It is an extreme rarity to find Amtrak's Dash-8 units leading the Pennsylvanian, and even more of a rarity to see them do 80 MPH under the wires! The first shot takes place out in the beautiful fields and farm lands at the base of Tuscarora mountain along the Norfolk Southern Pittsburgh Line. August 13, 2012, Amtrak 43, or 07T on NS, heads west with 513 as the sole unit. Unfortunately, the clouds rolled in, but it was still a nice treat to a massive photo-line who were trekking their way west for NKP 765. The next day, we see it return on the eastbound 42 at the Irishtown Road crossing between Gordonville and Ronks. Here, it reaches about 90 MPH, and, as is usual tradition if both trains are relatively on time, a perfect meet with the 43 with P42DC 190! This is where two cameras would have helped! Oh well, enjoy!!! Also, there are a few Keystone trains at the end as an added bonus for your entertainment!

Comments

    • The ASMR Commenter
      The ASMR Commenter

      Aren't active mainline are supposed to have concrete grade crossing? Not street pavement?

      about 1 month ago
    • Central Penn Rail Productions
      Central Penn Rail Productions In reply to The ASMR Commenter

      I don't know of any law anywhere that requires that, not in Pennsylvania at least.

      about 1 month ago
    • Kevin Williams
      Kevin Williams

      Shout out to the UPS driver for waiting safely and patiently behind the crossing gates for both trains.

      about 3 months ago
    • R711 6A fan- ARF multimedia
      R711 6A fan- ARF multimedia

      very impressed from australia

      about 6 months ago
    • Gaylene Morley
      Gaylene Morley

      I rode amtrak this past week to truckee california for five days then back to slc ut i love it amtrak is the best train ride to do

      about 6 months ago
    • some person
      some person

      :3

      about 1 year ago
    • Fardin Shahid's Toy Review
      Fardin Shahid's Toy Review

      These trains lead on 2 yards. Amtrak P32 #513 train leads coach class cars on Mexico, PA.

      about 1 year ago
    • Fardin Shahid's Toy Review
      Fardin Shahid's Toy Review In reply to Fardin Shahid's Toy Review

      Another amtrak P32 #513 train leads coach class cars at Irishtown, PA. AMTK P42DC #190 train leads coach class cars at Irishtown, PA during Keystone Corridor at storm. AMTK AEM-7 #944 train at Irishtown, PA leading coach class cars with a cab car ending. Amtrak cabc ar train leads coach class cars with a Amtrak AEM-7 #947 train ending at Witmer, PA under the highway bridge.

      about 1 year ago
    • Joshua Coley
      Joshua Coley

      That's amazing!!!

      about 1 year ago
    • rd3ster
      rd3ster

      Why is Amtrak using polluting diesel engines when that part of the system was built for clean ELECTRIC engines?

      about 1 year ago
    • Physeter macrocephalus
      Physeter macrocephalus In reply to rd3ster

      Most sources of electricity in the US also burn fossil fuels

      about 2 months ago
    • John McCardell
      John McCardell In reply to rd3ster

      ME MO not necessarily. Considering the price of diesel fluctuates it could be either or. And considering diesel locomotives can only go so fast before they run out of fuel, where as long as there is electricity an electric locomotive can run for as long as needed. For major transportation routes like the keystone and northeast corridor it is more beneficial to use electric power. Now the only reason that dash 8's and other motive power is used on the keystone corridor that's non electric is because it saves time, they don't need to swap power. Sometimes what they will do though is use one of each. Say a P42 and an ACS64. They will use the P42 until they're 'under the wires' so to speak. Then they'll switch to the ACS64. So really the efficiency part is in the electric powered locomotives.

      about 5 months ago
    • John McCardell
      John McCardell In reply to rd3ster

      Sarge_m16 that too

      about 7 months ago
    • Sarge_m16
      Sarge_m16 In reply to rd3ster

      Cause dash 8s are hot

      about 7 months ago
    • John McCardell
      John McCardell In reply to rd3ster

      rd3ster they were probably short in motive power. Which Is usually why it's there. Or if once it gets off the keystone where there no electrification they don't have to waste time with a power swap and just keep rolling.

      about 10 months ago
    • TheGamerTutorial Kiddo
      TheGamerTutorial Kiddo

      The Amtrak is the measuring part of the railroad tracks.

      about 1 year ago
    • TheGamerTutorial Kiddo
      TheGamerTutorial Kiddo In reply to TheGamerTutorial Kiddo

      The railroad tracks are kind of different then the difficult than amtrak trains.

      about 1 year ago
    • Dante Trainmaster
      Dante Trainmaster

      Amtrak should bring back the crossings for these reasons:
      1. Overpasses have weight restrictions and Underpasses have height restrictions, whereas grade crossings have NO restrictions.
      2. Grade crossing elimination on the line causes road users to make unnecessary detours because the streets get "interrupted" by the crossings. Thus, road users are forced to travel out-of-their-way, hither and yon just to reach their final destination.
      3. Overpasses and Underpasses can collapse easily, but crossings can't.

      about 1 year ago
    • John McCardell
      John McCardell In reply to Dante Trainmaster

