The NS Weed Sprayer in Clarks Summit


Today at about 19:30, the NS Weed Sprayer train rolled south through Clarks Summit. It was actively spraying weed killer.


Post by Max on 13 July 2019

Categories: railfanning

NS 911 at Taylor


Today NS 911 was sitting at the south end of the Taylor Yard. It came down from Binghamton the night before as NS H97. In this photo, it is now the leading power for train NS K81.

NS 911 at Taylor

NS 911 at Taylor

by Max Loiacono - All rights reserved

NS 911 leading K81 at Taylor. [more info]

Post by Max on 05 July 2019

Categories: railfanning

NS Adopts PSR and The Last 37T


Starting tomorrow, 1 July 2019, Norfolk Southern will adopt their new PSR train symbols. This will effectively “abolish” all current trains, but 37T is a little different. All trains will see symbol changes; some will see route changes, run time changes, and some will be abolished entirely. Rumors are running wild that 37T will be abolished entirely (meaning it won’t get a new symbol – it’ll be gone). Other rumors say that 37T will have it’s route changed to run from Allentown to Binghamton, instead of Allentown to Buffalo.

Recently, 37T has been a little shorter. One day in particular, I saw an insanely short 37T, at a whopping 24 cars! Remember, this is the same 37T that used to stall on the Clarks Summit Hill because of how long it was. See the first train in:

This is a huge change from the 37T I saw last year, which stalled and required pusher engines to make the Clarks Summit Hill. See (200 CARS!!):

Both of those videos were taken just 2 miles apart, neat! This leads us to the final video, taken today. This is the last 37T to ever run, and quite possibly the last “Daily half intermodal, half mixed freight, underpowered, Allentown-Buffalo train”!

37T was my favorite train on the Sunbury Line due to the problems it caused personality it added. I’ll be sad to see it go.

The Last 37T

The Last 37T

by Max Loiacono - All rights reserved

This is a photo of the last NS train 37T to run. The day after this photo was taken, NS adopted their new PSR train symbols. Rumors ran of the train being abolished outright. 37T was a daily, half intermodal half mixed freight train that ran from Allentown to Buffalo. 37T was famous on the Sunbury Line because of how much it stalled on the Clarks Summit Hill. Its antics will be missed by some.... [more info]

Post by Max on 30 June 2019

Categories: railfanning

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

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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

by Max Loiacono - All rights reserved

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