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« Reply #280 on: Dec 4th, 2010, 11:55pm »
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As to LV pups,true switchers MU'd together were called pups,but in early years CNJ men referred to all small diesel switchers as pups


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« Reply #281 on: Dec 5th, 2010, 4:42am »
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In this piece of the universe, pups is pups is pups..  One stack or two, a switcher is what it means..  Through osmosis I've learned that it's a LV and CNJ (kinda) word for SW-anything, but I've heard guys talk about 'them alco pups', as well, showing that it's a flexible term..  Maybe not originally, but it seemed to become that way...  
 
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« Reply #282 on: Dec 5th, 2010, 7:01am »
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on Dec 5th, 2010, 4:42am, F3_4_me wrote:       (Click here for original message)
In this piece of the universe, pups is pups is pups..  One stack or two, a switcher is what it means..  Through osmosis I've learned that it's a LV and CNJ (kinda) word for SW-anything, but I've heard guys talk about 'them alco pups', as well, showing that it's a flexible term..  Maybe not originally, but it seemed to become that way...  
 
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I worked for the LVRR....as an engineer. I can't say about other parts of the railroad, but at the Oak Island end of the railroad any switcher was a "pup." Every railroad had their own nickname for the little work horses of the railroad. On the E-L they were called bob tails.  
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« Reply #283 on: Dec 5th, 2010, 10:43am »
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Thanks to all that have added to this thread, I have really enjoyed it!
 
So I hear a State Grant has been awarded to a group in Allentown to restore some trackage conecting to the RJC Allentown Lines?
 


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« Reply #284 on: Dec 5th, 2010, 3:16pm »
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Hi guys... I'm back and just about ready to continue the slide show.  But first:
 
irn750: Thanks so much for your additional info on the East Penn drill.  As I said earlier in this forum, I followed the EPD quite often around town in the 1980s and 1990s and have a good amount of shots to post of service to many sidings which no longer are serviced.  As soon as I wind up this subject, I'll start a new forum under Fallen Flags / Conrail / East Penn Drill.  Anybody who likes locals servicing small industries should enjoy it.
 
NS3360 - Bryan: I, too, am very glad sites like this exist.  At 55, I hardly consider myself old, yet when I think of how many of my slides are now 20 or 25 years old, I find it hard to believe.  I really enjoy the questions and comments from you younger fans who didn't get to see a lot of what I did.  I only wish more older fans would begin sharing pictures they took from years ago.  Sharing pictures of things that no longer exist is what makes this so enjoyable.  Come on you older guys... start showing what YOU have!
 
100lbrail: Nice to have your input.  Welcome aboard!
 
Matthew_L: Thanks for your input... both positive AND corrective.  I'll be the first one to admit I make mistakes when it comes to identifying engines.  A friend previously told me I mis-identified the engine crossing 17th & Liberty Sts. on the WEB as an "SW" when it was really an "NW-2".  It was a Houser Collection slide that was labled "SW" and I'm not good at spotting the difference.  Anyway... as a number of the most recent comments have said, you may be totally accurate in what you wrote, but I think the term "pup" eventually became used for any type of smaller switcher, especially SWs/NW-2s.
 
lehighvalley628, my old buddy, Gif: Thanks for that close-up of the old crane at Schneiders... that really helped job my memory.  Also, thanks for the additional shot of the Compressed siding at 13th & Sumner.  Please feel free to keep adding anything you'd like.  After all, you're the one who shot most of the WEB shots in my collection.  By the way, a few more of your shots will be coming up shortly!  Thanks again for being part of this.
 
DaveK: Don't know what else I can tell you about the fire shown in those two earlier posts from the Houser Collection.  It just said the fire was at one of Scheftel's warehouses.
 
towny72: Nice to have you join in.  I know this forum has become quite long, but you'll find several comments about the state grant to possibly restore service to the former Barber branch at a couple of spots along the way.  I believe it was first mentioned somewhere on the 2nd or 3rd pages by one_87th.
 
Okay... back to some pictures!  By the way, most of the following are mine.  If they were shot by someone else, I'll mention that person.


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« Reply #285 on: Dec 5th, 2010, 3:20pm »
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Shot during 03/1986, this picture shows the Linden St. yard (looking north from just east of the bridge) during its piggyback peak.

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« Reply #286 on: Dec 5th, 2010, 3:27pm »
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Same location, similar angle... but post piggyback days.  Taken just about 16 months (07/28/1987) after the previous photo, the EP drill's engine is sandwiched between two cars while a covered hopper's load is being transferred to a waiting truck at right.

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« Reply #287 on: Dec 5th, 2010, 3:36pm »
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I took this shot looking south-west from the northern end of the Linden St. yard as the EP drill moved into position to switch the Morning Call siding at 9:10AM on 03/29/1991.  The flatcar pictured just left of the utility pole had been loaded right there in the yard with some type of heavy machinery.

