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« on: Sep 29th, 2007, 9:36pm »
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On Friday 9/28 Reading FP7's 902 and 903 were moved from Pocopson, PA to Coatesville, PA to be picked up by NS by a train heading to Abrams Yard.  Then today, 9/29, the locomotives were moved to Allentown.  Next they will be taken to Emmaus Jct. for the Perk trips planned the next two weekends.
 
Pictures of the moves can be found at trainorders.com.


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« Reply #1 on: Oct 7th, 2007, 6:46pm »
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Early this morning at 7:30. The box car needed fuel...

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« Reply #2 on: Oct 7th, 2007, 6:48pm »
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Awaiting the departure of the first train...

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« Reply #3 on: Oct 7th, 2007, 6:49pm »
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So shinny in the early morning light...

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« Reply #4 on: Oct 7th, 2007, 6:50pm »
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We rode the 8 a.m. train, and chased the 11. Heres the 11 o'clock headed out of town...

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« Reply #5 on: Oct 7th, 2007, 6:51pm »
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One more of the 903 being pulled southbound...

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« Reply #6 on: Oct 7th, 2007, 6:53pm »
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Finally, a picture of the 902 worthy of posting...

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« Reply #7 on: Oct 7th, 2007, 6:55pm »
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Coming out of the woods...

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« Reply #8 on: Oct 7th, 2007, 6:56pm »
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Same location, only closer.

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« Reply #9 on: Oct 7th, 2007, 6:58pm »
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Going away...

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« Reply #10 on: Oct 7th, 2007, 6:59pm »
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Coming north on the return trip at the tunnel portal...

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« Reply #12 on: Oct 7th, 2007, 7:02pm »
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Last shot of the day...

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« Reply #13 on: Oct 7th, 2007, 7:32pm »
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Nice pics! Here's a foggy shot from yesterday.

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« Reply #14 on: Oct 7th, 2007, 7:45pm »
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This shot is at the Buhman rd crossing.

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« Reply #15 on: Oct 7th, 2007, 10:18pm »
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Gents,
   Great shots and my thanks. I am riding next Saturday with my six year
old who loves trains. On Sunday I will be chasing. Can any of you gents
provide locations so I can map them out before hand(this week) as I am
not to familier with the area and I am sure that this may be  not a usual
eventso I would like to get as many potential shots in as possible.  
Any and all help will help and let me thank you in advance.
 
My best to you,
 
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« Reply #16 on: Oct 7th, 2007, 10:23pm »
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Gents,
   Great shots and my thanks. I am riding next Saturday with my six year
old who loves trains. On Sunday I will be chasing. Can any of you gents
provide locations so I can map them out before hand(this week) as I am
not to familier with the area and I am sure that this may be  not a usual
eventso I would like to get as many potential shots in as possible.  
Any and all help will help and let me thank you in advance.
 
My best to you,
 
Eric


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« Reply #17 on: Oct 7th, 2007, 10:51pm »
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Great shots! Thanks for posting them.
 
Mine from yesterday are on this thread.
 
One more here.
 
-Charlie
 
 
PS - As for a chase map, I didn't really have one. I just picked one spot I knew I wanted to photo, and that was the brick water tower ruin at Powder Valley, at the Xing of Carls Hill Rd, just off Palm Rd.  Then we chased north, just by staying aware of whether the tracks should be on our left or right.  Kings Highway South at Dillingersville/Zionsville turned out to be a nice spot too.  The low underpass at Shuler Road near Corning Rd. was popular among photographers because there's a nice open field that lets you get a profile view of the train.
 
Another RF.net member (Adam) did provide a detailed set of directions, see below.


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« Reply #18 on: Oct 7th, 2007, 10:56pm »
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Print this out. It is a very accurate guide.
 
The Train departs from 4th Street, where the Pennsburg station is. Let's follow it north. These shots are recommended in the evening, especially the 2PM and 5PM runs. Since there is an F on each end of the train, you can still get a nice going-away shot in the morning.
 
Turn right out of the parking lot, and make a SLIGHT right onto Seminary Ave.
 
Continue to follow Seminary Ave. There are 4 possibilities from this road. Seminary Street turns into State street just before 3rd St.
 
1) Make a right onto Second Street for a shot at this crossing (crossbucks).
2) Make a right onto Third St. for a shot of the train going over the overpass. You can easily climb up to track level for a shot as well.
3) Make a right on Fourth St. for a shot with "Daffy Junction", the old RDG East Greenville Passenger Station.
4) Make a right onto sixth street for another shot from the over pass.
 
Continue down State St. to Water street, where you will make a right. Then follow that out to Gravel Pike, making a left. There are 2 possiblities from this road.
 
1) Make a right onto Ziegler Rd. There is a cut leading up to the crossing, making for a very interesting shot.
2) Make a right onto Hosensack Rd. There is an overpass there. It is accessable just like the 3rd street bridge.
 
