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PN&NY

Postby SilentCal » Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:06 pm

I remember reading a few years back about a local historian writing a book about the Philadelphia, Newtown & New York (a/k/a the Newtown branch). Does anyone know the book? Internet searches have turned up nothing. Perhaps I dreamed it?
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Re: PN&NY

Postby Franklin Gowen » Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:27 am

I'm not aware of any present text work-in-progress concerning the Reading's Newtown Branch.

Indeed, the only book on this specific subject that I've ever remotely heard of was just a small booklet authored by Philly-area railfan Larry Eastwood. It's far from current, though; I believe the print date was sometime in the 1960s. I have never had the pleasure of actually seeing a copy of this work; it may have been privately published.
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Re: PN&NY

Postby RDGAndrew » Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:50 pm

I used this booklet as a reference while writing a paper in high school about Bucks County rail history. The Spruance Library in Doylestown (at the Mercer Museum) had a copy. It was called "Happy Birthday, Newtown Railroad!", I think. At the time you had to become a member to use the library, which for student-version of me in 1991 was $10. The Phila NRHS library probably has a copy too. The Newtown Historic Association may have one also.

My paper was part of a scholarship competition by the Bucks County Chamber of Commerce. Years later I picked up a book on rail abandonments in the eastern US, hoping to find more bits of information for my efforts at modeling the Newtown Branch. Sure enough, the PN&NY merited a chapter. I eagerly turned to the Sources and Further Reading section at the back...to find my name and a citation of my paper.
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Re: PN&NY

Postby RDGAndrew » Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:00 pm

Also, if it's technical info you want, download this PDF:

http://www.multimodalways.org/docs/govts/transportation%20authorities/SEPTA/SEPTA%20Newtown%20Branch%20Report.pdf

I had found a reference to a "Maher's siding" in Newtown in a book of special instructions for employes, which was a customer I hadn't heard of before. I Googled it and found that site, which has track charts of virtually the entire line including bridges, culverts, grades and curves, plus shippers' guides from several different decades.

Enjoy!
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Re: PN&NY

Postby SilentCal » Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:36 am

Thanks, that is useful. I'll try to track down that pamphlet, too.
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Re: PN&NY

Postby glenonoko » Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:06 pm

Possibly what you might have heard about was the unpublished manuscript history of the PN&NY written by Richard Mansley. Richard spent a lifetime studying the Newtown line and has deposited all his research notes and the unpublished manuscript with the Newtown Historical Society. To read any of this, you need to make an appointment to visit the Newtown Historical Society.

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