Blog Removed and the Radio Update


Hello everyone. I made the decision to remove cripple the blog on NEPA Trains, as I am not updating it frequently enough to justify a fully-blown blog. Instead, the new blog will only contain site-related updates and news. The latest post will be displayed on the home page. You can still find a list of all posts at the old blog page. The site’s blog infrastructure is still in place, so I can reverse this decision if I change my mind.

The blog section has been replaced by the Radio section. This new section contains information on radio antennas, frequencies, and calculators. Go check it out!


Post by Max on 03 September 2019

Categories: site

NS MoW Tie and Surface Team Action


Today I was lucky enough to get caught up in a Norfolk Southern Surface and Tie maintenance team. They worked from Glenburn at CP-662 to the Glenburn/Clarks Summit border at around CP-663.5. They worked in the middle of the day and replaced some bad ties and spikes.

NS MoW Ballast Regulator

NS MoW Ballast Regulator

by Max Loiacono - All rights reserved

Here is a Norfolk Southern ballast regulator. This worked at the very front of the maintenance train, and smoothed out the ballast for the rest of the operation. [more info]

NS MoW Spike Pullers

NS MoW Spike Pullers

by Max Loiacono - All rights reserved

These little guys worked to remove the spikes from the railroad ties that were going to be replaced that day. Notice the light at the bottom left. The operator looks down at the tracks through a hole in the floor, and operates a robotic arm that pulls out the spikes. [more info]

NS MoW Spike Pullers Arm

NS MoW Spike Pullers Arm

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Here is a close up shot of a spike puller's arm. It goes down, grabs the spike, and pulls it back up. [more info]

NS MoW Tie Crane

NS MoW Tie Crane

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This tie crane was picking up all the spare ties that weren't going to be installed that day. [more info]

NS MoW Tie Replacer

NS MoW Tie Replacer

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This traveled behind the tie removers, and put the new ties in place. Sometimes they can be very violent, shaking the whole track and themselves. Unfortunately, I did not get to photograph the tie removers, as they had finished removing ties by the time I got to them. [more info]

NS MoW Spike Drivers

NS MoW Spike Drivers

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These MoW vehicles simply drove spikes back into the newly installed ties. The person on the quad got in the way, I know. [more info]

NS MoW Tie Cleanup

NS MoW Tie Cleanup

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Finally, this large crane/truck combo picked up the old ties for disposal. [more info]

Unfortunately, not all of the maintenance vehicles were showed in this post. If you would like to see the whole operation from start to finish, see the video on my Youtube channel.


Post by Max on 17 June 2019

Categories: railfanning

All Scranton Lace Factory Documents are Scanned


All Scranton Lace Factory documents in my possession have now been scanned on to this website. They are:

  • [[ Scranton Lace Factory Depreciation Schedule 1931-1932 ]]
    • This is a very long depreciation schedule.
  • [[ Scranton Lace Factory Nottingham Lace Table Topper Advertisement ]]
  • [[ Scranton Lace Factory Yarn Inspection ]]
  • [[ Scranton Lace Factory Yarn Order ]]
  • [[ 1927 Scranton Lace Factory Voucher Card ]]
  • [[ 1941 Abington Independent School District Financial Document ]]
    • This was found in the Lace Factory, but I don’t think it’s related. Why did I find it there?

Post by Max on 05 June 2019

Categories: museum, site

First post


This is my first post.


Post by Max on 05 April 2019

Categories: site, railfanning, museum