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Upgrades coming from Scranton to Carbondale
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« Reply #100 on: Nov 2nd, 2011, 5:30pm »
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I'm sorry, "up de line" hahaha, I'm from Taylor, I knew it was either up or down hahaha. I remember as a kid watching all the activity in the Taylor Yard in the early 90's, too young to take pictures of course hahaha

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Nickel Plate Road "Berkshire" #759
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« Reply #101 on: Nov 6th, 2011, 6:36pm »
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Funny you say that as yesterday while helping out with a trail cleanup on an old CNJ line I saw the Taylor yards. Was quiet and of course a train came in when I was nowhere near to get a good picture of it  
 
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« Reply #102 on: Feb 18th, 2012, 3:50pm »
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Anyone through Carbondale lately? Was the road bridge north of the yard replaced yet?

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« Reply #103 on: Mar 24th, 2012, 7:37pm »
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Yes, I saw cars crossing it today, looks like another entrance/exit for the yard.
 
on Feb 18th, 2012, 3:50pm, NEFAN wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Anyone through Carbondale lately? Was the road bridge north of the yard replaced yet?



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« Reply #104 on: Mar 24th, 2012, 7:39pm »
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While checking out the O&W, I noticed that the end of track area under the route 171 bridge has been cleared out. I couldn't get a good picture through the fence but you can still see the track that came off to head towards the building where the D&H built coal cars.  
 
It looks like they have plans for this small section of track.


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« Reply #105 on: Mar 26th, 2012, 6:10pm »
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This is along Enterprise street before the new rail yard, a huge pile of rail is sitting off to the side here.

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« Reply #106 on: Mar 26th, 2012, 6:11pm »
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A second pile of rail, expansion plans?

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« Reply #107 on: Mar 26th, 2012, 6:12pm »
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Under the route 171 bridge in Simpson, this car is parked on the now cleared track.

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« Reply #108 on: Mar 26th, 2012, 6:13pm »
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A better view of the "end of track" now cleared out including the short cut off track.

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« Reply #109 on: Mar 26th, 2012, 6:13pm »
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Switch is missing, but it was missing in 2005.

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« Reply #110 on: Mar 26th, 2012, 6:15pm »
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Just behind the concrete barrier, cleared out right to the end, you can even see the original longer ties. Hmm, whats going on here?

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« Reply #111 on: Mar 26th, 2012, 6:16pm »
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Small bridge next to the abandoned buildings, I also noticed some new construction in the building area, it is posted so I did not venture in.

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« Reply #112 on: Mar 28th, 2012, 6:37pm »
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Thanks for posting Mike! I remember that bridge when I went on my high school bike trip in 2005. I believe I was on the other side of the bridge "Browndale" if I'm not mistaken, where the rail trail started. The track that the flatcar is on, was that track there since it was abandoned? By the looks of the track it has been there since it was abandoned. Again thanks for posting and keep us updated!

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Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
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« Reply #113 on: Mar 28th, 2012, 7:49pm »
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Thanks for the updates Mike. Very interesting. My hope  is that one day the steel company property will become a rail shipper again. - not too far fetched I'm begining to think.

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« Reply #114 on: Apr 2nd, 2012, 4:52pm »
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Rather then re-posting old pictures, I have pictures from 2005 here.
 
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This was before the new Carbondale Yard but the first set of pictures is the area under the route 171 bridge.  There is something in the works here for these rails to be cleared out like this. This picture is taken opposite side of the track, across the area of the buildings. You can see in the distance, (close to the tracks) new construction. From what I can see of it, looks like a diesel generator, power distribution station, and something else, maybe an underground fuel container? (there is a new manhole type cover in this new fenced area)


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« Reply #115 on: Apr 2nd, 2012, 4:53pm »
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Oops realized I didn't post the other picture. here it is.

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« Reply #116 on: Apr 2nd, 2012, 5:02pm »
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Rails to trails does not start until further up the railbed. These tracks were always here and were simply dormant but grown in pretty well. According to my map, this end of track area is milepoint 175.0  Rails to trails starts in Vandling at MP 172.7. Who owns this area in between I do not know. (no rail between these two points, only three bridges)  
This clearing out of these rails is recent activity,
 
 
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Thanks for posting Mike! I remember that bridge when I went on my high school bike trip in 2005. I believe I was on the other side of the bridge "Browndale" if I'm not mistaken, where the rail trail started. The track that the flatcar is on, was that track there since it was abandoned? By the looks of the track it has been there since it was abandoned. Again thanks for posting and keep us updated!



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« Reply #117 on: Apr 2nd, 2012, 5:19pm »
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I know Mike, I was on the O&W rail trail across from the D&H. We buypassed all the bridges further up the trail. I'm pretty sure it was O&W in Browndale because the rails to trails sign said O&W Rail Trail.

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Nickel Plate Road "Berkshire" #759
Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
Retired: 1958
Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/steamtown/shs2o.htm
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« Reply #118 on: Apr 6th, 2012, 9:09am »
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Linde Construction (who built the new yard) owns the O&W railbed from Simpson to Browndale. Rails to Trails has a usage agreement for that section. Now on the other side the D&H section from the "end of track" to Vandling I do not know who owns that. (that is the section with the three bridges) Rails to Trails ownership of the D&H starts in Vandling after the three bridges next to another bridge that is at a 90 degree angle to the railbed. At that point there is a crossover from the O&W to the D&H since both railbeds are are on the same side of the river.  
 
North of Browndale on the O&W side the ownership changes and a outdoor club manages the O&W for about 12 miles. Then it changes into a township road.
 
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on Apr 2nd, 2012, 5:19pm, NKP759fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I know Mike, I was on the O&W rail trail across from the D&H. We buypassed all the bridges further up the trail. I'm pretty sure it was O&W in Browndale because the rails to trails sign said O&W Rail Trail.



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« Reply #119 on: Apr 11th, 2012, 4:54pm »
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I was at a trail meeting a few days ago and was told the D&H side from Simpson (end of track area) to Vandling (start of rails-trails) is going to be converted into a new section of rail-trail (but by a different owner) The guy at the meeting indicated that this section of track that has been cleared is probably going to be removed. This new section of trail will connect to the one along Enterprise street and head south to eventually connect to another section of trail.
 
If this section of track is being removed, it will happen soon.
 
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