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The Ramble: 4.18.11

Altoona,PA– The last several times I’ve come down to this Central PA town,  it was to visit the rail lines running through here. The place is famous for “Horseshoe Curve [1], and it’s true this is the biggest attraction for railfans in the east. This time, I actually have freight.  Arrived here early this morning. Not a bad trip, really. A fairly short hop of around 6 hours from the home base. Rain and a little snow mixed in, in the upper elevations. Typical spring… A spring which is coming on fast, by the way.  I note with no small amount of pleasure, the forsythia and willow trees are already blooming along with the various fruit trees, down in Southern New Jersey.My home, up in Rochester can’t be far behind.