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Re: Allentown branchlines - By valleyfan628 on 03/19/18 at 22:38:36 - 'Trexler003-092338-C_2542x1092.jpg' 450 KB
Lastly a little closer aerial view of Treadler Lumber. Again, I had shared these initially with Mark and here are his observations:
 
Things you can see which I didn't see before along the WEB... not in any particular order:
 
(1) The full length of the old trestle along what became Ice City #4 warehouse... running all the way to Allen St.
(2) A gondola (with a sand load?) on the Ice City siding just north of Allen St.
(3) A very short coal siding with a coal car on it along the east side of the main, just north of the Trexler access siding... right behind what became the Ice City show room!  I never knew such a siding existed.
(4) The trestle (with a car sitting on it) on the first siding northeast of 17th & Tilghman Sts... by where Wally's Home of the Hog deli is today.
(5) An empty field where the GE/Harold Stephens "pit" siding will later appear.
(6) A coal car on the short trestle just east of the 16th & Sumner crossing.
(7) A box car sitting near the Hummel Warehouse siding and a clear view of the back of Hummel and what was then-separate Lehigh Valley Paper building.
( A fairly clear view of what the old Gulf Oil facility at Roth & Sumner Ave looked like.
(9) Heading toward the other direction (toward the end of the line), the 3 World of Mirth passenger cars parked in front of the Trexler Lumber shed (next to what became Shelly's shed) and at least 3 box cars on the siding which ran south along 17th St.  Also, many cars lined up parallel to Gordon St. and the trolley tracks running down the middle of Gordon St.
(10) A big coal pile in the southern-most Trexler shed's side yard.
(11) The turnout just east of the Fulton (near Gordon) crossing leading to the long double-ended siding which used to parallel the main track on the SOUTH side... in addition to the one on the north side.
(12) Strings of empty World of Mirth flat cars lined up (east of 13th St.) on the middle team track and the extension of the main line track all the way up to 12th St.  Also visible is the large Allentown Steam Heat coal pile which they started building up in the 12th St. yard in the fall.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By valleyfan628 on 03/19/18 at 22:34:49 - 'Trexler002-092338-C_2950x916.jpg' 441 KB
Another nice view of Trexler Lumber

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By valleyfan628 on 03/19/18 at 22:32:19 - 'Trexler001-092338-C_1950x1586.jpg' 452 KB
Moving the Way-Back dial up a few years to September 1938 right around Fair week are a few aerial photographs of Trexler Lumber including a view the WEB up to 12th St.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By valleyfan628 on 03/19/18 at 22:28:07 - 'Traylor002-050136-C_2962x1234.jpg' 476 KB
Another of Traylor. I shared these initially with Mark and here are his observations:
On the Traylor photo (001) you can see a small steam locomotive along the Barber main with white smoke rising from its stack, 2.5" up from the bottom, all the way at left!  Also visible are the 4 Traylor tracks and, at far right, the RDG's Mack branch.  Also, click down on the very bottom left corner and you can see the old railroad bridge across the Little Lehigh which ran over to the Allentown Water Works building.  Click on the S. 10th St. crossing and you'll see the switch was in the east end of the siding which paralleled the Barber's main track.  Click on the area one inch above the 8th St. bridge and you can easily see how the Barber tracks worked their way through the old Wire Mill.  Click above that and you can make out (though a little fuzzy) the trestle across the Jordan as well as the entire CNJ plate girder bridges in the same area.
 
On the other Traylor photo (002), you can also see the steam engine, though the details are rather dark.  What amazes me most about this image is all of the undeveloped land west of 10th and north of Wyoming Sts!

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By valleyfan628 on 03/19/18 at 22:24:03 - 'Traylor001-050136_2066x1695.jpg' 430 KB
Turning the Way-Back machine back to May 1936 with a couple of aerial photographs of Traylor Mfg. which was serviced by both the LV Barber Branch and RDG

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Re: LV Diesel Roster - By gfluck1 on 02/06/18 at 06:05:32 - 'The_Evening_Times_Thu_May_31_1951_800x492.jpg' 68 KB
Article is from the May 31, 1951, "The Evening Times", "NEW DIESEL SWITCH ENGINE GOING IN SERVICE IN SAYRE".

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 02/06/18 at 05:57:33 - 'The_Evening_Times_Wed_Jul_12_1950_346x712.jpg' 55 KB
The attached is from the July 12, 1950, "The Evening Times", "LV TO LAUNCH FOURTH TUG".

