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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 03/25/17 at 08:11:34 - 'The_Plain_Speaker_Dec_7_1903.jpg' 84 KB
The attached is from the December 7, 1903, "The Plain Speaker", "PURCHASE MEANS MORE THAN NOW APPARENT".

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Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info - By gfluck1 on 03/23/17 at 06:53:44 - 'Sinclair_Refining_Co_Bushkill_William_Walters-3.jpg' 108 KB
Below is yet another undated photo of the Sinclair Refining Company (William Walters photo)

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Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info - By gfluck1 on 03/23/17 at 06:52:42 - 'Sinclair_Refining_Co_Bushkill_William_Walters-2.jpg' 149 KB
Below is another undated photo of the Sinclair Refining Company (William Walters photo)

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Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info - By gfluck1 on 03/23/17 at 06:51:32 - 'Sinclair_Refining_Co_Bushkill_William_Walters-1.jpg' 43 KB
Below is an undated photo of the Sinclair Refining Company (William Walters photo)

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Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info - By gfluck1 on 03/23/17 at 06:48:28 - 'enbb12_800x618.jpg' 71 KB
Below is a 1952 detail from the "Office of the Division Engineer" which depicts trackage at the Sinclair Refining Company along Bushkill Drive.  


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Guess the location 2017 - By LVRR2095 on 03/22/17 at 14:54:16 - 'LV_Engineer_K_Taylor_with_LV_221_EMD_SW7.jpg' 125 KB
Here's a test to start off 2017.
I will give you a hint, that is me standing next to SW-7 221 in March of 1975. Back when I was a LOT thinner and had a lot more hair.
Now...where was this taken?
 Photo by Fred Wilczewski
Keith Taylor

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By gfluck1 on 03/16/17 at 14:36:43 - 's12_230.jpg' 125 KB
This was posted the other day on FB by Greg Gunshore, BLW S12, LV 230 doing a little work adjacent to Jones Coal, unfortunately Greg did not know the who or when this was taken.

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West End Branch image - By JimE on 03/11/17 at 17:08:53 - 'LV_223_street_running_on_West_End_Branch.jpg' 179 KB
I found this over on facebook, in the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society group, and I immediately knew where I needed to share it!
 
Here is the caption:
Quote:

Yes, Allentown had some street running! On May 17, 1974 LVRR # 223 has a train on the West End Branch on a back road near the intersection of 13th and Gordon Streets.  
Photo by Jacob J. Stofko


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Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info - By gfluck1 on 12/26/16 at 13:11:35 - 'Bushkill_Milling.jpg' 93 KB
Below is an undated photo of Bushkill Milling Co., tracks to the mill were on the left hand side.

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Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info - By gfluck1 on 12/26/16 at 13:07:52 - 'Easton1927_Bushkill_Milling_729x735.jpg' 70 KB
Below is the 1927 Sanborn Maps segment of the Bushkill Milling Co. and Walter's station (lower right).

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Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info - By gfluck1 on 12/26/16 at 12:53:29 - 'BinneySmith-circa_1931_768x591.jpg' 88 KB
Below is a 1931 Aerial View of the Binney & Smith Upper Mill & Easton Coil Co.

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Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info - By gfluck1 on 12/26/16 at 12:49:17 - 'Easton1927_Binney-Smith_Upper_Mill_752x1571.jpg' 148 KB
Below is the 1927 Sanborn Maps segment of the Binney & Smith, Upper Mill & Easton Coil Co.

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Re: LV - State Line & Sullivan Branch 1941 - By NEFAN on 12/22/16 at 17:11:10 - 'Dushore_Car_Co_1_Vulcan_8T_Topton_Pa_now_at_RR_museum_of_Pa._92880_P.jpg' 45 KB
Great thread. I was able to follow this branch and visit its towns a few years back. Nice country and Dushore is an interesting old town. I know very little about the Dushore car company but here is the Vulcan #1 at Toptown Pa. It is in the PA RR museum now.

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Re: LV - State Line & Sullivan Branch 1941 - By gfluck1 on 12/21/16 at 18:40:38 - 'Towanda1_761x448.jpg' 47 KB
Bird's eye view of Towanda

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Re: Guess The Location - 2016 - By gfluck1 on 12/17/16 at 08:30:28 - 'GTL_2016_871x577.jpg' 77 KB
No guesses, location is "off the Main Line, East of Allentown", a place I often post about......

