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(Message started by: DElder on Mar 29th, 2015, 2:52pm)

Title: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by DElder on Mar 29th, 2015, 2:52pm
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

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by LVRR2095 on Mar 29th, 2015, 3:51pm
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by DElder on Mar 29th, 2015, 4:03pm
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

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by Dr. Sheldon Cooper on Mar 30th, 2015, 1:45pm
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!

Ralph

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by ClearBoard on Mar 30th, 2015, 6:00pm
Doug,

For a larger layout, I’m wondered if old topographic quadrangles and historical County and Township maps would help planning.  I’m 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.  There’s also a good source of historic topo sheets.  Here’re 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 – not signaled.  Sidings are shown as small lines, but industries are not identified.  Timetables will also provide operational info   No perfect answer – best combine info from various sources.

ClearBoard

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by wis_bang on Mar 30th, 2015, 6:42pm
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by DElder on Mar 30th, 2015, 8:02pm
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      

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Mar 30th, 2015, 10:15pm
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Mar 30th, 2015, 10:15pm
And now a photo from 1990.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by DElder on Mar 30th, 2015, 10:28pm
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

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Mar 30th, 2015, 11:05pm
Schaibles Bakery, building construction photo, circa 1920

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Mar 30th, 2015, 11:17pm
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Mar 31st, 2015, 8:30pm
Photo below is the 1st of two photos of Victor Balata & Textile Belting, circa 1911. Originally they manufactured industrial belting for conveyor systems.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Mar 31st, 2015, 8:31pm
No. 2

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 1st, 2015, 10:09am
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.




Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 2nd, 2015, 5:58pm
Below is a recent Google aerial image of the NFBC and Messinger's Mill in Tatamy.  

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 2nd, 2015, 6:01pm
Photo below is of Messinger's Grist Mill, taken by Jim Miller in 1987.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 2nd, 2015, 6:05pm
Another photo by Jim Miller taken in 2007.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 2nd, 2015, 6:09pm
And another photo by Jim Miller of the adjacent storage building, taken in 2007.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 5th, 2015, 10:08pm
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by DElder on Apr 5th, 2015, 10:48pm
Gfluck1:
Thanks again for continuing to post these pictures of structures/industries along the E&N.  I really am enjoying these!
  Doug

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 6th, 2015, 9:45pm
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 6th, 2015, 9:48pm
Photo of main shop during construction.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 6th, 2015, 9:51pm
Photo of office building during construction.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by darktown2 on Apr 7th, 2015, 6:53pm
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

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by DElder on Apr 7th, 2015, 7:53pm
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  

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 16th, 2015, 10:17pm
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).

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 16th, 2015, 10:23pm
Pictured below is a piece of equipment built by Messinger Mfg Co. and behind it the Tatamy depot.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 18th, 2015, 6:28am

on 04/02/15 at 18:09:57, gfluck1 wrote:
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 18th, 2015, 8:51pm
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on May 16th, 2015, 4:01pm
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on May 16th, 2015, 4:03pm
Google Earth image of Williams coal trestle remains.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on May 16th, 2015, 4:05pm
Photo of Williams Flour Warehouse remains.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on May 16th, 2015, 4:11pm
And finally Sanborn Map segments, Easton, 1919.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Oct 20th, 2015, 10:00pm
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Oct 20th, 2015, 10:06pm
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Oct 20th, 2015, 10:08pm
Photo of the Express-Times warehouse (SW end of building).

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Oct 20th, 2015, 10:17pm
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).

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Oct 27th, 2015, 6:15am
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by DElder on Oct 27th, 2015, 8:18am
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

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by Tomsusmc on Mar 3rd, 2016, 7:01am

on 04/05/15 at 22:08:39, gfluck1 wrote:
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!

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by DElder on Mar 16th, 2016, 12:15am
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

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by carajul on Mar 22nd, 2016, 2:41am
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 1st, 2016, 11:43pm

on 03/31/15 at 20:30:12, gfluck1 wrote:
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 1st, 2016, 11:47pm

on 10/20/15 at 22:00:58, gfluck1 wrote:
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by Raritan Clunker on Apr 2nd, 2016, 1:31am
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!

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 2nd, 2016, 6:47am

on 10/27/15 at 06:15:27, gfluck1 wrote:
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 2nd, 2016, 7:24am

on 03/30/15 at 23:05:58, gfluck1 wrote:
Schaibles Bakery, building construction photo, circa 1920


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

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 2nd, 2016, 7:24am
A new discovery of an additional view of Schaible's Bakery

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 2nd, 2016, 7:25am
A new discovery of an additional view of Schaible's Bakery

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 2nd, 2016, 7:49am

on 04/01/16 at 23:43:34, gfluck1 wrote:
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 2nd, 2016, 8:40am
Below is an additional aerial view, looking from west to east (from Wilson).