Follow Gravel Pike (PA Rt. 29) until Station Rd, in Palm. There is a furniture store to the left, the street in on the right just past the Inn on the corner. Make a right and go up to the crossing. These crossings are very new, and the crossing is in the middle of a sweeping curve. The northbound shot is recommended in the evening hours, for the 5PM run; southbound shot in the morning.  
 
Continue up Station Rd to the end, then make a left onto Treichler Rd.  
 
Once on Treichler Rd, you can get a few decient feild shots from the 2 roads that split off of Treichler;  
 
1) Shuler Rd goes straight under the low/narrow overpass. Once you're under the bridge, immedietly turn left onto Hoch Rd, and there should be a place to park on the left in the field. This is of the tracks is recommended for the evening runs, in either direction, because the sun will be behind you.
2) Before you go striaght under the bridge, turn right onto Corning Rd. This side of the tracks is recommended for morning light, because the sun will be on the eastern-side of the train.
 
Corning road follows the RR, so continue down Corning Rd. There are a few possibilities from this road.
 
1) Corning Road makes a left about a mile down the road. Going straight, it turns into Palm Rd. You are going to want to follow this once you get your Corning Rd. shot. This crossing also just crossbucks, and the crossing is out in the open. There are 2 curves on each side of the crossing, and when the train is coming north, it bursts out of the forest (very good video footage). Recommened for early afternoon (such as the 2PM train). Be careful though, the train will sneak up on you here.
 
Continue down Palm Rd, till it comes close with the tracks at Power Valley Rd. The crossing is about 100+ feet to the left on this street, you can't miss it.
 
Past this crossing is Buhman Rd, which is about 1/4 of a mile from Power Valley crossing. About another 10000 feet ahead is the 3rd crossing off of Palm Rd, Carls Hill Rd. There's an old building here, making it an interesting location.
 
Continue down Palm Rd until you reach Kings Hwy. Make a left onto Kings Hwy.
 
About a mile or 2 up the road is Scout Rd, this crosses the tracks about a mile from Kings Hwy. Plan accordingly before you attempt this one, because you may miss the train.
 
Continue down Kings Hwy, where is reaches Vera Cruz Rd. From here you can do 2 things.
 
1) Continue straight up to the crossing. There are new signals here as well, and is very similar to Station Rd.  
2) Turn right onto Very Cruz Rd and drive up to the crossing. This has older RDG style flashers, no gates. Refer to * about following Vera Cruz Rd.  
 
To Follow the RR, you wanna continue up Vera Cruz Rd. Just past the Vera Cruz crossing, you can either:  
 
1) Make a right onto Dillingersville Rd, another RR crossing.
2) Turn right left onto Dillingersville Rd, then left onto Church Hill Rd. This follows the RR much better than Vera Cruz Rd. It crosses the RR about a mile ahead.
 
From Church Hill Rd, you can:
1) Make a left onto Geho Rd, which takes you back you back out to Vera Cruz Rd. This is BEFORE the crossing. Refer to * about following Vera Cruz Rd.  
2) Contine over the crossing. Once you cross the PA Turnpike, make a left onto Faith Rd. (The 3rd Left). Refer to ** about Faith Rd.
 
*If you turned onto Vera Cruz Rd, take this until Main Rd E, then make a right. This crosses the tracks as well. Continue until making a slight left onto Brunner Rd. Then turn left again onto 5th Street. Look for an upside down "y" type intersection sign. The street sign is hidden.
 
** If you took the Faith Rd route, continue up Faith Rd. until Bleiler Rd, making a right. Continue to the end of the road, making a left onto Acorn Drive. This crosses the tracks, and meets up with Main Rd E, where you'd make a left. Refer back to * from here.
 
From 5th St. there are 2 way you can go.
1) Take 5th St into Emmaus, where it will once again cross the tracks.
2) Take a left at S. Mountain Drive. This road is winedy, so be cautious. This road then crosses the tracks, after turning into S. 10th Street.
 
To get back to 5th street from here, continue over the tracks, then make a right onto Furnace Rd. Then make a left onto S. 7th Street. If you were to turn right, you would find another crossing. Turn right onto Minor St., which will take you back to S 5th St. You can continue down S. Minor St. to follow the RR to the interchange in Emmaus. The crossings are all right turns:
1) S. 4th St  
2) S. 2nd St
3) Klines Ln
 
For the last little mile, go left rather than right onto Klines Ln. This also crosses over the NS Reading Line.  
 
Continue to E. Main St, then make a right. Follow that on a slight right, and will cross under the NS line, and meet up with the Perk Line again. That's the last crossing on the route. To chase it back, follow this in reverse. It's not as complicated as it seems, but it's not extremely easy either.


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« Reply #19 on: Oct 8th, 2007, 1:06pm »
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Gents,
   My thanks for this as it will allow me to spend more time
shooting then trying to locate sites.....
 
My best,
 
Eric


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