Stand Behind the Yellow Line

Railfanning in the Winter

Living in the northeast my whole life the winters can sometimes make it challenging to railfan. I thought it would be cool to come up with some alternatives to braving the cold winter weather. Nothing beats being outdoors seeing the trains pass you only feet away but sometimes it’s just too cold. Here are a […]

Clinton Railroad Tunnel

Exploring Clinton (MA) Railroad Tunnel

Since I launched the Forgotten Railroads blog series, I’ve been on the lookout for abandoned railroad related places and landmarks. A while back I learned about the abandoned Clinton Massachusetts Railroad Tunnel. Clinton is located in central Massachusetts just south of Worcester. The tunnel is located near the Wachusett Dam. The 1,100 foot tunnel saw […]

Railfanning Gallitzin, PA

Chasing Norfolk Southern 2017

This is my second trip to the Altoona area. So I thought it would be fun if I could get one of the twenty Norfolk Southern Heritage Units. So I downloaded the app. I started to check the app every so often to see if anything would be passing through Keystone Corridor over the […]

Railfanning Cassandra

Railfanning Cassandra, PA

Cassandra Railroad Overlook Most of the railfanning parks are in or near a downtowns, this park is at the end of dead end residential street. There is a small parking lot with a footbridge going across the three main line tracks the bridge takes railfans over to a park that has some benches and picnic […]

Railfanning Cresson, PA

Cresson Railroad Observation Platform This location is near the heart of Cresson. The platform gives you great views of trains going both east and westbound. I would highly recommend another spot across the street from The Station Inn, this location puts you at track level. There is a tunnel that goes under the tracks which […]

Railfanning Gallitzin, PA

Gallitzin, PA is located just west of the Horseshoe Curve. There is a railfanning spot located in downtown with a park overlooking the west portals of the Gallitzin & Allegheny Tunnels. Gallitzin Tunnel is also known as the “Summit” Tunnel it is 3,612 feet long, it was built in 1904 and closed in 1995. Allegheny […]

Railfanning Altoona

Railfanning Altoona, PA

Most people visiting the Altoona area it is for the the Horseshoe Curve, but there are so many other great location in and around Altoona for railfanning. In this blog series we will share some of the best railfanning locations in and around Altoona on the Keystone Corridor. Altoona, Pennsylvania A great location for watching […]

Horseshoe Curve

Visiting the Horseshoe Curve

If you’re a railfan the Horseshoe Curve is most likely on your bucket list. The 2,375 foot long curve was build around a lake, dam, three reservoirs in the Kittanning Run valley. The Keystone Corridor is Pennsylvania’s main line connecting the east coast to points west to Ohio and Indiana. Nearly 60 Norfolk Southern trains […]

Looking for abandoned railroads?

Looking for abandoned railroads just got a lot easier While doing research on the many railroad lines around New England, I have found that a whole bunch of them were abandoned around the 1930s. That means these right of ways been untouched for nearly 80 years. Some are easier to find because the rails and […]

Rail Explorers RI

Riding the Rails – Rhode Island Rail Explorers

Newport, Rhode Island sure is a happening place during the summer. Vacationers flood the city to such an extent that primetime June reservations at the most in-demand restaurants are best booked in the dead of winter. People come for the food and numerous other attractions, including the Newport and Narragansett Bay Railroad, which runs various […]