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Pennsylvania Train Picture Gallery

This picture gallery follows the operation of two railroads in Pennsylvania as they fight to get up and over the Alleghany Mountains. The first is the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad from near Cumberland, Maryland up the grade to Sand Patch. The second is Conrail, former Pennsylvania Railroad, up and around the Horseshoe Curve to get to Gallitzin.

B&O helpers leaving Hyndman, PA

After getting off the submarine, I was assigned to the Guided Missile School at Dam Neck, five miles south of Virginia Beach, VA. I was part of the navigation system maintenance team that kept all of the equipment functional. It was pretty good duty working roughly a 40 hour work week plus security duty (overnight or all day on the weekends) once or twice a month.

Occasionally, I would get called at home in the middle of the night when a training lab was experiencing problems. Sometimes I could fix the problem in less than an hour. I would then camp out in the bunk room in the training building and hope that the system wouldn't give any other problems. If it did, I would be close by and someone in the lab would be sent up to the bunk room to ruin my sleep again. Sometimes I got a good nights sleep and the next day off from work. If the weather was nice, I'd go train chasing. Several times the calls came on Thursday night and I would get a three day weekend. The train chasing trips into Pennsylvania before leaving the Navy at the end of 1976 were the result of those odd times when I got one of those three day weekends with the promise of good weather.


Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Sand Patch Grade

B&O Timetable
Hyndman, PA
Falls Cut Tunnel
Sand Patch

Pennsylvania Railroad Picture Index

Pennsylvania Railroad (Conrail) Horseshoe Curve

Horseshoe Curve

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