2005 Club Trips

Cornwall 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
On October 23, 2005, Joe, Tony, Bob, and Rob set out to follow the New York Ontario & Western west from where it started in Cornwall, NY. This marker was placed just past the junction with the former West Shore Railroad, now the CSX Riverline.

Cornwall 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
We followed the route along River Road to Route 9W where Moodna Yard started. We picked it up again at the site of the Firthcliff Station and again at the abutments for the huge viaduct over Moodna Creek at Orrs Mill. After a short hike down the Erie's Newburgh Branch, we walked over this bridge where the branch crossed over the NYO&W. Note how wide the abutments are compared to the actual size of the bridge. The original Erie branch to Newburgh was six foot broad gauge.

Campbell Hall 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
The NYO&W runs perpendicular to all of the roads off of State Route 207. West of Campbell Hall, we found this bridge still in place over a creek at Slaughter Road.

NYO&W Middletown 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
We continued toward Middletown where we found the Mechanicstown Station still standing. It had been converted into a restaurant but was now closed and for sale.

NYO&W Middletown 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
The Middletown & New Jersey preserves the Main Street Station on the south end of town. Here we are looking south on the M&NJ. The NYO&W ran along the left side of the building.

NYO&W Middletown 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
The Middletown Station had recently suffered fire damage. As of this photograph, the building was for sale. This section of track used by the M&NJ is the only piece of NYO&W right-of-way still used today. Further to the north we found the site of the old shop complex.

EBT #15 returns October 2005 600X400 | 800X533
October 8-9, 2005 was a momentous Fall Spectacular for the East Broad Top Railroad. Locomotive #15 made a magnificent return to service after a complete 4 year overhaul. She is seen here pulling the commemorative coal train through the yard in Rockhill Furnace on Saturday.

EBT Double Header October 2005 600X400 | 800X533
One double header was operated early each morning on this weekend. #15 had the honor of leading both. Here the coal train is climbing the grade south toward McMullen's Summit.

EBT Crew 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
The crew this year from left to right is Paul, Bob, Matt, Anthony, Rob, and Walter. Tony took all of the digital photos this year while I attempted digital video.

EBT Double Header 2005 2005 600X400 | 800X533
A rare site in recent years, two operating locomotives on the EBT. #15 looks spectacular in her new coat of paint.

EBT #15 and #14 at Rockhill Furnace 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
Tony captured the Sunday double header heading south along the fill near Runk Road.

New Hope & Ivyland 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
After our 11th Annual trip to the Allentown Show on September 25, 2005, we headed down to the New Hope & Ivyland. We rode this mixed freight and were dropped off for a photo run-by.

New Hope & Ivyland 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
Our crew posed for a quick photo as the train reversed direction to pick up its passengers. Left to right is Skip, Bob, Tony, Jack, and Matt.

Jim Thorpe summer 2005 402X560 | 646X900
Several Club members ventured out to Jim Thorpe, PA on September 11th to see and ride the new Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway. Here the Reading Historical Society's Alco C630 poses in front of the former CNJ Station.

Jim Thorpe summer 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
This particular day was a special railfan event and a lot of equipment was on display. Here the Anthracite Railroad Historical Society and Tri-State Historical Society combined their two CNJ F3A Units. Visitors were allowed inside of these locomotives to look in the cab and engine compartment.

Jim Thorpe summer 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
These two cabooses were also on display.

Lehigh Gorge summer 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
The last train of the day was a rare mileage trip covering twice the distance of the regular excursions that had run all summer. This trip also included several photo run-bys. The scenery in the Lehigh Gorge is gorgeous.

Flyover 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
On Saturday April 30, 2005, several members headed up to Troy, New York for a private visit to the Rensselaer Model Railroad Society. The inclement weather did not stop us from doing a little railfanning along the Selkirk Branch afterward! Our first stop was the west end of the flyover at Fullers. A Canadian National train traveling west passes beneath the abandoned road bridge.

Voorheesville 2005 600X381 | 1000X635
Traveling back towards Selkirk Yard, we stopped at Voorheesville, where the Albany Branch of the Delaware & Hudson crossed the Selkirk Branch. The D&H branch was torn up east of here recently. This eastbound train was one of a few that we saw at VO. Note the green signal for the westbound train that will arrive in a minute.

Voorheesville 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
As an eastbound rolls by, we get a better look at the former crossing. Note the abandoned crossing gates to protect the D&H. Albany is straight ahead along the D&H. Selkirk is to the right along the former New York Central with Rotterdam and Amsterdam to the left.

