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L&NE Allentown Station going down!
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kragmeister
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L&NE Allentown Station going down!
 
« on: Apr 27th, 2009, 6:35pm »
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Drove past the Allentown station on Hanover Avenue today and saw it being torn down.  Have to get back there with a camera!
 
The freight house/loading dock section is gone and the office part is still standing.  The "Lehigh & New England" lettering has been uncovered and is visible on the side facing Hanover Ave.
 
Better get your pics NOW!
 
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 29th, 2009, 3:44pm »
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Got back there today (4/29/09) and got some snaps from the road.  I couldn't get closer.
 
This is a shot of the lettering on the south side of the building.


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« Reply #2 on: Apr 29th, 2009, 3:51pm »
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Here is a shot of the SW corner.  At the time I took this there was a crew inside and it appears they are stripping out the wiring, etc.  At least the dome is still on the roof...

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« Reply #3 on: Apr 29th, 2009, 3:59pm »
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SE corner of the building.  Used to be two large concrete bumpers here.  One can see in this shot the missing north section of the building where the loading dock/warehouse used to be.
 
Word is that this is going to be the new intersection for New England Avenue which will extend from this point to American Parkway West along the LNE roadbed.  The American Parkway is also on LNE roadbed to Congress St., just west of the end-of-line at Sherman St.


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« Reply #4 on: May 10th, 2009, 10:02am »
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Wow Greg, Thanks for the photos. I do remember the station in it's better days. Sad to see another piece of L&NE history go via the wrecking ball. Sad sad sad.   Take err easy and thanks again.  Keith

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« Reply #5 on: May 24th, 2009, 12:15am »
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Any idea why this building is coming down?
 
Jim Rowland


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« Reply #6 on: May 24th, 2009, 6:40am »
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Hey Jim,
 
In an earlier post I pointed out that the building is in the middle of a new intersection.  
 
They are going to put a road called New England Avenue in on the old ROW from Hanover Ave. to American Parkway.  
 
American Parkway is the road that was put in on old LNE ROW from Airport Road past Coca Cola Park and links up with another street along the river.  
 
Anyway, with the new road intersecting everything is getting realigned and that means the station and the cast concrete manufacturer behind it have to go.
 
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« Reply #7 on: May 25th, 2009, 12:04pm »
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Well, it is shame this one is coming down.  I know I wasn't going to open a business in this old station, so I have a tough time faulting others for not doing the same.  I wonder if the road project is part of "shovel ready" stimulus projects?  
 
Either way I never went out to look at this station much, it was just always nice to know that it was there.  From the outside it looks like it was a really solid building; like the whole thing was cast in a giant concrete mold.  I hope they have a tough time tearing it down, better pick up some dynamite.
 
Bethlehem and Allentown are pretty good for the old stations, the CNJ depot in Allentown is a bar/ nightclub and both the Lehigh Valley and 1860 CNJ depot remain in use in Bethlehem as a restaurant and a St Lukes Health Center.
 
This just reminds me that we must always keep photographing these old landmarks as they all have limited lifespans.


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« Reply #8 on: Jun 4th, 2009, 11:19pm »
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on May 25th, 2009, 12:04pm, Wm_Turnbull wrote:       (Click here for original message)

This just reminds me that we must always keep photographing these old landmarks as they all have limited lifespans.

 
Indeed, a lot has fallen in A-B-E the past 20 years.
 
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« Reply #9 on: Jun 25th, 2009, 11:42am »
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Drove by the Station.  Looks like the office is staying up.
Also looks like they are building on the back.
 
I will try and get some pictures next week.


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« Reply #10 on: Jun 25th, 2009, 1:42pm »
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That is nothing but good news. the pictures would be GREAT>  Take err easy  Keith

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« Reply #11 on: Jun 27th, 2009, 1:56pm »
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Here are a  few pictures.
 
 
 

 
The rest can be seen on Flickr.
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« Reply #12 on: Dec 27th, 2009, 11:56am »
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That is just horrible! I wonder if the L&NE sign is for sale that would look great in the basement!

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« Reply #13 on: Jan 8th, 2010, 1:31pm »
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on Dec 27th, 2009, 11:56am, LNErailfan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
That is just horrible! I wonder if the L&NE sign is for sale that would look great in the basement!

 
I don't think the sign is going down, it is fairly significantly cast in concrete and embedded in the brick of the building. . .  I don't think it would fit through the door into your basement anyway.
 
Nice to see the office section of the building is being kept.  The concrete and brickwork on the building look so solid it would be a shame not to make use of there strength.  I wonder what the business is that is moving in here?


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« Reply #14 on: Mar 5th, 2010, 4:24pm »
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Got some pics of the finished construction.My best guess is the building now serves as offices for the development on the site of the old Hanover Acres housing project..Think it might even contain an indoor pool.Sure the LNE architects could never have imagined this use for their station! LOL!

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« Reply #15 on: Mar 5th, 2010, 4:27pm »
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Here's the LNE sign as it appears now.

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« Reply #16 on: Mar 5th, 2010, 4:32pm »
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Found this behind the station. I was AMAZED that with all the work being done that any of the bumpers would've survived! Originally there would have  been 2 bumpers here.

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« Reply #17 on: Mar 5th, 2010, 4:47pm »
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Here's a close-up shot of the surviving part of the LNE station. they seem to be doing some repair to to the copper roofing. What's amazing is the grade change from the LNE days. there used to be a flight of 4 or so stairs leading to the front door (Original door is still in place   ) If anyone got some older photos of the station post them. Would be a cool before and after study!

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« Reply #18 on: Mar 5th, 2010, 4:50pm »
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Last shot.. Looking down the Allentown branch r.o.w. behind the station.

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« Reply #19 on: Mar 11th, 2010, 8:24am »
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Glad to see that the station survives. When I started reading this thread, I was saddened by the thought of it being torn down. I'm sure there are some purists who would love to see it remain as built, but as long as the basic integrity of the building remains, I have no problems with additions being added.

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