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Railfan Pictures of the Day - 10/08/2009

East Penn Railway Perkiomen Branch October 4 2009

The first two weekends of October feature passenger trains on the Perkiomen Branch. The first weekend the trips were sponsored by St. Luke's Hospital Network and originated in Emmaus as part of that borough's 250th anniversary celebration. The 7:30 trains each morning traveled all the way to Pennsburg with later trains turning at Dillinger Tunnel. The second weekend the trains are sponsored by the Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce and will originate in Pennsburg with the early train going through to Emmaus and later trains turning at Dillinger. This weekend's runs are similar to those back in 2007.

One of the signature shots on the line is the bridge over Shuler Road just inside the Montgomery County line; having just left Lehigh County, the rear of the train is now departing Berks County.

The Reading Company FP7A's 903 and 902, owned by the Philadelphia Chapter of the NRHS and the Reading Company Technical and Historical Society respectively, lead the train south as they appear to swim through a sea of soybeans.
The train stopped at Second Street in Pennsburg before returning north.
Leading on the northward run back to Emmaus was ESPN 7554 followed by an EPRY box car containing a generator to provide HEP for the Morristown and Erie coaches.

This weekend's runs will have the FP7A's on the other end the train leading north from Pennsburg. UPDATE: The FP7A's were on the south end both weekends, and Sunday's run from Emmaus featured both passenger and freight cars.


All pictures October 4 2009 Copyright © 2009 John P. Almeida

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