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Re: Guess The Location - 2016 - By gfluck1 on 12/14/16 at 20:11:11 - 'GTL_2016-1_760x943.jpg' 85 KB
Let's try it again...............................

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Re: LV freight info - By gfluck1 on 12/13/16 at 21:14:20 - 'Series_271830_793x949.jpg' 131 KB
Below is a photo of LV 271xxx with Car Diagram.

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Re: Guess The Location - 2016 - By gfluck1 on 12/13/16 at 20:13:49 - 'LV_140-Bridge_EA-78_-_Spring_St_819x546.jpg' 68 KB
24th Street bridge was over the line, pictured is the bridge/trestle over Spring Street (EA-78). Photo is shared from FB and listed as taken in 1973 and the photographer not listed.

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Re: Guess The Location - 2016 - By gfluck1 on 12/12/16 at 15:25:50 - 'LV_GTL_2016-2.jpg' 96 KB
It's been awhile.........................

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/12/16 at 06:51:15 - 'LV_Combination_3_765x990.jpg' 191 KB
"LEHIGH VALLEY COMBINATION ORDERED DISSOLVED" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/12/16 at 06:50:26 - 'LV_Combination_2_765x990.jpg' 207 KB
"LEHIGH VALLEY COMBINATION ORDERED DISSOLVED" - Continued.  


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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/12/16 at 06:49:36 - 'LV_Combination_1_765x990.jpg' 194 KB
The attached is from the December 10, 1920, "Railway Age", "LEHIGH VALLEY COMBINATION ORDERED DISSOLVED".

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/11/16 at 09:50:33 - 'LV_4-8-4_Freight_3_765x990.jpg' 188 KB
"LEHIGH VALLEY 4-8-4 FREIGHT POWER" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/11/16 at 09:49:50 - 'LV_4-8-4_Freight_2_765x990.jpg' 162 KB
"LEHIGH VALLEY 4-8-4 FREIGHT POWER" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/11/16 at 09:48:49 - 'LV_4-8-4_Freight_1_765x990.jpg' 145 KB
The attached is from the April 29, 1944, "Railway Age", "LEHIGH VALLEY 4-8-4 FREIGHT POWER".

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/08/16 at 08:21:10 - 'LV_4-8-4-2_765x990.jpg' 217 KB
"LEHIGH VALLEY LOCOMOTIVES RETURN 38 PERCENT ON INVESTMENT" - Continued.  


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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/08/16 at 08:20:20 - 'LV_4-8-4-1_765x990.jpg' 113 KB
The attached is from the October 15, 1932, "Railway Age", "LEHIGH VALLEY LOCOMOTIVES RETURN 38 PERCENT ON INVESTMENT".

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By Flemington Flyer on 12/07/16 at 16:10:30 - 's-l1600.jpg' 145 KB
I saw this on eBay, and thought it might add to the discussion of the Barber Quarry branch.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/07/16 at 06:46:44 - 'LCL_Corp_4_765x990.jpg' 182 KB
"The L.C.L. Merchandise Container" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/07/16 at 06:46:00 - 'LCL_Corp_3_765x990.jpg' 181 KB
"The L.C.L. Merchandise Container" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/07/16 at 06:44:45 - 'LCL_Corp_2_765x990.jpg' 163 KB
"The L.C.L. Merchandise Container" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/07/16 at 06:43:42 - 'LCL_Corp_1_765x990.jpg' 105 KB
on Dec 6th, 2016, 5:53am, gfluck1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
The attached is from the January 28, 1928, "Railway Age", "LEHIGH VALLEY OFFERS CONTAINER SERVICE".  

 
As a follow-on to yesterday's post, I'm posting an article from the February 25, 1928, "Railway Age" which provides a little background on the birth of The L.C.L. Corporation, which if I remember correctly was a wholly owned subsidiary of the New York Central, in any event here's "The L.C.L. Merchandise Container".

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/06/16 at 05:53:43 - 'Container_Service_1_765x990.jpg' 204 KB
The attached is from the January 28, 1928, "Railway Age", "LEHIGH VALLEY OFFERS CONTAINER SERVICE".

