Thursday, December 13, 2012

SLRG 807 and 808

Two classic EMD E8As have made their way up to North Creek recently so let's take a look at them....


Here's SLRG 807 getting her Lackawanna Paint on April 21, 1990 in Dewitt, New York.  This unit, as well as her sister the 808 were property of The Central New York's NRHS.  This engine was originally built for the Pennsylvania Railroad in November of 1952 as E8A, number 5761.  It also did some work  for the MBTA (Boston Public Transit) as Number 4261.  
(PHOTO: Matt Gibbons)


Here's the 807 parked at the Amtrak/Saratoga & North Creek Railroad, Saratoga Springs Railroad Station awaiting her trip to North Creek.  
(Photo: Bradley Peterson Jr.)


807's side view in Saratoga Springs.  This photo was snapped on October 26th after they were moved from CPR's Saratoga Yard.  The 807 and her sister the 808 made their way up to North Creek on November 1st.  Currently they reside on the turntable-lead at North Creek.  
(Photo: Bradley Peterson Jr.)


Here are some interior shots of the 807...
(Photo: Bradley Peterson Jr.)


Looking North at Saratoga.  
(Photo: Bradley Peterson Jr.)


The 807's inards
(Photo: Bradley Peterson Jr.)


(Photo: Bradley Peterson Jr.)


Here is SLRG 808 at The Dewitt Amtrak Station in the 1990's.  This engine was also built by EMD in September of 1952 as Pennsylvania Railroad's E8A, number 5702.  It also sported black paint as Penn Central 4272.
(PHOTO: Matt Gibbons)


Here is the 808 hooked up to the 807 at Saratoga, October 26th, 2012.  It is rumored that the 808 will be the first to have work done to her.  
(Photo: Bradley Peterson Jr.)


Another fine shot!
(Photo: Bradley Peterson Jr.)


The Southward view from the 808's cab.  
(Photo: Bradley Peterson Jr.)


Interior shot of the 808.  
(Photo: Bradley Peterson Jr.)


SNC extra 8524 north at Grange road in Greenfield.  The guys put all the equipment together in Saratoga and ran to North Creek.  SLRG 518, SNC 52, SLRG 807 and 808 followed the 8524 with 2 C-1's and 2 domes.  
(Photo: Bradley Peterson Jr.)



The 52, 807 and 808 in the Extra's consist.  
(Photo: Bradley Peterson Jr.)

Not part of the EMD news, but here's a neat shot of SLRG 3005B At Saratoga Springs...


C-1 3005 at Saratoga on the regular passenger train.  We cut away and ran into the yard to wye the car and engines.  The car needed to be turned so it could be put in the engine house in North Creek for painting.  
(Photo: Bradley Peterson Jr.)

More SNC photos from the fall....


SLRG 518 set up for an extra run to Saratoga on October 5th to turn C-1  3005.  They never ran due to paperwork issues. 
(Photo: Bradley Peterson Jr.)



SLRG 515 on November 15th, before she went North from the D&H (CPR) yard in Saratoga.
(Photo: Bradley Peterson Jr.)


SNC 821 at Saratoga Springs after the run from North Creek. 
(Photo: Bradley Peterson Jr.)



SNC 821 at MP NC2/SL27 in September.  (Route 28) 
(Photo: Bradley Peterson Jr.)



SNC 821 at MP NC2/SL27 (Route 28) 
(Photo: Bradley Peterson Jr.)

Special Thanks to Matt Gibbons and Brad Peterson for sharing their photos of these fine engines....





Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Last Days Of The Palmer Branch

Chasing the D&H up the Adirondack Branch and over to Corinth/Palmer had always been one of my favorite things to do.  When I learned in 2001 that the IP Mill in Palmer was shutting down, I knew I had to get some end-of-the-branch photos.....


A quick trip to see the Station Master at Saratoga Yard told me when the 7304 was heading North.  In the days prior to 9/11, I drove into Saratoga Yard like it was a public-roadway.  After 9/11, it was like night and day!


Instead of starting down on Daniels Road, I set up shop at The Petrified Gardens Road in Greenfield.  I've always liked this spot and wanted a shot here!


There's a lot of real estate between Petrified Gardens Road and 9N in South Corinth.  At 15 mphs I waited a Looooooonnggggggg time!


It seemed like an eternity, but here's the 7304 crossing 9N on her way to the Junction with Palmer.


I'm one of those railfans who likes to take a photo of a train after she's passed me!  By the way, the caboose was used to push out of Palmer and back onto the Adirondack Runner at the junction.  The whistle on the caboose was used for several crossings in Corinth.



Here she comes, approaching the Main Street Crossing in Corinth!  Besides this crossing, there was also a crossing on Center Street and 9N.  I've always dreamed of having a home with a railroad right between mine and a neighbors house.  Living here would have been a dream!

