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Posted by: ranger101 Posted on: Jun 12th, 2006, 8:34pm
Hello everyone,
     I had the idea to start a thread about remnants of whats left of the PRR on either mainlines or branch lines while I was out at the tracks of the current Norfolk Southern Pittsburgh Division.  PRR5503 and myself were trackside at West Jeannette, approximately MP 326.9 and we found this structure and the corresponding concrete footers that held up something that spanned all 4 mainline tracks.  
     Because of the location of this structure, I think that this may be the remnants of the water bridge that spanned the tracks on this part of the Pittsburgh Division.  There is a picture of the water bridge on Page 311 of Triumph 1.  The caption says that the water bridge was gone in 1957.  If anyone could confirm this for me it would be greatly appreciated.  The following are pictures of what is left.  First is a large concrete rectangular structure with a rounded top.
Posted by: ranger101 Posted on: Jun 12th, 2006, 8:37pm
In the last picutre you can see an iron door on top of the structure and what appears to be a concrete signal footer next to it.  Here is a shot of another concrete base next too the large structure that is bigger than the signal footers
Posted by: ranger101 Posted on: Jun 12th, 2006, 8:39pm
This is a shot of the iron door on top of the large concrete structure.
Posted by: ranger101 Posted on: Jun 12th, 2006, 8:42pm
Finally this picture shows drain type of culvert when one looks in one can see that there are pipes that went under all 4 tracks and pipes that came from the large concrete structure, and pipes that went up to the tracks.
Posted by: PRR5503 Posted on: Jun 12th, 2006, 10:32pm
..... if you look at Tim's first picture, you will see a (for-lack of a better-word ) 'concrete-footing' ('stanchions'? ) for 'something', skewed at 45* to the concrete 'tomb' and the mainline-itself, and there are 2 more like it (I assume there was a 4th that has been removed/covered-over/eroded-away ), and we have no-idea what those were for, having never-seen anything cocked at an angle to the road-bed of the PRR.....
 
 
Posted by: lehighrrgreg Posted on: Jun 16th, 2007, 11:30pm
Does anyone have a photo of, or the ability to refer me to....a photograph of one of the old PRR block station lamps in service?
 
Thanks,
Greg
Posted by: inch53 Posted on: Jun 18th, 2007, 10:29am
here's a PRR bridge you can still read the name on. I got this one last year I think on US 40, bout 2 mile west of Casey, ILL.
http://www.trainboard.com/railimages/showphoto.php/photo/42163/ppuser/4309
http://www.trainboard.com/railimages/showphoto.php/photo/42165/ppuser/4309
This is the PRR Vandalia line
inch
Posted by: ranger101 Posted on: Dec 29th, 2009, 12:02am
Sorry to bump such an old thread.  However, I was wondering about the concrete structure in the first post in this thread?  Any help would be appreciated.  Thanks in advance.
Tim
Posted by: wetmary Posted on: Dec 29th, 2009, 4:24pm
A reproduction of a Pennsy track chart from 1950 indicates a water tank at that location on the south side of the tracks.
Posted by: ranger101 Posted on: Dec 30th, 2009, 2:32pm
Wetmary, that structure is on the southside of the tracks.  Thanks for the info!  Does anyone know what year the water bridge was taken out of service and taken down?  I have read 1957, but I have seen photos dated 5 years later with it in the backround.
Posted by: Eddie M. Posted on: Jan 30th, 2010, 5:52pm
A PRR telegraph pole in Mt. Holly, New Jersey
Posted by: Railfan Entertainments Posted on: Jan 30th, 2010, 6:41pm
Eddie, there are a good number of those still in Delmar, DE next to the NS main. Next time I have a chance I'll take some pictures and post them on here.
Posted by: Eddie M. Posted on: Feb 1st, 2010, 5:37pm
on Jan 30th, 2010, 6:41pm, Railfan Entertainments wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Eddie, there are a good number of those still in Delmar, DE next to the NS main. Next time I have a chance I'll take some pictures and post them on here.

 
That sounds great to me.
Here all will see an 1860's era PRR station in Mount Holly, New Jersey.

