Union Switch & Signal PL-4 Dwarf: Slow Clear

My own railroad signal…

After years of lust I finally sought out my very own signal. I wanted a dwarf signal – usually used in junctions and yard where clearances are minimal – because, well, let’s face it. I can put a small one in the house, and not need a crane and concrete to stand it up.  So […]

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Eastbound BNSF freight at Cadiz Yard, Calif. March 6, 2006

Cadiz Yard, Eastbound

The sun’s been up for awhile, and it’s hot enough for March – but we’re enjoying the parade of eastbounds passing through the small interchange yard at Cadiz, California along BNSF’s Needles Sub. While I never got to see the “real” Santa Fe in action, it was good enough for me to watch trains follow […]

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A BNSF westbound TOFC train takes the signal at Ash Hill, Calif. on BNSF's Needles Subdivision. March 6, 2006.

Ash Hill, Westbound

A bird (hey, I’m a railfan, not an ornithologist!) is perched atop a telegraph pole, while a BNSF crew gives a quick blast of the horn to the signal maintainers standing by in their trucks, as we hear the squeal of 85-foot flatcars hustling Schneider and Hunt trailers to their west coast destination.

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Southbound passes CP SP 338 North end Bealville, Tunnel 2

Tunnel 2 (Bealville, Calif.)

Perched atop the hill at Tunnel 2, we witness a meet on the Bealville siding on UP’s Mojave subdivision at milepost 337.8. Note the headlight of the approaching northbound, behind our slow-moving southbound. March 5, 2006.

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WNYP 432 C430 switching at Olean, NY

CRPA Railroad Photo Contest – “Judges Also Liked”

In a bit of self promotion, I’m happy to share that two of my photos placed in the Center for Railroad Photography and Art‘s 2012 photography contest. This is my fourth year participating the CRPA contest and I’m happy to place amongst such a talented group of photographers, especially considering the theme of this year’s […]

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Dragging Equipment Detector (DED)

Railroad Radio Alarm detectors

I’ve resurrected the 1990’s-early 2000’s collection of railroad radio alarm detectors that I started in the East Penn Rail days, and expanded thanks to many Eastern Railroad News contributors.  Take a listen!

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More Model Trains

I often get the question “Do you have model trains, too?”  Well, sorta. I did as a kid, and I’ll focus on that for today. When I was in fourth grade, we bought a house in Allentown, Pa.  After about a year, my Dad showed up with a 4×8 of plywood, which was the beginning […]

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Daniel S. Dively, Boilermaker, NS GP40-2 Slug Mother program (NS 3159)

BizNS Magazine – Dec 2011

Over the last several years, I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to work on a few photography assignments with Norfolk Southern‘s Corporate Communications department.  Through the assistance and encouragement of many great folks there, each photo shoot has produced better and better results.  Another noteworthy aspect of this work is that longtime friend Lou Capwell has been […]

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Model Trains

A couple of weeks ago, Lou Capwell and I spent the weekend with our friend Peter to help him resurrect his HO Model Railroad. While I was in high school (mid-90’s) I did all of the electrical work & control panel for the layout, and was faced with having to recall what the hell I […]

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