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« Reply #40 on: Mar 3rd, 2016, 7:01am »
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on Apr 5th, 2015, 10:08pm, gfluck1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
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.

 
My father worked/Retired from Treadwell/Bethlehem Corp....they made hot/molten metal RR cars for the steel and iron industry. He worked in the carpenter shop, and blocked many cars for rail shipment, and trucks. After WW2, it was the only place he ever worked!


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« Reply #41 on: Mar 16th, 2016, 12:15am »
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LVRR2095 / Keith T:  Please check your PMs for a message on this topic.
 
Darktown / Keith B:  Just wondering if you've come up with any additional "brain droppings" on this topic since we had a prelim discussion by PM a while back.  If so, let me know, as I'm still attempting to accumulate info on this branch and its operations.
 
And thanks again to all who have contributed to this thread....I really do appreciate all the great info!  
   Doug


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« Reply #42 on: Mar 22nd, 2016, 2:41am »
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In 1982 the E&N suffered major washouts near on the mountain side just as the branch left the Lehigh river bridge. CR abandoned it from the LV main to the Dixie Cup spur and the branch was served from the north. I've often heard that the bridge over he Lehigh was deemed unsafe, but have nothing solid on this and Mike Bednar says it was abandoned due to washouts.
 
A major nail in the coffin occurred in 1984 when Dixie Cups and Crayola moved their plants to a new modern industrial park in Forks, PA. They are still rail served to this day.
 
The E&N was down to one customer by the mid-1990s: Mack Printing. They got service once a week. The pigment plant in Wilson was and still is in operation and could have been a viable tank car customer, but CR chased them away.  In 1995 the area was hit by a hurricane and the trackage suffered washouts. CR pulled the plug, they told Mack Printing service was ending. Wouldn't have mattered much since Mack closed up shop in the mid-2000s. They sold the E&N row to each municipality it passed thru for $1 million or so.
 
A short line tried to start up to serve Mack and the pigment plant. CR couldn't pull the rail fast enough. They also sold the row inside the Northampton FB to that company, who then built a new building directly ontop of the row (notice the rail trail bends around the NFB property now). I have a feeling this was on purpose to eliminate the branch ever being re-activated.
 
The leg that went east under the Rt 22 S-curved to Bushkill drive was abandoned by 1978. It served coal docks and by this time natural gas and oil replaced coal. I walked that portion of the line in 1996 and the rails had just been pulled with piles of ties and plates everywhere.
 
The major heavy industry was gone by the late 1960s.
The interchange traffic with the DL&W ended in 1976 with CR.
The bridges in W. Easter (the wooden trestles) were so dangerous the speed limit was 10mph in the mid-1960s. They still stand today.
The rail and spur in the Crayola parking lot are still there today.
 
Could the pigment plant and NFB be customers today in 2016? Yes. But NS would never be interested, as CR was not either.
 
The E&N was a branch line whose customer based dried up and a class 1 that now owned it was not interested in getting new customers or serving what few remained.


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« Reply #43 on: Apr 1st, 2016, 11:43pm »
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on Mar 31st, 2015, 8:30pm, gfluck1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Photo below is the 1st of two photos of Victor Balata & Textile Belting, circa 1911. Originally they manufactured industrial belting for conveyor systems.

 
A newly discovered aerial view of Victor-Balata, circa 1970.


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on Oct 20th, 2015, 10:00pm, gfluck1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
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.

 
And an aerial view of Mack Printing, circa 1970.


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« Reply #45 on: Apr 2nd, 2016, 1:31am »
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Guy -  
 
Where was Victor_Balata located? And I assume Mack was on the top of the hill and gone now, too?
 
Thanks for sharing these!


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« Reply #46 on: Apr 2nd, 2016, 6:47am »
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on Oct 27th, 2015, 6:15am, gfluck1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
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.

 
Ralph, if you take a peek at Reply 38, there is a Penn Pilot segment where I identified the industries along the line, the lower portion is where Victor-Balata Belting is located.


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on Mar 30th, 2015, 11:05pm, gfluck1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Schaibles Bakery, building construction photo, circa 1920

 
A new discovery of an additional view of Schaible's Bakery


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A new discovery of an additional view of Schaible's Bakery

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A new discovery of an additional view of Schaible's Bakery

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on Apr 1st, 2016, 11:43pm, gfluck1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
A newly discovered aerial view of Victor-Balata, circa 1970.

 
Below is the 1919 Sanborn Map segment which illustrates the Victor-Balata Belting Company and Butler-Edwards Electric Company.  


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Below is an additional aerial view, looking from west to east (from Wilson).


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Individual Drinking Cup Company - circa 1931
Also top right is Schaible's Bakery


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« Reply #53 on: Apr 3rd, 2016, 10:27am »
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Dixie Cup Company - circa 1950

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« Reply #54 on: Apr 3rd, 2016, 3:14pm »
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Thanks again gfluck1....great stuff!  
   Doug


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Below is a view of the R & H Simon Company's Silk Mill (looking Northwest), Circa 1950. I had always suspected that they were a customer, and in December of 1919 work was completed by the LV on a coal pit and conveyor.

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Below is the diagram from the "Office of Division Engineer" on the "Proposed Siding & Pit Conveyor".

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Below is a 1919 Sanborn segment showing Marine Decking & Supply Co., later to be known as MADESCO. They original supplied marine decking and fixtures and would later specialize in the manufacture of block & tackle systems. To date I've found no photos of the facilities. Refer to Reply #38 for location.

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on Oct 27th, 2015, 6:15am, gfluck1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
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.

 
Below is the "modified" 1919 Sanborn Map segment which depicts trackage to Treadwell Engineering, Wm. Wharton, Wise Lumber and Messinger Teaming & Supply. Refer to Reply #38 for locations.



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on Oct 27th, 2015, 6:15am, gfluck1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
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.

 
Below is a 1949 detail from the "Office of the Division Engineer" which depicts trackage at the Freemansburg Road Public siding and the siding at Butler Automotive Steel. Refer to Reply #38 for locations.


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