Current status of original Hamburg Blue Mountian and Reading

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Current status of original Hamburg Blue Mountian and Reading

Postby scratchy » Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:25 am

What's the status of the original Pennsy Hamburg branch? Does RBMN still operate on it?
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Re: Current status of original Hamburg Blue Mountian and Rea

Postby guilfordrailfan » Mon Aug 22, 2016 12:55 pm

The line is still owned by RBMN. Last I saw, the line was pretty much filled end-to-end (minus stations and grade crossings) with stored tank cars. If you look at the line in Google Maps you'll be able to clearly see all the tank cars.
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Re: Current status of original Hamburg Blue Mountian and Rea

Postby scratchy » Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:14 am

What happened to all the customers they had?
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Re: Current status of original Hamburg Blue Mountian and Rea

Postby rwk » Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:53 pm

I don't know, I have the 1985 BM&R book that shows most of the freight customers at the time, Agway, Glen-Gery Brick, Nelco Lumber in Hamburg, etc. Did they all switch to truck? Are Agway and Nelco even in business anymore?
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Re: Current status of original Hamburg Blue Mountian and Rea

Postby pumpers » Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:52 pm

Memory isn't so good but I seem to recall a bad bridge somewhere. Maybe OK for empty car storage but not for loads?? Or am I thinking of somewhere else related to the early days of BM&R? JS
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