Harmon Cove 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
A couple of members ventured down to the abandoned Harmon Cove station. We are looking north along the former Erie's Bergen County Cutoff. In the distance can be seen the line's bridge over the Hackensack River and the tower that once controlled the north end of Croxton Yard. With the completion of the new Secaucus Transfer, the Bergen County line was abandoned and a new connection was built to connect with the Erie's old mainline. Note the concrete bridgelike structure supporting this new connection across the swamps of the Meadowlands. All that remains is a feeder into Croxton Yard, which Norfolk Southern uses.

North Bergen 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
Down this far, a quick stop at 69th Street in North Bergen was in order. This train with a new EMD SD70ACe was just one of a few trains spotted.

Staten Island Rapid Transit 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
After the Clark Show on Sunday March 13, a few members set out to follow the Rahway Valley Railroad. Here we are looking southeast along the former Baltimore & Ohio line to Staten Island. The Morristown & Erie was selected to repair and operate this line, along with the former Rahway Valley. We are standing at the grade crossing of South Ave. The first overhead bridge is the Garden State Parkway. The second bridge is the former Lehigh Valley Railroad, now Norfolk Southern.

Rahway Valley in Roselle Park 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
Looking north along the former Rahway Valley Railroad in the vicinity of Pinewood Avenue in Roselle Park. The right of way has been cleared and awaits the installation of new track by the M&E. On the right is a huge stack of old 90 lb rail.

Rahway Valley in Roselle Park 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
Looking north from the Webster Avenue grade crossing. The newly rebuilt track looks great. The local NIMBYs don't think so!

Rahway Valley near Roselle Park 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
The Faitoute Avenue grade crossing doesn't look so bad.

Kenilworth 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
Looking south from the Kenilworth Boulevard grade crossing. The Rahway Valley's shops were located here.

Springfield Station 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
Just southeast of the Mountain Avenue grade crossing is the former Springfield Station. The building is in excellent shape and is obviously well maintained. At this point, the rails are buried in the lawn.

Rahway River Bridge 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
The railroad crossed over the Rahway River on this landmark through truss bridge. It is near Meisel Avenue, and is usually obscured by trees. The right of way east of this bridge has been cleared and is awaiting new track.

Holmsburg 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
Our first stop was in northeast Philadelphia in the Holmesburg area. We are looking north at HOLMES tower on the former Pennsy. To the right is the Northeast Corridor. The track to the left is the Bustleton Branch, originally built as the Frankford and Holmesburg Railroad. Click HERE to see the interlocking diagram of this tower.

Philadelphia 2005 600X376 | 1000X627
After exploring the innards of the huge 30th Street Station complex, we went to the upper suburban level, whose tracks are perpendicular to the lower level. We are looking north. On the left is the famous high line, minus catenary. Spread out before us are the approach tracks to the many platforms beneath us. In the distance, across the Schuylkill River, is the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Philadelphia 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
Up until the late 1960s, Philly had the largest trolley system in the USA and maybe even North America. Still going strong are the five routes that feed into the Market Street Subway from the western suburbs. Shown here is a Route 36 trolley emerging from subway portal at 40th Street, which is one of the four routes that use this portal. Behind the photographer is a huge maze of trolley trackage, that includes a turnaround loop and diverging trackage onto Baltimore and Woodland Avenues.

Perkasie 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
Later on we went to Perkasie. We are standing on the right-of-way of the Lehigh Valley Transit, looking across at a massive concrete abutment and fill. Amazing engineering work for an interurban trolley line!

Perkasie 2005 600X400 | 1000X667
Also in Perkasie is this tunnel on the former Reading's Bethlehem Branch. We are looking southward away from Saucon.

LNE at Compton Road 2004 600X400 | 1000X667
On a gorgeous winter day, a few members explored the Lehigh and New England Railroad between Sussex and Stillwater. Our first stop was this rural crossing south of the Sussex County Airport at Compton Road. The right of way is thankfully preserved by a pipeline. The ditch to the left is the Papakating Creek which the LNE follows to the outskirts of Augusta.

LNE in Pellettown 2004 600X400 | 1000X667
This is the first of two bridges at Pellettown, both over the Papakating Creek. Between these bridges, the LNE crosses County Road 565. Note the pipe strapped to the side of the structure.

LNE in Pellettown 2004 600X400 | 1000X667
The second bridge at Pellettown now on the west side of County Road 565.

Augusta Junction 2004 600X400 | 1000X667
At Augusta Junction, the LNE crossed the DL&W's Sussex Branch. We are looking southwest. Note the different gates. The former LNE pipe right-of-way is marked No Tresspassing on the left while the Sussex Branch Trail is outfitted with a nice state trail sign and map board on the right.

LNE 2004 600X400 | 1000X667
South of Swartswood and the switch at JU cabin, the LNE ran on the NYS&W. A few bridges were removed over major roads, this one at West End Drive. Users of the Paulins Kill Valley Trail must follow the road to get back onto the right-of-way.

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