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« Reply #30 on: January 29, 2008, 08:57:06 PM »




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This is when the local train decided to hit a school bus in front of my shop......






just kiddin....it was set up as a fire dept. drill!


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« Reply #31 on: January 30, 2008, 04:31:29 AM »

Alco meets bus...  Let's hope what was learned from that exercise never has to be put into active use.  Something's missing, where's all of Polaraco's cars?
 
Perhaps one of the most interesting facets of railroad history is the pursuit of what WAS.  Here I live in a town where steel wheels haven't touched a rail head in over twenty-years.  Virtually everything is gone.  I've been trying to map the old PRR from here to the Pittsburgh Division since I moved here in 2005.  Much of the old grade still exists, albiet hard to trace in many locations.  My topo maps are a great aid, however I want to physically be there as to understand how the line got to it's location.
 
In Bakerton (just south of here) there once was a very large yard and loco/car servicing facility.  The PRR main ran through this location.  Coal trains were loaded and classified here.  At what was the yard there are only a few crumbling buildings and this
 
 

 
According to a friend of mine, the four-track coaling tower lasted until the late '90s.
 
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« Reply #32 on: January 30, 2008, 08:52:57 PM »

Matt when did the PRR go out of buisness?

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« Reply #33 on: January 31, 2008, 06:36:29 AM »

Well, the PRR didn't really go out of business in so much, but they did fall into some very poor financial times.
 
In 1968 PRR, New York Central, and New Haven merged together to form the Penn Central System.  It was the largest corporate merger in history.  Those three class one carriers were all once mighty giants, however the decline in passenger business and the increasing amount of goods shipped by truck sucked the life's blood from them each.
 
This wasn't enough to fix the problem as the same issues plagued the PC until it went into receivership.  It was then that the government stepped in and created Conrail from the PC, along with several other ailing eastern roads in 1976.
 
Here's a Conrail family tree so to speak
 
 

 
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« Reply #34 on: January 31, 2008, 06:56:06 AM »

Matt, what line is that you were reffering to as being pulled up?
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« Reply #35 on: January 31, 2008, 07:06:21 AM »

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« Reply #36 on: January 31, 2008, 07:34:38 AM »

I knew it was Pennsy, just wondering what it was called, and when it was pulled.
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« Reply #37 on: January 31, 2008, 10:02:51 AM »

ConRail
 
More Like Con Job.  I read an article how they get subsities from Uncle Sammy.  Those bean counters and ignorant politicians make the Rail Roads what they are today.  Railroads could easily kick butt if they wanted too.  But that would mean the exec's would have to work for a living.
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« Reply #38 on: January 31, 2008, 10:03:59 AM »

According to my lousy maps it was known as the PRR Susquehanna Extension Branch.  Officially it ran from Bradley Junction to Cherry Tree.  It was abandoned in the mid 1980s.
 
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« Reply #39 on: January 31, 2008, 10:14:59 AM »

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Conrail did get subsidies in the early years.  Created out of the ashes of the Northeastern bankrupts, Conrail was able to shed thousands of excess employees to federally funded retirement, and rid itself of thousands of miles of uneeded track, where as the predecessor companies were not able to.  CR turned the corner in the mid 80's, becoming quite profitable under the guidance of L. Stanley Crane.  Profitable enough that both the Norfolk Southern and CSX sparred over it several times beofre coming up with the plan that split it between the 2 companies.
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« Reply #40 on: February 05, 2008, 01:39:35 PM »

Thats interesting Stuff fellas, damn shame what happened to this
countries railways. At least Union Pacific and Santa Fe are still
kicking on the west coast.

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« Reply #41 on: February 05, 2008, 02:47:56 PM »

Funny this is running whan it is.  This just appeared in todays paper right in my home town.

 

 
 
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« Reply #42 on: February 05, 2008, 03:50:04 PM »

I knew Earle Gil Sr. ! His wife used to do my mom's hair. I spent many, many times playing driving in my dad's 1966 NewYorker in the Gil's parking lot waiting for mom to come out.
He had lots of railroad memorabilia in his backyard, including a full height signal tower. It was a iron stand with a semaphore signal paddle on top. He was nice and was the driving force for that museum in Whippany. Earle died just last year....

BTW, the Morristown and Erie is the line that runs past my shop and staged that train/bus accident drill...

Cool find Steve!


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« Reply #43 on: February 05, 2008, 06:00:39 PM »

That's right next to AIC Bob. . . Nest time you run down there for me. . . .
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« Reply #44 on: February 06, 2008, 12:49:41 PM »

Steve I would like to read that article, safe it for me please.

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