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Lehigh Gap Bridge
 
« on: May 31st, 2007, 10:27pm »
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Does anyone have any photos of the LNE Lehigh Gap bridge from ground-level?  I was driving from Lehighton to Allentown (taking the "back way") when I noticed the bridge abutments unbelievably high on the mountain.  I cannot even imagine how high this bridge was.

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« Reply #1 on: May 31st, 2007, 10:48pm »
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Upon further research, it appears it was an L&NE line (I took a shot in the dark).  Moderator--please move this to the L&NE board.

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« Reply #2 on: Jun 1st, 2007, 12:18am »
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Adam,  
Heres a picture, I found on an web site.
 
 
 
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 26th, 2007, 11:40am »
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Adam,
 
That aerail photo is great.  Where did you find it?


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« Reply #4 on: Jun 29th, 2007, 9:47am »
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Photo shows train on the L&NE bridge, this is the line to Tamaqua, the  rail line in fore ground is C of PA, line across river in background is LV
 
 
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« Reply #5 on: Jun 29th, 2007, 12:33pm »
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I think you mean, the line over head is of the Leigh and New england" Tamaqua line" the one in the back ground is of the Lehigh Valley and the one in the foreground is of the Central Railroad of New Jersey.
 
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« Reply #6 on: Sep 23rd, 2007, 11:46am »
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Has the ROW in this area been converted into a Rail-trail? If not is there a way up to the old ROW?
 
-JRS


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« Reply #7 on: Sep 27th, 2007, 7:46pm »
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on Sep 23rd, 2007, 11:46am, John5022 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Has the ROW in this area been converted into a Rail-trail? If not is there a way up to the old ROW?
 
-JRS

 
I don't think the trail has been officially converted.  I walked up to the grade from the Lehigh Valley grade in 1998.  Once I reached the west abutment of the bridge the LNE ROW picked up as a smooth beautifully cindered trail.  This section of railbed has been used for years by 4-wheelers helping the cinders to pack down well, I think they ride a loop from the gap out to Bowmans and back on the LNE.  The ride was pretty short, but the views were great see photos below:


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« Reply #8 on: Sep 27th, 2007, 7:48pm »
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This 1998 view is a little further west than than the diesel era photo which is closer to the bridge.

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« Reply #9 on: Sep 28th, 2007, 9:02pm »
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Gents,
   Some recent images from this past spring. The state did have a sign on  
the entance, however I can not remember seeing more than just as to
who is responsible for it. I did see bycycles though.
 
My best,
 
Eric


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« Reply #10 on: Sep 28th, 2007, 9:03pm »
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another....

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one more

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« Reply #13 on: Sep 28th, 2007, 9:06pm »
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one last shot

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« Reply #14 on: Sep 28th, 2007, 9:06pm »
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I goofed, one last shot

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Mr. Horsepower
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« Reply #15 on: Oct 28th, 2007, 8:10pm »
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GREAT PHOTOS! Its amazing how different the landscape has changed. Its  a shame that the Lehigh & New England isnt running along that mountain anymore...What an awesome site that would be.
 
-JRS


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« Reply #16 on: Nov 1st, 2007, 12:27am »
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Until a few years ago, right before the entrance to the Lehigh Tunnel, the was a modern deck bridge across the Pa Turnpike that used to belong to the LNE.