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/05/16 at 17:44:13 - 'MANCHESTER-4_765x990.jpg' 208 KB
"FREIGHT TRANSFER OPERATION AIDED BY TONNAGE SYSTEM" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/05/16 at 17:43:23 - 'MANCHESTER-3_765x990.jpg' 171 KB
"FREIGHT TRANSFER OPERATION AIDED BY TONNAGE SYSTEM" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/05/16 at 17:42:42 - 'MANCHESTER-2_765x990.jpg' 166 KB
"FREIGHT TRANSFER OPERATION AIDED BY TONNAGE SYSTEM" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/05/16 at 17:41:53 - 'MANCHESTER-1_765x990.jpg' 144 KB
The attached is from the February 4, 1928, "Railway Age", "FREIGHT TRANSFER OPERATION AIDED BY TONNAGE SYSTEM".  


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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/04/16 at 00:33:57 - 'Signals_6_765x990.jpg' 173 KB
"SIGNALS DIRECT TRAINS" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/04/16 at 00:33:20 - 'Signals_5_765x990.jpg' 120 KB
"SIGNALS DIRECT TRAINS" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/04/16 at 00:32:48 - 'Signals_4_765x990.jpg' 81 KB
"SIGNALS DIRECT TRAINS" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/04/16 at 00:32:08 - 'Signals_3_765x990.jpg' 112 KB
"SIGNALS DIRECT TRAINS" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/04/16 at 00:31:27 - 'Signals_2_765x990.jpg' 107 KB
"SIGNALS DIRECT TRAINS" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/04/16 at 00:30:38 - 'Signals_1_765x990.jpg' 135 KB
The attached is from the December, 1929, "Railway Signaling", "SIGNALS DIRECT TRAINS".  


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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/03/16 at 10:20:38 - 'Relay_Intlk_5_765x990.jpg' 237 KB
"RELAY INTERLOCKING ON LEHIGH VALLEY" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/03/16 at 10:19:44 - 'Relay_Intlk_4_765x990.jpg' 163 KB
"RELAY INTERLOCKING ON LEHIGH VALLEY" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/03/16 at 10:16:46 - 'Relay_Intlk_3_765x990.jpg' 151 KB
"RELAY INTERLOCKING ON LEHIGH VALLEY" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/03/16 at 10:16:00 - 'Relay_Intlk_2_765x990.jpg' 146 KB
"RELAY INTERLOCKING ON LEHIGH VALLEY" - continued.  


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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/03/16 at 10:15:10 - 'Relay_Intlk_1_765x990.jpg' 108 KB
The attached is from the March, 1947, "Railway Signaling", "RELAY INTERLOCKING ON LEHIGH VALLEY".

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/02/16 at 20:13:10 - 'Ithaca_1_765x990.jpg' 147 KB
The attached is from the July, 1914, "Railway Engineering & Maintenance of Way", "AUTOMATIC BLOCK SIGNALS ON THE ITHACA BRANCH, L.V.R.R.".

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/01/16 at 05:57:05 - 'Jct_Cont_Remotely3_765x990.jpg' 188 KB
"JUNCTION CONTROLLED REMOTELY ON THE LEHIGH VALLEY" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/01/16 at 05:56:23 - 'Jct_Cont_Remotely2_765x990.jpg' 150 KB
"JUNCTION CONTROLLED REMOTELY ON THE LEHIGH VALLEY" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/01/16 at 05:55:25 - 'Jct_Cont_Remotely1_765x990.jpg' 141 KB
The attached is from the November, 1934, "Railway Signaling", "JUNCTION CONTROLLED REMOTELY ON THE LEHIGH VALLEY".

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 11/30/16 at 20:57:42 - 'Modern_Interlocking-4_765x990.jpg' 149 KB
"MODERN INTERLOCKING ON LEHIGH VALLEY" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 11/30/16 at 20:56:41 - 'Modern_Interlocking-3_765x990.jpg' 114 KB
"MODERN INTERLOCKING ON LEHIGH VALLEY" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 11/30/16 at 20:55:46 - 'Modern_Interlocking-2_765x990.jpg' 109 KB
"MODERN INTERLOCKING ON LEHIGH VALLEY" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 11/30/16 at 20:54:53 - 'Modern_Interlocking-1_765x990.jpg' 108 KB
The attached is from the February, 1949, "Railway Signaling And Communications", "MODERN INTERLOCKING ON LEHIGH VALLEY".

