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Railfan Pictures of the Week - 01/04/2009

CSX Trenton Line CP Nice Philadelphia PA December 16 2008


A gathering of CSX personnel and contractors at CP Nice reviews the physical plant that will get a new look this year as part of the Trenton Line double stack clearance project. In the works for years, the project, paid for with public and private funds, will require increased clearances at 11 locations between CP Park Junction and CP Wood.
Looking west with Tracks 1 and 2 of the Trenton Line to the left and the Blue Line connection to SEPTA's Wayne Junction to the right. The eastbound signals for CP Nice are just to the east of the Wissahickon Avenue overhead bridge in the distance.
Looking east with the Blue Line (used mostly by CSX C746 Lansdale to Philadelphia transfer run) to the left and a SEPTA train crossing on the SEPTA Main Line just south of Wayne Junction while the Trenton Line tracks merge into a single track as it crosses under.
The trickiest part of the project will be undercutting (reportedly by several feet) the track below the SEPTA Main, an area that is prone to flooding. The proposed solution is reported to be similar to that implemented by Conrail on what is now the CSX River Line near Portal in Secaucus NJ, where the track sits in a concrete tub that is drained by sump pumps. How they will keep the trains running while they tackle the project is yet to be seen. The single track underpass at Rhawn Street, where the right of way of the previously removed Track 1 was excavated while the former Track 2 was used to run trains, was the first structure completed for this project. At that location there was enough room to do both, but here it appears it will be much more of a challenge. The Trenton Line diverts to the left (you can see the backs of the CP Nice westbound signals) while the Richmond Industrial Track, used by CSAO and NS, continues toward the Delaware River and the remnants of the former Reading Railroad Port Richmond facility.

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