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3rd Annual NS Harrisburg Division Santa Claus Train
Title:  3rd Annual NS Harrisburg Division Santa Claus Train
Description:  Built in 1931 by the Phoenix Bridge Company for The Central Railroad of New Jersey to replace the previous wooden trestle. It spans the Little Schuylkill River, is 981 feet long, 161 feet high and it is currently used by Reading & Northern. Here, the 3rd Annual NS Harrisburg Division Santa Claus Train is on the trestle.
Photo Date:  12/11/2010  Upload Date: 12/12/2010 8:07:52 PM
Location:  Hometown, PA
Author:  Mike Thomas
Categories:  Bridge,Passenger
Locomotives:  RBMN 5022(SD50) RBMN 426(SD50)
Views:  1400   Comments: 8
Mahanoy Tunnel
Title:  Mahanoy Tunnel
Description:  The tunnel that opened the Anthracite-rich Mahanoy Valley to Philadelphia. The Little Schuylkill Railroad Company began construction in April 1859 and the tunnel was completed May of 1862. Two shifts worked from 6am-6pm & 6pm-6am for pay of seven dollars a week and not a single accident occurred during construction. Following the construction, the workers were owed three months back pay and refused to allow trains to pass until they were paid. They ripped up 11 miles of track to Girardville and eventually the Governor stepped in and forced the railroad to pay the workers. A few years later, the Philadelphia & Reading signed a 99 year lease to use the tunnel. Completion of the tunnel allowed Anthracite to be shipped more efficiently and later resulted in the closure of the more costly Mahanoy Plane. At 4000 feet in length, it was the longest of the 7 tunnels on the Reading System. Here, 148 years after it was completed, Reading & Northern's Mountain Job exits the east portal. The structures outside of the tunnel houses ventilation fans not used since the steam days.
Photo Date:  11/24/2010  Upload Date: 11/25/2010 5:12:23 PM
Location:  Barnesville, PA
Author:  Mike Thomas
Categories:  Tunnel
Locomotives:  RBMN 5049(SD50) RBMN 3052(SD40-2)
Views:  2318   Comments: 7
RBMN's 2010 Autumn Leaf Excursions
Title:  RBMN's 2010 Autumn Leaf Excursions
Description:  Built in 1931 by the Phoenix Bridge Company for The Central Railroad of New Jersey to replace the previous wooden trestle. It spans the Little Schuylkill River, is 981 feet long, 161 feet high and it is currently used by Reading & Northern. Here, an annual Autumn Leaf Excursion Train with the 425 in the lead, crossing the trestle.
Photo Date:  10/9/2010  Upload Date: 10/10/2010 7:19:19 PM
Location:  Hometown, PA
Author:  Mike Thomas
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Steam,Passenger
Locomotives:  RBMN 425(4-6-2) RBMN 5049(SD50)
Views:  641   Comments: 4
High Bridge Excursions
Title:  High Bridge Excursions
Description:  Built in 1931 by CNJ, 981 feet long and 180 feet high. It is currently used by Reading & Northern. Here a High Bridge Excursion Train is crossing the trestle. Photo taken from the dam on State Game Lands.
Photo Date:  10/3/2010  Upload Date: 10/3/2010 2:06:11 PM
Location:  Hometown, PA
Author:  Mike Thomas
Categories:  Scenic,Bridge,Passenger
Locomotives:  RBMN 5014(SD50) RBMN 2000(SD38)
Views:  782   Comments: 3
Amtrak Keystone 649
Title:  Amtrak Keystone 649
Description:  Amtrak Keystone 649 crossing Swatara Creek.
Photo Date:  7/23/2010  Upload Date: 7/24/2010 1:51:45 PM
Location:  Middletown, PA
Author:  Mike Thomas
Categories:  Bridge,Passenger
Locomotives:  AMTK 901(AEM7)
Views:  584   Comments: 2
NS OCS
Title:  NS OCS
Description:  Tunkhannock Viaduct. Memorial Day, deadhead move, from Altoona, PA to Buffalo, NY.
Photo Date:  5/31/2010  Upload Date: 6/1/2010 9:59:11 PM
Location:  Nicholson, PA
Author:  Mike Thomas
Categories:  Bridge,Passenger
Locomotives:  NS 4270(F9A) NS 4275(F7B) NS 4276(F7B) NS 4271(F9A)
Views:  814   Comments: 7
Good Springer
Title:  Good Springer
Description:  Descending the grade through Donaldson along East Railroad Street.
Photo Date:  5/21/2010  Upload Date: 5/21/2010 7:51:59 PM
Location:  Donaldson, PA
Author:  Mike Thomas
Categories: 
Locomotives:  RBMN 1548(SW1500) RBMN 803(SW8m)
Views:  804   Comments: 3
North Shore Berwick Line
Title:  North Shore Berwick Line
Description:  Iron Street Crossing
Photo Date:  5/5/2010  Upload Date: 5/5/2010 2:14:38 PM
Location:  Bloomsburg, PA
Author:  Mike Thomas
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NSHR 2317(SW1500) NSHR 366(SW8)
Views:  735   Comments: 2
Jeddo Job
Title:  Jeddo Job
Description:  MP 143 near Hazleton.
Photo Date:  3/10/2010  Upload Date: 3/11/2010 10:35:08 AM
Location:  Hazleton, PA
Author:  Mike Thomas
Categories:  Winter
Locomotives:  RBMN 3052(SD40-2) RBMN 3057(SD40-2)
Views:  1173   Comments: 7
NS Portland Secondary
Title:  NS Portland Secondary
Description:  The H76 passing under the DL&W Viaduct.
Photo Date:  1/7/2010  Upload Date: 1/11/2010 4:24:57 PM
Location:  Slateford, PA
Author:  Mike Thomas
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 3201(SD40-2) NS 3381(SD40-2)
Views:  632   Comments: 11
NS OCS
Title:  NS OCS
Description: 
Photo Date:  9/17/2007  Upload Date: 9/19/2007 12:23:58 PM
Location:  Thompsontown, PA
Author:  Mike Thomas
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 4270(F9A)
Views:  568   Comments: 1
NS 6725
Title:  NS 6725
Description:  The eastbound ethanol train crossing Sherman's Creek
Photo Date:  3/8/2007  Upload Date: 3/9/2007 5:06:46 PM
Location:  Duncannon, PA
Author:  Mike Thomas
Categories: 
Locomotives:  NS 6725(SD60I)
Views:  591   Comments: 2
RBMN 2000
Title:  RBMN 2000
Description:  The Mountain Job passing through Gordon.
Photo Date:  12/6/2006  Upload Date: 12/13/2006 12:34:17 PM
Location:  Gordon, PA
Author:  Mike Thomas
Categories: 
Locomotives:  RBMN 2000(SD38)
Views:  713   Comments: 0


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