On three consecutive days (July 5th-July 7th), my dad and I saw three special trains. The first two were heritage units, but the third train was the crown of the railroad, the Norfolk Southern Office Car Special, running with all four locomotives and fourteen cars. Pictures, videos, and more in depth descriptions are below. Enjoy!
A mixed freight came while waiting for the Conrail heritage unit in Larimer, PA. In the lead was an SD80MAC. Conrail was the only railroad to purchase SD80MAC units and although they were split between NS and CSX at the demise of Conrail, they have recently been reunited on NS after a trade with CSX.
Triple Crown Services was a joint venture between Conrail and Norfolk Southern, utilizing the idea of eliminating flatcars from intermodal trains and just having the specially-equipped trailers ride on trucks to reduce weight. The service is now wholly-owned by NS. This trailer with mismatched panels has seen better days.
The Office Car Special came through in all its glory with the sun cooperating for a perfect photo! The train was coming east from Chicago and had stopped in Cleveland the night before. The train only had three locomotives going to Chicago and back to Cleveland, but one of the B units was sent west from Altoona the night before to be added. Executives get what they want I guess! As it passed, the lead unit had a few extra people in it and had the side doors open.
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