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Saturday, March 28, 2015

15-03-28 PHOTOS: Death and Taxes

Those of you who know me on Facebook are probably already aware of this, but mast March my father passed away from a long simmering condition. Over that month I was doing a good deal of driving to visit him in various hospitals and care centers. As a result I wound up with a number of random railfan photos that don't really come together into a unified theme apart from the external life event. So nothing I can do except to run with it! So just sit back, relax and if you are looking for the full set of photos you can find them here

We begin with a video of an Atlantic City bound ACL train running through the Haddonfield Trench with Comet V cab car #6063 and GP40PH-2B #4215.

On the second weekend in March I was attending the Harrisburg Horse Expo and used the oppurtunity to swing by STELL interlocking on the former PRR Enola Branch which was being re-signaled by NS. The stretch of Rule 251 ABS was being replaced by Rune 562 cab signal operation. Here the old eastbound PRR PL signal bridge is being replaced by a two track NS cantilever with the Rule 280a 'C' boards.

NS had already cut costs by scrapping the old catenary supports and removing the signaling entirely between Enola Yard and STELL.

The "New Bridge" over the Alloway Creek is an historic swing span drawbridge in Salem County, NJ. Built in 1905 by the New Jersey Bridge company, the New Bridge has been out of service for nearly 30 years and is threatened with demolition or removal.

The bridge has both finials and deteriorating street lamps. Alert Kevin Walsh!!

In Salem, NJ the old PRSL freight house still stands and is possibly used by whatever railroad crews have the contract to run freight on the county owned line between here and Sweedsboro.

Washington Terminal Alco RS-1 #59 is sitting in the now empty freight yard in Salem. For many years the unit was stored at the Mannington Mills facility to protect it from vandalism, but the isolated location only encouraged said actions.