• Why dod CR tear down Bethlehem Engine House?

  • Discussion related to the operations and equipment of Consolidated Rail Corp. (Conrail) from 1976 to its present operations as Conrail Shared Assets. Official web site can be found here: CONRAIL.COM.
Discussion related to the operations and equipment of Consolidated Rail Corp. (Conrail) from 1976 to its present operations as Conrail Shared Assets. Official web site can be found here: CONRAIL.COM.

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  by carajul
 
They tore it down in 1995. Why? Why not store engines in it like the LV did up to the end.
  by Backshophoss
 
Possibly the building was unsound structure wise.
Local building inspector may have condemned it
  by scottychaos
 
Probably the same reason 99% of steam-era structures have been torn down:
They aren't needed anymore.

And, railroads have a strong incentive to tear down unneeded structures: property taxes.
If they leave it up, but empty and unused, they are still taxed on it. Railroads tear things down the second they are surplus for that reason.

And, there is no need for any Class-1 railroad to store 10 locomotives under a roof when they can store hundreds of them outside without a building to maintain.

Scot
  by ExCon90
 
There's also vandalism. Empty buildings are asking for shall-we-say non-rail-related activities, and often fires.
  by rdgrailfan
 
CR had an exposure to property taxes and they went an a concerted effort to reduce taxes paid. Anything they could tear down they did to save money. The Trenton cutoff was singled lined by first removing rails on one side at points along the line and they just rip it out.
Beth was just caught in the mess, Easton round house went about the same time but it was in worse shape but still used for storage.

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