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« Reply #380 on: Jan 18th, 2011, 1:23am »
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The East Penn drill's crew was killing time waiting for the track crew to arrive after the GP ended up derailing while attempting to back off the Barber branch at 12:45PM on 03/22/1989.  This shot looks north-east just a few yards east of the Jordan Creek trestle.   Next time I'll post a few more shots from farther west along the BQB.  --Mark

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« Reply #381 on: Jan 18th, 2011, 11:27am »
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Really, Really, really great thread !
 
I'm not from the Allentown area so this is all new, wish there would be more like this out on the net but glad this is of the LV. Seems like the LV is a much loved road by the number of posts and active topics.
 
Wish there was more on the E&N Branch. I was on a business trip in the BAE area last August, had no idea about the E&N. Was driving west along the old LV and saw the branch seperate and start gaining elevation which seemed odd to me, then arc right and cross the old yard site and the lehigh river on a spectacular bridge, really got my interest.
 
I guess I should talk, I have a lot of photos in the Buffalo NY area in the seventies I should find the time to scan and get some threads going myself....someday.....


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« Reply #382 on: Jan 19th, 2011, 12:46am »
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The Wire mill was serviced primarily by CNJ via ATRR,which inclued heavier shipments,coal, steel billets,and most shipments to eastern ports.
The valley serviced northside of mill shipments,mostly outbounds.
this arrangement was requested by AS&W and courts agreed in 1894.
their reason being the CNJ had better outlets on eastern seqaboard.
many carloads of barbed wire were shipped to europe in WW1
on another note there was a split derail on either side of ATRR on BQB


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« Reply #383 on: Jan 19th, 2011, 11:30am »
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slotracer: Nice to have comments from new viewers.  Welcome!  I especially find it flattering when compliments come from people who don't live in the area and aren't familiar with the lines I'm covering.  I agree that the E&N branch would have been an interesting line to photograph.  I'm only sorry I only ever got to shoot two pictures along it.
 
Back to the Barber branch... this time west of the Lehigh St. crossing.  Here's yet another shot of the GP38-2 I followed on 03/23/1989, this one taken looking east (toward the 8th St. bridge) from the S. 10th St. grade crossing as it headed inbound along the Little Lehigh at 2:10PM.  I was amazed the GP stayed on the track during this run, especially as it passed by me at this location.  The rails fell and rose 1 to 2 inches under the weight of the engine as it crossed over these mostly rotted ties.


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« Reply #384 on: Jan 19th, 2011, 11:38am »
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I've changed the hue on this image only because the copy of this slide given to me by Dave Latshaw was very dark and blue and changing the hue brought out more of the detail on the old Taylor Wharton plant switcher once used by Traylor.  Old #6 sat dead along the north wall of Traylor's main building in January, 1951.

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« Reply #385 on: Jan 19th, 2011, 11:45am »
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During the early 1970s, Traylor aquired a number of old Swifts Premium refers.  The cars were converted into flatcars for use inside the Traylor facility.  Here's a picture I took of the pile of car bodies as they were in the process of being scrapped.

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« Reply #386 on: Jan 19th, 2011, 11:50am »
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And a better shot taken by my junior high school buddy, Gif Sander.  The BQB "main" is the rusty track in the lower right of the photo.

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« Reply #387 on: Jan 19th, 2011, 11:59am »
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I returned to just about the same spot at which the last two photos were taken to take this shot on 12/23/2001.  The turnout leading to the Barber branch had been removed by this time and Traylor was using both the Barber "main" and the parallel holding track (at right) to store a number of their flatcars.  The view is looking east and two of the plant buildings can be seen in the upper right corner of this picture.

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« Reply #388 on: Jan 19th, 2011, 12:04pm »
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Here's a north-east facing shot I took on the morning of 04/30/1988 showing both the East Penn Drill and the leased PB&NE engine sitting inside Traylor's maze of tracks.

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« Reply #389 on: Jan 19th, 2011, 12:11pm »
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During one of the rides I took along the Barber branch (about 1970), I captured the east end of the Linde facility from the SW's cab window as we headed west along the line.

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« Reply #390 on: Jan 19th, 2011, 12:18pm »
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During the following winter, my buddy Gif took this east-facing view of Linde from the plant's west-end gate.  The LV often took advantage of this track's "hill" and used gravity to move cars to the west side of an engine.

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« Reply #391 on: Jan 19th, 2011, 12:27pm »
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Turning about 180-degrees and moving about a dozen yards west of the previous photo is where Charles Houser took this picture on 11/27/1979.  The inbound drill has just come off of the trestle spanning the Little Lehigh and is about to cross the grade crossing by Linde.

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« Reply #392 on: Jan 19th, 2011, 12:38pm »
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For today's final post, I'll take us back to late afternoon during March, 1971.  My friend, Dave Beazley, took this shot of Lehigh Valley #224 heading inbound (east) with its caboose across the Little Lehigh trestle during the final moments of the day's light.
Next time I'll post another half-dozen or so pictures taken along the western-most part of the BQB.  -- Mark


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« Reply #393 on: Jan 19th, 2011, 2:21pm »
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Here's a question more about the Traylor rolling stock than anything.  Please don't get me wrong, I'm still greatly enjoying these images.  
 
I recall hearing murmurs that some of the captive flatcars at Traylor were CRP/CNJ, and possibly of some other anthracite RR's.  Any truth to that?  
 
Also, are there any left on the site yet?  I assume the captive trackage is still intact.
 
Many Thanks,
 
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« Reply #394 on: Jan 19th, 2011, 2:41pm »
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I believe that some of the old flats used by Traylor/Fuller were of CRP and RDG heritage, and were originally gons that they chopped the sides off of. I didn't know they also converted old reefers into flats though. A lot of them were repainted so it might be difficult to tell which is which nowadays, if any of the old CRP and RDG cars are still there...
 
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« Reply #395 on: Jan 19th, 2011, 3:16pm »
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There was also a LVRR flat there still in full paint when i was back there last.(Not sure the year but it was after the Barber branch was pulled up) The Lehigh Valley flatcar was number 11322 which the valley had converted from a gondola and was later used in piggy-back service..I got some pics of the LV flat and several Reading/ Fuller  flats i took on that trip...I'll try to get them scanned and up this week

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« Reply #396 on: Jan 19th, 2011, 4:02pm »
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Mark, once again, many thanks for starting a thoroughly enjoyable thread. OK, time for my stupid question. The name of this branch is the Barber QUARRY Branch, but where was the quarry? From what I can tell, the line in the later years ended at the Wenz Memorial Company by Walnut Street. Did I miss something along the way? I guess by the 1960s, the quarry was long gone. What kind of quarry was it, just trap rock or soemthing more "unique" to the area geology? Thanks for obliging this Jersey Boys silly questions.
 
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« Reply #397 on: Jan 19th, 2011, 4:43pm »
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Ralph,
Check out the aerial view I posted on the previous page. Along the bottom edge near the center, the object that looks like a moon crater is the quarry. You can go to the pennpilot web site and zoom in on the original photos.
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« Reply #398 on: Jan 19th, 2011, 9:00pm »
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Those quarries were in the Allentown limestone - a very old and cavernous bedrock.

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« Reply #399 on: Jan 19th, 2011, 10:20pm »
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Gif -
 
Thank you! I totally missed that post...I guess with so much being constantly added to this thread, that's not TOO much of a stretch!
 
Thanks, going back to my Hudson River waterfront now....................
 
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