Kutztown and Colebrookdale could be home to the speeder population.
"A train running once a week is better than no train at all." - Me
SemperFidelis wrote:Good news!SemperFidelis,
The Colebrookdale Spur will be operating again as of next month (August). I just spoke to a Berks County official about it and they confirmed that they have an operator selected who will be turning wheels soon. The operator is US Rail Partners of Des Plaines, IL (not the US Rail that took over SRNJ).
Drug Plastics and Glass will be the only customer to start with, recieving plastic and/or sand for processing into containers. Boyertown Foundry and Unicast recieve foundry sand by truck and will most likely be pursued as customers. A 3 acre transload site is also being developed for other materials.
The line up to Martin Stone Quarry will not be reactivated in the near future. Walmart (the same people who helped send your job to China) is not being very cooperative about allowing rails to be laid on the old path of the ROW across thier parking lot. The potential for full reactivation is still there but commitments are needed before any work can go forward.
I love it when a dead line comes back to life!
USRP currently controls through stock ownership two Class III rail carriers: BNGR and the Eastern Washington Gateway Railroad Company (EWGR). BNGR operates approximately 35 miles of rail line between Wellington, Kan., and Blackwell, Okla. EWGR operates approximately 114 miles of rail line in the State of Washington.Maybe USRP is based in Illinois?
READING — Berks County Commissioners' Chairman Mark C. Scott recently announced that the county is planning to spend $91,300 to make repairs to the Colebrookdale Spur railroad crossing at East Philadelphia Avenue in Boyertown.
Scott said at the July 12 workshop meeting that the county has contracted with Amtrac Railroad Contractors of Hagerstown, Md., to do the repair work. No date was given as to when construction will begin.
Along with Scott, Commissioners Kevin S. Barnhardt and Christian Y. Leinbach said they will approve the contract.
The Amtrac contract originally called for only partial repair of the track. However, after concerns were raised regarding the extent of proposed repairs, Scott said the contract was revised to include additional work to the track and paved areas.
"We have amended the contract so that the project will be done in a more comprehensive way and hope to prevent the potholes that have plagued that area for years," he said.
Scott said the additional work could add anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 to the original contract, which includes replacement of the track and the concrete linings that cross the street. Sidewalk repairs will also be made at the site.
Money for the repair will come from redevelopment authority funds. Funds will also be allocated for a transloading facility, planned for construction at a later date.
The 8.6-mile Colebrookdale Spur is a short line running between Pottstown and Boyertown. It was purchased by the county in March 2009 from East Penn Railroad, Kennett Square, at a cost of $1.35 million.
The county plans to rehabilitate the line and place it back into service. The line connects to the Norfolk Southern line in Pottstown.