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Alan Page's Collection
 
4/25/2018
 
 
 
 
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Spending my earliest memories within sight and sound of the PRR’s Trenton Cutoff in our Cape Cod house in Hatboro, PA, it was inevitable I would grow up a Pennsy fan.  

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 was able to walk 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 while going to sleep.  Also, a highlight of each year was at Thanksgiving 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! 

During those years I found my first job at the local hobby shop, earning me enough to finance HO modeling and some slide film to begin railfanning using my dad's ancient 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 on a snowy day in January, 1977.  The former Reading Lines Abrams yard became a favorite, but soon after we visited the former PC Morrisville yard, and then later 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 in Morrisville yard.

After saving enough to get a semi decent SLR camera in February, 1977, I quickly learned to manually focus, set the light meter, and frame while ancient 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 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!

I am thankful that through scanning, I can share my Kodachrome 64 slides that held up pretty well for being preserved over 3 decades! 

After a break from railroad life from about 1988 – 2011 raising a family in an area without any local trains, I’ve been able to begin again capturing some CSX operations near Atlanta.   I hope my contributions add to the many great railroad memories past and present provided by the terrific photographers at RRPictureArchives.  Together, we continue to celebrate the power, color, sound, and grit of modern railroading.

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: 8,100
Locomotives:  2,901
Rolling Stock:  670
Locations:  85
What's New?
New Photo Albums
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
Then and Now: GM50 in '78, CSX GP40-2 6063 in 2017
   -Added 3/17/2018 8:43:57 PM
Coal on the move at Palmetto, GA
   -Added 3/17/2018 7:48:52 AM
Southern Railway E-8's join the NJDOT fleet
   -Added 3/11/2018 7:34:09 AM
Doublestacks and mixed freight at Fairburn.
   -Added 3/4/2018 11:34:27 AM
An SD70AC leads 3 C40-8W’s including Monon Heritage
   -Added 3/4/2018 8:34:57 AM
After locals return, C40-8, SD50-2 duo head out of Fairburn
   -Added 3/3/2018 9:40:38 AM
2018: Old EMD’s and road units work Fairburn yard
   -Added 2/26/2018 1:16:22 PM
CSX adds a GP38-2 assist to NB mixed freight at Union City, GA
   -Added 2/24/2018 11:38:52 AM
2018: EMD GP40-2’s handle the Union City, GA locals.
   -Added 2/24/2018 9:37:32 AM
EMD trios hustle Peachtree City, GA locals
   -Added 2/19/2018 7:49:35 AM
July afternoon action at Atlanta wye, Inman, and Tilford yards
   -Added 2/12/2018 10:05:40 AM
Late June afternoon CSX coal run in Fairburn, GA
   -Added 2/5/2018 6:19:59 AM
CSX trio runs coal late on a July day in Union City, GA
   -Added 2/4/2018 7:26:11 AM
CSX/UP trio run coal on a July Sunday morning
   -Added 2/3/2018 7:54:08 AM
Military load at Fairburn, GA
   -Added 2/3/2018 6:00:33 AM
Chasing CSX SD50-2 pair and doublestacks from Union City to Fairburn, GA
   -Added 1/29/2018 5:10:26 AM
2018: Old EMD 4-axles handle Fairburn, GA locals
   -Added 1/28/2018 7:01:43 AM
Eight unit lash up heads NB at Peachtree City and Tyrone, GA
   -Added 1/22/2018 6:26:54 PM
2015: Southern end Fairburn’s IM and local fleet
   -Added 1/8/2018 10:28:38 AM
Six units storm mixed frieght through Tyrone, GA
   -Added 12/10/2017 10:39:49 AM
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Updated Photo Albums
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
Downtown Philadelphia in Summer/Fall, 1976
   -Updated 3/24/2018 6:28:15 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
EMD trios hustle Peachtree City, GA locals
   -Updated 3/18/2018 3:44:46 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
2018: Old EMD’s and road units work Fairburn yard
   -Updated 3/2/2018 11:25:40 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
A late afternoon meet on the former PRR Trenton Cutoff.
   -Updated 12/13/2017 5:20:23 PM
Amtrak GG1's and CR operations at Harrisburg in June, 1977
   -Updated 12/13/2017 4:55:10 PM
Conrail and Amtrak operations at Rockville Bridge in June, 1977
   -Updated 12/4/2017 6:38:38 AM
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