Wednesday, April 25, 2012

53.3 Conemaugh Line Vandergrift

Proposed in blue is further realignment of the Conemaugh Line in the vicinity of Vandergrift, PA.  Vandergrift was a town named for Jacob J. Vandergrift, a major investor in the Apollo Iron Manufacturing Company located there. Vandergrift owned the steamboat Red Fox which was the first to serve the world's first oilfield loading crude petroleum at Oil City in 1861. His enterprises later included pipelines and a refinery at Oil City. The 6 degree curve through Vandergrift requires a 35 mph limitation. The proposed realignment would permit 110 mph.

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