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 02/04/18 at 11:46:00 - 'Wilkes_Barre_Times_Leader_the_Evening_News_Sat_Jul_24_1937_619x745.jpg' 64 KB
The attached is from the July 24, 1937 "Wilkes Barre Times Leader", "RAIL EXECUTIVES RIDE MODERN TRAIN".  


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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 02/04/18 at 09:33:37 - 'NRO_04_850x1226.jpg' 186 KB
"NEW INTERLOCKINGS REPLACE OLD" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 02/04/18 at 09:32:32 - 'NRO_03_855x1214.jpg' 203 KB
"NEW INTERLOCKINGS REPLACE OLD" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 02/04/18 at 09:31:39 - 'NRO_02_850x1236.jpg' 232 KB
"NEW INTERLOCKINGS REPLACE OLD" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 02/04/18 at 09:30:37 - 'NRO_01_826x1204.jpg' 177 KB
The attached is from the June, 1953, "Railway Signaling & Communications", "NEW INTERLOCKINGS REPLACE OLD".

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 02/02/18 at 06:56:13 - 'Star_Gazette_Fri_Jul_3_1964_890x635.jpg' 111 KB
The attached is from the July 3, 1964, "The Star Gazette", "H'HEADS ACTS TO RELOCATE PIGGY-BACK DEPOT".  


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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 01/30/18 at 05:39:34 - 'The_Plain_Speaker_Wed_Apr_4_1951_b_870x1183.jpg' 152 KB
"NEW DIESEL CARS ORDERED FOR HAZLETON RUN" - Continued.  


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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 01/30/18 at 05:38:36 - 'The_Plain_Speaker_Wed_Apr_4_1951_a_879x1222.jpg' 258 KB
The attached is from the April 4, 1951, "The Plain Speaker", "NEW DIESEL CARS ORDERED FOR HAZLETON RUN".  


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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 01/23/18 at 20:08:52 - 'img394_792x1114.jpg' 217 KB
"LEHIGH VALLEY CONSOLIDATES INTER-SHOP TRANSPORT" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 01/23/18 at 20:07:11 - 'img393_738x1101.jpg' 183 KB
"LEHIGH VALLEY CONSOLIDATES INTER-SHOP TRANSPORT" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 01/23/18 at 20:06:05 - 'img392_794x1079.jpg' 208 KB
The attached is from the October 13, 1928, "Railway Age", "LEHIGH VALLEY CONSOLIDATES INTER-SHOP TRANSPORT".  


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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/28/17 at 23:26:20 - '3-Lvl-Crossing_239_813x1237.jpg' 111 KB
"THREE-LEVEL CROSSING INVOLVES INTERESTING BRIDGES" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/28/17 at 23:25:36 - '3-Lvl-Crossing_238_818x1245.jpg' 229 KB
"THREE-LEVEL CROSSING INVOLVES INTERESTING BRIDGES" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/28/17 at 23:24:20 - '3-Lvl-Crossing_237_816x1246.jpg' 290 KB
"THREE-LEVEL CROSSING INVOLVES INTERESTING BRIDGES" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/28/17 at 23:23:17 - '3-Lvl-Crossing_236_823x1217.jpg' 200 KB
The attached is from the February 18, 1933, "Railway Age", "THREE-LEVEL CROSSING INVOLVES INTERESTING BRIDGES".

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Re: LV Non-Revenue Equipment - By gfluck1 on 12/28/17 at 00:55:17 - 'LV_90000_2_803x573.jpg' 49 KB
on Apr 21st, 2014, 8:47pm, gfluck1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Pictured below is LV 90000, a rail grinding car which was designed and built at the Packerton shops to remove corrugations that have developed in the rail head. Pulled behind a locomotive at 40 to 45 mph, it can recondition 4 to 9 miles a day. Photo is from the September 1, 1934, Railway Age.

