Archive | September, 2015

Remote Dispatching the Onondaga Cutoff

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of serving as Conrail’s Mohawk Dispatcher on Dave Abeles’ HO scale Onondaga Cutoff. Dave’s model railroad is located in northern New Jersey, and I was serving as the “2nd trick” train dispatcher from my home near Pittsburgh.  The “first shift” dispatcher starting the night off, was […]

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My first train photo.  The "D&H Train" at Rockville Bridge, Harrisburg, Penn. June, 1987.  Boston & Maine 338 wears the grey-and-orange colors of Guilford Rail Transportation, who acquired B&M, MEC, and D&H in the early 1980.  The four blue locomotives behind are Boston & Maine GP38's in their as-delivered blue.

Requiem for “The D&H”

Those who know me, know that I’ve never been much of a fan of sports.  I am, however, a fan of the railroad industry.  And at the end of this week, a piece of historic railroad changed hands, leaving me feeling like Baltimore fans must have felt when the Colts packed up late one night […]

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GATX 2000 was one of ten locomotives leased by D&H in the early 1990s and were later acquired by CP Rail.

GATX 2000, ex-Union Pacific SD40-2

As I model the Allentown, PA area in the mid-1990s, I knew that I would need a yellow-and-gray GATX SD40-2 lease unit for the Delaware & Hudson trackage rights trains that plied the rails from Rouses Point, New York to Philadelphia, Penna. During this era, railfans drowned in a sea of blue Conrail locomotives, and […]

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