Norfolk Southern’s camp train visits Northampton.

NS’s camp train set up to house the crew working preparing the Connecticut River line for Amtrak service.

After years of discussion and planning and more discussion and criticism and a bit of arguing and yet more discussion followed by what amounted to only a few months worth of work (spread out over a number of those years) Pan Am’s Connecticut River Line is almost ready for it’s first revenue passenger run in 25 years.  The work peaked in July when Norfolk Southern’s camp train and a small army of track workers arrived.The camp train which consisted of a number of flat cars with bunk modules, generators and other miscellaneous structures, a dining car: The Spirit of Tim Drake, and at least one elderly boxcar that appeared to be used for storage.  Pan Am spotted the train just north of downtown Northampton, presumably because that was the most centrally located siding with vehicle access.  This being Northampton, the train elicited a good deal of local attention (ire,) because people here like to eat their cake but don’t want to see, hear or smell it baking.

– Chris

2 Replies to “Norfolk Southern’s camp train visits Northampton.”

  1. Great that you got to cover this some. As a railroader and writer, this inspires me to write about the good ol’ days spent on the track, especially now that I’m office-bound.


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