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I115 waiting for CSXT 6538 to switch intermodal cars at DeWitt Yard

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CSXT 6538 pulls east down the Departure/Outbound Lead, nearing CP282. At the " Green Bridge " in Minoa, New York, CSXT 6538 is switching intermodal cars at DeWitt Yard on the Departure/Outbound Lead . The cars are being switched in the Departure Yard to the west of the Green Bridge. I115, with CSXT 3056, is stopped on Track 1 just east of CP282. Left, a train switches on Track 4. Right, the end of M364-26 rolls east on Track 2. While, CSXT 6538 switched the block of intermodal cars, intermodal train I115  (Worchester, MA., to Syracuse, NY.) arrived and stopped on the east side of CP 282. I115 had to wait for the switching operation to clear before entering DeWitt Yard via CP282. CSXT 6538 begins shoving its cut of cars down the Departure/Outbound Lead. Photographs taken on July 27, 2022, at Minoa, New York.

CSXT 3469, CSXT 468, and CSXT 3193 building I161-17

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CSXT 3469, CSXT 468, and CSXT 3193 are westbound, coming off the Departure Yard Lead to Track 1, at Bridge St. CSXT 3469, CSXT 468, and CSXT 3193 are building intermodal train I161-17 at DeWitt Yard in East Syracuse, New York. I161 originates at DeWitt Yard, and its destination is North Baltimore, Ohio. I169 is the continuation of intermodal train I159, which comes from Port Newark, New Jersey, to DeWitt Yard. The train is shoving east on the Departure Yard Lead from Track 1 at CP285. Of the three locomotives, only CSXT 3469 would wind up on the outbound I161-17, along with CSXT 5246. CSXT 3469 came to DeWitt on train I159-17. CSXT 428 and 3193 came to DeWitt on I115-17. In addition to I159, I115 also terminates at DeWitt Yard. The train is shoving back on the Departure Yard Lead, east of CP285's westward absolute signals. Photographs taken on July 17, 2022 at East Syracuse, New York.

Fisher Covered Railroad Bridge at Walcott, VT.

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Looking southeast at the Fisher Covered Railroad Bridge.   The Fisher Covered Railroad Bridge was built in 1908, and spans the Lamoille River near Walcott, Vermont. It was built by the St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County Railroad. It saw use as a railroad bridge until 1994. Today, the bridge is being converted for recreational use as part of the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. The northeast side of the bridge and the Lamoille River.   The Fisher Covered Railroad Bridge is an example of Itheil Town's lattice truss design and features a double-web lattice. A lattice bridge uses small, diagonal supports that form a lattice. Town's lattice design distributed the load across all of the supports, which allowed for the use of lighter-weight wood. The bridge is one of four surviving double-web Town lattice truss bridges in the United States. The other three bridges are Pier Bridge, Wright's Bridge, Contoocook Railroad Bridge. The other three bridges are all located in the state of New Ha

CSX intermodal train I009-14 and Amtrak P284-15 at DeWitt Yard

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CSXT 3066 and CSXT 942 lead I009-14 west on the Departure Yard Lead at DeWitt Yard. While I waited for Amtrak Empire Service train P284 (Niagara Falls, New York, to New York, New York) to come east at DeWitt Yard, CSX intermodal train I009-14 rolled westbound on the Departure Yard Lead. I009 had just arrived at DeWitt Yard and was beginning to work the Departure Yard before continuing on west. Long trains working the Departure Yard often need to occupy part of Track 1 of the Syracuse Terminal Subdivision at CP285 in order to make their setouts and pickups. Led by AMTK 711, P284-15 rolls east on the Syracuse Terminal Subdivision passing by I009. I009's headend is at CP285. Photographs taken on July 15, 2022, at East Syracuse, New York.

CSX M560-14 with QNSL 409 and QNSL 408 at East Syracuse, NY.

