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Date: 01/16/23 18:13
Reading & Northern switchers in action
Author: sscannella

The Reading, Blue Mountain and Northern rosters 10 end-cab switcher engines amongst its fleet, and often has one, if not two, assigned to its former Lehigh Valley yard at Pittston, PA.

I was lucky to catch two of them in action today working the interchange shuttle between Pittston and NS's Taylor Yard just outside Scranton.   In the first photo we see the 800 - a 70 year-old former Lackawanna/Erie-Lackawanna/Conrail engine, along with 45 year-old former Southern/NS 1540, pulling 38 cars south from Taylor on the former Lackawanna Bloomsburg branch.   Later, after dropping 1 car at Mariotti Lumber in Old Forge, the YJPI makes its way across Stephenson St. in Duryea just about a mile from its destination of the former Lehigh Valley Coxton Yard at Pittston. 



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/16/23 18:14 by sscannella.



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Date: 01/16/23 19:08
Re: Reading & Northern switchers in action
Author: ghemr

Nice video of the entire train!



Date: 01/16/23 19:14
Re: Reading & Northern switchers in action
Author: Lackawanna484

That's a nice looking train. The sales department must be very happy with these results.



Date: 01/17/23 03:13
Re: Reading & Northern switchers in action
Author: dschlegel

Neat! That has VOTD potential for sure!

Dan

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Date: 01/17/23 05:29
Re: Reading & Northern switchers in action
Author: ShortlinesUSA

Great video.  I'm tracking to wrack my brain here and see if I can think of anywhere else you can see an endcab switcher of that age still handling heavy freight and am coming up empty.  Rare to say the least, if not something really special that's pretty much the last place to see it.

Mike Derrick
 



Date: 01/17/23 05:33
Re: Reading & Northern switchers in action
Author: globalethanol

Nice, they had 3 MP15`s together in North Reading yesterday. YJNR

twl



Date: 01/17/23 06:18
Re: Reading & Northern switchers in action
Author: train1275

The 800 is ex DL&W 509,  EL 369 and CR 8698.
Built June 1952
SW8



Date: 01/20/23 12:34
Re: Reading & Northern switchers in action
Author: ns1000

Very nice..!!



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