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R&N Towanda-Monroeton Line

Postby TB Diamond » Thu Nov 03, 2011 5:43 pm

Received information a few months ago that the former T-MSL now owned by the Reading & Northern was embargoed account a washout at the airport.

Has the washout been repaired and service on the line restored by now?
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Re: R&N Towanda-Monroeton Line

Postby thebigham » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:32 pm

^I just followed the TM line at Google Maps, but did not see the washout at the airport.

Here's the interchange with the R&N:

http://goo.gl/maps/eQrs

Here are the tracks at the airport:

http://goo.gl/maps/XN6O

The mill at Monroeton:

http://goo.gl/maps/cf2a

The exLV bridge has been removed at the end of current track.
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Re: R&N Towanda-Monroeton Line

Postby thebigham » Tue Jan 13, 2015 9:55 pm

Looks like the railroad may be reopened soon:

http://thedailyreview.com/local-locomot ... -1.1814345

Local locomotive relocates
Towanda-based locomotive to be part of Steamtown National Historical Site
By James Loewenstein
Published: January 11, 2015

As for the Towanda-Monroeton rail line, it appears likely that it will start to be used again this year to ship sand for fracking to an offloading site near Monroeton, Zadrusky said. Zadrusky said he currently owns the 33-acre parcel where the offloading would take place.
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Re: R&N Towanda-Monroeton Line

Postby toolmaker » Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:41 am

from the article above: "He said he believes the locomotive will be painted its original color. The locomotive’s current red color is not original, he said." So what was the original color?
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Re: R&N Towanda-Monroeton Line

Postby lvrr325 » Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:27 am

TMSL SW1 26, currently in a Lehigh Valley inspired paint scheme, built 1939 as ACL 1900 (or 1901?), to Richmond Terminal 1, to Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac 50, to Canton RR #26, to Jersey Contracting #26, to McCormick Sand & Gravel #26, to TMSL.

Engine only tested on ACL and was returned; worked in Richmond VA from 1940 through 1956. It actually has probably spent the most time on any one railroad, at TMSL; previous owner quit operations in 1983 and it went to TMSL sometime between then and 1994. Unfortunately all the links to TMSL history and so forth point to sites that no longer host personal pages.

I did find one link that it may now belong to the RF&P Technical and Historical society and they were looking to find a way to move it to their property, not an easy task as it's friction bearing non-alignment coupler so it can't go on NS or CSX on it's own wheels, but is also likely too tall (loco alone is 14 feet tall) and heavy to be trucked easily.


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Re: R&N Towanda-Monroeton Line

Postby scottychaos » Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:38 am

It is not owned by the RF&P Technical and Historical society .
It is owned by the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society, who is leasing it to
Steamtown in Scranton, where it will be used as a switcher.

thebigham wrote:Going to Steamtown

http://thedailyreview.com/local-locomot ... -1.1814345

Local locomotive relocates

Towanda-based locomotive to be part of Steamtown National Historical Site


By James Loewenstein
Published: January 11, 2015

TOWANDA — A railroad engine that was a familiar sight in the Towanda area over the past several decades will now have a new home: the Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton.

Joe Zadrusky of Scranton said he is donating the 100-ton, diesel-powered locomotive to the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society, which will house the engine at Steamtown.

Zadrusky, a former owner and operator of the Towanda-Monroeton Shippers Lifeline Railroad, said he used the locomotive from 1979 to 2009 to haul freight on the 5 1/2 –mile line between Packer Avenue in Towanda and Monroeton.

The line ceased being used a few years ago.

“This (moving the engine to Steamtown) is a good end to what happened,” Zadrusky said.

The locomotive was scheduled to arrive at Steamtown on Thursday, Zadrusky said.

Even though the Historical Society will own the locomotive, it will be used by the Steamtown National Historic Site, Zadrusky said.

Debbie Conway, superintendent of Steamtown, explained that the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society has an agreement in place with Steamtown that allows Steamtown to use certain Society-owned equipment that is based at Steamtown.

The locomotive, which was manufactured in 1939, will be used to move rail cars within Steamtown’s rail yard, a role that the locomotive had historically played in the past, she said.

The locomotive, which is called a “switcher,” had been used decades ago to make up passenger trains in Washington, D.C. and had also been used to move rail cars at a quarry, Zadrusky said.

