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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 11/29/2009

CSX Bethlehem Branch Telford and Souderton PA November 20 2009
CSX B738 pulls into Telford with GP38-2S 6237, GP38-2 2788 and an empty tank car as a spacer. Thanks to evergreens and some late falling leaves, there is still a little color left.
Just around the bend, B738 gets ready to pick up five loaded LPG tank cars off the middle track to bring them down to Lansdale for their return to Philadelphia on C746. The cars, as well as many others, have been in storage north of Telford on shortline ESPN. The track on the left, after being cleared of foliage in recent months (a before shot can be found here), is currently being used for storage of empty trash flat cars, and a number of covered hoppers can be found just north of Telford.
The empty tank car is used as a buffer between the occupied engine and the LPG cars. As they are rightly considered hazardous material and the branch is excepted track, the train can only have five or less in the consist during its 10 MPH jaunt down the line.
After pulling out the five (and leaving a couple for another run), B738 shoves back against the trailing engine to couple up and do a brake test before the southward run.
Everything ready, they are on the move, here passing an empty covered hopper from Moyer Feed at Reliance Road in Souderton. Moyer receives covered hoppers filled with grain destined for local farms and is the northernmost customer CSX switches on the branch.
The roller coaster profile of the branch is evident at the summit in Souderton.

All pictures November 20 2009 Copyright © 2009 John P. Almeida

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