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If I stand in Grandma's back yard in Georgetown and close my eyes real tight, I can still hear CNJ freights grinding up the backtrack......and smell the smoke from the brake shoes of a Tuscan Century 628 as it leads NE-84 through Georgetown Interlocking on its way to a meet with the D&H at W-B.....
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« Reply #17 on: Nov 1st, 2007, 5:50pm »
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John,
   Thanks for the comments. I visited this location(with a great view) in the Spring with the help of a dedicated and knowledgeable person who
lives in Pen Argyl. We traversed the line almost to Tamaqua(time got tight)
and enjoyed it all. Being from Philly and of course a Reading fan I have
become a diehard LNE fan as well and love the railroad for what it was. I  
am trying to get to as many places as I can with the materials available
to view what was a great operation. The books out there are acting as
a guide to visit the sites they depict and for me to try a then and know
type of event. I get to vist Pen Argyl quite often and loved what chances
I have had to visit the shop area. and try to place certain images with  
what is there now. Of course please let it be known my visits were with permission as it makes the folks who own the place that feel that no  
unwanted folks were there. When the WalMart/Lowes deal occured and
the main road was cut in, several concrete items were now shown and
it is fun to try to figure out what there purpose was and where they  
relate to to the yard map. This too is the same for the Gap Bridge as  
well as you can see where the center support was in the River along
with other concrete items along the ROW.  
    I just joined the ARHS and have picked up all of the back issues of
their magazine. They are a wealth of knowledge and I have found out
the the Pennsylvania State Archives have many records of the LNE which
includes many engineering drawings of what looks like some trackage  
plans. I like to know where certain items were on the railroad so that I can
get a better sense of how the LNE operated in certain areas.
    Visiting placres like Andreas and Benders Junction was nice, however we did not trespass at the Junction as it appears that someone owns the area.
Again it is nicer to knock on a door and ask first and answer why to the visit.
Most folks will work with you. The usual saying always works to keep in mind.
Leave the place as you found it!.
    I also like the area around Bethlehem where many railroads came together
and where you can revisit the area where in some books a derailment occured  
on the Monacacy Creek. You can also see where the station was as well. It also helps to have some Roadrailers come through along with many other freights that make use of alot of the track in the area today. A trip to Catasauqua should be in order as well with a trip to the closed tunnel.
   Tadmoor shops are still there, but access is tough although a long range
shot is possible. I am going to do both Tamaqua, Landsford and the cement
region this fall and winter. New Jersey is the last area and will be in late 08 or in 09.
   I am sorry for being so wordy, but the LNE is just a great known mystery
with much to be learned, even with he material out there.
 
Again so sorry for the length.............A hot of the Roundhouse before the
turntable was claimed to be used in Strasburg...
 
Eric



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« Reply #18 on: Nov 2nd, 2007, 3:54pm »
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Thanks for the pics!!

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« Reply #19 on: Nov 11th, 2007, 12:47pm »
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on Nov 1st, 2007, 5:50pm, port_richmond wrote:       (Click here for original message)
John,
   Thanks for the comments. I visited this location(with a great view) in the Spring with the help of a dedicated and knowledgeable person who
lives in Pen Argyl. We traversed the line almost to Tamaqua(time got tight)
and enjoyed it all. Being from Philly and of course a Reading fan I have
become a diehard LNE fan as well and love the railroad for what it was. I  
am trying to get to as many places as I can with the materials available
to view what was a great operation. The books out there are acting as
a guide to visit the sites they depict and for me to try a then and know
type of event. I get to vist Pen Argyl quite often and loved what chances
I have had to visit the shop area. and try to place certain images with  
what is there now. Of course please let it be known my visits were with permission as it makes the folks who own the place that feel that no  
unwanted folks were there. When the WalMart/Lowes deal occured and
the main road was cut in, several concrete items were now shown and
it is fun to try to figure out what there purpose was and where they  
relate to to the yard map. This too is the same for the Gap Bridge as  
well as you can see where the center support was in the River along
with other concrete items along the ROW.  
    I just joined the ARHS and have picked up all of the back issues of
their magazine. They are a wealth of knowledge and I have found out
the the Pennsylvania State Archives have many records of the LNE which
includes many engineering drawings of what looks like some trackage  
plans. I like to know where certain items were on the railroad so that I can
get a better sense of how the LNE operated in certain areas.
    Visiting placres like Andreas and Benders Junction was nice, however we did not trespass at the Junction as it appears that someone owns the area.
Again it is nicer to knock on a door and ask first and answer why to the visit.
Most folks will work with you. The usual saying always works to keep in mind.
Leave the place as you found it!.
    I also like the area around Bethlehem where many railroads came together
and where you can revisit the area where in some books a derailment occured  
on the Monacacy Creek. You can also see where the station was as well. It also helps to have some Roadrailers come through along with many other freights that make use of alot of the track in the area today. A trip to Catasauqua should be in order as well with a trip to the closed tunnel.
   Tadmoor shops are still there, but access is tough although a long range
shot is possible. I am going to do both Tamaqua, Landsford and the cement
region this fall and winter. New Jersey is the last area and will be in late 08 or in 09.
   I am sorry for being so wordy, but the LNE is just a great known mystery
with much to be learned, even with he material out there.
 
Again so sorry for the length.............A hot of the Roundhouse before the
turntable was claimed to be used in Strasburg...
 
Eric

 
 
That actually looks like a shot after the turntable was ripped out.  
 
-JRS


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