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« on: Apr 13th, 2010, 4:43pm »
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A good friend of mine alerted me to parking lot expansion at Hartzell's Pharmacy in Catty that uncovered the East portal of the LNE's Catty tunnel over the summer.  ..Before the parking lot expansion just the very top of the retaining wall was visible.

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« Reply #1 on: Apr 13th, 2010, 4:46pm »
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The uncovered East portal of Catty tunnel.. The r.o.w. here has been filled in partially so only about a quarter of the portal is now visible..Way more then what was visible at this location before!!!  

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« Reply #2 on: Apr 13th, 2010, 4:54pm »
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Here's a view of the filled in arch behind the white concrete retaining wall sections..Though about lowering my camera into that opening for an "Inside view" of the LNE tunnel but decided against it..My luck i'd drop the camera inside the tunnel!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #3 on: Apr 13th, 2010, 5:01pm »
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Last view. I'm standing in the center of the ex LNE row with the tunnel behind me.. The row would have ran basically where the dumpsters are and crossed American St and went on a rather high fill to a bridge over the Dry Run Creek (that fill and bridge are long gone and a house now sits almost on top of the row on the other side of the creek)... I'll toss a photo of that location up as soon as i can.

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« Reply #4 on: Apr 26th, 2010, 9:33pm »
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As promised here is a photo of the site of the American st grade crossing (this is one of those locations that if you didn't KNOW a railroad used to run here you wouldn't BELIEVE IT    ) If you are fortunate enough to own or have access to Douglas E. Lilly's EXCELLENT book " THE LEHIGH NEW ENGLAND RAILROAD: A COLOR RETROSPECT"  turn to page 11 to see how it looked here with the fill and bridge over the Dry Run Creek intact.  

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« Reply #5 on: Apr 26th, 2010, 9:40pm »
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Here i added some lines to show the location of the former grade crossing ..It's really noticeable when you're actually there... Believe it or not before they built the ambulance building that became Hartzell's Pharmacy (and repaved American st in the process) the original concrete road surface  on American st was patched with an asphalt strip where the LNE crossing was located!!!!

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« Reply #6 on: Apr 26th, 2010, 10:56pm »
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Continuing on my LNE in the Catasauqua area theme here's a pic of my LNE switch piece that i found just outside the former fuller Co property about 7 years ago (I do have a second un-painted one,i use this one as a bookend/conversation piece in my den) This is the only LNE track piece i've found with L&N-E stamped on it though i'm sure there's gotta be others out there.

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« Reply #7 on: Apr 28th, 2010, 12:18pm »
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Thanks for posting all these pictures.  I had a great aunt who lived in Catty.  I remember perhaps 6 or 7  years after she was long gone, her neice came to visit me in Allentown and wanted to see how Catty looked.  As we drove up front street, she started to say "and right there where those railroad tracks are", but the tracks were long gone.  These would have been the L & NE when it came out of the tunnel and crossed Front Street over into the Fuller Co.   She told me she and her brother would play in the tunnel (this was probably late 30's early '40's).  
 
Perhaps you mentioned it above, but does anyone know the date that tunnel was put out of service?
 
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« Reply #8 on: Apr 28th, 2010, 9:04pm »
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After October 31 1961 the LNE was no more. The tracks through the tunnel were pulled up shortly after that..At some point the tunnel bore was blocked up and on the 2nd st end the r.o.w. was filled in. I"ll head out tomorrow for a shot of the Other end of the tunnel (The Front St end... .)

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« Reply #9 on: Apr 29th, 2010, 8:20pm »
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The portal of the tunnel near the American Legion post on Second St

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« Reply #10 on: Apr 29th, 2010, 8:32pm »
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You can see here how filled in the right of way is...The concrete base under the fence line is the very top of a large (now buried) retaining wall

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« Reply #11 on: Apr 29th, 2010, 8:35pm »
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This concrete base is close to the Front Street grade crossing.... Crossing gate or possibly a signal base? I've never seen a pic of the Front St crossing in LNE days.

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For the benefit of those who may not be familiar with Catasaqua, I've attached the 1913 Sanborn map segment showing the Catty tunnel.


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on Jun 21st, 2014, 2:05pm, gfluck1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
For the benefit of those who may not be familiar with Catasaqua, I've attached the 1913 Sanborn map segment showing the Catty tunnel.

 
Interesting note on the tunnel is that the Crane Railroad Company was granted the privilege of constructing the tunnel under a narrow strip of land of the school lot at Peach St. and Howertown Av. on April 18, 1910, and for that consideration they paid $330 into the school treasury.
 
In addition, below is the map from Joe Yurko's "Catasauqua - Crossroads of the Anthracite Railroads".  
 
http://www.thehopkinthomasproject.com/TheHopkinThomasProject/CoalFireIronSteel/Appendices/CatasauquaIndustryResidences/CatasauquaIndustries/Railroads/YurkoArticle.htm
 
 



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