfortunately, the light only got worse and worse here for the 765. Reluctantly, I decided that the shot would not be doable. Where to go next...

NKP 765; Mount Union, Penn.; May 26, 2013

Another shot on my wish list was just about 20 miles east -- crossing the Juniata River at Mount Union. The angle here was more broadside, and the tracks were oriented slightly more towards the south than at Huntingdon, so the uncooperative afternoon light wouldn't be a big issue. Amtrak's Pennsylvanian rolled through westbound to keep the large photo line entertained while we waited, and then 765 made its appearance crossing the Pennsy arch bridge.

NKP 765; Port Royal, Penn.; May 26, 2013

Light was getting tough everywhere for the eastbound chase. Using the passenger unloading stop at Lewistown to get ahead again, the best light that could be found was an across-the-field shot just east of Port Royal. Once again, broadside lighting saved the day, and an old barn added to the scene.

Nickel Plate Road 765; Duncannon, Penn.; May 26, 2013
The last shot of the day would be as the train turned mostly south for the final leg into Harrisburg. A large photo line was set up at Duncannon at the arch bridge as the train came across in the rapidly setting sun. It was a good way to finish up the first day of chasing.

Norfolk Southern; Port Royal, Penn; May 26, 2013
Photography-wise, the day wasn't quite over. It was back to Port Royal where a set of Pennsy position light signals still guard the main line. The concrete arch highway bridge made for a nice backdrop. While one might think a westbound shot would be preferable here, the westbound tracks are in a slight depression behind the eastbound tracks. Two going away shots of eastbounds turned out to be the best. In fact, the photo of the one westbound train that did show up isn't worth sharing, not even in the "complete" selection of photos on the website.

NKP 765; Mifflin, Penn.; May 27, 2013
The next day was going to be in some ways a little more ambitious, involving fewer shots however. The day would include getting the big Berkshire passing an iconic Pennsylvania Railroad tower at a location known as MG, about a mile or so west of Horseshoe Curve. The problem with MG is that it involves a long hike -- about a mile and a half, uphill (but not uphill in both directions). After much deliberation, I decided that the best morning light would once again be at Mifflin, this time shooting from the highway bridge just east of where I had shot the previous morning. The cool air made for a nice white plume of condensed steam from the stack.
Nickel Plate Road 765; MG Tower, Altoona, Penn.; May 27, 2013
To allow for enough time to do the 30-plus minute walk into MG I drove directly from Mifflin to the access path to the tower and walked in. the wait wasn't very long as the big steam locomotive soon came pounding up the hill.

MG Tower; Altoona, Penn.; May 27, 2013

The train would proceed to the top of the grade at Gallitzin just to the west and turn on the loop rack there to come back downhill and continue east. While this was going on, there was time to check out the long-closed structure and get some photos.

NKP 765; MG Tower; May 27, 2013

Following an eastbound freight, the steam special headed back down the hill for its layover in Altoona. However, many photographers did not follow the train back down into town. Word was out that a very special visitor was in the area.

Norfolk Southern; Gallitzin, Penn.; May 27, 2013

One of Norfolk Southern's colorful heritage units, this one honoring the Virginian Railway, was leading a westbound train. With clouds building up, I headed to the west end of the Alleghany Mountain tunnels near the summit of the grade at Gallitzin and waited.  After getting the shot here, I chased the train into Cresson for another shot before returning back to look for 765 and its westbound move.

Norfolk Southern; Petersburg, Penn.; May 27, 2013

By now the weather was universally blah, so I headed to Petersburg, the end of a long straight section of track. Delays in Altoona made the 765 late, but a nice parade of trains through Petersburg kept the crowds entertained. Most of the people gathered were non-railfans, and it was interesting hearing them yell "here it comes" every time a headlight appeared at the end of the straightway -- I could tell three miles away that it was yet another freight. The opposite direction from the straighaway presented a nice curve for photography.

NKP 765; Petersburg, Penn.; May 27, 2013

Finally smoke appeared at the end of the tangent (although most of the people gathered claimed it was yet another freight; the single headlight gave it away) and 765 came drifting through as it was heading down a slight grade towards the Juniata River at Huntingdon. Amtrak's Pennsylvanian was just out of Huntingdon, so I stuck around for that before making one last attempt to overtake 765.

Nickel Plate Road 765; Newport, Penn.; May 27, 2013
I followed the tracks and finally settled on a grade crossing outside Newport down a long dead-end road. In the gathering darkness, 765 made on last impressive runby, wrapping up two great days of steam on the former Pennsylvania Railroad.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Cool Chromes -- Southeast New York State

Amtrak; Manitou, N.Y.; April 30, 1983
A lot of slides have come through the scanner recently showing scenes from the southeast corner of New York State -- the Hudson Valley and along the Southern Tier over towards Binghamton. Let's take a look at some of these chromes, and we'll do them in chronological order. Starting things off (above) we're in Manitou, just north of the Bear Mountain Bridge over the Hudson River. A late spring has a lot of bare trees showing on April 30, 1983, as Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited splits a set of ex-New York Central signals.

