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by Franklin Gowen
Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:07 am
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Septa, please keep the K-cars in service!
Replies: 58
Views: 18100

Re: Septa, please keep the K-cars in service!

IIRC the surviving Brill stock (Bullets and Strafford cars) were OOS by the time the CTAs arrived. They were retired in early '90 and the line was temporarily bustituted until the CTAs were available that Fall. The twin-car CTA El sets arrived in 1986 . That was an interesting (read: very weird) ti...
by Franklin Gowen
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:42 am
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: 901 out testing today
Replies: 10
Views: 4931

Re: 901 out testing today

silverliner266 wrote:I believe it was, a SEPTA employee posted a really cool picture of the locomotive and cars at Warminster.
Posted where, please? Would you provide a link? Thanks in advance. :-)
by Franklin Gowen
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Pennsylvania Railroad
Topic: 2018: 50th anniversary of the PC merger
Replies: 5
Views: 2063

2018: 50th anniversary of the PC merger

Fifty (!!!) years ago yesterday - February 1, 1968 - was the first 24 hours of the Penn Central.
"What a long, strange trip it's been." :wink:
Hard, indeed, to believe that PRR has now been gone for a full half-century.
by Franklin Gowen
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:30 am
Forum: New York Central
Topic: 2018: 50th anniversary of the PC merger
Replies: 1
Views: 2190

2018: 50th anniversary of the PC merger

Fifty (!!!) years ago yesterday - February 1, 1968 - was the first 24 hours of the Penn Central.
"What a long, strange trip it's been." :wink:
Hard, indeed, to believe that NYC has now been gone for a full half-century.
by Franklin Gowen
Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: Penn Central
Topic: 2018: 50th anniversary of the PC merger!
Replies: 0
Views: 1713

2018: 50th anniversary of the PC merger!

Fifty (!!!) years ago yesterday - February 1, 1968 - was the first 24 hours of the Penn Central.
"What a long, strange trip it's been." :wink:
Hard, indeed, to believe that PRR and NYC have now been mere ghosts for a full half-century.
by Franklin Gowen
Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Are they kidding me with the proposed fare hikes?
Replies: 20
Views: 7999

Re: Are they kidding me with the proposed fare hikes?

Thanks, JeffK, for doing the legwork and networking with parties who are "in the know". It's very important that this sort of news becomes known more widely. Two more RRD followup items: Based on some comments I've heard from people on the inside, SEPTA has no intention of deploying kiosks at roughl...
by Franklin Gowen
Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Reading Company
Topic: RDG Co. Bethlehem Branch
Replies: 540
Views: 133793

Re: RDG Co. Bethlehem Branch

Hi there, Jim. :-) Thanks for the interesting report of "physics gone bad" at Sellersville. You of all people know we're always interested in any physical & operational changes to the Bethlehem Branch (especially north of Lansdale) and welcome posts about this subject. The forum's biggest, most-inte...
by Franklin Gowen
Fri Apr 01, 2016 2:27 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: 1976-2016: 40 years of the NEC under Amtrak
Replies: 2
Views: 1211

1976-2016: 40 years of the NEC under Amtrak

On April 1 1976, Amtrak took ownership from Penn Central of their ex-PRR Northeast Corridor mainline between Washington DC and New York NY. A new day had dawned, and with it a fascinating new future began. Today is the 40th anniversary of that momentous, but possibly under-reported, change. Please s...
by Franklin Gowen
Fri Apr 01, 2016 2:08 am
Forum: Reading Company
Topic: ---> 1976-2016: 40 Years Since the Reading's End <---
Replies: 0
Views: 2652

---> 1976-2016: 40 Years Since the Reading's End <---

April 1, 1976 was a dark day for employees and enthusiasts alike. On that day, the Reading Company finally ended being an operating railroad. Other classic northeastern railroads became "fallen flags" on that day, but the transformation of the RDG was the loss which saddened me the most out of all o...
by Franklin Gowen
Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:33 am
Forum: Conrail - 1976 to the Present
Topic: ---> 1976-2016: 40 Years Since Conrail's Creation <---
Replies: 6
Views: 4602

---> 1976-2016: 40 Years Since Conrail's Creation <---

April 1, 1976 was the very first day of Conrail. Love it or hate it, but Conrail definitely made history. Armed with Uncle Sam's gigabucks, CR helped save northeastern railroading from near-total collapse. I find it hard to believe that the adventure which began the day that Penn Central ended had i...
by Franklin Gowen
Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:13 am
Forum: Conrail - 1976 to the Present
Topic: What method did conrail use to remove the catenary?
Replies: 13
Views: 12560

Re: What method did conrail use to remove the catenary?

I know that this is an old thread, but here's some additional revelant information: Did PRR make the reading catenary No. :wink: Assembly of the Reading's alternating-current catenary system was a "home-brew" project performed entirely by the RDG's own labor force. The total electrified mileage (tra...
by Franklin Gowen
Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:51 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: When were digital signs installed on the trolleys?
Replies: 3
Views: 2297

Re: When were digital signs installed on the trolleys?

I've personally taken photos showing that this process was seriously picking-up momentum as early as mid-July 2009.
by Franklin Gowen
Tue Oct 06, 2015 10:52 am
Forum: Reading Company
Topic: Roelofs, PA Track Pans
Replies: 39
Views: 19307

Re: Roelofs, PA Track Pans

GSDenshaw wrote:I stumbled on this photo by accident. It is Reading 108 taking on water. Is this Roeloffs ???
Sorry, but no; it's not at Roelofs.

That photo of G1sa #108 actually at Bound Brook NJ in 1936. It's from page 23 of a railfan-Reading Company-interest book titled "Rails Along The Schuylkill".
by Franklin Gowen
Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:24 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West
Replies: 606
Views: 131142

Re: All things Pennsylvanian

Thank you, Jeff Smith and ExCon90! Your help was very informative indeed. :-)
by Franklin Gowen
Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:29 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: All things Pennsylvanian AND Keystone West
Replies: 606
Views: 131142

Re: All things Pennsylvanian

How punctual has the eastbound Pennsylvanian's performance been recently?

In a few days I'm meeting family detraining at PHL who transferred to #42 from #30 in PGH. I'm cautiously optimistic that west of HBG, NS is a help and not a hindrance. Thanks in advance for any help.

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