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Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info - By gfluck1 on 11/12/16 at 09:07:44 - 'Water_Tower_-_Victor_Balata.jpg' 36 KB
on May 13th, 2016, 10:15pm, gfluck1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Here's another aerial photo of Victor - Balata Belting company, view from the NW looking SE

 
Water tower at Victor Balata Company

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Re: LV Non-Revenue Equipment - By gfluck1 on 11/09/16 at 20:54:21 - 'LV_92120_2_782x524.jpg' 64 KB
Pictured below is LV 92120, a Lehigh Valley M.o.W. Workman Car, manufactured from an old box car.

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Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info - By gfluck1 on 11/04/16 at 12:32:14 - 'Hercules_1974_859x564.jpg' 55 KB
Hercules Cement, circa 1974

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Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info - By gfluck1 on 11/04/16 at 12:28:44 - 'Hercules_Cement_1970_819x485.jpg' 84 KB
Recent discovery, aerial view of Hercules Cement in Stockertown, circa 1970

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 11/02/16 at 14:54:00 - '016_880x579.jpg' 73 KB
Finally, in this last post along the West End Branch, Dave Latshaw stood facing northeast as he photographed the inbound drill as it moved along the final 100 feet of track, just south of the gated Gordon Street crossing and north of the bridge which ran across the Jordan creek.  The date was 9/23/76, though no sign of the then newly-formed Conrail appeared on this train.
As stated a number of times in earlier entries on this thread, my ultimate goal in posting these images from days gone by was a bit selfish at first.  I thought if I shared what I had, others would do the same and I'd get to view my favorite railroad branches as photographed through the lens of other railfan's cameras.  While I know there are pictures out there which will never appear on this site for whatever reason, I've become quite happy that I began sharing  these many images a few years back... especially because the many comments and questions from younger railfans who were born too late to ever see these things made me feel like my efforts were well worth the time invested.  In the weeks ahead, I'll check to see if I have any Barber Branch pictures which I didn't post the first time around... though I tend to think there are very few I skipped over in the past.  In the mean time, feel free to post your comments, memories, experiences... or even photos on this thread.  I'm always interested in hearing from others who also enjoyed seeing slow-moving locals out on those rusty-railed, weed-covered branch lines.  Keeping the memories alive -- Mark

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 11/02/16 at 14:33:03 - '015_881x533.jpg' 88 KB
A little while later, after finishing its switching moves, the inbound drill is shown as it returned to the main track, ready to head back down to the small yard at Linden Street, today owned by R.J.Corman.  The view is looking northwest, just about at N. 5th St. intersection with the old Sumner Avenue.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 11/02/16 at 14:27:12 - '014_792x526.jpg' 73 KB
So glad to know that people are finding this thread is active once again and are enjoying the additions.  Any chance, Keith, that you were working the drill pictured above... being that it was from 12/19/75?  I can imagine to a guy like yourself who actually worked on the trains which ran over these rails that it tugs on your heartstrings a bit to look back, knowing that nearly everything (other than Corman's yard at Race & Linden Sts.) is now history.  I was just down walking along the remnants of the former Valley main between Union and Linden Streets yesterday morning... taking pictures of some of the remaining industries (mostly boarded up now) which sat next to the line in that area.  I'm going to use them as backdrops on my model railroad and wanted to photograph them before redevelopment changes their appearance or knocks them down.  It's quite sad to stand at the site of the former Union St. crossing (where Corman's track now ends) and think back to the days when many trains were rolling down that line each day.  Hey... at least we have the memories, and for those too young to remember those brighter days in local train chasing, you have the pictures I've posted here to help you envision what it was like.
Today's first two photos were, again, taken by local railfan, Bob Wilt, back on 12/29/76.  In the first photo (below), the Ironton Baldwin is crossing what was then Sumner Avenue, just west of N 5th Street, as it worked its way onto the siding which serviced the Allentown Refrigerated Terminal to pick up an empty before dropping off a load (pictured behind the caboose up on the main track).  This company was one of the final 3 customers along the WEB before its abandonment in 1982.  Today, the newer Sumner Avenue runs up where the train is sitting, along the edge of Jordan Park.  The road pictured here still exists, but has had a slight change of name.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 11/01/16 at 23:11:30 - '012_842x578_1.jpg' 63 KB
I'll end tonight with another Latshaw image captured on 12/19/75 near 5th & Sumner Avenue as the drill moved eastbound along the southern edge of Jordan Park.  Today's Sumner Avenue extension follows the right-of-way shown at this location.  The view is looking northwest from the end of N 5th Street.  Next time, the final 3 photos I have to share along the WEB.  -- Mark

