Birthday In Erie

July 26th

Today looks much better than the other two, sunny and hot with high near 80F. Headed to the tracks and caught the AMTRAK #84 Lakeshore Limited and everything seemed fine. I will really not know until I get home and work on the videos and photos. Met a engineer from GE who is also a railfan and we exchanged business cars so now have a contact there who can keep me up to date. He let me know the locomotives I saw are going to Angola, not Australia and would be interchanged with NS before heading west.

5459 Harborcreek PA July 26 2017 Us humans are never happy as Monday I was complaining about how cool it was and today a sudden change of low 80’s and about 30% humidity. Of course if I had to choose one it would be todays temp. Parked under a tree right next to the NS line but can also see the CSX lines so life is good. Had planned to head to North East but will hit that tomorrow as I start to head east and home.

Weather looks good so staying till Friday in Erie


Today started out as a continuation of yesterday, dark and cloudy, cool and possible rain. I probably should have stayed home as even tomorrow they are now calling for cloudy weather.

Got up early at 6 am and checked AMTRAK and saw it was running late and would be in Erie around 7:30 so headed trackside even though there were drops of rain falling. I figured I could at least see it if not get a shot of it. Rain stopped and skies brightened slightly as it approached. Turned on the video camera and had two DSLR’s ready as my new one was acting up and having focus issues. Leading was an AMTRAK anniversary unit with two other locomotives. Took shots with both cameras and figured the video should be great. I noticed the video camera would not turn off and tried everything and had to remove the battery to turn it off. Then when I checked the video it say could not read that format. Tried putting in my notebook computer but they did
not even show. At least I managed a couple good photos.

Got out the old video camera and did some video with it. I will check them back at the motel. The new one was going out of focus and now I think maybe it was the SD card creating the problem. I switched cards and will see if the issue is gone. I usually bring everything with me from the motel but I am staying in the same one in Erie so left my laptop there. I have some recovery software on it but not holding out much hope of recovering the video. 

Skies are still cloudy but a bit brighter so maybe can salvage some of today.

No GE locomotive to see and nothing seems to be running on the test track.

Off to North East where I know there are locomotives, not running but at least waiting for me. Starting to get hot now and sure enough my shorts are in the motel 20 miles away, perfect. 

At North East found the museum closed but did get some photos of me and the C&O unit. I now know why there seems to be less trains running
on CSX as the ones that do come by are all at least 10,000 it seems. Maybe it has something to do with their new pres. Harrison Hunter. 

Weather sure it not what was forecast but at least a few sunny breaks but as soon as a train gets near they run away and hide and big blacks ones take their place. Guess it goes with the luck I have been having on this trip.

Tomorrow forecast is partly sunny but high around 80C. I will see if any of those high paid forecasters actually get one of 3 right.

Back to Erie and finally something good happened. I cruised by the GE plan for the 4th time and this time luck was with me as I caught the Erie Railway Company (GE;s own) moving flatcars full of 3 axle trucks.I figured if the trucks (wheels to non railway types) maybe the locomotives would be around. Drove to Franklin Street Bridge and walked out onto the bridge. Timing was perfect as they were moving thirteen (lucky this time) new locomotives I think headed to Australia
on flatcars. Hopefully have lots of great photos and video. This made up for the previous 36 hours of getting skunked.

Also stopped and took some new photos with my girlfriend at North east. 

North East PA July 25 2017

It Sucks


What a bust this trip is so far. Yesterday was a write off with rain, wind and dark low clouds. Today was forecast to be sunny but looks like a repeat of yesterday, Getting out the long pants but but long sleeve shirts. Almost turned on the heater last night. What makes it worse is next week is forecast wall to wall sunshine. Heading out to catch the AMTRAK but doubt I will get any decent shots as skies are dark and it looks like night time. 😦 Guess will have to make the best of it. Just went outside and light rain, dark and gloomy and I think long pants will be the choice of leg wear. I will have to go to the second hand store and grab a sweater. I can’t believe my luck this year or lack of it.

Heading to Erie

I could not decide if I would go or not. Weather called for clouds and rain Monday and Thursday on one weather station, sunny on another. Decided to go and this morning it is dull and overcast. Hopefully will clear but the time I get to the USA. I wonder with the new rules for Canadians entering the USA what the wait time will be?

Rest of the week calls for mostly sunny skies but what do they know? I have stayed home and it was sunny, have gone and it rained and even snowed.

Just go and make the best of it. Have a great day.


Rude People

Why is that people think holiday are 3 days long? There are a couple of rude people here in Beachville who think every holiday they can blast off fireworks all three nights till all hours of the night. Last nights rain kept some inside but at 1 am one idiot figured now it had stopped it was a good time to set off as number of loud fireworks. Just RUDE. Then about 3 am two women decided to find out how far their voices carry at night and strolled by my bedroom window twice as if once was not enough. RUDE.


The world is getting to be such a “who cares about others” with people making all kinds of noise at all hours of the day and night without a single care if they were offending anybody. What happened to having consideration for others?

I don’t vacuum or make any loud noises until I am sure Bert next door is up or away. He does the same for me. That is how it is supposed to work.

I guess way too many people today don’t care and only think of themselves.