trackhiker wrote:I've notice in the last few weeks that the EPRY activity has increased.
Last week they ran down to Telford between 5:00 & 6:00pm twice.
Also the number of cars interchanged has seemed to increase. Yesterday (Mon.) on my way to work, there were 6 cars sitting on the Telford siding including 3 box cars and I think a tank car and two covered hoppers. When I passed again around 10:00am they were gone. That must have been the run that Jim Evans heard.
Yeah, that must have been the train that I heard at 8:40am. I'm glad to hear that traffic is picking up.
In the past if they interchanged three cars it was a lot.
Is this the additional business from Atlas Roofing?
I don't really know. The pictures that I got the other week showed that EPRY was moving some of their stored cars off-line. Something has to account for the traffic. Either way, it's a good thing.
Also, I noticed that there has been some fill dumped next to the crossing at the north end of the Telford siding and south of RT309. Is this maybe to build the siding for Shelly Lumber that has been mentioned in past posts?
The person on the Lansdale yahoo list mentioned that the Atlas plant as next to the Shelly's building up in Quakertown. I don't know where either of those places are, but I seem to recall that the new Shelly's lumber distribution place is going to be up by Quakertown.
They were dumping dirt there the year before too, so I don't know if it's railroad related or just the farmer doing it. Mabye they are putting in a trash train siding into the BFI trash transfer facility that it right in that area. That'd be pretty cool.
The increased traffic may help to spur some interest in reconnecting the line to Bethelehem. To do that we may need to incent a big rail customer to build a plant between Quakertown and Bethelehem along the Bethlehem Branch.
I agree that it would take a BIG customer on the line, or else some strange need for the through route to repoen the entire branch. I wish that the concrete type plant right by the tracks in Coopersburg would decide that they need rail service. That'd be awesome.
Any econonomic development people listening?
Not here. I'm merely an engineer.
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