In addition, the locomotive will be available as a backup engine to power the passenger trains that give train rides to the public at Steamtown, Conway said.

Normally, Steamtown would use a steam-powered engine for those rides, she said. However, if the steam engine were being repaired or was undergoing an inspection, the engine that had been owned by Zadrusky could be used in its place, Conway explained.

The Zadrusky engine will also help the museum tell the story of the transition from steam locomotives to diesel locomotives, she said.

Zadrusky said the locomotive he is donating, which was manufactured by the Electro-Motive Corp., is a first-generation diesel engine.

While the locomotive has had “mechanical stuff done to it, it (the locomotive) is all original, the way it was,”

The locomotive, which is 600 horsepower, is too small to be used on main freight lines today, he said. Most engines today are 1,000 horsepower or greater, he said.

When the engine is not in use, it will be on display for the public in Steamtown’s rail yard, Conway said.

History

While in use on the Towanda-Monroeton rail line, the locomotive hauled grain hoppers to and from Shaffer’s Feed Mill in Monroeton, which was the Towanda-Monroeton Shippers Lifeline Railroad’s biggest customer, Zadrusky said.

The locomotive also hauled wooden billets that had been manufactured in Troy, which were being shipped to Kentucky to be fashioned into Louisville Slugger baseball bats, he said. It had also hauled veal feed that was being shipped to Formula One in southern Bradford County, which was used by the many veal farmers in the area, he said.

In the early 1970s, the Shippers Lifeline Railroad used the locomotive to move tanker cars that contained carbon dioxide under high pressure. The carbon dioxide, which was shipped by rail from Louisiana, was transferred to tractor trailer tanker trucks in Towanda, which transported the gas to the Taylor Beef Packing plant in Wyalusing. Taylor Beef used the carbon dioxide for refrigeration, in order to quickly freeze meat, he said.

Following its arrival at Steamtown, the Historical Society will fix up the locomotive and “get it in good running condition,” Zadrusky said. The upgrade will include repainting the locomotive and replacing a couple of its wheels, which are worn down, he said.

He said he believes the locomotive will be painted its original color. The locomotive’s current red color is not original, he said.

The Historical Society has also been restoring other rail cars at Steamtown.
At this point, it is not clear whether the Historical Society will retain ownership of the Zadrusky locomotive, or whether it will transfer ownership of the locomotive to Steamtown, Conway said.

But even if the Historical Society retains ownership, the locomotive will remain at Steamtown on a long-term basis, Conway said.

As for the Towanda-Monroeton rail line, it appears likely that it will start to be used again this year to ship sand for fracking to an offloading site near Monroeton, Zadrusky said. Zadrusky said he currently owns the 33-acre parcel where the offloading would take place.

James Loewenstein can be reached at (570) 265-1633; or email: jloewenstein@thedailyreview.com



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Re: R&N Towanda-Monroeton Line

Postby lvrr325 » Fri Jan 16, 2015 4:38 pm

First of all, way too much of the article is quoted there, that's beyond a fair use 20% or so and appears to be the full article.

Second, this:

http://www.rypn.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=33772

The RF&P Railroad Historical Society owns SW1 diesel locomotive RF&P No. 50. It was originally purchased by the Richmond Terminal Co. in 1939 for use at Broad Street Station, Richmond. It was Richmond Terminal NO. 1 and proved to be to light weight to handle the heavy standard weight cars of the time. It was sold to the RF&P RR proper who renumbered it to RF&P No. 50.

This locomotive now resides on the RBM&N at Towanda, Pa. and the Society would like to move it to Fredericksburg, Va. It is unfortunately equipped with friction bearings and both NS and CSX decline to move it even if it is equipped with the new approved types of roller bearings or a new set of trucks.


Not saying it's true, but this is what I read. Unknown if it actually changed hands and was returned or if the sale fell through due to the inability to move the locomotive.
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Re: R&N Towanda-Monroeton Line

Postby FLRailFan1 » Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:29 pm

When did the R&N buy TMSL? Isn't the TMSL separate from the R&N?
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Re: R&N Towanda-Monroeton Line

Postby lvrr325 » Fri Jul 01, 2016 3:05 am

They bought it speculating on the fracking sand/pipe business. They also expected to get the rest of the Lehigh Line but were thwarted on it. As to when, late in 2009:

viewtopic.php?t=67447&p=746569
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