  
Taking it slow across Main Street in Corinth.  The Palmer Branch left the Adirondack Runner near MP A.54 and headed to Corinth heading South.  The switch was on a run-a-round near the old Corinth Station and after crossing the bridge over West Mountain Road she headed towards Palmer.



I loved watching trains move down Palmer Street.  I'll bet it was fun for our guys in the cab.  In the background are Corinth Central Schools.


 Notice how our caboose is at the back of the train now.  When the train gets to the junction in Corinth, it moves to the back (front?) of the train for the trip to IP at Palmer.  At this point our train enters 'The Park.'


We've arrived at our destination at International Paper and the crew prepares to switch the plant.  At this point, we are beyond the gate inside the plant.  Was I supposed to stop at the gate and the guard who was waving to me???


Our engineer, Eric Rogers waits while the old-timers 'Pipe' and 'Sparky' check their paper-work.



Here's a view from the cab.  If you weren't on your toes there was a chance of sending a car to Spier Falls via the Hudson River.  Switching inside the plant was for skilled engineers.  It looked to me like it would have made a neat switching layout!


 Heading back out via the Canyon.  When the day is done and train returns to Saratoga Springs it will be long after 6 pm.





 Here's where I ran the gate.  I didn't know where I was going, maybe that's why the guard didn't come after me!  I'm still sad that the IP Mill is gone and I can't chase a train into Palmer.  The trains lasted until October and that's when the Mill finally shut down.  It took almost 10 years, but thank God that trains can be chased up the Adirondack Runner thanks to the Saratoga and North Creek Railroad.

All photos by Gino DiCarlo, May 15th, 2001.  






Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Saratoga & North Creek Railroad = Classic Lash-Ups!

One of my favorite rail photographers, and all-around nice guy is Arnold Mooney of Ontario, CA.  He loves coming down to the states to catch our rail action and he's been doing it for years.  He captured one of my favorites, The Fonda Johnstown & Gloversville as well as The Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley.  Go to http://ginosrailpage.com if you'd like to see some of Arnold's Upstate New York work.

OK, let's get back to business!  Like I was saying, Arnold was visiting the Saratoga & North Creek recently for a ride and he captured a nice lash-up that I know you'll enjoy...

Gino


E8 518 and BL-2 52  at the Saratoga Springs Station on September 10th, 2012...

(PHOTO: Arnold Mooney)


Everyone's favorite engine, IP-E8, 518 hangs out in the 518 at the Saratoga Springs Station...              

(PHOTO: Arnold Mooney)




Lookie here, our favorite ALCO Product, SNC 821 is seen switching at North Creek and takes a break to pose with the 518 and company...

(PHOTO: Arnold Mooney)


FLASHBACK: Bangor And Aroostook BL-2 52 sits at Northern Maine Jct, Maine on June 21st, 1981 

(PHOTO: Arnold Mooney)


Thanks Arnold!!!!!!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Saratoga And North Creek Railroad Inside and Out!

What's going on in North Creek and beyond!


(PHOTO: Bradley Peterson Jr.)
Saratoga And North Creek S-2, 821 gets some TLC in the North Creek Shop.


(PHOTO: Bradley Peterson Jr.)
Checking under the hood.

(PHOTO: Bradley Peterson Jr.)
Taking her out in the sunshine!

(PHOTO: Bradley Peterson Jr.)
The 821 takes a ride south the weekend of the 11th along with some friends.

(PHOTO: Bradley Peterson Jr.)
Due to a water-leak, the 821 needs some help getting back to North Creek.  Have no fear, the staff will have her out of the shop in no time!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Saratoga And North Creek 1001

Here's how former UHRR 101 looked for her trip to Barton Mines.  All photos by Bradley Peterson Jr...


PHOTO: Bradley Peterson Jr.

PHOTO: Bradley Peterson Jr.

PHOTO: Bradley Peterson Jr.




Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Freight Returns To The Adirondacks


The Saratoga & North Creek Railroad is ready to announce that the line between North Creek and Barton Mines is ready to open.  A ceremony is planned for August 8th with SNC 52 pulling VIPs and Media up the line with UHRR open car 107 and SNC Caboose 101, now with fresh red paint.  The ultimate goal of course is running to Tahawus Mines...

Here are some shots of the test run made on Monday, August 6th with former ALCO Demonstrator Number 5.  All photos courtesy of Bradley Peterson Jr.

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(PHOTO: Bradley Peterson Jr.)



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SNC 101 getting her new paint on July 26th. (PHOTO: Bradley Peterson Jr.)

The 101's interior.  (PHOTO: Bradley Peterson Jr.)


Fresh, painted trucks  (PHOTO: Bradley Peterson Jr.)


(PHOTO: Bradley Peterson Jr.)

What a beauty!!!  The new 101 posing at North Creek on July 31st.  New lettering to come!

(PHOTO: Bradley Peterson Jr.)

(PHOTO: Bradley Peterson Jr.)

What a great shot from North Creek!!!!