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« Reply #20 on: Apr 5th, 2015, 10:48pm »
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Gfluck1:
Thanks again for continuing to post these pictures of structures/industries along the E&N.  I really am enjoying these!
   Doug


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« Reply #21 on: Apr 6th, 2015, 9:45pm »
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The illustration below is of the William Wharton Jr. & Co. Inc. (which was a subsidiary of the Taylor-Wharton Iron & Steel Co.) was build in 1914 thru 1915 for the manufacturing of manganese steel frogs and crossings. Harrisburg Steel Corporation purchased the plant in 1952 and continued plant operations until 1983.

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« Reply #22 on: Apr 6th, 2015, 9:48pm »
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Photo of main shop during construction.

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« Reply #23 on: Apr 6th, 2015, 9:51pm »
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Photo of office building during construction.

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« Reply #24 on: Apr 7th, 2015, 6:53pm »
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Sorry for my delay. I have not been on the computer of late. I did work what was called the "top of the hill" job regular in the early 70's. We usually went as far as Dixie cup and did all the shifting around the Dixie Cup plant. This included the Easton Express, Schibels bakery, Victor Balata, Taylor Wharton etc. The job was quite busy. We got recrewed usually at Dixie by the E&N crew that went the rest of the way to Tatamy, Stockertown etc. They then returned to Allentown. We would get our train out of Bethlehem yard go east to Easton yard. There we would shift our train into "station order" for the trip up the branch. We also shifted the freight yard at Easton. There was still quite a bit of freight house business then as well as the bulk cars we spotted on the old coal trestle. However it was no longer coal,  but bulk cars of fertilizer etc. The past 40 plus years has played hell with my memory but I liked the job. It was however all work. I very seldom worked towards Stockertown, as those jobs were filled with guys that had more time on the railroad then me.
   Perhaps Keith Taylor, (the other Keith) can give us his memories.
   I also worked the job in 1969 and beyond when we ran out of Richards yard, however those memories are not near as clear, as I only worked the jobs off the extra list. One trip I remember as the run from hell when I was so sick I thought I was going to die. That was a coal train to Stockertown.   Keith


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« Reply #25 on: Apr 7th, 2015, 7:53pm »
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Hey Keith:
Glad to see you back here!  I hear ya on the memory thing;  I'm getting to the point of being the same way with regard to what I "think" that I saw chasing the LV around in the 60s and early 70s, vs. what I probably actually did see.
 
Thanks for the great overview.  I have some specific questions with regard to operations on the branch that I'd like to see if you can set me straight on, so please check your private message box later.
 
Yes, Keith T has responded and provided some good information....but he was also quick to add that he thought you'd be the authority on actual operations on the branch, as you'd actually "been there and done that".
 
Anxiously awaiting a report on the outing along the Naples branch this coming weekend...hope you guys have great weather and a great day!
    Doug


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« Reply #26 on: Apr 16th, 2015, 10:17pm »
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Pictured below (circa 1910) is Messinger Manufacturing Company, iron founders and manufacturers of agricultural equipment in Tatamy. Founded in 1857 and incorporated in 1912, it remained in business until 1957 when all the buildings and content were sold. A coal trestle was built on the property in 1890 when the Easton & Northern Railroad passed through Tatamy.
(Buildings from left to right, woodshop and office, blacksmith shop).


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« Reply #27 on: Apr 16th, 2015, 10:23pm »
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Pictured below is a piece of equipment built by Messinger Mfg Co. and behind it the Tatamy depot.

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« Reply #28 on: Apr 18th, 2015, 6:28am »
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on Apr 2nd, 2015, 6:09pm, gfluck1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
And another photo by Jim Miller of the adjacent storage building, taken in 2007.

 
Found this last night while surfing the web, NFBC mill building, date unknown.


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« Reply #29 on: Apr 18th, 2015, 8:51pm »
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Most of the information covered so far in this thread is related to the industries that were still thriving in the 50's, 60's and 70's, well the photo below is from 1908 (hence the poor quality), depicted is the power house of the Northampton Traction Company, it was located at Walters Upper Mill along the Bushkill Creek. The Lehigh Valley provided low-grade rice coal at a cost of $2.10 per ton, the result was 550Vdc to operate the trolleys which ran from Easton to Bangor and a branch from Tatamy Junction to Nazareth. The Northampton Traction Company remained in business till 1933.

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« Reply #30 on: May 16th, 2015, 4:01pm »
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Next up is an aerial of what was C.K. Williams coal trestle and brother, F.C. Williams flour warehouse along Bushkill Creek along 13th Street.

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« Reply #31 on: May 16th, 2015, 4:03pm »
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Google Earth image of Williams coal trestle remains.

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« Reply #32 on: May 16th, 2015, 4:05pm »
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Photo of Williams Flour Warehouse remains.

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« Reply #33 on: May 16th, 2015, 4:11pm »
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And finally Sanborn Map segments, Easton, 1919.

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« Reply #34 on: Oct 20th, 2015, 10:00pm »
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Next up, a Penn Pilot photo locating the Express-Times warehouse (formerly the Easton Express), located on at 1900 Woods Avenue, Easton and to the SW is Mack Printing Company.

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« Reply #35 on: Oct 20th, 2015, 10:06pm »
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Photo of the Express-Times warehouse (NE end of building), built in 1923 along with the office building which was located approximately 1-3/4 miles on N. 4th Street in downtown Easton.

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« Reply #36 on: Oct 20th, 2015, 10:08pm »
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Photo of the Express-Times warehouse (SW end of building).

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« Reply #37 on: Oct 20th, 2015, 10:17pm »
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Photo of the Express-Times warehouse (interior). Building was listed as 8,800 sq ft (8,400 usable) with ceiling height of 30 ft at side walls and 45 ft at the center. (If you look carefully you will see a pair of overhead beams with chain falls).

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« Reply #38 on: Oct 27th, 2015, 6:15am »
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The attached is a segment from the 1938 Penn Pilot photo of Northampton County (West Easton & Wilson Borough), I've identified the industry and provided dates of operation for the ones I know.


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« Reply #39 on: Oct 27th, 2015, 8:18am »
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Gfluck1:
THANK YOU for continuing to provide this excellent info....being half-way across the country from PA, it's great having a set of knowledgeable "eyes on the ground"!  The PennPilot aerial with industries identified will be extremely helpful.  Please keep this stuff coming as time permits!
    Doug Elder


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