This Thing in Penn Argyl was something else. I think it was hung on a pole or something and was only used to show the LNE that the Lackawanna was using the tracks ahead.
I'm going to try to e mail one of the guys that put the trip together to ask him about this.
Mike, below are a few of my notes from the "Pen Argyl" portion of that 10/26/03 trip. It was a fabulous trip, by the way. Thanks to Bob Bahrs for putting it together.
Trip Notes begin:
The actual junction [Pen Argyl Branch junction with the B&P main) point was located on a short passing siding on the north side of the main track. The branch curved away from the main and paralleled the road into town and passed under an L&NE branch. The L&NE overpass was abandoned many years ago, and a grade level L&NE spur was constructed to link with the Pen Argyl Branch. Leo [Suprys, a steam-era DLW/B&P man who retired from Conrail, one of the tour guides on this trip] recalls that the “signal” for whether the L&NE was on the branch was an old bell that hung from a post. When the L&NE crew came into town they took the bell off the post and carried it with them until they came back.
We drove around the curve and into town. The 1926-vintage freight house still stands but did not appear to be used at this time. There is a 1911 picture of the earlier station and surrounding area in the Taber book (20th Century Volume 1 page 352). It appears that some of the houses on the opposite side of Main Street in the photo are still in existence.
The L&NE branch connection remained in place into the 1980’s. This allowed the EL and later Conrail to reach the L&NE shop area in Pen Argyl, which over time served a number of rail served businesses. It has been reported that the site of the L&NE shop complex may be demolished to allow construction of a giant retail complex.
End Trip Notes
Hope this helps!