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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 02/05/2006

CSX Trenton Line CP Nice and Lawndale Station Philadelphia PA January 29 2006
As part of the Trenton Line Separation and Clearance Project, SEPTA has been removing the last remnants of electrification from the now exclusively CSX's parts of the Trenton Line. Last fall they were working both between Neshaminy and Langhorne on the R3 West Trenton Line and between Cheltenham and Newtown Junction on the R8 Fox Chase Line. To finish the job, CSX has imposed a curfew on the line between CP Nice and CP Berry from 6:00 to 14:00 on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays for about two months starting late January, allowing SEPTA to work uninterrupted. Due to previous problems with motive power, CSX has required SEPTA have two engines on the wire train, and they have been using RL1A 60 and 61 for the job. On the runs last fall SEPTA was running up to CP Wood and reversing down the Trenton Line, but now they are coming down the Blue Line from Wayne Junction to CP Nice and heading east from there. After getting permission from CSX NI dispatcher, the CSX pilot guides the train east at CP Nice just after dawn on January 29 2006.
RL1A 60 and 61 are about to shove the train under the SEPTA Main and head around the curve at CP Nice, which is the junction of the Trenton Line, the Blue Line (to the left) and the Richmond Industrial Track (track continuing straight off in the distance on the right).
Just south of Cheltenham, they go to work, slowly making their way back toward Newtown Jct.
As part of the separation project, SEPTA added a passing siding between Cheltenham and Lawndale (the track in the middle) to partially replace the loss of Track 2.
The wire train passing the west end of the passing siding at Lawndale.
CSX wasn't running trains, but SEPTA's R8 Fox Chase locals like Train 2812, approaching Lawndale Station, were still operating. According to a couple of nearby residents, back in June SEPTA and/or CSX added warning devices at the pedestrian crossing at Lawndale, and the audio portion (which features both male and female voices) has proven to be quite annoying, especially when it wakes people up in the middle of the night. They have tried contacting both CSX and SEPTA in an effort to get the volume lowered but have met with little success, and are now trying the political route through their state representative and city councilwoman.


All pictures January 29 2006 Copyright © 2006 John P. Almeida

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