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by BuddCarToBethlehem
Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:45 am
Forum: New Jersey Transit NJT Rail and Light Rail LRT
Topic: Lehigh Valley Extension on the Raritan Valley Line
Replies: 13
Views: 3924

Re: Lehigh Valley Extension on the Raritan Valley Line

Building the station next to the sewage treatment plant is a good idea; but better yet, build it in the plant. The former Reading yard office in Manville was near a sewage treatment plant. I don't know how the people there stood it. Too bad A&B Meats has long since closed. Imagine a station next to...
by BuddCarToBethlehem
Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:29 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: SEPTA Needs to Restore Full Service to the Bethlehem Branch
Replies: 84
Views: 43301

Re: SEPTA Needs to Restore Full Service to the Bethlehem Bra

Going by what you said, do you think that Bethlehem service could be feasible with an aggressive advertising strategy by SEPTA, new DMUs or dual-mode MUs and possibly new bilevel coaches, and a more prominent station? I have read that the old Bethlehem station was run down, unsafe, and that the par...
by BuddCarToBethlehem
Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:15 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: SEPTA Needs to Restore Full Service to the Bethlehem Branch
Replies: 84
Views: 43301

Re: SEPTA Needs to Restore Full Service to the Bethlehem Bra

Do Lehigh Valley residents want to go to Philadelphia or would they rather have rail service to NJ and NYC? having lived in bethlehem for a year, the answer is an emphatic YES, NO, BOTH, and NEITHER. That's pretty astute for only living here a year. I've been here my whole life and agree. However, ...
by BuddCarToBethlehem
Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: New Jersey Transit NJT Rail and Light Rail LRT
Topic: Lehigh Valley Extension on the Raritan Valley Line
Replies: 13
Views: 3924

Re: Lehigh Valley Extension on the Raritan Valley Line

http://www.njtpa.org/getattachment/62beb045-9946-49cf-a0cb-506fd886ccc2/Feasibility-Analysis-Report.aspx NJ Transit held a meeting about this a few years ago and concluded that ridership estimates didn't warrant it's restoration. I wasn't aware of a second report. I've know about this one for some ...
by BuddCarToBethlehem
Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:56 am
Forum: General Discussion - Passenger Rail
Topic: Robert Moses, the LIRR, and Transit
Replies: 27
Views: 5446

Re: Robert Moses, the LIRR, and Transit

Don't know what the signage is like today, now that everything's under the auspices of the NY State DOT. Back in my day, we had similar issues with signage and, even more, guide rails. Everything on the parkways had to have that "rustic" look, and the guide rails were wooden things that almost inva...
by BuddCarToBethlehem
Wed Oct 17, 2012 1:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion - Passenger Rail
Topic: Robert Moses, the LIRR, and Transit
Replies: 27
Views: 5446

Re: Robert Moses, the LIRR, and Transit

Basically, I have mixed feelings about Moses, but the roads and bridges he designed 80 years ago are still the mainstay of NYC's commuting traffic arteries today. I travel to Nassau County a lot, and I will say the LIRR is pretty convenient, a bit slow because there seems to be station every 1 1/2 ...
by BuddCarToBethlehem
Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:22 pm
Forum: Pennsylvania Railfan
Topic: Rail line over NE extension of PA Turnpike near Allentown
Replies: 15
Views: 6938

Re: Rail line over NE extension of PA Turnpike near Allentow

Chapman, as in Northampton County? No, this one is in Upper Macungie Twp., Lehigh County. It's located along Memorial Road. The village is bordered by Tilghman St to the north, Ruppsville Rd to the west, and Chapmans Road to the east and south. These days most people refer the area as Iron Run, for...
by BuddCarToBethlehem
Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:36 am
Forum: Pennsylvania Railfan
Topic: Rail line over NE extension of PA Turnpike near Allentown
Replies: 15
Views: 6938

Re: Rail line over NE extension of PA Turnpike near Allentow

I know the line is still busy at its south end and Kraft Foods is a huge shipper of boxcars. I've never seen a train going over the turnpike bridge. I know a family that used to live in a development off that line in Upper Macungie. Their HOA tried to sue the realty comapany and builder because of ...
by BuddCarToBethlehem
Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:22 pm
Forum: Pennsylvania Railfan
Topic: When did Pfizer in Easton stop rail service?
Replies: 8
Views: 2971

Re: When did Pfizer in Easton stop rail service?

If you check out these two links, you can get two conflicting answwers. http://www.traillink.com/trail/palmer-township-recreation-trail-(towpath-bike-trail).aspx http://jerseycentrallines.webs.com/cnjpaoperationshistory.htm Now, I don't trust the accuracy of the township website since they say it st...
by BuddCarToBethlehem
Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:22 pm
Forum: Pennsylvania Railfan
Topic: Best Place to Railfan in PA
Replies: 23
Views: 9275

Re: Best Place to Railfan in PA

If you're in the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem under the Hill-to-Hill Bridge is a good spot. You're right about that. Everything that comes eastbound or westbound through Allentown/Bethlehem has to pass that spot. Although, it was way better when the Reading Bethlehem branch was still in full operation ...
by BuddCarToBethlehem
Sat Jul 28, 2012 4:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion - Passenger Rail
Topic: Fantasy Commuter Rail
Replies: 82
Views: 39412

Re: Fantasy Commuter Rail

And my uncle actually grew up in the Olney/Fern Rock area. He tells me vivid stories of the trolley loop near Olney along the subway, the final days of Reading Terminal, and the original Fern Rock station, where he would board huge diesel trains downtown. Interestingly, he says the same thing about...
by BuddCarToBethlehem
Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:43 am
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: How far was the Cynwyd line double tracked?
Replies: 7
Views: 1402

Re: Cynwyd line question

Franklin Gowen wrote:Hahaha! "Vitamin Y".....I haven't heard that superb moniker in a while. Forget the milkshake; pass me a lager. :-D
I can only assume that you drink lager because Sunshine Brewery in Reading closed decades ago?
by BuddCarToBethlehem
Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:54 am
Forum: General Discussion - Passenger Rail
Topic: Fantasy Commuter Rail
Replies: 82
Views: 39412

Re: Fantasy Commuter Rail

You did say off-topic shouldn't be a problem, and I assume you're also asking for others to input on what's become a dialogue, or 2-way chat, so here's my 3rd person contribution to further off-topic: What, besides the name, is the difference between a station and a transportation center? I assume ...
by BuddCarToBethlehem
Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion - Passenger Rail
Topic: Fantasy Commuter Rail
Replies: 82
Views: 39412

Re: Fantasy Commuter Rail

This kind of stems from the thought about the two ROWs, but is otherwise unrelated (though it has to do with the original topic of this thread- lol). What if modern-day Norristown Line trains ran via the Manayunk Viaduct across the Schukyill, and then up the RDG row to DeKalb Street? Then the curre...
by BuddCarToBethlehem
Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion - Passenger Rail
Topic: Fantasy Commuter Rail
Replies: 82
Views: 39412

Re: Fantasy Commuter Rail

I'm pretty sure the NHSL is a light rail line in the eyes of railroad regulations (though it is more like heavy rail), and I'm unsure how that would work with Amtrak and Septa trains intertwining through switches and rolling along surrounding track. Correct me if I'm wrong on that. The NHSL used to...

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