JimBoylan wrote:A well published 1870's photo at Princeton Jct. shows a 4-4-0 and turntable, apparently for the branch.
Unless there was another turntable or wye at Princeton that still would not get the engine pointed in the right direction for both trips. Unless after arriving at Princeton the power deadheaded back to Princton Jct.to be turned. But that doesn't seem too likely.
Btw, I found the TRAINS article about the branch. It's pgs 44-51 of the June 1987 issue. But darnit, it doesn't say anything about either turning trains or what kind of steam power was used.
On pg. 46 there is an 'all-time' track diagram. It shows a wye at Princeton Jct. (prior to 1923) but no wye at Princeton and no turntable at either end of the branch.
It does mention the heavy football traffic though.
In 1923 a young John Barriger III, then a young PRR student apprentice, wrote a story for the Dec. 1, 1923 issue of Railway Age
. It detailed how the Pennsylvania handled that year's heavy special passenger traffic to Princeton on the day of the Harvard game.
No less than 42 specials were handled with a total of 22,907 passengers carried aboard 298 cars. At the time there were three storage yards located on the Princeton end of the branch -Lower, Middle and Upper yards.
The locomotives off all those trains must have certainly been turned. But where?
QUICK EDIT-The Xerox copy I have of the TRAINS article is not the best. Looking at it some more I think there was
a wye located at the north side of Upper Yard at Princeton. It's the closest point to Palmer Stadium and the map also shows a "Coal Shed" located alongside the wye's tail track.