I finally got a chance to go out there with Chuchubob over Thanksgiving week in 2007. The weather was crummy, but we had a great time and got pretty lucky at all of our stops. On our way out to the 'Burg we stopped at Leaman Place and Conestoga on the Amtrak Harrisburg Line. As Amtrak re-signals the line, the old PRR signals are becoming increasingly endangered so it was good to get out and photo document them before Amtrak ruins things.
After that we stopped for lunch at a diner in Middletown, which was right on the Middletown and Hummlestown's segment of street running.
While nothing went by while we were eating, we did amble down to the M&H's yard and discovered an ad hoc trolley museum. While the M&H usually performs the duties of a shortline and tourist railroad, they are also still classified as an Electric or Interurban line and so can run non-FRA compliant trolleys and transit vehicles. As SEPTA has held fire sales over the yards, a surprising amount of this equipment had ended up on the M&H.
Finally, we drove up to the famous Rockville Bridge area. We took pictures at the east end at CP-ROCKVILLE and CP-WYE, then drove up to take pictures at a position light signal bridge on the Buffalo Line, then crossed the river to take pictures at the west end of the bridge at CP-HIP and CP-MARY.
At this point it was getting dark so we decided to call it a day, but now all of you can browse through all of the pictures I took.
It's not quite a tower and not quite a block station. The shack at LEAMAN has a small control board inside for two signals and two hand throw electrically locked turnouts.. LEAMAN is located just west of Rt 30 and the Strassburg connection. Note the Penn Central nameplate with PC slanted lettering.
CP-HIP is at the northern end (MP73) of the Port Road / Enola branch. It got a modern position light signal upgrade in the 1980's. Straight ahead is the connector to the Pittsburgh Line, off to the right is the wye track to the Rockville Bridge.
At that point the rain started to pick up and it was time to head home Hope you enjoyed the photos. Much thanks to Chuchubob for the ride and the patience.