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 11/01/16 at 22:59:38 - '011_890x593.jpg' 88 KB
I don't really know who took this picture on 12/15/63, though my belief is it could be one of Randy Kulp's efforts.  The picture of LV Baldwin #242 shows the outbound (westbound) drill a moment before it ducked under the 7th Street bridge... the bridge upon which the photographer was standing.  The turnout shown was the starting point of double tracking along the WEB which ran from 7th Street to about where 10th Street would have crossed the line... had it ever been built out to Sumner Avenue.  Though built as a runaround track with turnouts on each end (and if I'm remembering correctly, a crossover about midway along its length), this second track was mainly used during the 1960s and early 70s as a siding to service a number of small industries once located along Sumner Avenue in this 3-block stretch.  This eastern part of the siding was little used except on the rare occasion when Schneider's wanted a gondola placed south of the main.  (On one of the first few pages of this thread, I posted a picture of mine showing a LV SW placing a PC gondola here.)  Though impossible to see in the previous photo due to snow cover and a great deal of weed overgrowth, this second track still existed at the time Bob took his photo of the Ironton-led drill.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 11/01/16 at 22:38:14 - '010_890x593.jpg' 89 KB
Bob snapped off another shot as the train proceeded east past Schneider & Son's scrap metal business, still located today between 8th and 6th Streets along both sides of Sumner Avenue.  In another few moments, it will pass under Allentown's 7th Street bridge seen in the distance.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 10/31/16 at 13:10:37 - '009_890x593.jpg' 90 KB
Today's final image (taken by Bob Wilt back on 12/29/76) shows more coverage of the West End drill proceeding east along Sumner Avenue as good old Ironton #751 blows its horn for the N 8th Street grade crossing... directly across from the Sumner Avenue (today "Tippy's") car wash.  I'll have more of this rare train's trip down the line next time around.  Enjoy!   -- Mark

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 10/31/16 at 13:05:15 - '008_880x581.jpg' 65 KB
In this 9/26/43 picture by Charles Houser, it's hard to know exactly where along Sumner Avenue this photo was taken due to the lack of structures in the background.  (I'm guessing possibly the 1100 block, looking southeast.)  In spite of that, it's still fun to look at!

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 10/31/16 at 13:01:22 - '006_877x577.jpg' 59 KB
Another picture by Bruce shows one of the wagons being pulled by chain off of its flat car.  The add for Camel cigarettes in the background is NOT an endorsement by this moderator nor the photographer.  

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 02/01/12 at 16:53:40 - '007_890x593.jpg' 81 KB
Moving closer to Front Street, Dave captured the detail of the random cut stone used to build this underpass in this east-facing shot.  I would have to imagine this was filled in years ago, but I haven't gone beneath Front St. to explore this area in about 44 years.  Has anybody explored this area and, if so, has it been filled in?

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 10/30/16 at 14:13:56 - '003_830x602.jpg' 47 KB
Dave didn't always limit his railfanning to beautiful days... as is evident in this 12/19/74 picture taken (looking south) from the 12th Street hill, just north of Sumner Avenue.  The only thing missing from this location today are the trains and tracks.  The building pictured still stands on the southeast corner of the intersection.
More new photos in the coming days.   --- Mark

