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Alan Page's Collection
 
7/26/2017
 
 
 
 
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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: 6,544
Locomotives:  2,534
Rolling Stock:  501
Locations:  81
What's New?
New Photo Albums
Northbound mixed freight at the CSX overpass
   -Added 7/23/2017 7:49:23 AM
Trouble at the Mallory Road crossing!
   -Added 7/17/2017 3:13:02 PM
Light engine moves through Union City, Fairburn, and Palmetto.
   -Added 7/9/2017 12:24:23 PM
GP40-2 vs GP40-3
   -Added 7/9/2017 6:34:11 AM
EMD pair holds at Fairburn
   -Added 7/5/2017 7:10:42 AM
2017: Old EMD 4-axles handle Fairburn, GA locals
   -Added 7/3/2017 7:31:19 AM
Doublestacks at Red Oak, GA
   -Added 6/25/2017 5:36:00 PM
CSX 999 leads mixed freight at Red Oak, GA
   -Added 6/25/2017 5:30:04 PM
Autoracks and an HLCX assist at Red Oak, GA
   -Added 6/25/2017 7:26:52 AM
A sad day at Elizabethport, NJ
   -Added 6/23/2017 6:34:51 PM
Between assignments at Pitcairn, PA in October, 1977.
   -Added 6/21/2017 4:43:26 PM
Frigid December days at Selkirk
   -Added 6/21/2017 8:25:50 AM
Waiting at Palmetto, GA
   -Added 6/20/2017 6:45:06 AM
A busy Sunday morning in Peachtree City
   -Added 6/20/2017 5:41:43 AM
Stack train meet, and CSX AC44CW low number operations.
   -Added 6/19/2017 6:58:20 AM
On the move from Palmetto to Union City, GA
   -Added 6/12/2017 6:28:53 AM
UP trio rolls covered hoppers through Tyrone, GA
   -Added 6/5/2017 11:05:37 AM
CREX assist in Union City
   -Added 6/4/2017 12:09:54 PM
Afternoon meet in Palmetto
   -Added 6/3/2017 11:22:28 AM
Monon Heritage with CREX and BNSF roll southbound at Union City
   -Added 6/3/2017 7:54:57 AM
A smoking SD40-3 assists coal empties in Palmetto, GA.
   -Added 6/1/2017 9:12:28 AM
A CSX C40-8W and HLCX SD40-2 tow an MP15T with mixed freight. Pt II
   -Added 6/1/2017 6:28:19 AM
A CSX C40-8W and HLCX SD40-2 tow an MP15T with their mixed freight.
   -Added 5/30/2017 2:02:39 PM
Southbound double-stacks out of Red Oak, GA
   -Added 5/28/2017 5:12:59 PM
PRR Varnish
   -Added 5/27/2017 7:54:02 PM
Southbound covered hoppers out of Red Oak, GA
   -Added 5/27/2017 6:00:04 PM
2017: EMD GP40-2’s handle the Union City, GA locals.
   -Added 5/27/2017 4:11:23 PM
CSX Diversity in Motion 699 leading double-stacks at Palmetto, GA
   -Added 5/22/2017 8:58:08 AM
Alco on the move!
   -Added 5/21/2017 8:53:34 AM
Erie Lackawanna MU's at Maplewood, NJ
   -Added 4/24/2017 11:54:01 AM
A CSX oil train gets CN help through Fairburn, GA
   -Added 4/24/2017 7:31:12 AM
Doublestack GE/EMD teamwork
   -Added 4/23/2017 9:52:18 AM
CSX AC44CW 422 Cab views
   -Added 4/17/2017 5:39:55 PM
PRR Steam Turbine
   -Added 4/15/2017 2:25:50 PM
Southern's 2-10-4 610 in the Summer of 1977
   -Added 4/15/2017 2:07:24 PM
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Updated Photo Albums
Amtrak GG1's and CR operations at Harrisburg in June, 1977
   -Updated 7/24/2017 5:52:35 AM
2016: CSX’s Fairburn sorting yard remains all EMD
