in the street

in the street

CSX Train on a Street in Elizabeth, PA

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To the average layman who doesn't pay attention to America's vast and intricate rail network, they may not realize that there are dozens of places in the United States where trains roll down streets, that at one time were mere dirt or cobblestone paths for horse-drawn carriages. Over time, houses settles around these busy streets that often served as transportation nodes where passengers boarded trains to head to work in various industries and mills. There are various towns in this region that host trains running in the street, such as West Brownsville, PA, Tyrone, PA, Ashland, Va, or La Grange, KY, all of which seem to make a grand focus of having a main street with trains running on them, but Elizabeth seems to have turned its back to this section of railroad, with mostly garages or solid brick facades with no gaze on the tracks. Regardless, seeing a train run down the street—simply known as "Street Running" to train buffs—is an uncommon sight for most people, but one that excites and draws rail fans from all over the region, and sometimes across the country. The train here is CSX D768 local, returning north on the Mon Subdivision on December 15, 2014, with a short train of cars from Monessen, powered by locomotive set CSX GP40-2 6966 and CSX Road Slug 2366. The Road Slug is a locomotive that has been converted as a set of traction motors that are powered by the mated locomotive, in this case, the CSX 6966; therefore, there is no actual prime mover in the 2366. Many coal trains also pass through this town on a daily basis, making it a fairly busy street for trains. Thanks for Watching!!!