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 10/30/16 at 14:08:25 - '002_833x592.jpg' 75 KB
Just slightly east of the N 14th St. crossing at Sumner Avenue, Dave Latshaw captured an eastbound drill as it passed the somewhat new Trexler Jr. High School (up on the hill) and Compressed Steel scrap yard (at right) on 12/19/75.  The windows of the interior staircase of Trexler (the recessed section to the left of the two white panels) is where Gif Sander and I spent many a spare minute between classes and over lunch gazing out to see if we could catch a glimpse of rail activity during the late 1960s.  Back in those days, there was almost always something to see along the line from our elevated vantage point.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 10/30/16 at 13:58:22 - '001_861x570.jpg' 92 KB
towny72: Thanks for your input.  I agree (especially after the riverfront developers recently tore out the last remnant of the original LV main from Union Street north to Catty) that little remains for today's railfan to photograph.  Was it Ben Franklin who said "The only certainties in life are death & taxes"?  I think he forgot to include 'change'.  Regarding my HO layout... no plans at the moment to post pictures, but will be sure to once I get more scenery finished.   Back to the WEB photos!
Today's first post is from the Charles Houser collection, dated 4/20/1961.  It shows a LV Baldwin and train proceeding west along Sumner Avenue.  The train is passing where the N 14th Street crossing was later built to intersect with Sumner... just beyond the former Compressed Steel scrap yard.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 10/28/16 at 13:19:41 - 'DSC00023_890x593.jpg' 69 KB
On a late August morning in 1970 as my parents packed their car in preparation to take my sister back to William & Mary College, I quickly drove down to Hummel's main warehouse at 15th & Sumner Avenue to photograph this recently painted B&M box car which I had spotted the previous afternoon.  Hummel, one of the best customers along the WEB, almost always had at least one car (and sometimes as many as three) parked along the north side of their building.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 10/27/16 at 16:09:32 - 'DSC00021_850x544.jpg' 68 KB
Here's another angle of a previously posted photo by Kermit Geary, Jr... taken as the outbound drill waited for the conductor to set the traffic lights at 17th & Tilghman Streets to four-way red so the train could proceed across the busy diagonal crossing once located at that intersection.  Not much has changed since this photo was taken around 1975.  The gas station and buildings visible at right still look pretty much as they did over 40 years ago, though the gas station is now a Citgo station rather than Pennico.  The view is looking east.    

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 10/26/16 at 22:24:34 - 'DSC00018_886x588.jpg' 71 KB
I've saved the best for last tonight.  Way back on page one of this thread, I posted a Gif Sander photo showing a rare movement of the West End drill pulling a D&H box car out of the massive Schelly's Hardware & Lumber shed on the southeast corner of 17th & Liberty Streets.  In that photo, a 14-year old me was visible leaning out of the left side of the engine's cab.  This very rare shot was taken moments before the earlier Schelly's photo.  Though only my right elbow is visible in this image, I think this is my favorite picture ever taken along the WEB.  My guess is this was taken during the summer of 1970 since both Gif and I were off from school that day.  Very few cars were being received by Schelly's at that point in time and Gif and I were always keeping our eyes on the gravel and dirt which usually covered the flangeways next to the rails which led to this block-long wooden shed.  We could tell sometimes that cars were either placed in or pulled out of the building by seeing fresh cuts in the dirt along those rails, but this was the only time either of us was there to witness one of these rare movements.  Thanks goodness Gif not only had his camera with him, but also, at age 14, had developed a good photographic eye and knew where to stand to get a really good picture... especially because less than two years later, the rails leading to Shelly's (and the adjoining Trexler Lumber Company shed) were pulled up and, during the spring of 1973, a massive fire destroyed the entire facility.  Thanks for the memories, Gif!
That's it for tonight.  -- Mark

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 10/26/16 at 21:42:06 - 'DSC00016_822x588.jpg' 50 KB
On 12/19/75, Dave again managed to photograph the west-bound drill at a tight location about one block west of the previous photograph.  In this pre-Conrail shot, the engine is crossing N. Fulton Street (by the former Classic Photo building -- out of view on the left) and is entering a bend in the track which will lead its train to the diagonal crossing at 17th & Liberty Streets... 1.5 blocks west of here.  Visible just left of the head end (to the right of the truck) is the former warehouse of Harold Stephens Co., a wholesale grocery distributor who, four years earlier, moved their operations to a larger warehouse located at N 16th Street & Sumner Avenue.  Stephens was one of the final four businesses to receive shipments by rail just shortly before the WEB was officially abandoned in mid-1982.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 10/26/16 at 21:18:57 - 'DSC00014_816x616.jpg' 72 KB
Glad you're enjoying the new additions, Jim.  Hope others are as well.
It was difficult photographing the West End drill at certain points along the line due to a narrow right-of-way and buildings constructed very close to one another.  In spite of that, Dave Latshaw managed to capture this inbound movement on 7/3/75 along Scott Street (between Gordon & Liberty Streets) as the train ran west between N. Franklin and N. 15th Streets.  The four-story factory building in the background originally belonged to A. H. Balliet who manufactured cigar boxes during the first half of the twentieth century.  It still stands today.