 
Below is an additional photo of LV 90000, this uncredited photo was shared on Facebook by Greg Gunshore


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Re: LV PIGGYFLATS & OPERATIONS - By gfluck1 on 12/28/17 at 00:42:50 - '1969_April_ORER_854x846.jpg' 199 KB
Below is the LV's Trailer roster from the April 1969 ORER.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/27/17 at 13:50:45 - 'PS-1_Box_Cars-736_858x1242.jpg' 128 KB
"PULLMAN-STANDARD DELIVERS FIRST BOX CARS BUILT TO P-S-1 DESIGN" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/27/17 at 13:48:31 - 'PS-1_Box_Cars-735_858x1232.jpg' 196 KB
"PULLMAN-STANDARD DELIVERS FIRST BOX CARS BUILT TO P-S-1 DESIGN" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/27/17 at 13:44:55 - 'PS-1_Box_Cars-734_858x1236.jpg' 213 KB
"PULLMAN-STANDARD DELIVERS FIRST BOX CARS BUILT TO P-S-1 DESIGN" - Continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/27/17 at 13:43:36 - 'PS-1_Box_Cars-733_845x1229.jpg' 198 KB
The attached is from the November 1, 1947, "Railway Age", "PULLMAN-STANDARD DELIVERS FIRST BOX CARS BUILT TO P-S-1 DESIGN".

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/11/17 at 19:18:24 - 'Asa_Packer-3_837x1206.jpg' 198 KB
"LEHIGH VALLEY DISTINCTIVELY STYLES ASA PACKER TRAIN" - continued.

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Re: From The Archives..... - By gfluck1 on 12/11/17 at 19:17:42 - 'Asa_Packer-2_836x1203.jpg' 250 KB
"LEHIGH VALLEY DISTINCTIVELY STYLES ASA PACKER TRAIN" - continued.

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Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info - By gfluck1 on 08/05/17 at 08:26:54 - '17498960_1573673245994075_3151468933640474842_n.jpg' 140 KB
Photo below is of Butz Dam (circa 1900) and in the background the LV freight depot, and if that tree weren't in the foreground we could also see the freight house to the left.

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Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info - By gfluck1 on 08/05/17 at 08:23:56 - 'ENB_Tatamy_Station.jpg' 213 KB
Tatamy Depot 1955 (Photographer C.T. Andrews)


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Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info - By gfluck1 on 08/05/17 at 08:20:14 - 'ENB_Bushkill_Street.jpg' 304 KB
Lehigh Valley Freight Depot end-of-the-line at Bushkill Street, view of southeast corner, circa 1955 (Photographer C.T. Andrews)


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Re: LV - State Line & Sullivan Branch 1941 - By gfluck1 on 08/03/17 at 20:27:58 - 'Bernice_1958.jpg' 56 KB
Photo of Bernice station (circa 195 shared by Greg Gunshore on Facebook.

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Re: LV - State Line & Sullivan Branch 1941 - By gfluck1 on 08/03/17 at 20:26:54 - 'Dushore_1971.jpg' 63 KB
Photo of Dushore station (circa 1971) shared by Greg Gunshore on Facebook.

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Re: Montrose Branch Questions - By gfluck1 on 08/03/17 at 19:05:31 - 'S_Montrose_1920.jpg' 64 KB
Photo of South Montrose station (circa 1920) shared by Greg Gunshore on Facebook.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 04/22/17 at 21:57:38 - 'IMG_0002-Copy_1_878x494.jpg' 78 KB
In this second historical view, the photographer is standing at trackside facing south as a LV passenger train heads north (railroad west) along the Jordan Loop at West End Junction.  The center track is the eastbound J.L. track which remained in service to this point after the J.L. was abandoned to allow access to the West End branch... the ballast-less track shown at right.  You can see that a crossover existed between tracks one and two.  You'll also see the first half of the siding (at right, beyond the WEB track) which used to service the building which sat on the north side of the Gordon St. crossing (until its recent demolition)... the building shown in earlier postings which had the painted sign for Rabinowitz & Sons on its east wall.  Off in the distance is the faint outline of the Adelaide Silk Mill at Race & Linden Sts.  Also, take note of the string of box cars sitting over in the small CNJ yard which used to sit just north of their Gordon St. crossing.
My special thanks to Jake Stofko for his willingness to share these rare images here with all of us.  Hopefully this will ignite a spark in those of you who may have Allentown branch photos you haven't yet shared.  Again, I'll be happy to scan your images or slides if you don't have the equipment needed to do so.  I'm in the phonebook.  -- Mark Rabenold

