Saturday, April 21, 2012
53.1 Conemaugh Line Freeport to Bolivar
The severe curvature in the vicinity of Freeport, PA on the Conemaugh Line could be reduced to 2 degree curvature allowing a maximum 80 mph speed. Reducing curvature and restoring the second track would allow for future freight capacity. It would eliminate the slow and circuitous routing of freight over the Port Perry Branch to the Mon Branch. Increasing speed and track capacity on the Conemaugh Line would overcome the conflict between increased passenger service and the crossing of slower freight trains to and from the mainline at Milepost 339.5 in the vicinity of Wildmerding for access to the Port Perry Branch. The Conemaugh Line has a favorable ruling grade.