      Dante Trainmaster and people are impatient and go around the gates. It’s more health and safety. Hell the septa section of the keystone corridor is mostly underpasses and it works fine. And also another point I’d like to mention. Some railroad crossings do have restrictions. For larger trucks and low riding vehicles. Referring to your first point. Also referring to point 3. If built well they’ll last for a long time.

      about 4 months ago
    • Dante Trainmaster
      Dante Trainmaster In reply to Dante Trainmaster

      +John McCardell That's why they are gated.

      about 4 months ago
    • John McCardell
      John McCardell In reply to Dante Trainmaster

      Dante Trainmaster ah but if some dumbass runs the crossing (like what happened a few months ago where a tractor was struck by an Amtrak train) there's major discussions and rule changed. Overpasses and underpasses are better cause it avoids roads.

      about 5 months ago
    • LiftedJeepTJ98
      LiftedJeepTJ98

      The Dash 8s and AEM-7s are now a thing of the past. Great video! Especially the meet of the two Pennsylvanian's at the grade crossing!!

      about 2 years ago
    • United Railfan
      United Railfan In reply to LiftedJeepTJ98

      LiftedJeepTJ98 dash 8s are still around. Not in Phase 4 paint, but in normal Phase 5 paint...you can find some

      about 1 year ago
    • A Guy Called Pi
      A Guy Called Pi

      Why do they sound their horns all the time?

      about 2 years ago
    • South Wye©️
      South Wye©️ In reply to A Guy Called Pi

      It is also for the crossings that are near by. Hope that answers your question

      about 1 year ago
    • Rambo Wørld
      Rambo Wørld In reply to A Guy Called Pi

      GrijzePilion Safety it's the law

      about 2 years ago
    • Bessemer & Lake Erie 902
      Bessemer & Lake Erie 902

      Nice! I caught one on the Lakeshore Limited yesterday!

      about 2 years ago
    • Don Conklin
      Don Conklin

      Nice rare catch!

      about 2 years ago
    • Arthur E LeClair
      Arthur E LeClair

      ,,,,thanks to a very talented photog,,,,.....

      about 3 years ago
    • Arthur E LeClair
      Arthur E LeClair

      ,,,,,luv the power of them loud trumpet horns....

      about 3 years ago
    • William Wadsworth
      William Wadsworth

      It's too bad they can't extend electrification to Pittsburg, then the Pennsylvanian could be electric all the way, and free up several diesels for other lines.

      about 4 years ago
    • Albert Carello
      Albert Carello In reply to William Wadsworth

      I wish they electrify entirely to Pittsburgh and beyond.

      about 11 days ago
    • Dante Trainmaster
      Dante Trainmaster In reply to William Wadsworth

      William Wadsworth That's what's left of PRR.

      about 7 months ago
    • Bobbie Shanks
      Bobbie Shanks

      about 5 years ago
    • Anthony Howard
      Anthony Howard

      wow that's a SLOW 80 or even 90 MPH...

      about 5 years ago
    • John McCardell
      John McCardell In reply to Anthony Howard

      Anthony Howard if they're slowing down (at the time of recording) it would either be for a railroad crossing or a curve. Now 80-90 is still pretty fast for a speed restriction.

      about 5 months ago
    • Vermont Railways
      Vermont Railways

      awesome video man!!

      about 5 years ago
    • SogekingSchofield503
      SogekingSchofield503

      Phase IV Livery matches the amfleets like a charm.

      about 5 years ago
    • Central Penn Rail Productions
      Central Penn Rail Productions

      Amtrak actually owns the Keystone Corridor. They dispatch it from Wilmington, DE. Norfolk Southern has trackage rights in this case.

      about 5 years ago
    • Sean
      Sean

      Amtrak doesn't own its own tracks, instead they use tracks owned by the Local Railroad companies; In this case, NS or CSX owns these tracks.

      about 5 years ago
    • Dante Trainmaster
      Dante Trainmaster In reply to Sean

      Sean Yes. They do.

      about 7 months ago
    • ploopy523
      ploopy523 In reply to Sean

      They own some tracks

      about 2 years ago
    • Douglas DeNunzio
      Douglas DeNunzio

      that is quite cool for the engineer to drive

      about 5 years ago
    • Douglas DeNunzio
      Douglas DeNunzio

      the dash 8 has a high interval radius however

      about 5 years ago
    • Nicolas LD
      Nicolas LD

      It seems like a P-32 is leading the Pennsylvanian almost all the time now...

      about 5 years ago
    • Amtrak706
      Amtrak706

      513 has a way better horn than 512! Saw 512 on the Pennsylvanian exactly 2 weeks ago.

      about 6 years ago
    • Central Penn Rail Productions
      Central Penn Rail Productions

      Norfolk Southern runs some local traffic along this line. It's jointly owned, but Amtrak dispatches the route so they have priority over train movements.

      about 6 years ago
    • Gradeau
      Gradeau

      Is this line used only by Amtrak, or do they share it with a freight-carrying railroad like CSX or NS? Awesome video, by the way!

      about 6 years ago
    • SJRailroader31
      SJRailroader31

      I just caught 512 on the Pennsylvanian about 2 weeks ago!

      about 6 years ago