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Re: Modeling the Lehigh Valley, Pt.2 - By LVRR2095 on 10/26/16 at 13:46:53 - 'PVLS_10-08-2016_014.jpg' 143 KB
Two weeks ago my wife and I took my 3- 1/2" gauge live steam LVRR center cab Atlantic to the autumn blow down meet of the Pioneer Valley Live Steamers in Southwick, Massachusetts.
The loco hadn't run in over 40 years and it took some tinkering in order to wake it from it's Rip VanWinkle slumber. But eventually we had a good run and that large Wooten firebox really made for some good steaming!
Keith (from the Oak Island end of the LV originally)

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 10/25/16 at 15:51:43 - 'DSC00013_862x558.jpg' 55 KB
I'll end today's display with another Latshaw photo as the drill heads west out of the 12th Street yard on 5/29/69.  The caboose is shown crossing 13th St. as conductor, Ed Knopf, climbs aboard and the train begins its return trip back down the West End branch.
More pictures to come in the days ahead.   Enjoy!     -- Mark

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 10/25/16 at 15:33:20 - 'DSC00010_860x506.jpg' 43 KB
Gif's picture from 1970 or 1971 shows two Southern boxes sitting just east of the 13th Street crossing.  Normally cars were shoved farther east on the southern-most public siding track... well beyond the switch so the northern track could be used by the crew to switch cars around.  The building off in the distance was originally the Pennsylvania Independent Oil Co, later to become a Citgo station (at the time of this picture) and finally, an automobile tire company.  The building still stands today.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 10/25/16 at 15:27:43 - 'DSC00008_890x593-2.jpg' 81 KB
I took this picture looking north from the Peters siding track, sometime during 1969 or 1970.  The 40' BN box car was in fresh paint and just begging to have its picture taken.  The building off to the right (where CVS sits today) was another building owned by Ritter and Smith where roof trusses were assembled.  The only railroad cars I ever remember being on the siding which led to this building (along Liberty Street) were strings of flat cars from the "World of Mirth" trains which brought the fair to Allentown each September. I can still remember the fun I had (along with other children from that neighborhood) running along the tops of the cars from 13th Street to 12th Street and back again.  Since most of the fair wagons were unloaded in groups, there were metal plates between the ends of the cars, making it easy to get from one car to the next without having to jump great distances between cars.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 10/25/16 at 14:53:21 - 'DSC00011_818x533.jpg' 62 KB
The same train shot by D.L. on 10/20/77 up by the Peters building is now approaching the N. Madison Street crossing, one street west of 13th.  The track to the right leads to the center tracks of the former 12th Street Yard where  cars were spotted for loading/unloading by numerous area businesses.  The rotted tie lying across those rails just beyond 13th Street was due to a broken rail which occurred in the middle of the 13th St. crossing.  It was a temporary reminder to the crews that the center tracks were not usable at that time.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 10/25/16 at 14:33:29 - 'DSC00007_855x541.jpg' 43 KB
In this east-looking shot from March, 1958 (estimated date), Bruce Kleppinger captured a LV Baldwin blocking N. 13th Street as it switched the Peters siding... then owned by Mauser Mill Company, a flour producer.  Off in the distance (to the left of the train) sits the remains of the Allentown Steam Heat Company's coal pile, significantly less than what would have been visible if this photo had been taken just several months earlier, before winter arrived.  The building pictured (with white trim) still stands along the north side of Liberty Street in the 1200 block.  The structure visible behind the coal pile is where CVS stands today.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 10/24/16 at 12:38:11 - 'DSC00006_890x543.jpg' 67 KB
Last post of today is another Bob Wilt photo of Ironton #751 as it proceeds west and prepares to cross N. 13th Street.  This southeast-facing shot gives a better (though still obstructed) view of Ritter & Smith's lumber shed.  The row homes pictured at far right still sit along the south side of W. Gordon Street.  Same date as the earlier post... 12/29/76.           Until next time... Mark.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 10/24/16 at 12:27:32 - 'DSC00003_819x514.jpg' 82 KB
Dave Latshaw captured this Peters action on 10/20/1977... again looking southeast.  Conrail was over a year and a half old at the time Dave took this great picture.  Thankfully they still hadn't found time to completely repaint this old Valley pup!

