Frackville track north of St Clair Yard question

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Frackville track north of St Clair Yard question

Post by carajul » Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:10 pm

When did the RDG abandon and remove the track that went north from St Clair to Frackville? I think I read that the line got washed out and with the coal mines closing they just abandoned it. I looked at the historic arials from the 1930s-1960s and it was 4 tracks right thru the center of Frackville in a ditch. The city streets went over the tracks on bridges. Tons of coal hoppers parked everywhere.

Today you can still see the row - it's mostly a grass field thru the center of town. The streets are still elevated but the ditch is filled in. A lot of building on the row too and the I-81 interchange has obliterated it. Amazing to see the amount of rail infrastructure that was there at one time.

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Re: Frackville track north of St Clair Yard question

Post by JimBoylan » Sat Jun 07, 2014 1:06 pm

In 1978, McHugh Bros. Heavy Hauling, Operator and Leasee of the New Hope & Ivyland RR, bought the cantilever crossing signals at the North end of St. Clair (4th St. & Wade Rd.?) from the Reading Co., so the tracks were abandoned by then, and hadn't been bought by ConRail in 1976.

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