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L&NE row trip Bath - Benders this fall
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L&NE row trip Bath - Benders this fall
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« on: Sep 25th, 2004, 11:46am »
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Hey all LNE fans, once the weeds are down and the ticks are dead, I'm going to take an L&NE row trip in pictures from Bath to Benders Junction. This is one of my favorite sections of the row which was ripped up September-October 1962. It has many trestles over creeks which still stand and the steep 2.74% Summit grade.  LNE used its four 2-10-0 steamers to tackle the grade which are my fav LNE steam engines. The route was direct access to Bethlehem from Pen Argyl and also cement trains from Tadmor to Pen Argyl. I'm waiting for the rest of the weeds to come down, I drove by the row the other day and you can barely see anything , of course some parts you can see indefinitly. Stay tuned........

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Re: L&NE row trip Bath - Benders this fall
 
« Reply #1 on: Oct 6th, 2004, 3:12pm »
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I took pics of the line from Bath to Benders. I'll post the pics as soon as I have time to scan them............

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« Reply #2 on: Oct 10th, 2004, 3:51pm »
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Starting at Bath, here is the end of the Bath wye. The track ends right at the bottom of the pic. Look in the grass to the right of the track and you can see the rails of a siding (in between the small weeds) to the fuel dealer, note the 'CAUTION CLOSE CLEARANCES' sign. Also notice the old Northampton & Bath Railroad bridge in the distance over the Cement Secondary.

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Re: L&NE row trip Bath - Benders this fall
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« Reply #3 on: Oct 10th, 2004, 3:56pm »
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Here is the row at Creek Road in Bath.  

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« Reply #4 on: Oct 10th, 2004, 4:01pm »
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The grade begins to steepen as the track heads to Chapman's. Here is the concrete bridge near Stone Post Road in Bath. It said '1922'  

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« Reply #5 on: Oct 10th, 2004, 4:07pm »
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Another mile brings us to Chapman Quarries. There was a water tank here but I couldn't find any remains. Here is a small bridge crossing the Monocacy Creek near the old Chapman Quarry Siding  

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« Reply #6 on: Oct 10th, 2004, 4:11pm »
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I'm standing on the road crossing looking back towards the bridge in Chapman's  

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« Reply #7 on: Oct 10th, 2004, 4:15pm »
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Then the row becomes property of Southmoore Golf Course. It emerges at Yost Road, behind the quarries. There is a gate up to keep tresspassers out.....

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« Reply #8 on: Oct 10th, 2004, 4:20pm »
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Another two miles brings us to Summit at the top of the grade. Trains would double the hill and put the train back together again at Summit Siding, which was about 500 feet ahead of where this was taken.

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« Reply #9 on: Oct 10th, 2004, 4:25pm »
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Another half mile brings us to Point Phillip. I'm standing near the road crossing and could imagine 2-10-0 #401 and about 30 cars rolling down the line to Bath.....

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« Reply #10 on: Oct 10th, 2004, 4:28pm »
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Benders Junction wye would be just out of sight in the previous pic. I'm waiting until all the leaves come off to take pics of the old dispatchers office that still stands.

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« Reply #11 on: Oct 11th, 2004, 10:01am »
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friggin great!!  i didn't know the ROW was in that shape, i woulda thought it would be 1. a forest, 2. covered with houses
 
in the shot with the decapod, there's a paved road to the right of the train.  what road is that, and is that spot on your list??
 
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on Oct 11th, 2004, 10:01am, F3_4_me wrote:       (Click here for original message)
friggin great!!  i didn't know the ROW was in that shape, i woulda thought it would be 1. a forest, 2. covered with houses
 
in the shot with the decapod, there's a paved road to the right of the train.  what road is that, and is that spot on your list??
 
thanks,  
 
  Mike

 
The picture with the decapod is at Summit. If you look close you can see a few cars on the Summit Siding to the left of the train. In my row picture of Summit, I was standing where the road crossing would be looking towards Blue Mountain like in the decapod pic. The road is North Summit Road.


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« Reply #13 on: Oct 11th, 2004, 12:38pm »
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Great Series!
 
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on Oct 11th, 2004, 12:38pm, hummel1237 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Great Series!
 
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Thanks Jim!  


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« Reply #15 on: Oct 26th, 2004, 8:37pm »
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I'll probably walk the row around Chapman's this weekend if I have time. I'm gonna try to find the remains of the water tank. I believe to have found the station foundation and the Chapman Quarries Siding abutments.

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« Reply #16 on: Dec 16th, 2004, 8:20pm »
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Also from my hike, I never had time to scan and post these...
First, compare this photo to the 1910 photo from History of the L&NE book.
I'm standing near the exact same spot as the 1910 photo was taken. The Chapman Quarries Siding abutments remain over the Monacacy Creek and the station would be where the curve is.


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Here is a small bridge crossing the Monocacy Creek near the old Chapman Quarry Siding  

 
Here is another view of this bridge looking in the opposite direction towards Summit


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« Reply #18 on: Dec 16th, 2004, 8:31pm »
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Neat pics NS3360

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« Reply #19 on: Dec 17th, 2004, 7:36pm »
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There is a huge difference between that an the 1910 photo.  Mostly the amount of clearence in the 1910 photo.   It is always interesting to see a then and now sort of pic.
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