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 04/22/17 at 21:34:26 - 'IMG_0001-Copy_1_867x399.jpg' 64 KB
As promised, the following two images were obtained from the collection of Jake Stofko and were both dated "1911-1912".  They were photographed by John P. Scharle, an Allentown train enthusiast who enjoyed taking railroad photos during the early days of railfanning.  In this first image, a recently constructed Tilghman Street bridge is the primary subject shown.  However, to those of us who were often more interested in seeing what ran under the automobile bridges we drove across, take a gander at this!  At left you'll see an unobstructed view of the double-tracked Jordan Loop and (at left) the beginning of the West End Branch just north of where it diverged from the southbound (railroad east) J.L. track at West End Junction.  Looking through the open upper truss of the bridge you can see the McDermott Bros. industry.  The waterway shown is the Jordan Creek.  At far right, the railroad tracks running beneath the bridge belonged to the CNJ and traveled between the Allentown Terminal station and the CNJ main.  (Today's American Parkway road.)  Look closely just above the surface of the bridge (slightly left of the right through truss) and you'll see a covered bridge (with advertising painted on its side) which once stood very close to the current interchange of Sumner Avenue and the American Parkway.  Notice, too, all of the open farm land which appears above the left half of the bridge.  The view is looking northeast.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 04/21/17 at 23:43:29 - 'IMG-Copy_899x773.jpg' 134 KB
I met again with Jake Stofko today and he had a few more prints to offer.  In this photo from 3/23/86, the Brownhoist crane used by E. Schneider & Son scrap yard on Sumner Ave. sits just west of the 7th Street bridge.  Next time I'll be posting two more fascinating pictures from Jake's collection, these taken around 1911-1912 at the former West End Jct. along the Jordan Loop. -- Mark

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 04/17/17 at 21:57:39 - '850x478-6.jpg' 88 KB
Last week, a number of railroad-related pictures appeared on mcall.com, the website for Allentown's daily newspaper.  I was unable to view them myself, but a friend recently forwarded them to me and the following image (looking west, possibly taken from the top of the former gas works tank which used to sit east of Basin St. and south of Union St.) was so good and rare that I felt it had to be shared here.  Though neither the West End nor the Barber branches are shown, this photo shows almost the entire section of the Jordan Loop track which ran between the two branches.  Also visible are both the Lehigh Valley and the Allentown Terminal (CNJ & Reading shared) stations which sat along the 300 block of Hamilton St. in days gone by.  The passenger coaches shown were sitting on the holding tracks which ran along the west side of the ATRR station.  The Union St. tower which once controlled all movements in this area sat just out of view to the left of the photo.  I don't know the date nor the name of the photographer, but based on the track arrangement shown and the condition of the two stations, my guess is the photo was taken sometime  during the 1950s... or even earlier.   Hope you all enjoy examining this rather rare find!  -- Mark

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 04/07/17 at 17:57:31 - 'IMG_0014_823x593.jpg' 83 KB
This final post shows the removing of rails just east of the Jordan trestle with the old gas works tower in the background.
I hope you enjoyed these unexpected additional photos taken by Jacob Stofko.  As I previously stated, finding anything these days showing the West End branch (removed in 1986) or the Barber branch (removed in 2002) is like discovering lost treasure to someone like me.  Jake told me he doesn't own a computer and knew nothing of this thread's existence, so I'm very happy that one of the followers of the images and captions I've posted here over the past several years brought the existence of Jake's collection to my attention.  If anyone knows of any other railfans who may be older and not very computer savvy, please talk to them and see if they have any branch line photos or slides in their collections.  I'll be more than happy to scan their images and post them here for all to enjoy.  -- Mark Rabenold

