Manayunk Canal Railroad

Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in Pennsylvania

Moderator: bwparker1

Re: Manayunk Canal Railroad

Postby olneytrains » Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:28 pm

The train apparently hit a tree, the tree fell and struck a pedestrian bridge that collapsed.

http://roxborough.patch.com/articles/cr ... to-9375766
olneytrains
 
Posts: 40
Joined: Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:42 am

Re: Manayunk Canal Railroad

Postby scotty269 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 12:30 pm

NS 2100 and two tank cars passing under the Green Lane bridge at approx. 11am today.
scotty269
 
Posts: 2718
Joined: Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:47 am
Location: Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA

Re: Manayunk Canal Railroad

Postby olneytrains » Fri Feb 28, 2014 4:52 pm

It appears they cut the track in the runaround inside the plant. Yesterday I saw a maroon boxcar on the I76 west side of the plant. Is this car stranded or do they still move boxcars to and from the plant? Thanks
olneytrains
 
Posts: 40
Joined: Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:42 am

Re: Manayunk Canal Railroad

Postby scotty269 » Tue Mar 11, 2014 7:44 pm

olneytrains wrote:It appears they cut the track in the runaround inside the plant. Yesterday I saw a maroon boxcar on the I76 west side of the plant. Is this car stranded or do they still move boxcars to and from the plant? Thanks


What? The line is still active and served, as per my reply from the 28th.

Image

Remember that former pedestrian, now utility "bridge"?

Well, I have some bad news. It's gone. Taken today:

Image
scotty269
 
Posts: 2718
Joined: Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:47 am
Location: Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA


Re: Manayunk Canal Railroad

Postby olneytrains » Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:26 pm

I walked the Manayunk Canal Path today and noticed the rails to the box factory look like it has been a while since a train has moved on the line. There are usually two gray tank cars parked on the east side of the factory visible from the path and today there were none. Also, they used to stage their tankers and box cars on the north end of Falls Yard at US. 1 I have not seen the cars there for some time.
olneytrains
 
Posts: 40
Joined: Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:42 am

Re: Manayunk Canal Railroad

Postby olneytrains » Sat Feb 13, 2016 11:40 am

A little update, this spur known as the Venice Industrial Track will be switched by ESPN #52 starting 2-1-2016 as posted on rrpicturearchives.net.
olneytrains
 
Posts: 40
Joined: Sat Jul 19, 2008 6:42 am

Re: Manayunk Canal Railroad

Postby scotty269 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:31 pm

The plant will be closing on or around April 1st, 2017. Unless something else steps in, it is likely the end of the branch.
scotty269
 
Posts: 2718
Joined: Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:47 am
Location: Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA

Re: Manayunk Canal Railroad

Postby CarterB » Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:58 am

scotty269 wrote:The plant will be closing on or around April 1st, 2017. Unless something else steps in, it is likely the end of the branch.

What plant is closing? the Paper Mill or Box plant ....or both?
Bring back the Slumbercoaches!!
User avatar
CarterB
 
Posts: 2541
Joined: Fri Mar 12, 2004 9:19 am
Location: Bergen County, New Jersey

Re: Manayunk Canal Railroad

Postby CaptainHaddock » Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:44 am

It would be cool if they made this spur into something like the Astoria Riverfront Trolley. Someone could buy the line, build a short platform near the papermill, and buy an old PCC car or something, put a generator in it or a small diesel engine, and just run it from the mill to the interchange yard across the river. This trip is short enough that you might be able to get a good deal of business from people who just come in from the street and didn't actually plan on visiting. This would also be helped by the fact that it's across the canal from a busy shopping area. You might even get people who use it instead of walking.
CaptainHaddock
 
Posts: 10
Joined: Fri May 27, 2016 7:26 pm

Re: Manayunk Canal Railroad

Postby johnnyloco » Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:46 pm

3/2/2017

ESPN 52 ran on the Venice IT today. Three empty tanks out and three clay slurry tank car loads in. Paper Works plant will close on April 14th, 2017.

Album of ten photos-
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/archiv ... ?id=121183

Here's all ten individual photos with a description.

VEN02 already assembled the empties when I got there and were just starting to head out of the plant-
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=4657140

ESPN 52 engineer's side-
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=4657141

Schuylkill River Trail Towpath-
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=4657142

Lock Street-
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=4657144

Coming over the Schuylkill River with three loaded tank cars of clay slurry after working Falls Yard-
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=4657145

Approaching the Leverington Ave. bridge-
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=4657147

Approaching Fountain Street-
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=4657149

Ran around their train and approaching the switch into the Paper Works plant-
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=4657150

Shoving back into the plant-
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=4657152

Dropping the three cars-
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=4657154
User avatar
johnnyloco
 
Posts: 377
Joined: Tue Jun 12, 2012 10:01 pm

Re: Manayunk Canal Railroad

Postby CarterB » Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:43 am

Back in the late 70s, I used to work in the White building at the Paper Mill, which was then Container Corporation of America. Is that plant now closed, or closing?
Bring back the Slumbercoaches!!
User avatar
CarterB
 
Posts: 2541
Joined: Fri Mar 12, 2004 9:19 am
Location: Bergen County, New Jersey

Re: Manayunk Canal Railroad

Postby scotty269 » Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:55 pm

The Venice Industrial Track has seen a train for the last time as of today:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BSeNQmBgDq0/
scotty269
 
Posts: 2718
Joined: Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:47 am
Location: Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA

Re: Manayunk Canal Railroad

Postby scotty269 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:02 pm

This is your chance - their switcher is parked at the property limits up front. Get some pics before it's gone!
scotty269
 
Posts: 2718
Joined: Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:47 am
Location: Manayunk, Philadelphia, PA

Previous

Return to Pennsylvania Railfan

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest