• Info on tracks along SE edge of Philly

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Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in Pennsylvania

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  by Benjamin Maggi
 
I recently ate at John's Roast Pork, which is on the South Eastern edge of Philly. I saw tracks everywhere and it looked like at one time this was a bustling port area but now they were all abandoned. Can someone either tell me more about this area, or else point me to a different thread here that has the info? I am from NY and not familiar with the PA Railfan threads.

Thanks!
  by AlexC
 
Those are a combination of PRR & B&O tracks that served the Philadelphia waterfront all along Delaware Ave.

The tracks immediately to the east of John's Roast Pork were the B&O's... I think it was called the Vandalia St Branch. The PRR's Swanson Street Branch was a few blocks west. The PRR also had tracks which ran up Delaware Ave on the water front even further south east.

If you want to spent TOO MUCH TIME looking at maps, there are a TON of maps here: http://www.philageohistory.org/tiles/viewer/
  by Benjamin Maggi
 
Thanks. Anyone have ideas about when they went of service?

I ask because the tracks by John's (Vandalia Street Branch) actually looked to be in good shape, and the ballast seemed really clean. However, the railheads were rusty and both ends eventually were paved over.
  by ExCon90
 
Is that anywhere near where Hyundai Rotem assembled the Silverliner Vs?
  by AlexC
 
The Hyundai Rotem facility (now an Amazon something) is south of John's Roast Pork on the Vandalia Street branch.