PA Trip 6/19/1999 #1 Garden State Central
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Allentown / Reading, PA 6/19/1999 #1

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The "Freds" and Joe went for a little trip to Allentown, PA to see how the new NS is doing with the old Conrail.  We were in for a pleasant surprise.  There was so much traffic, we saw trains everywhere we went (granted, some were being restored).

UP GP-60 5718 a
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UP motive power at the Bethlehem, PA Trailer/Van facility. What a find. Acording to the paint stencil on the long hood, the GP-60 was only painted the week before.
UP GP-60 5718 b
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Now a quick look at the shadow side. Lots of strange power in the new home of Norfolk Southern.The UP engine is a former SP GP60 and was just repainted on the 4th, a week before our trip. So it's a Western merger locomotive working on a eastern merger railroad.
UP GP-60 5718 w/Mike and Dave
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After talking to the Conrail crew, Mike (the UP fan) got permission to go up on the unit. I assume that this will be one of the next modeling projects for Mike. Needless to say, he was spent.
UP GP-60 5718 CR GP-40 3332
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Here they are...UP GP-60 #5718 and Norfolk Southern (ex-Conrail) GP-40 #3332 get ready to take another intermodal train out of Bethlehem, PA. Ah, the beginning of another successful Fred trip across Pennsylvania.
CR -8 5560, NS -8 9105 & 9181 at New St.
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Conrail wide cab Maybe SD60m or SD70 5560 leads a group of NS -8s 9105 & 9181 under the New Street bridge in Bethlehem, PA. The mixed freight is on its way to somewhere from Allentown yard.
CR -8 5560, NS -8 9105 & 9181 at Beth steel
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The same train passes by the remaining blast furnace of the Bethlehem Steel plant in Bethlehem, PA.
CR SD70 8312, NS 6504 near Allentown, PA
A different group of NS power leaves Allentown heading for Reading, PA.  Ex-Conrail GE Dash 840C 8312 leads NS 6504 SD-70 and another -8.

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