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Date: 01/08/17 15:06
Military special on the former Reading
Author: GWHEN

Yesterday CSX handed off a special Military load to NS in Hagerstown, MD which then proceeded north to Harrisburg, PA and then east to Croxton, NJ. I was out in Harrisburg at the time when he came up catching the Norfolk and Western Heritage unit so I really couldn't get him and the N&W at the same time. Once I was done in Harrisburg I jumped on 81 East and headed for Allentown in hopes of heading this movement off. As luck would have it he got stopped for a while at West Laurel on the former Reading for opposing traffic. 

Location of pictures is Alburtis, PA
Symbol for the move was O98 (O nintyeight)
Load was supposedly parts for Nuclear weapons.

Thanks for looking!
Greg H






Date: 01/08/17 17:34
Re: Military special on the former Reading
Author: bioyans

GWHEN Wrote:
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> Location of pictures is Alburtis, PA
> Symbol for the move was O98 (O nintyeight)
> Load was supposedly parts for Nuclear weapons.

Kinda doubt that was what the load was.  If they were moving warheads, or parts for them, they wouldn't even tell the crew what it was.

Having worked moves of military equipment, and without getting into any specific protocols (don't ask for any, because I won't discuss them), the crew is not given detailed information about the shipment.



Date: 01/08/17 22:22
Re: Military special on the former Reading
Author: pennsy3750

That load lokos awfully big for weapons...my guess is part of a submarine reactor.



Date: 01/08/17 22:34
Re: Military special on the former Reading
Author: bioyans

pennsy3750 Wrote:
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> That load lokos awfully big for weapons...my guess
> is part of a submarine reactor.

I would say that is a far more likely explanation.

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Date: 01/09/17 04:02
Re: Military special on the former Reading
Author: GWHEN

When I saw it I kind of was thinking the same thing.
Thanks for looking!
Greg H



Date: 01/09/17 05:36
Re: Military special on the former Reading
Author: dschlegel

I saw this move on Saturday, from my kid's bedroom so I had no chance of getting a shot. Glad you did!
Dan

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Date: 01/09/17 08:06
Re: Military special on the former Reading
Author: partsguy

bioyans Wrote:
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> GWHEN Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------

>
> Having worked moves of military equipment, and
> without getting into any specific protocols (don't
> ask for any, because I won't discuss them), the
> crew is not given detailed information about the
> shipment.

He/She could tell you but then they would have to kill you...



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