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FRANK JOLIN Heritage Dome Makes Autumn Runs


AMTRAK’S GREAT DOME OCEAN VIEW, accompanied by P42DC No. 145 in matching Phase III heritage paint, made its customary every- other-day runs on the Adirondack between Albany and Montreal in Sep- tember and early October, 2011. Here southbound train 68 is shown on


Canadian Pacific trackage passing the Red Rocks high above Lake Cham- plain’s Willsboro Bay on September 25, 2011. The dome is scheduled to op- erate between Chicago and Washington, D.C., on the Cardinal, eastbound on October 29 and November 5, and westbound on November 4 and 11.


Delaware-Lackawanna


SLATEFORD INTERCHANGE REOPENS: Delaware-Lackawanna's interchange with Norfolk Southern at Slateford Junction, Penn., was reopened on September 17, 2011, after re- pairs had been completed on Bell’s Bridge over Brodhead Creek near Delaware Water Gap, Penn. The bridge was closed on February 11 after engineers found significant structural degradation apparently caused by salty runoff from Interstate 80, which passes over the span. The closure isolated the Rock-Tenn paper mill, located east of the bridge, from the rest of the D-L system. While the bridge was closed, Rock-Tenn was serviced by a crew using a Trackmobile out of Slateford Junction, while cars for the rest of the D-L were tem- porarily interchanged at Scranton.


Electro-Motive Diesel MICHAEL T. BURKHART East Penn Leases Snazzy EMD’s


EAST PENN RAILROAD has recently taken delivery of GMTX GP38-2s 2173 and 2179, shown on September 25 at Embreeville, Penn. The former Belt Railway of Chicago 495 and 491 will be used on the Octoraro branch along with the three ex-Susquehanna GP18s, while the GE units that had been used on this line will be dispersed to other East Penn operations. GMTX has re- cently started painting some of its units in the colors of the leasing railroad. Other examples in- clude Winchester & Western/GMTX GP38-2s 2182 and 2196.


30 DECEMBER 2011 • RAILFAN.COM


TO BUILD PASSENGER PROTOTYPE: Electro-Motive Diesel plans to build a passen- ger locomotive demonstrator which will hit the rails in 2014. Few details are known, but it will be a four-axle, streamlined unit capable of 125-m.p.h. operation powered by Caterpil- lar engines which will meet EPA Tier 4 emis- sions standards. The company also showed an updated Tier 4-compliant SD70ACe freight lo- comotive at the recent Railway Supply Insti- tute show in Minneapolis.


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