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December 22nd, 2007
Matt came down from New Jersey to meet us in Amsterdam. We shot several CSX and Amtrak trains there before heading down to Rotterdam Junction to see if Guilford was around. It wasn't, and we headed south to Delanson on the D&H to see what was happening there. On arrival we found a small Kia high-centred on an uncleared road and proceeded to spend the next few minutes using our winter gear and Matt's tow hook to remove the vehicle. Much to the entertainment of all concerned, Matt's Pt Cruiser saved the day. We then shot DH 931 - a CN run-through train with NS power - and NS 169 meeting before heading off to an unpronounceable town a few miles away to try and track down a mysterious new shortline that appeared at Delanson six days earlier.
Amsterdam, New York
Amsterdam is on the outskirts of the Albany area to the west where the CSX and Amtrak lines fork to enter the state capital region.
CSXT Q113 westbound stack train passes the Amtrak station in Amsterdam.
CSXT Q118 eastbound stack train crosses the detector in Amsterdam.
CSXT Q157 stack train crosses the detector at Amsterdam.
AMTK #280 heads toward Albany.
CSXT Q279 passes with a long cut of Auto-Max cars.
AMTK #63 comes to a stop at Amsterdam station on its way to Canada.
Delanson, New York
Delanson is on the Delaware and Hudson a few miles to the south-west of Albany. It's also the junction point for an obscure new shortline.
D&H/NS #169 pulls into Delanson siding to meet 931.
D&H/CN-runthrough #931 passes NS/D&H 169 at Delanson siding.
Voorheesville, New York
Voorheesville is the other end of a short line on the old Delaware and Hudson Albany line where it junctions with the CSX. It's also the site of a large food terminal and is close to CSX Selkirk yard.
A CSX manifest freight pulls out of Selkirk yard heading west.
CSXT Q090, the highest priority freight in the country, passes moments after dropping off its fresh food train at the nearby food terminal.
A pair of BNSF units lead a westbound manifest freight.