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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 7/5/2020
 
CSX/PN Stony Creek Branch and SEPTA Main Line Lansdale PA June24 2020
 
With the pandemic lockdown, getting out has been problematic. Fortunately, CSX comes to me, at least three times a week. So, instead of driving all over the place to catch some Class 1 action, I just have to wake up early and drive down the street, and sometimes, if I am lucky and they are late, a little farther. This particular morning, June 24 2020, CSX C746, the transfer run from Woodbourne Yard to Lansdale Yard, is a little late, late enough to catch them in daylight at Skippack Pike as they are passing under the Pennsylvania Turnpike Northeast Extension. Today's power is as usual, a trio of SD40-2's: CSX 8128, 8145 and 8853.
On the other side of Skippack Pike, this may look somewhat industrial with the PECO overbuild and the high tension tower, but they are in fact rolling through a gated residential neighborhood and golf course.
C746 is about to pass under North Wales Road and is still on CSX rails, technically SEPTA rails maintained by CSX.
The head end is about to enter the Pennsylvania Northeastern maintained portion of the Stony Creek Branch.
Today's train is a healthy one, over fifty cars, many of them tank cars heading for storage on ESPN north of Telford.
The old Lehigh Valley Transit "Liberty Bell Route" right of way ran along the utility poles on the right. Merck's West Point PA plant is in the distance.
About twenty minutes later, CSX C746 finally arrives at Lansdale. The SEPTA substation to the left is currently undergoing a two year rehabilitation project.
After dropping the derail, they proceed past the PN Lansdale W230 and L160 power lined up on the running track.
Normally PN's L160 engines, SD60 PN 8701 and 8711, are parked on the south end of Yard Track 5, but the inbounds would not all fit on the lease track between Eighth Street and Schwab Road, so C746 will cut off some in the yard, which is probably why L160 is not in the yard.
 
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