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National Railway Historical Society

Established in 1936


Railfan Pictures of the Week - 01/23/2005

SEPTA Norristown Line and NS Morrisville Line Norristown PA January 17 2005
NS H3A pushes a lone boxcar north on SEPTA's Norristown Line.
SW1001 NS 2102, which although repainted in NS scheme does not wear the new "horsehead" logo like its sibling 2106 here, is former Reading 2612 and Conrail 9412. SW1001's have been a fixture in the industrial areas around Philadelphia for years (click here and here for pictures of them working ex-Reading lines in Conrail and CSX paint and working the NEC in Conrail, CSX and NS schemes here and here)
The train will stop at CP FORD (at the signal shed just beyond the boxcar) so it can reverse and run up the Connecting Track to CP King and the NS Morrisville Line.
The train is now approaching CP King on the Connecting Track.
H3A passing the signals at CP King onto the main track of the NS Morrisville Line. To the left is the Dale Secondary, the western end of the former PRR Trenton Cut-Off, which runs out to Amtrak's Harrisburg Line. The Morrisville Line is the eastern half of the Cut-Off from Norristown to Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. The destination of H3A is the PECO siding just east of CP King which runs from the highway overpass pictured past the high tension towers to the right. In the distance, some NS MOW equipment holds the controlled siding between CP King and CP Plymouth.
H3A waiting on the PECO siding just east of CP King, picking up some empty pole cars. PECO has a facility there where they store telephone poles, just to the left of the train.

Former Conrail Ballast Regulator BR 1172 on the controlled siding at CP KING.

Along with an NS high rail truck and the ballast regulator, former Conrail tamper MP 9028 appeared to be working on the area around the former Gravers Road grade crossing, accompanied by an NS dump truck and a Danella GradAll excavator. Engineering firm Danella is a familiar name around railroads due to the fiber optic cable laid by its Rail Plow.
All pictures January 17 2005 c. 2005 John P. Almeida
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