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CSXT 3235, CSXT 7799, QNSL 409, and QNSL 408 lead M560-14 east on the North Runner at CP 286 . The red brick building in the background was the Railroad YMCA.   Yesterday, CSX train M560 -14 came through East Syracuse, New York, with a pair of Quebec North Shore & Labrador (QNS&L) locomotives trailing behind the leading CSX locomotives. QNSL 408 and QNSL 409 were the third and fourth locomotives on the train. QNSL 409 and QNSL 408 on CSX train M560-14 passing through East Syracuse, NY., at CP286.   QNS&L is owned by Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC). The railway operates on 257 miles (414 kilometers) of track in the Canadian provinces of Quebec (QC), and Newfoundland and Labrador (NL). QNS&L's original line opened in 1954, connecting Sept-Îles, QC., with the mining community at Schefferville, QC.  M560-14 rolls east on the North Runner past CP 286's westward absolute signals.   QNS&L interchanges with Chemin de fer Arnaud Railway (CFAQ, formerly ARND) at Kema

CSXT 3294 leads I020-18 at CP313 of the Rochester Subdivision

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With rain falling, CSXT 3294 leads I020-18 east on Track 2 at CP313 of the Rochester Subdivision.   CSXT 3294 leads intermodal train I020-18 east at Townline Road. I020 is passing the westbound control point (CP) signals at CP313. Townline Road runs along the border between the Town of Mentz, New York, and the Town of Brutus, New York. The location is known as Centerport on the railroad. I020 is in Mentz and is about to cross the road into Brutus. I020 is a daily intermodal train that runs from Bedford Park, Illinois, to Worcester, Massachusetts. The train stops to work both DeWitt Yard in Syracuse, New York, and West Springfield, Massachusetts. Photograph taken on March 19, 2022.

VTR 310, VTR 431, and VTR 432 at Rutland, VT.

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At Rutland, Vermont, I stopped to see what the Vermont Railway (VTR) had at its shop along Park Street on July 4th. I knew it would be unlikely anything would be running, but I figured there might be some locomotives stored there. As luck would have it, VTR had seven locomotives idling next to its small maintenance shop and office. VTR 431 sits north of Park Street by the VTR shop (out of view to the left) Behind 431 are VTR 208, VTR 207 VTR 310, and VTR 209 (blue). VTR 432 and GMTX 518 are on the north side of the shop at Park Street. VTR 310 (GP40-2LW) sits between VTR 209 and VTR 207 at Park Street. VTR 310 was originally CN 9650. Photographs taken on July 4, 2022.

AMTK 701 and AMTK 119 leading P284 east at Memphis, NY.

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Led by AMTK 701 and AMTK 119, P284-07 is eastbound on the Rochester Subdivision at Memphis, NY. Amtrak's Empire Service train P284 (Niagara Falls, New York, to New York City) is eastbound at Memphis, New York. P284 is on Track 2 of CSX's Rochester Subdivision and is nearing Bonnetts Corners Road. The next stop for P284 is Syracuse, New York. Photograph taken on July 7, 2022.

CSXT 6538 and CSXT 8060 switching at CSX's DeWitt Yard

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CSXT 6538 and CSXT 8060 are shoving back at the high car defect detector at the western end of Track 4. In the distance a train is working on the North Drill Lead. CSXT 6538 and CSXT 8060 are switching a string of intermodal cars at DeWitt Yard. The locomotives initially pulled the intermodal rail cars east from the Departure Yard on the Departure Lead to Track 1 of the Syracuse Terminal Subdivision at Control Point (CP) 282. Then began shoving the rail cars back into the Departure Yard. After capturing the locomotive duo from the Green Bridge , I went over to a trail head parking lot to the west to get a side view. In this view, taken from a trailhead parking lot, the locomotive duo shoves back on the Departure Lead toward the Departure Yard. In the background is the Local Yard. Photographs taken on June 25, 2022, at Minoa, New York.

CSX M560-26 with CP 8158 and CSXT 89 at DeWitt Yard

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CP 8158 and CSXT 89 sit on the east end of the North Runner at DeWitt Yard. To the left is the Local Yard Drill Track.   CSX train M560 -26 with Canadian Pacific (CP) 8158 and CSXT 89 is sitting on the North Runner at CSX's DeWitt Yard. M560 is stopped along North Central Avenue, just west of the Green Bridge , at Minoa, New York. It seems to be a common occurrence for 560 to get to DeWitt Yard and wait on the North Runner for its next crew. Earlier this month, I caught Q560 (the previous symbol) with Canadian National power at DeWitt . This view is from the Green Bridge, looking straight on at CP 8158.  CP 8158 is an AC4400CWM, rebuilt from CP 9593, an AC44CW. The locomotive was built by General Electric in 1997 for CP.  The front of CP 8158, taken from North Central Avenue.

