Tom Beckett

CNSE sits at Woodard in the early morning waiting for a crew. Once the new crew is on, it will head south for CP 291, then on to Selkirk. CN 6002, a rebuilt SD 40, was a common sight on this train at that time.
CR 1664 leads a transfer on the Belt Railway of Chicago, approaching Forest Hill tower with a cut of Sea Land containers.
CR 1689 works the yard at Westfield Mass as it interchanges with the Pioneer Valley.
CR stands on the Fulton Secondary at Woodard, tied up for the day. Tomorrow it will return to working local industry on the line. I was attending driving school for JB Hunt, which, in the Syracuse area, was at National Tractor Trailer School, which was adjacent to Woodard on the Montreal Secondary.
A pair of B23-7's work at Solvay Paper in the late afternoon. This customer is now served by the Finger Lakes Railway.
In August 1985, there was a Hudson River circle trip that ran from Newark Penn Station to Shell Tower on the Corridor behind Amtrak power, then with these three CR B23-7's to Selkirk. We got a shop tour, then returned to Newark via the River Line. The trip did a runby at New Baltimore on the River Line, which we see here.
The Hudson River Circle Line trip runs under the Selkirk hump as it leaves the yard headed for SK and the River Line
A Dewitt local job returns from the NYSW, approaching CP 293 to get back on the Chicago Line for its trip through town to the yard.
A local departs Dewitt Yard, heading for the Chicago Line, which it will gain at CP 285. Seen from the former Amtrak/NYC station.
A southbound MIL train with equipment from Fort Drum approaches Woodard as a CR Special Agent surveys ahead from the cab door.
A single B23-7 has today's WAFU 12 in hand as it leaves Dewitt.
CR 1970 leads a pair of EMD's at the south end of North Bergen Yard.
A work extra-looks like it may be a rail train-crosses the Lehigh River and Canal as it approaches Allentown Yard behind a pair of B23-7's.
A GP 20 works on the Northeast Corridor at Wilmington Del, seen from the passing Crescent. They only had ten of these, so I consider this a lucky catch.
CR 21244 along with a sibling is bringing up the rear of this TV train on the ex Lehigh Valley at Bound Brook. The ex CNJ station is at left.
CR caboose 21276 trails an eastbound over the top at Washington Mass.
A U23B and GP40-2 lead a freight I took a grab shot of from the car while passing Gibson Yard.
U23B 2753 has pulled up to CP HAMM while switching at the Allentown Yard.
A UNG empty coal train rolls past semaphore 247-2 in late day sun near Barton NY on the Southern Tier Line.
A UNG empty coal train from the NYSEG Goudy Station in Johnson City rolls through a bucolic Tioga County scene.
A UNG empty rolls west past one of the Tier's hallmarks, an ex Erie semaphore, at Waverly. GP40-2 3213 leads C40-8W 6201. Note the pipe extending down from the signal. There was once a hotbox detector at MP 257 that would illuminate an indicator light here. A radio alarm detector replaced it when the line was single tracked west of here in 1992.
A rail train sits on the east siding at Waverly, done for the day.
An empty UNG train rolls out of the shadows and into the late afternoon sun at MP 231 between Campville and Owego.
A trio of 40's rolls a TV train north on the River Line, passing the Haverstraw station, now a private business.
OIBU with a GP40-2/SD60 combo rolls past a field of stubble corn, not unusual even this late in May. In another month, the new crop will be knee high, and by mid summer, I'll have to stand on top of my car to get this shot.
Three GP40-2's lead an autorack train across the Iona Island trestle at Bear Mountain State Park. Check out the open racks!!
WACG 30 rolls east on the ex Erie Rochester Branch, now the Bath Secondary, passing Savona with a single GP 40-2 and two cars, one an LP gas car returning empty to Gang Mills.
An SPL symbol rolls along the Canisteo River with a single bilevel coach from Hornell.
A GP40-2 lead a pair of 6 axles past the pond adjacent to Watson Blvd as TV 204 makes its way to a crew change at Binghamton.
TV-6 with the last GP40-2 passes ELBU behind a set of Santa Fe power led by ATSF 2899 at Bayview.
