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Easton & Northern Branch Info
 
« on: Mar 29th, 2015, 2:52pm »
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Does anyone have, or know where I might find, track maps for Lehigh Valley's  Easton & Northern Branch?  Sanborn map coverage of that area appears to be limited to only a bit of the track and industries in West Easton.
 
I'm thinking about the E&N as the basis for a moderate-sized operations-based layout (quite a few industries served right up to the 1970s, opportunities for some nice PA scenery, and interchange with a couple other railroads certainly are attractions).  I've accumulated quite a bit of information on the E&N from Mike Bednar's 2014 article in TRP, all of the Morning Sun books, the Lehigh Valley modeler's website, and past posts to this and "another" LV site, but I'd like to get more information on actual industry track arrangements (and operations), if that type of information is out there somewhere.
 
Keith: did you ever work this branch during your time with the Valley??  If so, would really like to discuss that with you.
 
Thanks in advance to all who may be able to shed some light on this.  (This site has been way too quiet lately!)
   Doug Elder


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« Reply #1 on: Mar 29th, 2015, 3:51pm »
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Which Keith are you asking?
I worked on only small portions of the E&N, mostly drilling Dixie Cup in Easton and some work in Stockertown.
Keith T.


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« Reply #2 on: Mar 29th, 2015, 4:03pm »
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Hey Keith:
Was thinking about Keith B ("Darktown")....apologies for forgetting that you too had spent time on the LV!
 
I would certainly be very interested in hearing about your experiences on the E&N.  If you'd prefer to do that offline or on a PM basis, please let me know.  (But that said, I suspect that there are many others here that would also be interested in hearing about your experiences while working the E&N.)  Hearing from folks who actually worked that branch would be extremely valuable in helping me to piece together how things worked there and how to design a layout that would adequately represent the line and it's operations.
   Doug


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« Reply #3 on: Mar 30th, 2015, 1:45pm »
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Doug, I know there was recently (last year) an artilce by Mike B. in the TRP magazine on the E&N, and the stuff from his LV Facilities books, too. I have a few old track maps (pre-WW1), but my Pennsylvania interests lie in the West End Branch, which doesnt really help you, unfortunately!
 
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 30th, 2015, 6:00pm »
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Doug,
 
For a larger layout, Iím wondered if old topographic quadrangles and historical County and Township maps would help planning.  Iím looking at coal region branches using info from a DOT related website. Each county is listed with dates of available maps.  Early maps have detailed info.  Thereís also a good source of historic topo sheets.  Hereíre a couple links: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/Internet/Bureaus/pdPlanRes.nsf/infoBPRHistoricCountyMaps; and  
http://historical.mytopo.com/quadlist.cfm?stateabr=PA
My Valley track chart for the E&N is from 1960.  It calls out mileage, track characteristic, graded crossing, streams, and place names.  The branch is dark Ė not signaled.  Sidings are shown as small lines, but industries are not identified.  Timetables will also provide operational info   No perfect answer Ė best combine info from various sources.
 
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 30th, 2015, 6:42pm »
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http://www.pennpilot.psu.edu/ links to aerial photos from the 30's thru 60's for some historical info.  I wish I had maps of the South side Branch...
 
If you look back a year or so there were several posts about the E & N. It used to cover a lot of territory as one leg reached into town meaning it went thru west ward and West Easton only to come around town following the creek all the way to C K Williams at 500 Bushkill Dr.; virtually the opposite side of town. That branch split off inside the Pigment mill next to C K Williams' coal yard past the silk mill, served Easton Iron & Metal, Renike Rope, Lafayette's power plant and another coal yard before ending in C K Williams 500 Bushkill Drive location.
 
After climbing over the LV yard, the canal and Lehigh River and the CNJ RR; the branch skirted west ward before climbing through West Easton to Victor Balata [sp?] conveyor belt plant before crossing 25th st and passing through a scrap yard before looping around to cross Freemansburg Ave past Magnetic Windings & Tower Chemical then through Tredwell Corp and the CNJ branch & past Taylor Wharton to cross Wm Penn Highway & loop back over 25th street to Dixie and across Northampton St past the Bakery & down thru lower Hacketts Park to the Pigment Mill.
 