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 04/07/17 at 17:44:20 - 'IMG_0013_866x556.jpg' 61 KB
A short while later, rails were being removed from the trestle.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 04/07/17 at 16:56:40 - 'IMG_0012_826x594.jpg' 92 KB
Unfortunately, the last 3 photos I'll be posting from Jake's collection are from that gloomy day in January, 2002 (the 16th), when a track crew from the R.J. Corman RR worked their way from west to east, pulling up spikes, rails and old tie plates from the rotting ties below along this old Valley branch line.  This photo was taken looking west from the curved trestle over the Jordan Creek.  The roadrailer is just about at the spot where the Allentown Terminal RR once crossed the Barber branch.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 04/07/17 at 16:45:16 - 'IMG_0011_880x595.jpg' 117 KB
A short while later that same day, Jake managed to photograph #8693 through the trees as it sat at Traylor engineering along the Little Lehigh creek... waiting for its load to be moved into place.  You can see the large ring load sitting on a different track to the east (left) of the engine.  My guess is Traylor's small switcher may have been sitting directly behind the SW, preparing to pull the flat car to the rear (west) of Conrail's engine.  As is evident in the first photo of these Barber branch postings, the load was pulled along the branch behind the Conrail unit, not pushed by it.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 04/07/17 at 16:32:12 - 'IMG_0010_879x539.jpg' 62 KB
Here's the other SW (8693) on its 05/26/85 move out to pick up its load at Traylor.  It was photographed this time on the west side of the Lehigh St. crossing.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 04/07/17 at 16:25:03 - 'IMG_0009_876x615.jpg' 88 KB
Back to 05/23/85.  Conrail SW #8698 sat idling on the east side of the Lehigh Street grade crossing... next to the building shown in the previous posting.  This was photographed just 3 days before the first of today's postings showing the Traylor shipment being moved east of this point.  Notice that the engine in that shot, however, was Conrail's SW #8693, not the 8698.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 04/07/17 at 16:16:10 - 'IMG_0008_826x548.jpg' 103 KB
Jumping ahead to 01/16/02, Jake faced west and photographed a bend in the branch, just east of the Lehigh Street grade crossing... the spot where the line cut through an auto junk yard.  This was the day the Corman RR was pulling up track after the branch was abandoned.  Though there are no engines or cars in the photo, I liked the fact that he had walked in from Lehigh Street and turned around to show the curve which existed here.  (More photos taken this day will appear at the end of these postings.)  Take note of the brick building on the right, for it will appear in the next posting, but from about a 180-degree turned view.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 04/07/17 at 16:04:46 - 'IMG_0007_844x584.jpg' 89 KB
On 04/06/87, CR SW-1500 #9525 was photographed as it moved along the Barber branch a block or so west of the last picture.  This was taken looking east from the edge of M.L.K. Blvd., close to where the Parkettes building stands.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 04/07/17 at 15:56:41 - 'IMG_0006_847x535.jpg' 90 KB
With the impressive 8th Street bridge sitting off in the distance, Jake photographed the drill returning from Traylor Engineering along the Barber branch.  His date states he took this (and two of the following) pictures on 05/26/85, so that's what I'm listing.  However, judging by the lack of green on the trees and grass in these photos, I'm guessing it was more like 03/26/85, or possibly 04/26/85.  Anyway... the eastbound train is just about to cross the spot where the double diamond crossing with the Allentown Terminal RR (CNJ & RDG) once existed... moments before crossing the curved trestle over the Jordan Creek and exiting the branch.  (There used to be a large pile of dirt and stones at this location, allowing a railfan to get some elevation when photographing a subject.)

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 04/06/17 at 14:02:07 - 'IMG_0004_883x625.jpg' 98 KB
For today's final post, I'll wind the clock back nearly 10 years from the last photo to 11/01/76.  Jake captured RDG SW #2761 along Scott St., switching midway between the N. Madison and N. 13th St. crossings.  This was a total surprise to me as I'd never known either branch to be worked by a RDG engine during the early days of Conrail.  I'm only sorry he didn't photograph more locations as the drill worked the WEB that day.  If you look closely up near the end of track, just below the trees, you'll see the end of a light-colored box car which was positioned next to the unloading ramp once located there...  most likely a lumber delivery for the Ritter & Smith company.
Next time I'll begin displaying the final 9 photos taken along the Barber branch during the Conrail and R.J. Corman eras.   Stay tuned!   -- Mark

