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Alan Page's Collection
 
6/21/2018
 
 
 
 
Welcome to Alan Page's Railroad Picture Archives!

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My earliest memories were within sight and sound of the PRR’s Trenton Cutoff in our Cape Cod house in Hatboro, PA.  

My dad was the son of the chief draftsman for the Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Lines, and he grew up near the PRR and Reading's commuter stations in Chestnut Hill, PA.  He passed on his love of trains to me by giving me his huge roll of PRR calendar paintings that his dad received every year, a 1941 copy of Trains in Transition by Lucius Beebe, a box of 3x5 photos of steam and diesel locomotives, and by telling me stories of his railroad adventures.  A favorite story was of the times he walked over to the Reading Chestnut Hill terminal where the steam crews allowed him to help them turn their small steam locomotives around on the hand turntable for their return trip to Reading Terminal.

High school began a great railfan experience as I walked up and over the Trenton cutoff on my way to school.  I saw GG1's, E44's, and PC diesels that otherwise I only heard rolling through during summer nights.  Thanksgiving was a highlight of each year when my family drove across the Susquehanna river near Rockville Bridge, and passed Enola yard on our way to my Aunt and Uncle's home in Harrisburg! 

In those years my first job was at the local hobby shop, earning me enough to finance HO modeling and some slide film to begin railfanning using my dad's old Brownie camera.  For my first picture, though, my friend lent me his Kodak Instamatic and I was able to capture a PC GG-1, my all time favorite locomotive, on the Trenton Cutoff!

Soon after, my dad allowed me to drive his '73 Plymouth Scamp, and my friend and I were able to visit our first railfan spot at Abrams yard on a snowy day in January, 1977.  The former Reading Lines yard became a favorite, but soon after we visited Morrisville, Allentown, Enola, and other parts of the new Conrail.  Along the way we found colorful mixes of RDG, PC, EL, and LV power, a few GP-38's of my granddad’s Pennsylvania Reading Seashore Lines, many high speed GG-1's on the NE Corridor, and Alco RSD12's and RS-11's belching smoke at Morrisville.

Once able to purchase an SLR camera in February, 1977, I quickly learned to manually focus, set the light, and frame a shot while old Alco's and high speed electrics rolled by.  In all that excitement, my railfan buddy and I were able to capture some great memories of the colorful early years of Conrail, as well as the D&H, Chessie System, Amtrak, RF&P, some New England roads, and some amazing steam excursions. 

Those many trips from my senior year in high school through my years at Penn State were great adventures.  Searching for sites with maps (no GPS!), driving many hours, and climbing up rock walls were all worth it.  Security was much different then, with friendly crews and terminal workers, and it didn’t help being considerate, safe and respectful as well!  The only time we were told to leave was by Union Steel police in Pittsburgh, and this was for standing on a public road overlooking their roundhouse!

My old Kodachrome 64 slides held up pretty well for being preserved over 3 decades! 

Being away from railroad life from 1988 – 2011 raising a family in an area without any local trains, I’ve been able to begin again capturing CSX and BNSF operations after relocating to Atlanta.   I hope my contributions add to the great railroad memories past and present provided by the terrific photographers at RRPictureArchives.

You may browse my collection of pictures via the menu located on the left hand side of the page.  I hope you enjoy the collection and thanks for stopping by!

