North Carolina State Capitol
CSX Raleigh Yard
NS Glenwood Yard
Former SAL Depot
Old SAL Turntable
GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C 919
Access by train/transit:
-- There are four Piedmont trains: #73, 74, 75, 76 (service between Raleigh and Burlington NC),
-- There is the Carolinian, #79 and 80 (thru service to Boston),
-- And there is the Silver Star, #91 and 92 (thru service to Boston),
-- Schedule is below, SB trains are odd numbered.
Raleigh is the capitol of North Carolina, and
you're not far away from it when you're at the Amtrak Station.
Raleigh is served by CSX, Norfolk Southern, and Amtrak.
Amtrak has three trains that service Raleigh,
two of which are co-sponsored by NCDOT... the Piedmont
and the Carolinian. The
Piedmont is a twice daily train between
Raleigh and Charlotte. Trains 73 and 75 are the southbounds, trains 74 and
76 are the northbounds. The Carolinian
runs between Charlotte and Boston MA, via Raleigh. Train 79 is the SB,
train 80 is the NB. The third train is the Silver
Star which runs between Boston MA and Jacksonville FL, train 91 is
the SB, 92 the NB.
The Boylan St overpass provides a good spot
for pictures at the wye, with morning and evening sun giving you good lighting
for EB's and WB's respectively.
Much of the action in town is Norfolk
Southern. Their main yard in town is Glenwood Yard, located across and on
the west side of the Capitol Blvd from the CSX yard.
Off of Halifax St and Seaboard Ave, is the ex
Seaboard Airline depot, which has housed a garden center for many a year, Logan
Trading Company. This is also one of the better place to get pictures of
the one end of the CSX yard, and the NCDOT equipment which is stored here.
If you take a right before the depot parking
lot onto Semart Dr, the road will take you down to where a small CSX office is,
and their engines along with the NCDOT stuff. The CSX folks there may be
kind enough to let you take pictures if you act properly.
While you're there, across Peace St, is the old SAL turntable. It
can be accessed via W. Johnson Rd, only
off the northbound side of Capitol Blvd.
According to sources, there is one scheduled CSX freight, a couple of
locals, the thru Amtrak train, and whatever moves NCDOT makes.
Hayden Cope of Raleigh sends in this update for activity in the area: There are
actually two daily freights on CSX here, F741 and F742 Raleigh - Hamlet,
-- on M-F the Raleigh - Henderson turn runs, F711 NB and F709 SB,
-- along with the Raleigh - Youngsville job, F735,
-- F703 the yard job goes on duty at 10PM every night.
On NS you have:
-- 352 and 351, Raleigh - Linwood and
-- 349 and 350 Linwood - Selma.
-- Coal trains no longer run this way but unit grain trains from Decatur and unit
ethanol trains make regular appearances.
-- E25 the Raleigh - Fayetteville turn can be seen at Boylan Tu Th and occasionally on Sat and Sun.
-- E20 AM yard job can be seen, and the E60 PM yard job will run around after 350 rolls through.
-- Sometimes an E90 extra will roll through too from Selma to Glenwood.
I also highly recommend railfanning at the fairgrounds in front of Dorton Arena
next time you happen to be in town. All the traffic is very visible there
and they move at a real good speed.
Cary and Durham are close enough to the west
make it worthwhile to visit them, and each also has an Amtrak station.
There's a really nice curve on the far side of Durham that is nice to catch
trains on. To the east you have Selma, which is where the Amtrak routes
join up with two of the other North Carolina passenger trains.
Note: The majority of pictures below were shot
on Wednesday morning, July 4th, 2012. The day turned out to be one of the
hottest of the summer, and the humidity was almost as high as the temps...
that's why none of the pictures really look stellar, cause you could "cut the
air with a knife".
A good page of NC links can be found at tomstrainstation.com/links.html, but it looks like Toms
Trains is no more, and the website is owned by an Indian (country) poker site :-), I wish I had saved the page.....
Shave, for additional information on items of railfan interest in Raleigh.
Hayden Cope of Raleigh for additional train info.
Raleigh is conveniently located off I-40. I-40 to the west joins up
with I-85 on the other side of Durham. To the east, I-40 actually runs SE and connects
with I-95, for those of you coming from the southern eastern seaboard.
From the northern seaboard, I-85 from the
Petersburg area would be you're best bet. You could take US70 off I-85
into Raleigh, but I prefer a little bit of driving thru Durham on Gregson St
(exit 176) south to Chapel Hill, where you can then get on the Durham Freeway
(NC147) to connect to I-40.
If you're coming in from eastern NC, US70 does
a pretty good job from places like Havelock, New Bern, and Goldsboro... but
ya'll probably already know that. BTW, the NS line that runs out of town
on a SE course hits these towns.
From the Atlanta area, of course, it's I-85 to I-40.
From the western Virginia areas like Roanoke,
Staunton, or Winchester, come down I-81 to I-77 into Charlotte, and then take
I-85 east to I-40.
The Spencer Shops is about 120 miles west, Durham
about 20 miles, Greensboro about 75 miles, and Charlotte about 155 miles.
NS overpass over Peace Street after coming off Capitol Blvd (looking right)
CSX overpass over Peace Street after coming off
Capitol Blvd (looking left)
Going under the CSX tracks on Whitaker Mill Road
Getting on Capitol Blvd from Fairview Road, heading towards
EB freight rolling thru at 06:58
Richmond Police car at the end of W Davie St by the
Raleigh Depot center
The Raleigh Depot center, a small commercial
center on the one side of the wye
Grade crossing at Cabarrus St
Signs at the end of W Davie St, by the entrance to the
Raleigh Depot center
My truck, always has that B&O CPL on the back when I
take railfan trips!
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