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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 06/04/2006

SEPTA Main Line and CSX Bethlehem Branch Lansdale and Hatfield PA June 2 2006

It may not be the land of the midnight sun, but for the next couple weeks we will be experiencing the earliest sunrises of the year, and as photographers should take advantage of every photon at our disposal.

For instance, there are only three freight jobs out of the CSX Yard in my back yard, Lansdale PA: Lansdale to Philadelphia run C746, and local jobs B745 and B738. The first two are almost exclusively nocturnal, but this time of year they frequently return home just after dawn.

First to roll in at 5:42, nine minutes after sunrise, was B745, back from its trip to Warminster PA. Since its main jobs are on the Doylestown and Warminster Branches, B738 starts work after the last SEPTA commuter runs of the night. After servicing busy Lansdale Warehouse on the Doylestown Branch, they usually run straight down the SEPTA Main to Carmel Interlocking in Glenside PA before reversing up the Warminster Branch to interchange with the New Hope and Ivyland Railroad, and return to Lansdale. Through the light morning fog, CSX GP38-2 2677 (former L&N 6026) pulls into town, past the southbound signals of Dale Interlocking, with the box cars gathered from Lansdale Warehouse, including CR 376150, a Class B63 box car still wearing its large Conrail can opener logo.

In push-pull mode, CSX GP40-2 6114 (former B&O 4215) brings up the rear.
After a departure that was delayed in Lansdale due to a weather-related signal outage, congestion at South Philadelphia Yard and uncooperative freight cars, it is all the crew can do to get transfer run C746 back light before the early morning SEPTA rush, here with CSX SD40-2 8884 (former Conrail 6995 in an SD40 body) at 6:01 as the day begins to brighten.
Trailing is CSX SD40-2 8825, the former Conrail 6426 in the more familiar SD40-2 body.
Later in the morning, the much more photographed B738, which services industries along the Bethlehem Branch, still finds work to do despite the dearth of new cars usually brought up by C746 five nights a week. Here they are switching cars at Jet Plastica in Hatfield.
One of the few places to get a nice broadside shot on the Bethlehem Branch.


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All pictures June 2 2006 Copyright © 2006 John P. Almeida

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