Posted by: Walt_C Posted on: Feb 3rd, 2010, 10:43pm
Unlike just about all of the other "fallen Flags", the PRR has one major "remnant" still existing--- the NEC between DC and NYP-- it is still electrified, and stations such as Baltimore's Penn Station and Philly's 30th Street Station still exist, and, though there have been significant alterations to their interiors, still look pretty much as they did during PRR days.
Posted by: photoman475 Posted on: Feb 4th, 2010, 11:36am
I tried getting this photo on this site, but it didn't work.  Here's a website address for you, on the Railroad Picture Archives site.
 
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1931518
 
FYI-It's a mile marker.
Posted by: PRR5503 Posted on: Feb 4th, 2010, 11:49am
on Feb 4th, 2010, 11:36am, photoman475 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I tried getting this photo on this site, but it didn't work.  Here's a website address for you, on the Railroad Picture Archives site.
 
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1931518
 
FYI-It's a mile marker.

 
I believe several cut-stone abutments (?) in Westmoreland County have similar markings, including the road-bridge overpass at Buffenmyer:
perhaps Rangere101 can confirm this, and get a picture, too

Posted by: GP30_5513 Posted on: Feb 6th, 2010, 9:54pm
Heck, I'll bite...
 
The trestle that spans the gap on the abandoned Low Grade Line, or 'Atglen & Susquehanna Branch' at Safe Harbor, PA.  The lower bridge is Norfolk/Southern's Port Road Branch.
 
Posted by: GP30_5513 Posted on: Feb 6th, 2010, 9:55pm
Other side.  Yeah, from a few hundred feet away, I still needed a wide angle lens [which I don't have] to capture it in one shot.  Yes, it's that big.
 
Posted by: GP30_5513 Posted on: Feb 6th, 2010, 9:57pm
From the other side of the line/s.  I had forgotten to mention that the two previous shots were taken from the Safe Harbor Dam, which was open to fishing and spectating.
 
Posted by: Rdgrail Posted on: Nov 12th, 2010, 9:08pm
on Feb 1st, 2010, 5:37pm, Eddie M. wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
That sounds great to me.
Here all will see an 1860's era PRR station in Mount Holly, New Jersey.


Hi I'm new to the forum and anted to just say hi but I also know that this is an old post but I noticed that if you can see it too there is a piece in this picture on the track were you can see were an old switch used to be. Can you guys see it too?
Posted by: peterde Posted on: May 30th, 2012, 4:38pm
Here are 2 pictures from NYC. The first is the power substation across the street from Penn Station. It was built to match the no longer standing station. The bottom is on the wall in Penn Station in the Hilton Passageway that leads from the 1,2,3 trains. Its partially hidden by the light, but its clear what it says.
 

 
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Apr 18th, 2016, 8:22pm
Nine days ago, I went down to the Keystone State with Scot and Ken (fellow rf.net members). One of our stops was this former PRR Elmira branch station:    
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
All phoots in this post were taken by me Sat 4/9/2016 in Troy, PA.
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Apr 18th, 2016, 8:27pm
There were other Pennsy artifacts, as well.
 
Former switch mechanism:
 

 
Retaining wall next to the former ROW:  
 

 
We were thinking this was the remnants of a platform that unloaded coal. Can anyone confirm it?  
 

 
Another retaining wall behind the station:  
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Sat 4/9/2016 in Troy, PA.  
 
Posted by: Matthew_L Posted on: Apr 13th, 2017, 7:59pm
A former PRR station and concourse on the shore of Chatauqua Lake:  
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
All photos in this post were taken by me Friday 3/31/2017 in Mayville, NY.
Posted by: Lfire83 Posted on: Apr 14th, 2017, 10:29pm
My old stomping grounds, right down the road from where I grew up. The old Pennsy Chautauqua Branch. Barely made it into Conrail before being abandoned. Interesting note that two passenger lines also connected in this tiny town. The Chautauqua Traction Co and the JW&NW both ran through this town on their way over the hill to Westfield, with JW&NW having a roundhouse there. Amazing amount of railroad history in this area.