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Top photos from December 21st, 2007

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December 21st, 2007

We started out in Oneida and headed straight for Reber Rd outside Rome in the community of Stanwix, New York to watch CSX trains while waiting for the daily run of the Mohawk, Adirondack, and Northern. It came after a couple of hours and we spent a few minutes chasing it in Rome after spending a lot more minutes trying to find it again. After that we returned briefly to Reber Rd., found the tracks dead, and proceeded to Utica. We went to see the NYSW dead line but found it completely obstructed by a long cut of high gons. We went back to the Amtrak station and shot a considerable rush, punctuated by the return of the MWHA with its lone C424 and 5 cars.

Stanwix, New York

Stanwix is the home of Reber Rd, a decent spot to sit and watch the CSX line between Utica and Rome. The Mohawk, Adirondack, and Northern runs over the CSX from Utica to Rome by this point.

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Westbound stack train CSXT Q159 is preempted by eastbound AMTK P280 as we start our day at Reber Rd.

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CSXT Q115 crosses Reber Rd.

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CSXT K683 westbound ethanol train crosses Reber Rd near Rome.

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CSXT Q381 with an SD40-2 leading a pack of newer power passes westbound over Reber Rd.

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CSXT E828 empty coal drag heads back for more.

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CSXT Q163 stack train crosses Reber Rd.

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CSXT Q390 crosses Reber Rd.

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MHWA UTR-0/CSXT Z343 - It is the sweet sound of an Alco as MHWA 2456 crosses Reber Rd on its way to Rome.

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Rome, New York

Rome is between Oneida and Utica on the CSX. Its industrial tracks are serviced by the Mohawk, Adirondack, and Northern.

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Mohawk, Adirondack and Northern 2456, an ex-BC Rail C425, street runs over a bridge to the sound of church bells.

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Stanwix, New York

Stanwix is the home of Reber Rd, a decent spot to sit and watch the CSX line between Utica and Rome. The Mohawk, Adirondack, and Northern runs over the CSX from Utica to Rome by this point.

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Amtrak 63 heads for Canada.

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Two CSX SD40-2s power an eastbound manifest freight in the day's only brief moment of sunshine.

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Utica, New York

(map) Utica is the home of the New York, Susquehanna, and Western Railway shops, a scenic railway, the CSX, and at least one more shortline operator, situated about an hour West of Albany.

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CSXT Q109 heads west through Utica Amtrak station.

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A westbound CSX rack train passes Utica station.

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CSXT Q366 passes Utica station.

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CSXT Q157 passes Utica station.

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CSXT Q165 heads west through Utica.

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Amtrak 48 enters Utica station followed shortly by Mohawk, Adirondack, and Northern's Rome job's return to the yard.

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