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Matt Aker

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« on: January 10, 2008, 03:33:05 PM »

http://www.smethporthistory.org/kinzuacollapse.htm






 
Well worth the time...  It's sad, but however real. 
 
I rode the (steam) train across it twice in my life.  I walked across and beneath it many times with my father.  The Kinzua Viaduct was once billed as the Eighth Wonder of the World, when constructed in 1900...
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2008, 05:06:34 PM »

Matt. . .we were getting off subject, but it is a good topic of discussion.
 
Bob and I have visited one similar.  Paulins Kill Viaduct.  It's out by Bob's house on the PA border.  Minutes off Rt 80.  They're supposed to be revitalizing it as a commuter line.
 
Here's the google search
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=paulins+kill+viaduct&btnG=Google+Search
 
Here's one of the links
http://www.nynjctbotany.org/njrvtofc/paulinst.html
 

 
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2008, 06:41:20 PM »

Cool, I like train stuff.

BTW we got a few up here in the frozen north! Check this one.  It's the longest and highest of its kind in the world.


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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2008, 07:08:16 PM »

I love train stuff too!, I am into model trains since young. Also I
could be a conductor for NJ Transit since my friends father is pretty
high up, the opportunity is there! I visited a viaduct very similar
close to the Delaware water gap , boy was that creepy.

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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2008, 07:20:49 PM »

Hey Matt what Happened to Conrail I thought they were a railroad giant.

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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2008, 07:30:47 PM »

Is that Paulins Kill Viaduct on the old Lackawanna?  It looks like the same style as the Tunkhannock Viaduct up by Scranton.  That one is HUGE.
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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2008, 07:35:25 PM »

Holy Crap Matt It just clicked I beleive thats the one i was at years
later it was in Weird NJ theres wild stuff in that Viaduct!, Its a
beautiful Structure, there was a man burried in concrete around the
middle of the span theres a grave and everything.


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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2008, 01:59:43 PM »

The last time I was up there, I didn't see the one in Scranton.
It was owned by several railroads.  I believe Lackawanna was one of them.  Now it's New Jersey Transit.
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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2008, 12:49:29 PM »

They were Spuds...  they were    Conrail's last year of operation made thier stock holders VERY happy as it was a record year with record earnings.
 
Conrail was dissolved in 1998, with it's assets split between CSX transportation and Norfolk Southern.  The transition is ongoing ten years later.  I still see many Conrail-blue units in consists around the Altoona area.  Many ex-Conrail SD40-2s still wear it in helper service.  Blue or black, they all carry NS road numbers.
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« Reply #9 on: January 12, 2008, 04:07:22 PM »

Starucca Viaduct...  I visited this with my family as a child and never forgot it.
 
http://www.lanesboropa.com/photos.html
 
 
 
 
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« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2008, 04:11:44 PM »

Here's a link to Erie RR's Tunkhannock (Nicholson) Viaduct...  GREAT pics!  I'm still learning it's history...  the last I knew it was still in use bt CSX and Amtrak!
 
http://www.newyorkrailroads.com/Nicholson/
 
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« Reply #11 on: January 12, 2008, 04:18:36 PM »

The Kinzua Viaduct was over 300 feet tall and stretched a half mile.
 
 

 

 
 
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« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2008, 04:22:41 PM »

I personally like this picture, my father took it whilst looking through Kinzua's spans back in the 1980's.
 
 

 
It's almost ghostlike, just as this bridge is today...
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« Reply #13 on: January 12, 2008, 11:07:09 PM »

Tunkhannock is about 10-15 miles North of Scranton.  I think the village right below the bridge makes it seem even larger than it already is.
 
Matt,  That picture from your father is really amazing.
 
I finally looked up Cassandra.  I think the closest I've been is Lilly.  Most trips we've followed the tracks to Cresson, but then 22 back to Pittsburgh.  Did go up through Indiana and Punxutawney to I-80 once.  I suspect that is a very scenic drive in the daytime, but after dark, those back roads are  not much fun for a flatlander.
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« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2008, 10:44:13 AM »

I passed under a viaduct that looked just like the Paulines Kill
Viaduct on 80 yesturday on my way back from Mt Pocono. The Paulines
Kill Viaduct is definatley the one i have visited is very impressive
and you almost get the feeling its watching you as you walk
away..Creepy.



Sweet Pictures Matt, Thanks for the Info on Conrail thats a bummer.



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