 
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Site Stats
Photos: 8,502
Locomotives:  2,989
Rolling Stock:  715
Locations:  85
What's New?
New Photo Albums
CSX adds a GP40-2 and mate to assist SB mixed freight at Union City, GA
   -Added 6/17/2018 5:59:44 AM
Waiting in the woods at Fairburn
   -Added 6/16/2018 3:49:33 PM
Chasing UP duo with containers through College Park
   -Added 6/16/2018 6:44:47 AM
CSX adds a GP38-2 to assist NB mixed freight at Union City, GA
   -Added 6/11/2018 6:20:51 AM
Autoracks head NB and SB from Palmetto to Red Oak, GA
   -Added 6/10/2018 7:11:53 AM
New ties in Union City, GA
   -Added 6/9/2018 5:57:14 AM
Fairburn’s southern end IM fleet: 3/2016 to 2/2018
   -Added 6/5/2018 8:00:36 AM
A local waiting for green meets NB containers at Union City, GA
   -Added 6/3/2018 8:26:47 AM
Oil on the move through Union City, GA
   -Added 6/2/2018 10:04:19 AM
KCS visitors to Fairburn and Palmetto, GA
   -Added 5/31/2018 1:41:02 PM
Sunday morning empty flats on the move in Fairburn
   -Added 5/31/2018 10:08:01 AM
CSX mixed freight on the move in Fairburn, GA
   -Added 5/29/2018 2:09:06 PM
Q421 in Peachtree City, GA
   -Added 5/29/2018 8:31:25 AM
BNSF CREX assist at Palmetto
   -Added 5/29/2018 6:48:57 AM
Waiting in the rain at Fairburn
   -Added 5/14/2018 6:36:31 PM
Warbonnet comes to Fairburn
   -Added 5/14/2018 6:29:32 AM
New ties from Union City to Tyrone, GA
   -Added 5/13/2018 7:58:56 AM
MOW at Fairburn, Palmetto, and Union City, GA
   -Added 5/7/2018 10:23:28 AM
Doublestacks pass LORAM MOW units at Fairburn, GA
   -Added 5/7/2018 6:26:38 AM
Former PC E-8As and GG1's at South Amboy
   -Added 5/6/2018 7:50:06 AM
CSX mixed freight traffic at Palmetto and Fairburn, GA II
   -Added 4/20/2018 5:07:17 PM
CSX covered hopper trains at Palmetto, GA
   -Added 4/16/2018 6:24:27 AM
7 units wait for NB green in Palmetto, GA
   -Added 4/15/2018 3:46:42 PM
McDuff Parkway overpass construction over CSX
   -Added 4/14/2018 7:04:42 AM
Southern Railway exhibit
   -Added 4/12/2018 5:43:35 PM
Crescent arrival at Peachtree Station
   -Added 4/12/2018 5:25:18 PM
CSX mixed freight traffic at Palmetto and Fairburn, GA
   -Added 4/7/2018 6:44:35 AM
CSX SB coal hoppers at Palmetto, GA
   -Added 4/7/2018 6:12:40 AM
UP and CSX trios rush through Atlanta snow
   -Added 4/7/2018 5:06:22 AM
Sunday morning autoracks in Tyrone and PTC
   -Added 3/26/2018 6:36:59 AM
MP15's in tow at Fairburn, GA
   -Added 3/25/2018 10:37:27 AM
2018: EMD 6-axles work Peachtree City, GA locals
   -Added 3/24/2018 7:34:53 AM
Visit to Steamtown
   -Added 3/18/2018 6:41:52 PM
Conrail and Amtrak action at Enola, Harrisburg, and Morrisville
   -Added 3/18/2018 7:31:23 AM
Conrail action at Horseshoe Curve and Cresson
   -Added 3/18/2018 6:51:29 AM
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Updated Photo Albums
Downtown Philadelphia in Summer/Fall, 1976
   -Updated 6/17/2018 7:33:40 AM
2018: EMD 6-axles work Peachtree City, GA locals
   -Updated 6/11/2018 4:53:13 PM
EMD trios hustle Peachtree City, GA locals
   -Updated 6/11/2018 4:51:12 PM
2018: Old EMD 4-axles handle Fairburn, GA locals
   -Updated 6/11/2018 4:28:07 PM
2018: Old EMD’s and road units work Fairburn yard
   -Updated 6/9/2018 5:29:52 PM
2015: Southern end Fairburn’s IM and local fleet
   -Updated 6/4/2018 9:45:56 AM
GECX, CEFX, and CREX visitors at Fairburn
   -Updated 4/21/2018 8:07:06 AM
CSX mixed freight traffic at Palmetto and Fairburn, GA
   -Updated 4/16/2018 7:32:47 AM
LV units and Ironton 751 work the hump. Also, an EL GP35-led freight at Bethlehem.
   -Updated 3/24/2018 6:00:23 AM
Monsters at Mingo Jct in August, 1977.
   -Updated 3/24/2018 5:40:41 AM
Steamtown RR inaugural run Pocono Summit to Moscow
   -Updated 3/18/2018 6:00:35 PM
Autotrain in August, 1997
   -Updated 3/18/2018 4:36:36 PM
A few days at Conway in August, 1977.
   -Updated 3/17/2018 4:44:12 PM
Mixed freight on the move at Palmetto, GA
   -Updated 3/17/2018 7:05:53 AM
Southern Railway E-8's join the NJDOT fleet
   -Updated 3/17/2018 6:31:20 AM
Last days of 4 tracks at Horseshoe Curve
   -Updated 3/12/2018 6:04:35 AM
SEPTA Transit Worker's Union strike Day 2: 30th Street Station operations
   -Updated 3/12/2018 4:16:52 AM
PRR GG1 4935 Dedicaton Day, May 15, 1977
   -Updated 3/12/2018 3:17:35 AM
2017: Old EMD 4-axles handle Fairburn, GA locals
   -Updated 3/3/2018 8:10:02 AM
2016: Old EMD 4-axles handle Fairburn, GA locals
   -Updated 3/3/2018 7:46:47 AM
2015: EMD 4-axles and a few B40-8’s handled Fairburn, GA locals.
   -Updated 3/3/2018 7:23:18 AM
2017: CSX’s Fairburn sorting yard no longer all EMD
   -Updated 1/26/2018 5:54:46 AM
When PC E-units joined CNJ GP40P's to serve the NY&LB at South Amboy
   -Updated 1/1/2018 2:28:45 PM
Through the snow at Morrisville and Abrams in 1978
   -Updated 12/31/2017 11:40:01 AM
Conrail operations at Altoona and Horseshoe Curve in August, 1977.
   -Updated 12/26/2017 10:52:57 AM
Conrail’s Juniata shops Altoona graveyard in August, 1977.
   -Updated 12/26/2017 9:46:29 AM
Early Conrail days at Abrams
   -Updated 12/26/2017 9:05:20 AM
Conrail lashes up 10 units at Harrisburg in July of '77. Enola was hopping too!
   -Updated 12/26/2017 7:33:15 AM
LV, ex-L&HR, and D&H power fill Bethlehem's engine terminal.
   -Updated 12/26/2017 7:23:18 AM
EMD Experimental Electrics on CR in 1977
   -Updated 12/26/2017 7:16:28 AM
CNJ GP40P's, PC E-7A's, and GG1-1's at South Amboy in July, 1977.
   -Updated 12/26/2017 6:49:13 AM
PRR steam, diesel, and electrics at Strasburg on July 4, 1977
   -Updated 12/26/2017 6:43:29 AM
Last days for CNJ Alco RS-3's at Elizabethport yard.
   -Updated 12/26/2017 6:38:04 AM
E-units and GG1's at Harrisburg in July, 1977
   -Updated 12/26/2017 6:14:34 AM
Oh, those shops full of diesels! Juniata shops in August, 1977.
   -Updated 12/23/2017 8:00:05 AM
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