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Allentown Branch/other Lehigh and New England bran
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The Scyther
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« Reply #20 on: Aug 27th, 2004, 11:08pm »
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your welcome, obb said that when the cnj took over the LNE, tha the pp and l warehouse stopped getting telephone poles. All telephone poles were probably delivered to the substation in treichlers next to cnj's mainline.

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« Reply #21 on: Aug 28th, 2004, 7:11am »
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Yeah, I wish PP&L would still get stuff in on that substation siding

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« Reply #22 on: Aug 28th, 2004, 10:50am »
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irn 750 told me that they don't get anything in now. Which means they may in the future or at anytime.

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« Reply #23 on: Aug 28th, 2004, 10:52am »
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As long as the track is there, they can get cars at any time.

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« Reply #24 on: Aug 29th, 2004, 6:34pm »
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Someone with a lot of money could buy the track from NS and start a short line. Maybe some of the customers on the Rittersville branch would start to serve by rail again along with the lumber company. Since there's no grade crossings, you wouldn't have to be FRA certified. All you need is an engine.

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« Reply #25 on: Aug 30th, 2004, 1:04am »
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 That exact thought was one of my daydreams from about 2 years ago.  It just seemed odd that it even existed up to that point, when you think of all the lines, big and small, that are gone.  I figured that the line isn't even on NS' 'radar screen', it's just kinda there.  
 
  If you go to Terraserver.com, you can get a good satellite image of allentown from last fall.  Scroll over to East Allentown, and you'll see the new pavement for the American Parkway extension.  Right on the LNE.  
 
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« Reply #26 on: Sep 1st, 2004, 2:01pm »
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Did anyone see the old coal trestle on the Rittersville track where Amerigas is down by the fruit company? I am suprised that it has survived all these years. Also, I saw a piece of the old Rittersville track by the big tanks.

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« Reply #27 on: Sep 1st, 2004, 3:59pm »
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i'm going to have to check that out, thanks NS3360

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« Reply #28 on: Sep 1st, 2004, 9:36pm »
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Your welcome, Ironton

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« Reply #29 on: Oct 28th, 2004, 10:54pm »
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Note the story in Morning Call yesterday (Wed. Oct. 27) that city can't find enough funds to convert old LNE Allentown Station on Hanover Avenue to police precinct but WILL use it for a community center with a community police office there until funds available for full conversion. They definitely have purchased building so its future seems assured one way or another.
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« Reply #30 on: Oct 29th, 2004, 7:33am »
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They couldn't have picked a sturdier building!!  Glad to hear that it has a future!
 
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« Reply #31 on: Feb 16th, 2005, 4:47pm »
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The end of the LNE's Allentown Branch was the large freight station/office built in 1929. There were four tracks here. Two which ran behind the freight station, and two which were team tracks. Two concrete bumpers remain to the right of the building, though hard to see with all the weeds.

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« Reply #32 on: Feb 16th, 2005, 4:51pm »
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I am standing where two tracks ran beside the freight station. There was a concrete loading platform here for the transfer of freight. As said before, there are two concrete bumpers intact. You can see one of them.

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« Reply #33 on: Feb 16th, 2005, 4:59pm »
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Passing Rittersville Junction, the track goes over Eaton Avenue in West Bethlehem on a large steel bridge. The tracks are intact but in poor condition.

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« Reply #34 on: Jun 12th, 2005, 12:59pm »
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Does anybody know what Conrail or Valley for the few years they had it or CNJ or LNE did with the section of the Allentown Branch that is no longer in(where American parkway is to LNE station in E. Allentown) I heard it was abandoned in 81 and was last used in 81. Any info on that section appreciated greatly.

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« Reply #35 on: Jun 12th, 2005, 8:58pm »
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where on hanover ave is the station?
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« Reply #36 on: Jun 12th, 2005, 11:33pm »
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Near Hanover Acres and the Terrace apartment buildings

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« Reply #37 on: Apr 3rd, 2006, 9:38am »
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Hey Ironton did you see that siding running along side the big tanks. From that old paper company near the tanks (whatever it is now) down to Union Blvd the rails are gone...

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« Reply #38 on: Apr 3rd, 2006, 12:59pm »
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Sadly the main branch and the siding have been removed behind the lumber company     Whoever removed the rails left the switch intact but the rails are ripped up on either side of the switch. And on the switch rails are turned over. Interestingly the switch is still padlocked... In this photo you can see the tracks ripped up then become intact at the switch, then are ripped up again...

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« Reply #39 on: Apr 3rd, 2006, 1:02pm »
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A view of the switch...you can see some rail removed by the switch frog

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