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 04/06/17 at 13:47:17 - 'IMG_0005_880x547.jpg' 78 KB
Unfortunately, the last two WEB photos Jake had were taken all the way out at the end of the branch.  In this picture, dated 06/14/86, the 12th Street terminal/yard hadn't seen train service in over 4 years.  Within the following few weeks, the company contracted by the City of Allentown to remove all rails and ties would be pulling up these last traces of railroad in the northwest part of the old city.
Though no trains are pictured in this view taken looking east from the N. Madison St. crossing, I thought it was a good picture to post because it shows a number of businesses and industries which once existed in this area.  To the right of the track is Scott Street.  At the right edge of the photo is what was then the Unemployment Bureau.  North 13th St. crossed (from right to left) in front of the stacks of lumber and Ritter & Smith's lumber company shed (the reddish wooden building visible above the lumber) blocks the view of the then abandoned Peters Plant Food warehouse.  The trees in the distance sat inside the large West End cemetery along N. 12th St.  The brick building just to the left of the blue truck parked in the distance was originally the Penna. Ind. Oil Co. (still standing as an auto repair shop today).  Slightly to the left, you'll see a portion of a dark red building with gray doors.  That was the M.S. Young Company building (Ritter & Smith Truss Company as I remember it in the 60s and 70s).  Not visible in this scene is the track which used to run from the track at left all the way over to the north (left) side of this old structure.  (It was removed around 1970 or '71.)  The rails used to run just south of the southern sidewalk along Liberty St. and ended at the edge of the western sidewalk along N. 12th Street... where today's CVS building sits.
Finally, the tannish building to the left (which actually was on the west side of N. 13th Street) was part of a grouping of buildings which were, in part, owned by the Trexler Lumber Co.  It's easy to see the changes in track elevation which existed at this part of the line and made the "flying switch" maneuver possible.  The 13th Street crossing was the transitional point between down and up-grade.  Due to the rise in elevation in the 12th St. yard, it was possible for the conductor (riding on the east-facing caboose platform at the head end) to stop the train by applying the brakes on the caboose just as the free-rolling train entered the 13th St. crossing.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 04/06/17 at 13:03:10 - 'IMG_0002_890x759.jpg' 136 KB
Continuing on with my display of Jacob Stofko's photographs, here's one that was quite a surprise.  "Quakertown & Eastern" steam locomotive #4 is shown sitting just north of the Cedar Street crossing on the West End branch.  The track at left is the WEB main.  The siding on which old #4 was sitting originally serviced the abandoned Dougherty Foundry and was actually a continuation of the siding which served the McDermott Brothers iron works located just behind and to the right of the photographer.  Jake informed me the engine had been moved (dead) to McDermott Brothers for boiler work and was pushed to this point on the siding to keep McDermott's track clear until the work was completed.  The date was 01/20/68.  The building pictured and Cedar St. still exist today... just don't expect to find any tracks or trains at this location.
I, personally, was not familiar with the Q&E railroad, so I did a Google search and found some information stating #4 was privately owned at this time and in 1970, pulled an excursion train between this area and Warwick, NY.  There are even a few pictures posted showing the train in action.

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 04/05/17 at 23:33:20 - 'IMG_878x891.jpg' 112 KB
One more image for tonight's posting.  Another view of the West End drill taken again from a second floor window, this time looking northwest as it was crossing the only gated grade crossing on the line.  The date was 05/14/70 as engineer Harold Barwick took #291 and its train northbound out on the WEB.  Judging by the rust on the rails, it looks like some earlier rainfall and a few days of no traffic on the line was enough to oxidize the shine off the tops of those old rails.  Look closely and you'll see the remnant of the former westbound track of the Jordan Loop partially buried in the asphalt to the right of the still active eastbound track.  By the way, the building at left was recently razed... another bit of Allentown's industrial history gone for good!  Will have a few more West End and a half-dozen or so Barber branch photos to post in the next couple of days... a few of which are quite interesting.  Stay tuned!  -- Mark

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Re: Allentown branchlines - By A-townbranchfan on 04/05/17 at 23:17:40 - 'IMG_0001_870x888.jpg' 116 KB
I must take a moment to express my sincere gratitude to JimE for the recent photo he found on Facebook and brought to this site.  Today I met with the photographer of that picture, Mr. Jacob Stofko, and spent several hours looking though his photo albums for other pictures taken along the West End and Barber branches.  Jake was kind enough to allow me to borrow a dozen or so pictures to scan and add to this site for all to enjoy.  Just when I thought I'd never find any more photos of these two long-gone branches, I was proven wrong.  I'm limited in time tonight, but I'll post the first two photos... the first one taken by Jake's father on 08/08/68 from a second floor window of the house they once rented.  I have no memory of any houses located so close to the Gordon Street crossing, just north of where the Valley's Linden St. yard (now R.J. Corman) is located.  Jake said they were torn down in the 1970s because they sat in the flood plain along the Jordan creek.  Anyway... if only all of us had such a view out of our bedroom windows.  Though the Jordan Loop tracks were gone at this point, the photo shows the West End drill heading north toward the Gordon St. crossing as it passed the old J.L. target signals and remains of a former coal trestle.  The picture was taken looking south and the houses visible at far right face N. 4th Street in Allentown.

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Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info - By gfluck1 on 03/27/17 at 12:41:28 - 'Schaibles_Bakery_1938.jpg' 42 KB
on Apr 2nd, 2016, 7:24am, gfluck1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
A new discovery of an additional view of Schaible's Bakery

 
And another find that was shared on FB a half dozen years ago, this the rear of the Schaibles Bakery, showing railroad tracks, loading door and trestle, circa 1938.  


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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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