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,
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
According to sources, there is one scheduled
CSX freight, a couple of locals, the thru Amtrak train, and whatever moves NCDOT
of Raleigh sends in this update
for activity in the area:
actually two daily freights on
CSX here, F741 and F742 Raleigh
... 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
... 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
... E25 the Raleigh - Fayetteville turn can be seen at
Boylan Tu Th and occasionally on
Sat and Su.
... E20 AM yard job can be seen, and the E60 PM yard
job will run around after 350
... Sometimes an E90 extra will roll through too from
Selma to Glenwood.
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
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".
Acknowledgements: Thanks to Shave for
additional information on items of railfan interest in Raleigh. Hayden Cope of Raleigh for additional train
Thanks to Denver Todd for his help with my railfan
guides and suggesting welcome changes to help all ya'll.
Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides
are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them. For those
of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my
indexa page has a list of
almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to
help you detail your pike.
Aerial shots were taken from
either Google Maps or
www.bing.com/maps as noted, once
in a great while maybe MapQuest. The screen captures are made with Snagit, a
Techsmith product... a great
tool if you have never used it!
My RSUS philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a
thousand words, especially for railfanning. Text descriptions only
get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented. Take
along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still
better if you get lost! I belong to AAA, which allows you to get
local maps for free when you visit the local branches. ADC puts
out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their
state maps do not have the railroads on them. If you can find em,
I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and
concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where
tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.
Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels
inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have
something to add or correct.... credit is always given! Contact 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
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
about 20 miles, Greensboro about 75 miles, and Charlotte about 155 miles.