The story of Sparrows Point’s decline and eventual destruction is a sad one. I feel that it’s made even sadder for me because some cool stuff seemed pretty accessible, but I never took advantage of it. These are a few photos I took from a trip over there back in 2011.
It’s been a long time since I was last in Pittsburgh, and even longer since I last did train stuff there. My friend Ben, a Pittsburgh ex-patriot, setup a trip to show some of us around the town he loves.
My friend Ben recently organized a railfan trip back to his homeland: Pittsburgh. It was a great weekend and even though we were fighting the weather, we still had a great time and saw a bunch of fun stuff. The weekend started off with some night photos at the Southwest Penn’s Scottdale facility.
Today I was out running some errands in Baltimore and had a moment to kill. I happened to notice that some containers were moving south toward the port. It was only when I got ahead of the train did I realize the silliness of modern CSX: it was being led by a long hood forward C40-8W.
It’s a beautiful day, the 30″ of snow from this week’s blizzard has melted down to a manageable 18″, and I can sneak away from work for a little bit. So, where do I go? To catch NS action in this CSX town. Through a friend, I learned that NS’s 34A, the daily manifest to Baltimore was running behind schedule and would be running the NEC in daylight. He also clued me into some NS power on a westbound CSX K train that was also coming our way. First we went to MARC’s Martin State station, which I forgot […]
I was really interested in the Octoraro Railroad when I was younger. It was about 30 minutes from home, but seemed incredibly exotic. I was surrounded by CSX’s Philly Sub and the Amtrak Northeast Corridor, but from my Kalmbach railroad guide, I learned that the Octoraro had an all Alco roster running through bucolic country. When I was finally old enough to go on my own, I went to go check it out.
I had a few hours to get out and about today, so, while on my way to go work on some modeling projects with a fried, I swung by CSX’s Curtis Bay yard. I got lucky, catching a coal train just arriving on the scene as I got there.
The Bedford (now Altoona) N Scale Weekend is a great event. The show itself has always been interesting, but it also serves as a good excuse to get out to a fun part of the world and do some railfanning. I did that exact thing this with my friends Ben, Lee and Josh.