Empty coal train UFS-709 crawls under the classic Pennsylvania Railroad
position light signals at McElhattan, PA. UFS is an empty coal train from
Pennsylvania Power & Light's Montour generating station at Strawberry
Ridge, located on the Watsontown Secondary. Many trains on the Buffalo
Line are assigned SD40-2's as power, UFS is no different with 6399, 6402,
and 6404. This UFS is headed north to Keating, where it will deliver it's
empties to R.J. Corman, to be reloaded somewhere in the Clearfield area.
Approximately half of the coal destined to Strawberry Ridge is via
Keating from R.J. Corman.
Trains on the Buffalo Line are often easy to chase. We caught UFS at Lock
Haven, PA - five miles west of McElhattan. UFS posed alongside Nittany &
Bald Eagle GP-8 #1601. NBER owns most of Lock Haven yard, which is the
north end of NBER's operation. Nittany and Bald Eagle runs
southward to Tyrone on CR's Pittsburgh Line. The NBER handles the other
half of Strawberry Ridge coal, which originates on the
former Monongahela Railroad, and travels via the Pittsburgh Line to Tyrone.
From Tyrone to Lock Haven, loaded UFS trains operate under Conrail
trackage rights over NBER; from Lock Haven they run
southward on the Buffalo Line to Strawberry Ridge.
Once again, we caught UFS-709; this time at little Farrandsville, PA.
Farrandsville is the site of a few old houses and a Dragging Equipment
Detector. Just south of here is the Queen's Run Bridge, an impressive
truss bridge crossing the Susquehanna River.