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gfluck1
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« Reply #60 on: Apr 28th, 2016, 1:21pm »
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on Apr 18th, 2015, 8:51pm, gfluck1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
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.

 
Below is a 1911 detail from the "Office of the Division Engineer" which depicts trackage at the Northampton Traction Company siding.


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amato1969
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« Reply #61 on: May 9th, 2016, 2:48pm »
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This branch is so well-suited for modeling!  This thread has inspired me to start sketching a shelf-style layout for my next house...
 
  Frank


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gfluck1
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« Reply #62 on: May 9th, 2016, 10:16pm »
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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.

 
Discovered this elsewhere on Facebook, loading dock at Victor Balata Belting, looking compass west (photographer and date not listed)


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« Reply #63 on: May 9th, 2016, 10:21pm »
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on Apr 1st, 2016, 11:47pm, gfluck1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
And an aerial view of Mack Printing, circa 1970.

 
And another one from elsewhere on Facebook, loading dock at Mack Printing, looking compass east (photographer and date not listed)


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gfluck1
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« Reply #64 on: May 13th, 2016, 10:15pm »
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on May 9th, 2016, 10:16pm, gfluck1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Discovered this elsewhere on Facebook, loading dock at Victor Balata Belting, looking compass west (photographer and date not listed)

 
Here's another aerial photo of Victor - Balata Belting company, view from the NW looking SE


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gfluck1
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« Reply #65 on: May 14th, 2016, 2:00pm »
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on Apr 21st, 2016, 2:25pm, gfluck1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
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.

 
Pictured below is Tower Products (formerly MADESCO) from Google, 2013, doorway in the center is the former loading dock door which was adjacent to the LV spur. Refer to Reply #38 for location.  


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Wm_Turnbull
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« Reply #66 on: Jun 21st, 2016, 11:08am »
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I'm starting on a small diorama or possibly a longer shelf with a couple turnouts that will include at least the Williams Flour mill, 13th st station and the coal trestle.
 
My starting point for the project was when I discovered the old Ertl kit and wondered if it was actually in Easton.  I'm from Bethlehem, so I did a bit of searching for buildings that would have been old enough & trackside and soon found images of the mill.
 
The kit is now sold under the RDA name and I realized that it was inspired by Easton rather than based on it.  It is 8 windows long rather than 7 and it is a story short.  Quickly enough I acquired new and old kits for a decent price and chopped and combined them together.
 
I have one picture of the 13th st station from above, but cannot determine if it is wood or brick, so I am considering basing it on the Tatamy station with vertical board and batten siding.
 


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Wm_Turnbull
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« Reply #67 on: Jun 21st, 2016, 11:13am »
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Ertl, now RDA kit

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« Reply #68 on: Jun 21st, 2016, 11:20am »
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My photo of the building just before the recent clearing of the overgrowth and removal of the wood structure built on the loading dock.  There had been a small fire in the wood section.  The remaining brick portion I believe is intended to be renovated into a handful of condo units as part of the larger RH Simon silk mill renovation project.  In my photo you can see the imprints left in the compacted gravel from the ties in the foreground.

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« Reply #69 on: Oct 27th, 2016, 5:39am »
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Dixie Cup Company - circa 1970

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« Reply #70 on: Nov 4th, 2016, 12:28pm »
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Recent discovery, aerial view of Hercules Cement in Stockertown, circa 1970

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« Reply #71 on: Nov 4th, 2016, 12:32pm »
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Hercules Cement, circa 1974

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« Reply #72 on: Nov 12th, 2016, 9:07am »
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on May 13th, 2016, 10:15pm, gfluck1 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Here's another aerial photo of Victor - Balata Belting company, view from the NW looking SE

 
Water tower at Victor Balata Company


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« Reply #73 on: Nov 12th, 2016, 8:58pm »
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Thanks gfluck1 for keeping this going and for all the great information that you've provided.  I look forward to your continued contributions...this has all been extremely useful in development of a plan for a operations-based model railroad based on the E&N.  Hopefully I'll be under construction within the next couple months!
   Doug


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« Reply #74 on: Dec 26th, 2016, 12:49pm »
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Below is the 1927 Sanborn Maps segment of the Binney & Smith, Upper Mill & Easton Coil Co.


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« Reply #75 on: Dec 26th, 2016, 12:53pm »
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Below is a 1931 Aerial View of the Binney & Smith Upper Mill & Easton Coil Co.

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« Reply #76 on: Dec 26th, 2016, 1:07pm »
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Below is the 1927 Sanborn Maps segment of the Bushkill Milling Co. and Walter's station (lower right).

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« Reply #77 on: Dec 26th, 2016, 1:11pm »
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Below is an undated photo of Bushkill Milling Co., tracks to the mill were on the left hand side.

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Below is a 1952 detail from the "Office of the Division Engineer" which depicts trackage at the Sinclair Refining Company along Bushkill Drive.  


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Below is an undated photo of the Sinclair Refining Company (William Walters photo)


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