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Allentown Branch/other Lehigh and New England bran
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NS3360
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« Reply #40 on: Apr 3rd, 2006, 1:06pm »
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A disconnected switch that is still padlocked...wild  

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« Reply #41 on: Aug 21st, 2006, 8:03pm »
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Greetings all,
 
Bit of an update on the Bethlehem end of the Allentown Branch.  The south end of the wye in Bethlehem behind Casilio Cement was taken out and a trail is now on the roadbed from the Union Blvd ramp to RT 378 through to the Burnside Plantation area.  
 
A bridge over a drainage into the creek was turned into a pedestrian bridge and the trail goes over the westbound leg of the wye.  Where the trail goes over the line the crushed stone that was used for the trail fills in the track up to the top of the rails.  The other part of the bridge leading from the south leg to the west leg is barren of track and the track is all pulled out of the roadbed.  The switch were the west and south legs connect was removed and rail replaced.
 
Where the line passes the former Durkee site, now the Loewe's, there is a drainage ditch between the tracks and the Loewe's property.  There is no provision for a siding.  I'm not sure about the old switches to the old sidings for the Durkee plant because I didn't walk through the weeds that far.  I'll probably investigate more in the fall after the vegetation dies.
 
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« Reply #42 on: Aug 21st, 2006, 8:05pm »
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Oh yeah, forgot to mention that the switch from the Bethlehem Branch to the west leg of the wye into Allentown is still in and has a nice shiny brass lock in place.
 
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« Reply #43 on: Aug 22nd, 2006, 8:03am »
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Greg, thanks for the updates...

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« Reply #44 on: Sep 27th, 2007, 11:56pm »
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Here is a 2004 photo of the Allentown branch just after it departs from the monocacy creek.  These bridges are in the Schonersville Rd  area, just out of the picture to the right is Martin towers.


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« Reply #45 on: Oct 10th, 2007, 9:24pm »
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i walked this line in the spring, fairly    overgrown , west of here. some interesting switch backs, to the left of lowes. old industrial park. made it just west of 378.  too overgrown after that

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« Reply #46 on: May 29th, 2008, 2:13pm »
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I'd just like to say that this is my first visit to railfan.net, and I've found this thread to be particularly interesting to me for two reasons:  
 
1) my great-grandfather was an engineer for the L&NE from the 1930's into the 1950s and supposedly ran some of the first diesels on the run to Maybrook.
2) I worked for a number of years in the former AT&T/Lucent plant off Union Blvd in Allentown, right near the Allentown branch.
 
The main employee parking lot used to be behind the building, separated by what appeared to be an old right of way (no track could be seen in either direction).  On the walking path from the parking lot to the employee entrance, I remember seeing some old concrete foundations with wires sticking out of them on either side of the ROW.  I assume this was part of a system to warn pedestrians of an oncoming train.  You may still be able to see this if you walk to the very edge of the new IronPigs stadium parking lot behind the Union Blvd facility.
 
I also recall some remnants of track in the loading dock area leading to a large garage door in the AT&T building, so they must have been a rail customer at one time too.
 
Again, thanks for all the great pictures and useful information about a rapidly disappearing facet of East Allentown history.
 


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« Reply #47 on: Jan 24th, 2010, 12:52am »
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And za weedz keep on za growing on the Allentown branch

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« Reply #48 on: Feb 27th, 2015, 4:56am »
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Allentown branch about '94/'95 at Weyerhaeuser lumber siding


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