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« Reply #288 on: Dec 5th, 2010, 3:43pm »
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At 7:15AM on 12/05/1986, the drill was ready to switch out the Morning Call siding as I faced north on one of the old wooden walkways which paralleled two of the eastern-most tracks in the yard.  That's the Tilghman St. bridge in the distant right of the photo.

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« Reply #289 on: Dec 5th, 2010, 3:51pm »
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This 04/28/1989 shot shows the drill placing two cars along the cinderblock-enclosed unloading dock used to transfer newsprint into trucks headed for the Morning Call newspaper company about 3 blocks west on Linden St.  It was 8:10AM.

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« Reply #290 on: Dec 5th, 2010, 4:00pm »
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Less than 6 weeks later (on 06/10/1989), I found the EP drill at the same location at 6:45AM.  There were a few times when the crew tied up in this yard, but only when they'd outlawed while operating there the night before.  In this shot, you can see part of the overhead crane which used to sit over two of the nearby sidings.  The old Phoenix Silk Mill building sits in the rear of the photo by Race & Linden Sts.

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« Reply #291 on: Dec 5th, 2010, 4:07pm »
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A 03/21/1989 shot from the western side of the unloading dock gives a better view of the nearby overhead crane.  Light was getting low and the shadows high when I took this at 5:30PM.

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« Reply #292 on: Dec 5th, 2010, 4:15pm »
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This early-morning shot back along the northern switching lead track shows a lot of traffic in the yard on 10/06/1988.  (Another too-light exposure... thanks to my scanner lightening up the darker shadows!)

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« Reply #293 on: Dec 5th, 2010, 4:23pm »
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During 05/1984, I caught the EP drill's SW1500 switching out piggyback cars near end-of-track at Gordon St.  The dirt and stone piles to the left are about to become the American Parkway, now that the former CNJ tracks which once ran there were history.  This is the only other shot I have of piggyback action in the yard.  (Sorry NS3360!)  The eastern side brace of the overhead crane is visible in the distance.

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« Reply #294 on: Dec 5th, 2010, 4:37pm »
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Speaking of the CNJ's former right-of-way, this local came backing along their track between the Gordon & Linden St. crossings on one of the days I was riding with the WEB crew.  I took this shot around 1969/1970 from the engineer's side cab window as we sat on the switching lead previously pictured.  I was aiming southeast as the CNJ drill crawled past us on what's now the American Pkwy.  By the way, that's a Valley caboose leading the way... just in case the RDG boxcar distracted you!  Looks like the CNJ also had an overhead crane in the area.

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« Reply #295 on: Dec 5th, 2010, 4:53pm »
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As long as I've detoured onto the CNJ, let me add two more shots to this thread.  The first -- taken by my old school buddy, Gif (lehighvalley628) Sander -- gives another view of the "former" American Pkwy... this time looking north - northeast from slightly north of Hamilton St.  The sidings at left ran over to the CNJ's Allentown freighthouse which sat on the south-east corner of Race & Linden Sts.  (Next posting will show it from streetside.)  The dark green object in the shadows at left was an old passenger coach which sat perpendicular to Linden St. for quite some time.  I don't remember whether it was on wheels or blocks, nor do I remember what type of car it was nor what it was used for.  (Anybody else have any information?)  I'm guessing the date of the photo to, again, be around 1970.  (Am I close, Gif?)  Through the break between cars at right, you can see the old covered-platform which had a long track running along its eastern (far) side.

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« Reply #296 on: Dec 5th, 2010, 5:02pm »
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Here's the CNJ's Allentown freight house, circa 1970.  The truck doors and loading platform was along N. Race St.  The man pictured was walking west on the south side of Linden St.  The old gas tower is just visible above the roof of the freight house.  Only sorry I didn't stand back another 10 or 15 feet to get more of the side.  Also sorry I never shot the railroad side of the building!

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« Reply #297 on: Dec 5th, 2010, 5:09pm »
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Back to the Linden St. yard.  Before R.J.Corman fenced in the property, it was possible to stand along Gordon St, face south and shoot a train as it approached end-of-track along the switching lead.  As you can see at left, the American Pkwy. was paved and open to traffic by the time I took this shot of Conrail's East Penn drill at 8:20AM on 04/12/1989.

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« Reply #298 on: Dec 5th, 2010, 5:23pm »
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Jumping back to Race & Linden Sts, this 03/05/1961 photo from the Houser Collection shows the south and western sides of the Lehigh Valley's freight station which was located on the northwest corner of that intersection.

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« Reply #299 on: Dec 5th, 2010, 5:31pm »
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Gif Sander took this shot looking south-east from inside the Linden St. yard.  Again, I'll need his help on the date... though you can figure around 1969 or 1970.  Just look at all that old wood.  Nobody better strike any matches!

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