   -Updated 7/23/2017 6:39:13 AM
2015: Old EMD 4-axles handled Union City, GA locals.
   -Updated 7/22/2017 7:35:19 AM
Stack train meet, and CSX AC44CW low number operations.
   -Updated 7/10/2017 5:49:03 PM
2016: Old EMD 4-axles handle Fairburn, GA locals
   -Updated 7/10/2017 5:14:09 PM
2017: Old EMD 4-axles handle Fairburn, GA locals
   -Updated 7/10/2017 9:25:45 AM
2017: CSX’s Fairburn sorting yard no longer all EMD
   -Updated 7/9/2017 12:15:59 PM
GECX, CEFX, and CREX visitors at Fairburn
   -Updated 7/9/2017 12:04:52 PM
2017: EMD GP40-2’s handle the Union City, GA locals.
   -Updated 7/7/2017 5:30:33 PM
CSX AC44CW 422 Cab views
   -Updated 7/5/2017 7:51:40 AM
PRR steam, diesel, and electrics at Strasburg on July 4, 1977
   -Updated 6/10/2017 5:58:33 AM
E-units and GG1's at Harrisburg in July, 1977
   -Updated 6/10/2017 5:53:10 AM
Conrail's Juniata shops graveyard.
   -Updated 6/5/2017 11:49:12 AM
2015: EMD 4-axles and a few B40-8’s handled Fairburn, GA locals.
   -Updated 5/29/2017 11:32:46 AM
Mixed freight, stacks, and Tropicana reefers come to Union City
   -Updated 5/28/2017 7:11:17 AM
Where the old EMD workhorses go.
   -Updated 5/14/2017 8:51:55 AM
The last days of Reading colors at Abrams yard. February, 1977.
   -Updated 4/23/2017 8:10:20 AM
2015: EMD 4-axles still rule the Peachtree City, GA locals
   -Updated 4/16/2017 6:40:10 PM
Last days of 4 tracks at Horseshoe Curve
   -Updated 4/15/2017 6:34:59 PM
On the move from Palmetto to Union City, GA
   -Updated 4/14/2017 9:12:00 AM
2015: CSX's Fairburn sorting yard remains all EMD.
   -Updated 3/6/2017 8:45:17 AM
Is 2016 the end for ex-CR SD50-2 Tyrone, GA ballast trains?
   -Updated 2/13/2017 1:06:17 PM
SD60i/SD50-2 pair rush autoracks past mixed freight in Peachtree City, Ga
   -Updated 2/12/2017 10:37:33 AM
CSX C40-8W’s and a B40-8 lead covered hoppers through PTC and Tyrone, GA.
   -Updated 1/16/2017 7:16:19 AM
Christmas to New Years slowdown in Fairburn
   -Updated 1/7/2017 11:26:25 AM
Then and Now: Enola yard 1977-83 vs 2014 Part II
   -Updated 12/26/2016 1:35:40 PM
C40-8W's shook off the quiet at PTC's Falcon Field in April.
   -Updated 12/24/2016 10:07:38 AM
2014: EMD 4-axles still rule the Peachtree City, GA locals
   -Updated 12/22/2016 7:11:00 AM
A GP40-led local holds at S.E. PTC, GA for a loaded Rail train.
   -Updated 12/11/2016 9:14:40 AM
EMD 4-axles still rule the Tyrone, GA locals.
   -Updated 12/10/2016 8:42:34 AM
Fightin' fifties and SD40-2's handle ballast chores in Tyrone, GA.
   -Updated 12/5/2016 5:04:54 PM
2014: CSX's Fairburn yard was all EMD, but for a visit from a pair of C40-8W’s
   -Updated 11/24/2016 7:35:54 AM
Busy morning at QN Tower in August, 1988
   -Updated 11/14/2016 11:47:20 AM
Quiet summer/fall mornings are broken by C40-8's in PTC, Ga.
   -Updated 11/7/2016 11:28:01 AM
CSX's Fairburn EMD stable was broken briefly by a UP ES44AC in Mar, 2014
   -Updated 11/5/2016 10:26:50 AM
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