ML 401 rolls west through Waverly on the Tier. 91 racks trail the three GE's.
ML 401 rolls west with 98 racks behind three GE's on a typically gloomy Southern Tier day.
TV 79 rolls 74 cars past the Syracuse Amtrak station, at the time out near Dewitt Yard, behind the usual mix of 4 axle GE's and EMD's.
An unnamed TV train rolls past Utica station behind a power set consisting of three GE's and a pair of EMD's, a consist that would remain a constant over the years for CR trains on the Chicago Line. I have posted a number of photos from ten years later. It's hard to tell the time period by looking at the power.
For a short while in the mid 90's, Conrail called their stack trains "Super Vans," giving them an SV symbol. This is SV 20, behind a labor/management B40-8 and unseen SD60I 5567 and C40-8W 6073 rolling 94 stack platforms along with 34 TOFC into the curve at MP 230 late in the day.
A pair of GE's, 5069 and 5059, lead 112 cars of what looks like SETO through Amtrak's Syracuse station. An Amtrak Turboliner is poking its nose around the freight as it approaches the station.
Another mixed set of GE's and EMD's rolls 35 platforms and 69 TOFC of TV 12 toward the Amtrak station. TV 12, and counterpart TV 11 once were mainstays on the ex PRR via Harrisburg and Conway, but in the early 90's were moved to the ex NYC.
I started driving for JB Hunt in November 1995, a job that took me a lot of places. By that time, JB had become a big user of intermodal, and road drivers were, at that time, often called on to run rail freight to ramps. The network was still developing, and a lot of the runs were really OTR for the truck drivers, as we'd go several hundred miles to a ramp from the customer. In this case, I picked up a load from Dixie Cup in Bowling Green KY, taking it to BNSF at their Cicero ramp at Clyde Yard on the ex BN/CB&Q. The load was going to Portland. I had nothing planned on me, so I went out to Berwyn to wait on my next assignment, figuring I could watch the action while I waited for dispatch. It was a good show. While I was there, this 102 car eastbound showed up behind a solid set of CR power.
TV 201 with 104 APL platforms and 2 COFC just because, rolls past the Amtrak station at Dewitt Yard behind a three unit mixed set of a B40-8/GP40-2/B36-7.
GP 8 5452 gets the board at CP 83 in Palmer, and revs up to start across the Central Vermont as it heads west to work local customers.
OIBU rolls past MP 235 with 86 cars as it approaches downtown Owego on a summer day.
The end is near as an SD60I and C40-8W roll a westbound stack train into the afternoon sun past CP 293. The track to the right is the connection to the NYSW, once the DLW Syracuse Branch. That line passed under the old NYC here, eventually reaching Oswego. The Willis Av overpass gives a commanding view of the Syracuse skyline behind the train. The NYC passenger line that went downtown-part of that line is now I 690-also diverged here, near the curve the train is rounding, in the distance.
One of each. A pair of road units, an SD 60I and a C40-8W, sit ready at Park Manor Yard in Chicago, as seen from the Chicago Skyway. Sometimes sitting in Chicago traffic isn't all bad!!
A short 45 car BUOI passes the pond along Watson Blvd in Endwell as it heads for some work at Binghamton behind an EMD/GE duo.
TV 202 with a typically long 175 platforms of APL stacks rolls past the semaphore at west Endicott as it approaches the NY 17C overpass. It about 15 minutes, it will change crews at Binghamton, and be on its way down the ex Erie Delaware Division. The APL trains were often quite long, especially the westbounds, which on many occasions pushed 11,000 feet.
A pair of SD60 lead an eastbound stack train through CP 293, passing the Blue Circle Cement plant. That's Onandaga Lake in the background.
A westbound stack running wrong main rolls under the Oakland Road overpass just west of Weedsport behind the quad 5's and a GE. This is a great spot to watch the action, OK for a westbound, but superb in the morning for eastbounds.
TV 202 with 116 APL platforms rolls past the pond along Watson Blvd.
The power for TV 13 backs onto its train after making a pick up at Dewitt.

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