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Railfan Pictures of the Day - 01/25/2016

SEPTA Doylestown Branch Lansdale, Link Belt and Doylestown PA January 24 2016
On Saturday January 23 2016, about two feet of snow was dumped on the Philadelphia area, and SEPTA responded by shutting down all busses, trolleys and trains. The only services running were the Market-Frankford Line and the Broad Street Line. On Sunday the skies had cleared but not the rails. Service on the Regional Rails was still suspended so SEPTA made a call to the Pennsylvania Northeastern Railroad in Lansdale. Their crews are qualified for the Main Line as well as the Doylestown and Warminster Branches, and they have big iron for plowing: a pair of former CR/NS C39-8's, one in black (8211) and one in blue (8212). After clearing the MU yard in Lansdale, they headed north toward Doylestown.
What lay ahead was 10 miles of nearly untouched powder, save for the grade crossings.
The PN crew made short order of the white stuff, booking through the grade crossing at Walnut Street ...
and at the station at Link Belt.
Upon their arrival at Doylestown, they came in on the main, then cleared the rest of the yard.
When they were finished, they headed back south to Lansdale, departing via Long Siding. They would continue down the Main Line to Carmel, then run up the Warminster Branch. There was talk of getting a SEPTA pilot at Jenkintown and clearing the West Trenton Branch, but unfortunately for rare mileage collectors, the plan was nixed.

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