Reading dockside warehouse in Philadelphia

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Reading dockside warehouse in Philadelphia

Post by Schaffner » Sun Oct 19, 2008 9:39 am

I've seen photos of a dockside warehouse on the Delaware River that was owned by the Reading that had a truss bridge leading to a second floor track. Is it still standing, or has it been demolished?

It was definately an interesting looking structure. Does anyone know why they had a track on the second floor as well instead of just unloading freight on the first floor and moving it with an elevator?

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Re: Reading Warehouse

Post by westernfalls » Sun Oct 19, 2008 11:39 pm

Long gone.
The one you mention was probably the one at Noble St. but there was another with upper level tracks in Port Richmond.
Why? Because they could; somebody must have been convinced that it made for a more efficient operation.

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Re: Reading Warehouse

Post by RDG467 » Wed Nov 05, 2008 11:34 am

That was pier 27 and yes, it's long gone. It stood across Del Ave. from where the cold storage warehouse still stands.

Not sure about what was handled from the elevated track, but I remember seeing pix of gondolas being pushed up the ramp to the pier.

i've attached a photo from the Philly Archives showing the bridge in 1929. The booklet on Port Richmond that was published by the Reading in the 50's may tell more about this pier, but I don't have it handy at the moment.
Del & Spr Garden lkg south to pier 27.jpg
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Re: Reading Warehouse

Post by glennk419 » Fri Nov 07, 2008 2:44 pm

On a somewhat related note, the Reading Frankford branch also terminated in the second floor of a warehouse. This was a private facility owned by Frankford-Unity Grocers.

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Re: Reading dockside warehouse in Philadelphia

Post by GonzoCRfan » Mon Jul 04, 2011 3:05 pm

I'm dong research on this area and I recently found photos on the Phillyhistory website that show the pier stood until at least 1970, although it's doubtful it was still active at that time.

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Re: Reading dockside warehouse in Philadelphia

Post by JimBoylan » Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:32 pm

Not a Reading Co. pier, but there was another bridge across Delaware Ave. to the 2nd story of a pier in South Philadelphia near Morris St.
The track crossing Delaware Ave. in the foreground of the above photo is the trolley track to Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co.'s Pier 34 North.

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Re: Reading dockside warehouse in Philadelphia

Post by MrBill » Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:06 pm

1914 shot looking the other way at the Pier 27 bridge. Dale Woodland's 2nd Reading diesel book has a great modern shot of the front of the pier showing the bridge and the lead up grade as well.

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