Railfan828 wrote:This afternoon I saw PRL 2204 and 2202 sitting at the old Reinhold, PA station. One engine was on the mainline the other was on the siding. Tried to upload pictures but too large for this URL. Both engines were silent but appear to be in working order. Have no idea what they do, just passing through and thought it was unusual to see them in the middle of town.
Wow, its been two years since this post! but here's the answer to your question. PRL stands for "Penn Eastern Rail Lines", now ESPN (East Penn Railway), and is a railroad shortline company that owns a bunch of shortlines scattered throughout PA and even like 2 in NY i think. Anyway, the PRL 2204 and 2202 U23B engines you saw belong to the Lancaster and Northern Branch (LANO) of PRL, which is a 13 mile shortline that runs between Ephrata and Sinking Spring, and interchanges with NS at Sinking Spring.
Here's some info about the line: it was originally the Columbia and Reading Railroad, founded in the 1800s, and then became the Reading and Columbia Branch of the Reading Railroad. Then in the 70s or 80s(?), Conrail bought out the line, but then was bought over by PRL (now ESPN) when Conrail kicked the bucket.
Some info about the line today: it has class 3 track, meaning the train only travels at 10 mph because any faster would cause it to derail.. and even at 10 mph, it sometimes still does! the LANO branch, where you saw the two U23B engines, delivers to only 4-5 customers along the line, which is only a fraction of what it used to deliver. They used to run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, but usually run on Tuesdays and Thursdays now. And also, the PRL 2202 GP10 you guys were referring to earlier used to run on the LANO branch as PRL 57. Here's a video of it in service on the LANO branch back in 2002 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EhGYJ3MBnY
and if you wanna see a vid of one of the U23B engines running on the line in modern day, here ya go http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezad2j1lltQ
One other thing, i live 3 miles from the LANO branch! so i get to hear it every now and then :D