L024-20 on the North Runner at CP286 in East Syracuse, NY.

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  CSXT 2502, CSXT 2349, and CSXT 6113 lead local train L024-20 east on the North Runner at Control Point (CP) 286. The train is heading east towards DeWitt Yard . The yard is just around the curve ahead of the train. CSXT 2502, CSXT 2349, and CSXT 6113 lead L024-20 at CP 286. DeWitt Yard is just around the curve.   L024 runs on CSX's Fairgrounds Subdivision (FGS) and Baldwinsville Subdivision (BS), as well as working the Peat Street Lead and Solvay Hill.    The Peat Street Lead diverges from Track 2 of the Syracuse Terminal Subdivision at CP285 .The Fairgrounds Subdivision starts at CP293 of the Syracuse Terminal Subdivision at Solvay, New York. From CP293 the FGS runs north past the New York State Fairgrounds to CP SALT, milepost (MP) QCB 1.9. At CP SALT, the FGS ends, and the BS starts. The Baldwinsville Subdivision runs north to Radis, MP QCB 11.0. The subdivision used to run north to Oswego, New York , but no longer does. Photograph taken on June 20, 2022, at East Syracuse, Ne

CSX I017-21 at Auto 280 of the Syracuse Terminal Subdivision

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CSXT 3461 leads I017-21 west on Track 2 at Auto 280. Auto 280 sits along Saintsville Rd. in Kirkville, NY. I017 is a priority intermodal train that passes through the Syracuse, New York, area on its journey from Worcester, Massachusetts, to Bedford Park, Illinois. The train doesn't stop to work at DeWitt Yard in Syracuse, and often uses Track 2 of the Syracuse Terminal Subdivision to bypass the congestion of trains entering or leaving DeWitt Yard via Track 1. DeWitt Yard is two miles to the west (to the left) of Auto 280 and CP 280 . 

Sperry Rail Service car 131 at CSX's DeWitt Yard

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  SRS 131 sits on the team track off of the North Runner at DeWitt Yard .   Sperry Rail Services (SRS) 131 is a track inspection vehicle with ties to St. Louis, Missouri. SRS 131 was built in 1925, by Electro-Motive Company (EMC), in partnership with St. Louis Car Company. Built for the Leigh Valley Railroad, SRS acquired 131 in 1941. SRS then converted it into a maintenance-of-way track inspection vehicle. Originally, SRS 131 was gas-powered but today is diesel-powered. A straight-on view of SRS 131 at DeWitt Yard.   The styling of these vehicles earned them the nickname, Doodlebugs. Doodlebugs are self-propelled rail cars that hauled passengers and freight on lightly used rail lines in the early to mid-1900s. Today, some are on display in museums across the country, while others, like SRS 131, have gone on to still be used on today's railroads. Photographs taken on June 25, 2022, at East Syracuse, New York.

BNSF 9981 and BNSF 9731 on the Beardstown Subdivision at Boulder, IL.

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In this view from Boulder Road, BNSF 9981 is the DP on a northbound empty coal train rolling onto the causeway at Boulder, IL.   BNSF's Beardstown Subdivision, which runs between West Bushnell, Illinois, and Paducah, Kentucky, crosses Carlyle Lake in Southern Illinois on a causeway. The causeway runs between the towns of Boulder, Illinois, and Keyesport, Illinois. Boulder is at the southeastern end of the causeway, and Keyesport is at the northwestern end. Keyesport is at milepost (MP) 104.5, and Boulder is at MP 108.6, approximately. The causeway is about four miles in length. Four bridges along the causeway allow boats to pass under the tracks. BNSF 9731 is the DP on an empty coal train heading north over the southernmost bridge of the causeway. Photograph taken on April 14, 2005, at Boulder, Illinois.

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