Monday, July 18, 2011
This is in the vicinity of milepost 338.7, eastbound alongside the Pitcairn yard. It is 10/10/76. A special fall excursion is being powered by steam on a new Conrail. Conrail had been created effective 4/1/76. The steam locomotive was a former Reading Railroad class T1, 4-8-4 wheel arrangement, then owned by an organization named the Allegheny Railroad headquartered in Akron, Ohio.
A photograph from this perspective was unique to that day in 10/10/76 as the windows were able to be opened on the 1920's era coaches being used. The photograph was made using a 230mm telephoto lens making a 2 degree curve and 2.5 per cent grade seem more severe than they appear without a telephoto lens. Note the jointed rail.
The yard at that time was used for car storage as the string of boxcars in the right distance demonstrate.
Today a intermodal terminal for freight containers is operated by NS at Pitcairn, PA.
The PRR permitted 45 mph for passengers servic here. Today the authorized passenger speed is 54 mph.