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  • Norfolk Southern Locomotive Erie Lackawanna 1700
    Norfolk Southern SD45-2 number 1700 poses outside the paint shop at DeButts Yard in Chattanooga, TN, wearing its new, "old" paint scheme. The first of a thirteen unit order, 1700 was originally built as Erie Lackawanna number 3669, completed in October 1972, and has since worked as Conrail 6654 and NS 1700. Cab upgrades were recently completed at the NS East End Shop in Roanoke, VA, followed by paint in Chattanooga, returning it to its original colors. It will return to revenue service, joining the fleet of five additional 1700-series locomotives presently assigned to the Conrail Shared Assets region, based out of Oak Island, New Jersey.
    Photo by Norfolk Southern

  • Nicholson Bridge 100th Anniversary
    A celebration was held September 11-12-13, 2015. Click on the photo for information, history, and photos.

    Tunkhannock 100th photo

  • STB approves Norfolk Southern acquisition of D&H lines
    Read about the acquisition which happened on September 19, 2015.
    View the D&H Southend Location List of control points and mileposts.
    Listen to the NS, former CP, and NYSW Binghamton Area Live Audio Feed.
    Listen to the NS Sunbury Line (former CP) Live Audio Feed.
    Listen to the NS Lehigh Line Live Audio Feed.

  • FireUp611!
    Click for information on the Restoration of Norfolk and Western 611.

  • Vestal tracks site of death, destruction in 1901
    Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin article by Broome County Historian Gerald Smith

  • Three-day tunnel fight brought out the troops
    Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin article by Broome County Historian Gerald Smith

  • Franklin Railroad & Community Museum features refurbished O&W railroad car
    Read about Train car No. 30, also referred to as the Warwick.
    More history and many photos: Warwick when at the Arcade & Attica Railroad

  • New Amtrak cars being built in Elmira Heights
    Production of the first units of new Amtrak single-level long distance passenger rail cars are nearing completion and are expected to begin field testing this winter. The cars are being built by CAF USA at its facility in Elmira, NY, which hired more than 300 employees to perform the manufacturing and final assembly work. View a video.

    Update 5/16/14: The first baggage car is released. Member Don Jilson has several photos published in

    Update 12/17/14: 18 more baggage cars are released. Member Don Jilson has several photos published in
  • NYS&W Railway Terminal Improvement Project
    The New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad has received contract approval for more than $900,000 in funding for design and construction of a multi-modal rail terminal in Cortland, N.Y.

    Click for the complete story and construction photos.

  • Norfolk Southern Locomotive Honoring First Responders
    On May 6, 2015 Norfolk Southern released the newest addition to its honorary locomotive fleet.
    Photo by Norfolk Southern

  • Norfolk Southern Locomotive Honoring Our Veterans
    On November 8, 2012 Norfolk Southern released a locomotive honoring our veterans.

    Photo by Norfolk Southern

    Video showing how the locomotive was painted

  • Postal Service unveils new Steamtown roundhouse stamp
    Read about it in Luzerne County's The stamp is part of the USPS Earthscapes (Forever®) series.

  • Norfolk Southern Heritage Locomotives honoring our local railroads
    Above photos by Norfolk Southern.

    The location of Heritage locomotives and additional photos can be found at
    To view Heritage locomotives within 100, 200, or 300 miles of your location select
    View videos of Heritage units.
    Also, check out Railfanning on the Tier Today for photos of Heritage locomotives which have visited the Tier.

  • Norfolk Southern Single Track Project
    In the summer of 2010 Norfolk Southern single tracked the Southern Tier line (former Erie) from Binghamton to Waverly. Click for
    photos and a description of the project.

  • New (2012) New York State trespassing law on railroad property
    "Railroad property is supposed to be used for one thing: railroad operations. It is not a place of recreation for people to ride vehicles, animals, or play around. Strengthening the state's railroad trespassing laws will help save lives and prevent injuries by keeping individuals who don't belong on railroad property off of it," said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate's Transportation Committee. The law prohibits individuals from trespassing on foot on all railroad property throughout the state. Violators of the law will face class B misdemeanor charges, punishable by up to three months in jail and a $500 fine. In addition, the law prohibits individuals from trespassing on railroad property while riding on any motor vehicles, recreational and all-terrain vehicles, or animals. Violators face a fine of up to $250 for a first offense and up to $500 for subsequent offenses. Prior to the new law, railroad trespassing laws were extremely limited. Only snowmobilers and horseback riders faced fines for trespassing on railroad property ($100 fine and $10 fine, respectively). Trespassing on railroad property on foot was only prohibited on Long Island, New York City, and Monroe County. Railroads of New York (RONY), a not-for-profit statewide association which represents the freight railroad industry in New York State, noted in a letter that the new law is needed because "when it comes to enforcing railroad trespass offenses in New York, law enforcement officials are forced to do so with an outdated law that has only seen a few updates since the mid nineteenth century." RONY also noted that "trespassing is the most significant cause of death attributable to railroad operations in New York State." "This legislation will greatly assist police officers in protecting the public while they are using mass transportation. Trespassing in these particular areas can be extremely dangerous to both the individual and the public and this law will be a useful tool in dealing with this issue," said Peter Paterson, Legislative Chairman of the New York State Association of PBAs. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, railroad trespassing accounted for 576 fatalities and 633 injuries in the U.S. last year. The new law took effect on January 16, 2012.

    Watch this NBC Today Show video on the dangers of photography on railroad tracks.


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