Definitely more good news for the EPRY! The roofing plant has been doing a lot of shipping by rail recently, and this will mean even more.
I stopped by on my motorcycle a few weekends ago, and was suprised to watch a trackmobile moving cars around on a Sunday. (The trackmobile looked like it was really struggling to push a single short hopper up the grade to the plant.) I counted at least twelve short, covered hoppers there that day.
I tried to see across the tracks at the old Brick Factory where Shellys is building their new distribution center, but couldn't see much. There was a big crane over there, so I guess they were doing some steel erecting work.
In Quakertown itself, the passenger station restoration is coming along nicely. The new roof is finished, and it looks like they put some new concrete in around the platform. The station walls looked pretty clean too. I just paused by the side of the road, so I didn't get a good look. The EPRY 57 (RS1) was looking in sad shape, with what appears the be the side radiator removed, leaning against the handrail. I wonder what its status is?
Here's the Mcall article about the roofing plant expanding:
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-b4_ ... 9628.story
Text here, since Mcall articles die quickly:
Roofing manufacturer wants to expand, operate Richland plant
GAF Materials Corp. seeks height variance for $70 million project.
By Charles Malinchak
Special to The Morning Call
GAF Materials Corp., a nationally recognized roofing manufacturer, is planning a $70 million project that would expand a manufacturing facility off California Road in Richland Township.
GAF officials presented the plans Thursday night before the township Zoning Hearing Board, where they sought variances to height limits. The board was still hearing the matter late Thursday.
The estimated $70 million investment would be aimed at renovating an existing roofing manufacturing plant once owned by the Georgia Pacific Corp. and more recently by Atlas Roofing. The building is located on Pacific Drive in the township's industrial zone.
William Collins, chief executive officer of Building Materials Corporation of America, of which GAF is a subsidiary, said the company plans to renovate the facility to produce laminate shingles, also known as architectural or dimensional shingles.
GAF already operates an roofing underlayment manufacturing operation on Pacific Drive and in April, purchased the former Atlas plant with the intent of expanding manufacturing, said John Rice, a Doylestown lawyer representing GAF.
The expansion, said Collins, would mean the creation of about 96 union jobs plus a potential boon to local businesses in as a source of building materials.
Collins said the company also plans to use the existing East Penn Railways for deliveries of raw materials such as asphalt and colored granulated stone.
Several residents raised questions about the potential for increases in noise and air pollution as well as more truck traffic.
William *, GAF executive director of engineering, said the plant will have a thermal oxidizer which basically inhales and incinerates all the fumes from the manufacturing process.
''It takes care of all the fumes,'' he said.
The renovated plant would include more storage silos, tanks and a conveyor for moving dry materials into the plant. All of the new buildings exceed the township's 35-foot height limit but the existing building already exceeds it.
Rice said the existing building is 162,000 square feet and GAF would add 65,000 square feet. The site is 24 acres.
GAF is based in Wayne, N.J., and operates 27 roofing manufacturing plants in the United States.
Charles Malinchak is a freelance writer.