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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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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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