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« Reply #100 on: Mar 26th, 2011, 8:07pm »
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Back to the Pen Argyl shops: when I visited the site several years ago (15-20 maybe?) the builder's plate was still affixed to the turntable bridge. It was a Bethlehem Steel bridge. When I revisited a few years after that, somebody had removed the plate, which was riveted or perhaps bolted on to the truss member (girder) at one end of the deck truss. Wonder who has it now?

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« Reply #101 on: Mar 26th, 2011, 10:00pm »
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I was through the area in December. The Shops and the area are still intact. No sign of a Walmart yet!


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« Reply #102 on: Mar 29th, 2011, 1:59am »
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The buildings stand, but they aren't intact.....Half of the shop buildings clay brick  face was replaced with siding a year or so ago, drastically changing it's appearance.

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« Reply #103 on: Nov 10th, 2011, 7:47pm »
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Penn Argile L&NE roundhouse
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« Reply #104 on: Nov 10th, 2011, 7:52pm »
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Penn Argyl L&NE main maintance building
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« Reply #105 on: Dec 17th, 2012, 1:40pm »
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Hey Everyone,
 
Is it safe to assume that these buildings are still standing today? Any changes?
 
Thanks!
 
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« Reply #106 on: Dec 18th, 2012, 10:00am »
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Yes, the buildings are still standing today

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« Reply #107 on: Jan 10th, 2013, 1:48pm »
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I grew up in Pen Argyl and always liked hanging around the old round house, and riding my dirtbike on the L&NE roadbeds... it's actually why I started liking trains in the first place. The buildings have stayed the same recently, no big changes. But there is talk about a Wal-Mart going in the site. I won't lie its a perfect location for a wal mart and it's flat. Sooner or later it will probably happen. My great grandfather worked in the L&NE Pen Argyl shops, he was a piston repair. And I have a picture of him in the cab of the #403 a 2-10-0... So maybe he was an engineer/fireman also? Not sure...

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« Reply #108 on: Jan 10th, 2013, 5:03pm »
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Hey, thanks a bunch for the heads-up. I live in Western NY State, but I'm going to try to get down there maybe this Spring before it ends up gone.  
 
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« Reply #109 on: Jan 22nd, 2013, 9:11am »
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Unfortunately it appears they are starting to clear out some of the remaining structures in the Pen Argyl Shops/Yard area. I noticed yesterday that the remains of the LCL Freight platform and the concrete structure that was next to the coaling tower (possibly the sand pit) have been removed.
 
This happened very recently as they were standing a week ago. I'm not sure why they have been removed, but it is sure sad to see them go.
 


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« Reply #110 on: Jan 24th, 2013, 12:51pm »
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Just found a video on line of the car shop office being demolished this week as well.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb5DFnj1q_4
 
Anyone know what's up?


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« Reply #111 on: Dec 10th, 2013, 11:16pm »
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Any updates? It's been about 11 months.
 
Here's the yard at Bing Maps:
 
http://binged.it/IEnaHV
 
I'm not sure how old the pics are.
 
I thought Walmart was NOT going to be built there? The proposal was turned down.


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« Reply #112 on: Dec 12th, 2013, 12:49pm »
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The major buildings are still there (shops, roundhouse), no other plans to build anything on that site as far as I know.
 
I read elsewhere that the other structures that were torn down this year were done so because they were unstable and deemed unsafe.
 
The original shops a little east of this site are still intact as well. it's been modified a bit due to a YMCA project, but it appears they will be using the existing structure.
 


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« Reply #113 on: Jun 22nd, 2014, 12:21pm »
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This is a great thread, but here's to happier times, below is a article from the June 10, 1916 Railway Review:
 
"Locomotive Repair Shops and Classification Yard, Lehigh & New England R.R., Pen Argyl, Pa." (Page 809)


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Continued - "Locomotive Repair Shops and Classification Yard, Lehigh & New England R.R., Pen Argyl, Pa." (Page 810)  



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Continued - "Locomotive Repair Shops and Classification Yard, Lehigh & New England R.R., Pen Argyl, Pa." (Page 811)  
 


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« Reply #116 on: Jul 11th, 2015, 10:15pm »
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Reading through all of these posts, it's interesting to see how many people lament that the Pen Argyl shops aren't being preserved. But to show the futility of that dream, look at something much simpler related to the L&NE. The last original L&NE Alco S-2, #611, still exists on a grain company siding in Indiana. The Lehigh Valley Chapter NRHS has been trying in vain for the last year to raise $35,000 to transport the engine home to a safe location on the Auburn & Allentown Railroad in Kutztown, PA, where it will be lovingly restored. But as of July 2015, they have only been able to raise about $6,000 in donations…far short of their goal.
 
Not to put anyone down on this board, but if a group can't raise the funds to just bring a single engine home from another state, what chance is there in this decade of ever saving the Pen Argyl shops. Just think of the costs involved in a project of that level, and where would the money come from?
 
I leave you with the ad for the "bring L&NE 611 home" campaign. Please share it with all that you can.


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