Lineside Industry

Found in central PA

Pete Hess sent me these photos in an email back in 2007 and I am finally getting a chance to publish them here. Pete writes:

"Hi Larry,

As I mentioned in my last Email to you, I love to drive around trying to find both abandoned and active rail lines here in PA. When I find one, I seek out structures, particularly abandoned or restored railroad stations and take pix when I can. Sometimes I'll take my 4x4 down old rights-of-way where rails were long ago lifted, to seek out whatever I can find. I have many, many pix of interesting structures and stations.

Attached you'll find some shots I took about 3 yrs ago of an active line-side industry on a branch of the former Lehigh Valley Railroad. In this case, central PA somewhere. Unfortunately, I didn't record exactly where the shots were taken.......... but I think I can find it again if I wanted.

It would make a neat structure to model.

There was no business name signs around the area as yet, nor any signs indicating what went on here. You'll readily see this was a recently built 'modern' corrugated structure. The surrounding land was still well cleared and under-growth had not yet really begun to recover. The 'parking area' was merely a large rutted dirt/stone area.

The rail siding was also brand new; beautiful new ties, ballast and rails. The rails extended through the building and out the other side and ran maybe another 200 feet or so to a rail-bumper. It was a Sunday so no one was around and I could not find out what they processed, stored or trans-loaded there.

You can see the 'main line' running off to the left of the building. A well maintained and active branch. Whatever they do there, it comes in by rail and is processed/stored and transferred to large open dump trucks. One truck was in the enclosed loading bay but gave no indication what was being loaded (it was empty and simply gave the name of the trucking company on the cab door).

Just beyond the truck loading dock, on the way off the grounds, was a concrete platform with a truck scale. I didn't take a pix of that, but I suspected a truck could be weighed before and after loading.

As you can see, the rail car was spotted in the unloading bay over a concrete platform containing a steel grating, beneath which was what looked like a conveyor. Observing the surrounding area I noted that whatever was being unloaded was a white granular, dusty powder-like material. Parked along side the rail car was a farmers tractor, probably stored there for the weekend under cover from the weather.

An elevated platform with a stairway ran along the inside edge of the loading bay area. You can just make out the railings in the second photo. An entrance to a glassed-in office area, the length of the bay, was up on that platform. No other doors were present anywhere else. There were no signs of any equipment to move the rail cars as they unloaded; so I suppose they had to wait for the local switcher to do the job.

Thought you'd find these of interest and maybe add them to your "Interesting Structure" files."

Editor's Note: Thanks Pete, they are indeed of interest, and I appreciate your sending them in for the website.

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