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National Railway Historical Society

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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 01/15/2006

Neshaminy Falls Station Bensalem PA 1948, 1986, 2003 and 2006

A comparison of Reading to Conrail/SEPTA to CSX/SEPTA looking north from the north end of the outbound platform at Neshaminy Falls Station.

First is Dick Bregler's photograph from 1948. Copyright © 2006 Richard Bregler

Next is a shot from Rob Palmer of Conrail train SEPY (Selkirk to Potomac Yard) heading south onto the New York Short Line on June 1 1986. Among the changes, the dwarf signal for the NYSL in the picture above has been removed. Copyright © 2006 Robert Palmer
Around 01:00 on April 23 2003, CSX K277 derailed at this very spot. This is how it looked on June 2 2003 after the track had been repaired. This is basically how it looked after Conrail removed the interlocking in the late 1980's, until just after the derailment, when SEPTA added a facing point crossover from Track 2 and Track 1 to complement the trailing point crossover that had been there for years. Copyright © 2006 John P. Almeida
The last two pictures were taken this week and show the new catenary support that SEPTA put in for wire work for the crossover it installed after the K277 derailment, placed right where the once and future second track off the NYSL would go. Also, the original Reading catenary support just north of the new support was destroyed in the derailment, and replaced with new one with a design different from the older ones on the line. Copyright © 2006 John P. Almeida
Due to recent ballast work, the abandoned ties of the second track off the New York Short Line have been exposed and can be seen relative to the base of the new support. Copyright © 2006 John P. Almeida


All pictures Copyright © 2006

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