The western branch the followed the creek through several Binney & Smith plants then behind Bushkill Park past Penn Pump to the long run to Tatamy an the Farm Bureau then on to Stockertown. There is a lot to model.


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Grandson of a LV conductor & I remember the EL running behind the Univ of Scranton too!
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« Reply #6 on: Mar 30th, 2015, 8:02pm »
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Ralph, ClearBoard and Wis Bang:
Thanks to all of you for your helpful suggestions.  I did go back some months ago and extract all the discussion info on the E&N from this site and from "that other" LV site.  I think that I currently have enough info on industries themselves and where they were located to move forward (between the limited Sanborn info that I have, and after quite a few hours of "flying around" on BingMaps and GoogleEarth, I've got a pretty good idea of where the tracks once ran and where the various industries were located).  However, I'll certainly dive into the various map site suggested here to see what else I can turn up.
 
Clearboard:  if you have a set of 1960 track charts for the branch, I think those would likely be extremely helpful in determining such things as where runarounds on the branch were located, and possibly what the interchange tracks with the EL at Belfast Jct. may have consisted of. I'll contact you off-list to discuss that (please check your PMs for that).
 
Darktown:  You've been "ID'd" as the most likely suspect with regard to being able to provide information on the E&N based on actually having worked the branch.  If you're still out there and are amenable to discussing some of this stuff, please let me know.
 
Thanks again folks!  And if anyone else here has anything at all to add to this discussion, that would be greatly appreciated....I'd love to hear from you!
   Doug


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« Reply #7 on: Mar 30th, 2015, 10:15pm »
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Below is a photo (circa 1950) of the Northampton Farm Bureau Coop (established 1934) in Tatamy which was the site of the former Messinger Grist Mill.

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« Reply #8 on: Mar 30th, 2015, 10:15pm »
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And now a photo from 1990.

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« Reply #9 on: Mar 30th, 2015, 10:28pm »
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gfluck1:
Great pictures...THANK YOU for posting!  If you have any additional pics of any of the industries along this line, please keep 'em coming.  These will be extremely useful!
   Doug


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« Reply #10 on: Mar 30th, 2015, 11:05pm »
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Schaibles Bakery, building construction photo, circa 1920

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« Reply #11 on: Mar 30th, 2015, 11:17pm »
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Photo below is photo of the T.P. Kelly & Company, Inc of Stockertown, circa 1914. the originally building was Eagle Fibre Company, built in 1904 to manufacture fire pails. T.P. Kelly processed graphite. J.W. Neff Laboratories, Inc purchased the facilities in 1938 and produced magnetic tapes. In 1964 Chemetron Corporation purchased the property and in 1974 PPG Industries, Inc.


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« Reply #12 on: Mar 31st, 2015, 8:30pm »
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Photo below is the 1st of two photos of Victor Balata & Textile Belting, circa 1911. Originally they manufactured industrial belting for conveyor systems.

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No. 2

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I will apologize in advance for the photo as it is rather small, it has been cropped from the original and focused on Rinek's delivery trucks. Anyway Rinek Cordage was originally Easton Cordage established in 1840 and purchased by John Rinek in 1863 and was in business until 1970.
 
 
 


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« Reply #15 on: Apr 2nd, 2015, 5:58pm »
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Below is a recent Google aerial image of the NFBC and Messinger's Mill in Tatamy.  


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« Reply #16 on: Apr 2nd, 2015, 6:01pm »
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Photo below is of Messinger's Grist Mill, taken by Jim Miller in 1987.

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Another photo by Jim Miller taken in 2007.

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And another photo by Jim Miller of the adjacent storage building, taken in 2007.

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The illustration below (from "The Iron Trade Review" of March 9, 1916), is that of the Treadwell Engineering Corporation, which manufactured machinery in large part for the iron & steel industries, the Easton plant opened in 1911 and was purchased by Bethlehem Steel in 1969.

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