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LV rails in Allentown gone forever
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lehighvan
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LV rails in Allentown gone forever
 
« on: Dec 9th, 2015, 7:05pm »
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After 160+ years the freight rail route of the LVRR through the heart of Allentown have been removed and are gone forever. RJ Cormans' crews have removed the last vestiges of the Route of the Black Diamond (Approx. 2 miles) from Hamilton Street past the Tilghman street bridge as part of the massive Riverfront project that has begun its first stages. Removal of the tracks was started in November and by the beginning of December the only traces of the route are the street portions at Hamilton and at Front street. There will be more demolition and reclamation of land as the former Lehigh Structural Steel complex and Ingersoll Rand buildings will fall as well as (from what I'm hearing) a lot of the row homes abutting the new project along Front street.( can't be looking at 100+ year old row homes from the deck of your new condo now, can you?) The Riverfront project will be building luxury apartment and condos as well as upscale shops. Another huge piece of the Lehigh Valley's industrial history will be falling to the wrecking ball. Some of the businesses that the LV served in this short amount of space included A&B Meats, Albright & Sons Pipe works, Lehigh Valley Traction Co., 2 foundries, Horlacher beer, Ingersoll Rand, Lehigh Structural, Bradley Pulverizer. Not bad.

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