Wednesday, August 10, 2011

22. Cresson - Gallitzin - Crest of the Allegheny Frontal

The entries that follow for milepost 250 through to milepost 236 will describe the existing conditions of this NS Norfolk Southern line finished for the Pennsylvania Railroad PRR in 1854 and in turn owned and operated by the Penn Central Railroad and Consolidated Railroad Corporation before is current ownership. At the curve at milepost 250 near Cresson, PA the passenger speed is 40 mph. At Gallitzin there are two tunnel locations shown as a dotted blue line. The passenger speed becomes 30 mph at the milepost for the tunnel portal further east at milepost 247.4. The northern tunnel location has two tunnels, one of which no longer is used and was a single track. The other tunnel and most northern one was widened for two track operation and heightened for double stack container operation in 1994. The southern tunnel is a single track tunnel. The tunnels from north to south are named the Gallitzin, the Allegheny, the Portage. The descending grade eastbound is 2.28 per cent.

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