Metro North Commuter Railroad; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; November 9, 1986
 For our next shot we continue up the Hudson Valley to Poughkeepsie. Metro North Commuter Railroad (it has since dropped the word "Commuter" from its name) in conjunction with the State of Connecticut had rebfurbished and repainted some FL9 locomotives into the old paint scheme of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad (the New Haven). A pair of the FL9s were used on a fan trip on November 9, 1986, that went from New York City's Grand Central Terminal, out the former New Haven to South Norwalk, Conn., then up the Danbury Branch to Danbury, Conn., and over the Maybrook Line to Poughkeepsie (EDIT: The Maybrook Line comes out at Beacon ,s oI don't know how we got to Poughkeepsie, unless this was a GCT-Poughkeepsie trip. Hmmmm.) The train is about to finish the trip by heading down the Hudson Line back to Grand Central. The former Lehigh & Hudson River Railway bridge over the Hudson sits silently -- it had burned in 1974 and no trains had used it since. It is now the popular Walkway Over the Hudson trail.

New York, Ontario & Western; Middletown, N.Y.; November 4, 1988
The New York, Ontario & Western Railway was abandoned in 1957, the largest railroad in history to have been abandoned at that time. The line has always had a fanatical following, even in death, and the O&W Railway Historical Society celebrated its 25th anniversary in style in 1988. The railroad's (and society's) headquarters was Middletown, N.Y., where the line's massive combination station and office building survives. For the anniversary, the society borrowed an ex-O&W NW2 diesel owned by the New York, Susquehanna & Western (and painted in O&W colors) and posed it at the old station for a night photo session on November 4, 1988. The original station sign and baggage cart were brought out from the society's archives to complete the scene.

New York, Susquehanna & Western; Bainbridge, N.Y.; February 1989
Moving northeast of Binghamton, we come to the Delaware & Hudson Railway. The D&H had been operated by Guilford Transportation for a few years when suddenly Guilford simply decided to stop running it in 1988. The New York, Susquehanna & Western was tabbed to step in and run the railroad, and run it they did. Here we see a Susquehanna freight heading north up the D&H and Bainbridge on a wintry day in February 1989.

New York, Susquehanna & Western; Oneonta, N.Y.; November 1989
Later that year the O&W Railway Historical Society (remember them from a few photos ago?) ran a fan trip over the Susquehanna's D&H from Scranton, Penn., to Oneonta, N.Y. At Oneonta the diesel power was run around the train for the return trip, pausing by shuttered FA Tower for a photo opportunity. FA Tower was eventually dismantled and now sits in kit form just northeast of Oneonta at the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad, awaiting reassembly.

Amtrak; Oscawana Tunnel, N.Y.; April 3, 1997
Once again we are in April and spring has not sprung in the Hudson Valley. We're at Oscawana Tunnel just north of Croton-on-Hudson on April 3, 1997, as a southbound Amtrak train emerges from one of the two side-by-side bores here. The locomotive is wearing what has become known as the Phase III Amtrak paint scheme; Amtrak has brought this scheme back on one of its locomotives for its 40th anniversary in 2011, but few remember that the original Phase III had a silver front; the modern reincarnation has a black hood which provides less glare for both crew and photographers.

Erie 835; Suffern, N,Y.; September 19, 1998
We'll finish our tour with something completely different. The United Railroad Historical Society of New Jersey restored a pair of E8 streamlined passenger diesels into the paint scheme of the Erie Railroad (the diesels are actually former Pennsylvania Railroad and Baltimore & Ohio, if memory serves me correctly) and operated them on fan trips to raise funds for a proposed railroad museum in the Garden State. Running all over New Jersey Transit, the pair ran several trips including this one on September 19, 1998, that took the locomotives just across the state line into New York.

And that concludes our tour of southeastern New York via Kodachrome. Thank for coming along!

Monday, November 04, 2013

Random Ramblings -- Smoke Break

CSX Transportation; Bridgeport, N.J.; May 4, 2013

On the evening of May 4, 2013, I was in southern New Jersey and found out a CSX train of empty ethanol tank cars would be leaving Pureland Industrial Park near Bridgeport that evening. I had wanted to get a night shot of a train crossing the old swing bridge just north of Bridgeport, so this looked like a good opportunity. I was joined by my brother Bruce and Mike Burkhart, and we found the train and the power on the trackage of SMS Rail Services in the industrial park and chatted briefly with the crew. We told them we'd be set up for a night shot at the bridge (which is technically on Conrail Shared Assets). 

Soon the train came out of the industrial park and headed north. As we werre ready to fire the flashes, the train came to a stop (in perfect position for our shot! -- see above) and the conductor came out of the nose door of the locomotive. He came over to us and asked if any of us had cigarettes. As it turns out, we're all cigar smokers, so we had plenty of lighters, but no cigarettes. However, we told him we'd run to a nearby convenience store, pick up a pack of his favorite brand, and meet him at the former station up the line in Woodbury. We had wanted to shoot the Woodbury station as well, and this would guarantee us the train wouldn't get past us there -- he'd need to wait for his cigarettes!

Well, as it turned out we got to Woodbury well ahead of the train, even though it was less tha na 20 mile drive up there. As the train approached, the conductor once again came out of the nose door. We got our shot (below), he got his cigarettes and we headed our separate ways. Not a bad way to spend an evening!
CSX Transportation; Woodbury, N.J.; May 4, 2013

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