& Pittsburgh Subdivisions
|Hyndman Tower locates at Hyndman, PA (just north of
the Maryland border) on CSXT's busy Keystone Subdivision.
The Keystone Sub runs from Cumberland, MD to near
McKeesport, PA. This line is noted for extensive helper
operations on both sides of the summit at Sand Patch.
Hyndman Tower is the base of helper operations on the
east slope of the Sand Patch Grade. Hyndman Tower was
slated to be closed in the early part of 1997, but was
saved (temporarily) by the impending CSX/NS & CR
massacre. Eastbound autorack R376-25 passes by Q Tower on
October 25, 1991.
||A bonus find on the morning of October 26, 1991: One
half of CSX's business train fleet behind westbound
R377-26 at Hyndman. Pete McGilligan and I chased this
train from Magnolia Bridge through Cumberland to
Hyndman... CSX 116 (F7A) and CSX 119 (FP7B) are
ex-Clinchfield units, serving on Clinchfield, Seaboard
System, and CSXT business trains.
|This is the best way to view the Sand Patch
grade - from the cab of Sand Patch helpers! We pushed
R135 up the hill from Hyndman to Sand Patch, with three
SD60's as pushers. We ran down the hill light back to
Hyndman, passing many trains and sights on the way. This
was by far the best day I have ever had railfanning!
|The last day of our trip in the fall of 1991 wasn't
the best: Train R356-26 derailed at Falls Cut Tunnel in
the morning of October 27, 1991. The train is shown at
Fairhope, stopped and awaiting the wreck train. Falls Cut
Tunnel is about 30-50 cars behind the power. Several TTX
flatcars jacknifed, blocking both tracks for most of the
day; prompting us to go home.
||At the summit of the Alleghenies, R397-25 heads west
past SA Tower at Sand Patch, PA. This train was powered
by a pair of now-common GE C40-8W's on October 25, 1991.
|Taken from the Western Maryland's Salisbury Viaduct,
R396-24 heads eastbound with its auto parts train towards
the summit at Sand Patch. Most of the once-parallel WM
main was abandoned once Chessie merged with the WM in the
||On a beautiful October morning, a CSXT work crew
heads out onto the main at Garrett, Pennsylvania on the
ex-Baltimore and Ohio Sand Patch grade. Although M of W
crews are generally a bad sign, we had a productive day
on Sand Patch this day. The branch line from which the M
of W crews departed is the now-abandoned Berlin
|A little later, we caught eastbound R356-24 passing
under a street overpass at Garrett. Although most power
has been repainted into the CSX "Bright Future"
livery, colorful consists like this are not hard to find
on CSX now with leased units from Helm, GATX, and others
roaming the system.
||Telegraph pole insulators on a frosty fall morning...
taken from the WM overpass at Rockwood, PA.
|On May 13, 1998 Q136-12 passed the
"Approach" boards at Shaner, PA on the Keystone
Sub. Shaner is on the north end of the Youghiogheny
River, several miles from McKeesport. From McKeesport
north, this line is considered the Pittsburgh
Subdivision. CSXT 5897, a B36-7, let another B36-7 and an
SD50 eastward on it's journey to Philadelphia.
|US Steel's Edgar Thomson Works, in Braddock PA
is one of the largest rail customers in the Monongahela
Valley. Located along CSXT's Pittsburgh Sub, a lot of
steel-related activity can be observed from the Army
Corps of Engineers dam behind the ET Works.
Here, USX ET-2, former P&LE SW1500 1564, shoves a few
bottle cars up to the blast furnace on January 20, 2002.
||The Pittsburgh Sub runs from Sinns, near McKeesport,
to New Castle, PA on former Pittsburgh & Lake Erie
trackage. CSX purchased the P&LE in the early 1990's
to bypass the hilly and more difficult P&W Sub (from
Glenwood to New Castle via Eidenau). CSX Q137-11 is about
to pass the former P&LE Pittsburgh Station at 16:21
on October 11, 1997 behind 8553, 8578, and 8218 (2
SD50's, SD40-2). CSX also owns former P&LE trackage
running from McKeesport south along the Mon Valley to
access numerous coal mines in the area.
|A CSXT local heads west along the Monongahela River
on the former Pittsburgh and Lake Erie mainline. This
photo was taken from the Duquesne Incline on Mount
Washington, overlooking Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
This page was created and maintained by J. Alex Lang, © 1998.
Last updated July 7, 1998