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 3rd, 2016, 10:24am
Individual Drinking Cup Company - circa 1931
Also top right is Schaible's Bakery

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 3rd, 2016, 10:27am
Dixie Cup Company - circa 1950

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by DElder on Apr 3rd, 2016, 3:14pm
Thanks again gfluck1....great stuff!  
  Doug

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 20th, 2016, 9:35pm
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 20th, 2016, 9:44pm
Below is the diagram from the "Office of Division Engineer" on the "Proposed Siding & Pit Conveyor".

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 21st, 2016, 2:25pm
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 23rd, 2016, 8:50am

on 10/27/15 at 06:15:27, gfluck1 wrote:
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 23rd, 2016, 9:45am

on 10/27/15 at 06:15:27, gfluck1 wrote:
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Apr 28th, 2016, 1:21pm

on 04/18/15 at 20:51:17, gfluck1 wrote:
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by amato1969 on May 9th, 2016, 2:48pm
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

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on May 9th, 2016, 10:16pm

on 04/01/16 at 23:43:34, gfluck1 wrote:
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)

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on May 9th, 2016, 10:21pm

on 04/01/16 at 23:47:01, gfluck1 wrote:
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)

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on May 13th, 2016, 10:15pm

on 05/09/16 at 22:16:27, gfluck1 wrote:
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

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on May 14th, 2016, 2:00pm

on 04/21/16 at 14:25:34, gfluck1 wrote:
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.  

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by Wm_Turnbull on Jun 21st, 2016, 11:08am
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.


Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by Wm_Turnbull on Jun 21st, 2016, 11:13am
Ertl, now RDA kit

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by Wm_Turnbull on Jun 21st, 2016, 11:20am
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.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Oct 27th, 2016, 5:39am
Dixie Cup Company - circa 1970

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Nov 4th, 2016, 12:28pm
Recent discovery, aerial view of Hercules Cement in Stockertown, circa 1970

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Nov 4th, 2016, 12:32pm
Hercules Cement, circa 1974

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Nov 12th, 2016, 9:07am

on 05/13/16 at 22:15:03, gfluck1 wrote:
Here's another aerial photo of Victor - Balata Belting company, view from the NW looking SE


Water tower at Victor Balata Company

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by DElder on Nov 12th, 2016, 8:58pm
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

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Dec 26th, 2016, 12:49pm
Below is the 1927 Sanborn Maps segment of the Binney & Smith, Upper Mill & Easton Coil Co.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Dec 26th, 2016, 12:53pm
Below is a 1931 Aerial View of the Binney & Smith Upper Mill & Easton Coil Co.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Dec 26th, 2016, 1:07pm
Below is the 1927 Sanborn Maps segment of the Bushkill Milling Co. and Walter's station (lower right).

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Dec 26th, 2016, 1:11pm
Below is an undated photo of Bushkill Milling Co., tracks to the mill were on the left hand side.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Mar 23rd, 2017, 6:48am
Below is a 1952 detail from the "Office of the Division Engineer" which depicts trackage at the Sinclair Refining Company along Bushkill Drive.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Mar 23rd, 2017, 6:51am
Below is an undated photo of the Sinclair Refining Company (William Walters photo)

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Mar 23rd, 2017, 6:52am
Below is another undated photo of the Sinclair Refining Company (William Walters photo)

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Mar 23rd, 2017, 6:53am
Below is yet another undated photo of the Sinclair Refining Company (William Walters photo)

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Mar 27th, 2017, 12:41pm

on 04/02/16 at 07:24:29, gfluck1 wrote:
A new discovery of an additional view of Schaible's Bakery


And another find that was shared on FB a half dozen years ago, this the rear of the Schaibles Bakery, showing railroad tracks, loading door and trestle, circa 1938.

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by DElder on Mar 27th, 2017, 10:55pm
Gfluck1:
Can't thank you enough for keeping this thread going and for continuing to unearth these incredible nuggets of info!  Very helpful as I continue planning for a pending E&N operations-oriented layout out here in the Midwest!
  Doug

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Aug 5th, 2017, 8:20am
Lehigh Valley Freight Depot end-of-the-line at Bushkill Street, view of southeast corner, circa 1955 (Photographer C.T. Andrews)

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Aug 5th, 2017, 8:23am
Tatamy Depot 1955 (Photographer C.T. Andrews)

Title: Re: Easton & Northern Branch Info
Post by gfluck1 on Aug 5th, 2017, 8:26am
Photo below is of Butz Dam (circa 1900) and in the background the LV freight depot, and if that tree weren't in the foreground we could also see the freight house to the left.



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