Do you have any idea how many long trains roll by every day?
How many of you know about the live train cameras located right next to the tracks at the Lake Shore Railway museum in North East? If you live or work here, you’re aware of how many trains we have every day, easily 50, often far more. There are double CSX tracks and a single Norfolk Southern track with all manner of freight on trains that are often well over 100 cars long. Amtrak passenger trains are also in the mix.
Railfans often wait by the tracks at the museum to watch the trains go by, but they don’t have to and neither do you, just check out the live stream from the comfort of wherever you are.
Tank cars, probably more than you realize
It can be pretty interesting and thought provoking, especially when you see the trains that are nothing but tank cars filled with oil, a virtual pipeline of oil. Other trains might have 10 or 20 tanks cars of various chemicals mixed in between all sorts of cargo. Trains are great for moving freight, but oil, especially, is perfect for moving in pipelines and the recent chemical spill in Ohio makes an even stronger case for moving oil and other chemicals in pipelines wherever possible and it underscores the need for every community to have well trained personnel who can handle a major chemical spill from trains like these should it occur, something our municipal and county officials need to be prepared for.
All trains are not the same
There’s a lot more variety in the trains passing by than you might think, railroads share locomotive power and you will see not only CSX and Norfolk Southern locomotives, but Union Pacific, BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe), Canadian Pacific and Canadian National as well, in paint schemes old and new and occasionally you’ll see a locomotive with special commemorative paint, flatcars filled with unusual cargo like military equipment or some other very large industrial machinery and there’s even the rare sight of a passing steam locomotive, you just never know.
If you’ve ever been curious about what’s going through North East every day, and maybe you should be, take a look sometime at the live cameras. You might be surprised.