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 10/24/16 at 12:20:35 - 'DSC00004_843x487.jpg' 44 KB
First post of today is another Peters Plant Food warehouse shot by Gif Sander, taken during the summer of 1969 or 1970.  The Great northern box car sitting to the left contained a load of lumber for nearby Ritter & Smith.  This southeast-facing view shows part of the West End cemetery (along N. 12th Street) in the background.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 10/23/16 at 16:26:58 - 'DSC00002_890x559.jpg' 65 KB
Okay you branch line lovers... time to bring this thread to life again!  I finally started building the HO layout I've been planning for about 15 years and had a member of the Lehigh & Keystone Valley club in Bethlehem build some warehouses for me based on buildings which were once served along the Valley's West End Branch.  One was the Peters Plant Food company  which sat at the very end of the line at 12th & Gordon Streets.  In an attempt to copy the sign which was displayed on the northern wall of the original warehouse, I pulled out some slides and started to realize that there were a number of photos I had never displayed on this thread... mostly because they were similar to others I had previously posted.  Well, I figure enough time has passed that I can now begin to add a few of those photos to (hopefully) get some interest going again.  Who knows... maybe this will motivate those of you who have some pictures of the former Allentown branch lines in your own collections to finally break down and share what you have with the rest of us!
The first photo shows Ironton Baldwin 751 and its caboose four days after Christmas in 1976 as it moves along the Peters Plant Food siding.  This was taken by local railfan, Bob Wilt.  The view was taken looking southwest and the building visible just above the engine was Ritter & Smith's Lumber Co. shed.
More goodies in the days/weeks ahead.  As always, please feel free to post any comments/questions/photos of your own.   --- Mark


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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 10/15/16 at 13:51:43 - 'ct7.jpg' 166 KB
"NEW DEEP WATER TERMINAL PUT IN OPERATION" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 10/15/16 at 13:51:03 - 'ct6.jpg' 151 KB
"NEW DEEP WATER TERMINAL PUT IN OPERATION" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 10/15/16 at 13:50:25 - 'ct5.jpg' 121 KB
"NEW DEEP WATER TERMINAL PUT IN OPERATION" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 10/15/16 at 13:49:29 - 'ct4.jpg' 125 KB
"NEW DEEP WATER TERMINAL PUT IN OPERATION" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 10/15/16 at 13:48:56 - 'ct3.jpg' 115 KB
"NEW DEEP WATER TERMINAL PUT IN OPERATION" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 10/15/16 at 13:48:20 - 'ct2.jpg' 113 KB
"NEW DEEP WATER TERMINAL PUT IN OPERATION" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 10/15/16 at 13:47:28 - 'ct1.jpg' 132 KB
From the May 19, 1923, "Railway Age", "NEW DEEP WATER TERMINAL PUT IN OPERATION".

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Re: Historian John 'Jack' Koehler - By Brian_Coblentz on 08/31/16 at 10:34:41 - '14079983_996864563763359_870127899125903848_n.jpg' 122 KB
Thank you all for the well wishes. It's hard to believe he is gone. However, he would have been so humbled by the turn out of those who came to pay their respects. Also, he would have been so elated to see so many Valley engineers all in one place. Attached is one his last photos with NS LVRR Heritage that made it to Hazelton PA.

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Re: Meshoppen - By darktown2 on 07/02/16 at 15:24:53 - 'DSCN2918_691x518.jpg' 119 KB
One more shot of the front.  Keith

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Meshoppen - By darktown2 on 07/02/16 at 15:20:29 - 'DSCN2919_691x518.jpg' 92 KB
Drove by the station today and there are new signs in place.  The building is looking good !  Keith

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Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info - By Wm_Turnbull on 06/21/16 at 11:13:51 - 'HO_Ertl_Easton_Mill.jpg' 33 KB
Ertl, now RDA kit

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Lehigh Valley Railroad roundhouse in Auburn,NY - By LV319 on 06/06/16 at 19:30:06 - 'image-2.jpg' 99 KB
The Lehigh Valley Railroad roundhouse in Auburn, NY has been demolished.  The structure was damaged by fire earlier this year.


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