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Re: Roelofs, PA Track Pans

Postby westernfalls » Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:12 pm

NorthPennLimited wrote:...Was this the same name the RDG used when there was an interlocking station at Yardley to go from 2 tracks to 4 tracks?


No, the tower was known by its telegraph call, DY, and as a remotely controlled interlocking it was known as Della.
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Re: Roelofs, PA Track Pans

Postby GSDenshaw » Wed Sep 30, 2015 9:08 pm

[quote= SEPTA has built a new interlocking at Yardley called IRON. Was this the same name the RDG used when there was an interlocking station at Yardley ?[/quote]

In 1914 there were interlocking plants built at Yardley and at Roelofs which is only a few miles away. It is my understanding that both were decommissioned in 1953 ~ 1955. Neither structure is still standing.

While I do not know the name that Reading Company used for these interlockings, I can tell you that both structures were two stories, constructed of brick and concrete and measured 15 x 27 feet. Both towers were equipped with mechanical plants with power-operated signals. Yardley had a 36 lever frame, and Roelofs had a 44 lever frame.

The only photographs that I have located so far are aerial images from 1937, 1958 & 1971:

1937 Yardley Tower.jpg
1937


1958 Yardley Tower.jpg
1958


1971 Yardley Tower.jpg
1971
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Re: Roelofs, PA Track Pans

Postby amtrakhogger » Thu Oct 01, 2015 6:37 am

DY tower building lasted until the early '80s when it was razed by Conrail. RO was torn down long before that.
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Re: Roelofs, PA Track Pans

Postby GSDenshaw » Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:05 am

I moved to Yardley in 1981 (I think it was July, but not certain) and I am pretty sure that the tower was gone at that time.

I also remember the freight house burning in the 1980s.
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Re: Roelofs, PA Track Pans

Postby GSDenshaw » Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:58 am

amtrakhogger wrote:DY tower building lasted until the early '80s when it was razed by Conrail. RO was torn down long before that.


The Reading Company technical & Historical Society lists DY as Doylestown on their list. Very interested in your input on this. Your comments have already lead me to information which I had not previously seen.

This is a view of Yardley, PA from the West looking toward the tower, station, freight house and in the distance, the canal bridge leading to The West Trenton RR Bridge. This is the first photo I have seen of Yardley tower from ground level !

This photo is attributed to Henry Wilhelm / West Conn Chapter - NRHS Collection May 1930

Yardley from the West May 1930 - smaller.jpg
Yardley, PA May 1930


Yardley from the West May 1930 - crop.jpg
Same photo - cropped in


Reading announced its plan to electrify the line in December of 1927. Electric powered service started on this line in July of 1931. I believe this photograph is most likely earlier than May 1930 as the electrical substation, overhead supports and catenary wires are not yet in place.
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Re: Roelofs, PA Track Pans

Postby amtrakhogger » Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:03 pm

GSDenshaw wrote:
amtrakhogger wrote:DY tower building lasted until the early '80s when it was razed by Conrail. RO was torn down long before that.


The Reading Company technical & Historical Society lists DY as Doylestown on their list. Very interested in your input on this. Your comments have already lead me to information which I had not previously seen.

This is a view of Yardley, PA from the West looking toward the tower, station, freight house and in the distance, the canal bridge leading to The West Trenton RR Bridge. This is the first photo I have seen of Yardley tower from ground level !

This photo is attributed to Henry Wilhelm / West Conn Chapter - NRHS Collection May 1930

Yardley from the West May 1930 - smaller.jpg


Yardley from the West May 1930 - crop.jpg


Reading announced its plan to electrify the line in December of 1927. Electric powered service started on this line in July of 1931. I believe this photograph is most likely earlier than May 1930 as the electrical substation, overhead supports and catenary wires are not yet in place.


I like the pictures! I know (obviously) there was an interlocking and tower there but never saw any pictures in it's heyday. Wes Coates "Electric Trains to Reading Terminal" book has a Timetable station page in back that lists DY as the interlocking at Yardley.
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Re: Roelofs, PA Track Pans

Postby GSDenshaw » Sun Oct 04, 2015 4:48 pm

I stumbled on this photo by accident. It is Reading 108 taking on water. Is this Roeloffs ???

Reading 108.jpg
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Re: Roelofs, PA Track Pans

Postby Franklin Gowen » Tue Oct 06, 2015 10:52 am

GSDenshaw wrote:I stumbled on this photo by accident. It is Reading 108 taking on water. Is this Roeloffs ???

Sorry, but no; it's not at Roelofs.

That photo of G1sa #108 actually at Bound Brook NJ in 1936. It's from page 23 of a railfan-Reading Company-interest book titled "Rails Along The Schuylkill".
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Re: Roelofs, PA Track Pans

Postby GSDenshaw » Tue Oct 06, 2015 2:59 pm

Franklin Gowen wrote:
GSDenshaw wrote:I stumbled on this photo by accident. It is Reading 108 taking on water. Is this Roeloffs ???

Sorry, but no; it's not at Roelofs.

That photo of G1sa #108 actually at Bound Brook NJ in 1936. It's from page 23 of a railfan-Reading Company-interest book titled "Rails Along The Schuylkill".


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Re: Roelofs, PA Track Pans

Postby westernfalls » Tue Oct 06, 2015 7:28 pm

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Re: Roelofs, PA Track Pans

Postby amtrakhogger » Tue Oct 06, 2015 7:51 pm

Great picture. Based on the location, it looks like the tower was "west" of Stony Hill Rd crossing.
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Re: Roelofs, PA Track Pans

Postby GSDenshaw » Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:04 am



Roelofs Track Pans 2 smaller.jpg
Track Pans and pump house at Roelofs, PA


Roelofs Tower 2 smaller.jpg
Roelofs Tower


These are awesome ! How did you find these ?

Thank you so much for sharing !
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Re: Roelofs, PA Track Pans

Postby GSDenshaw » Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:30 am

The following are aerlal photographs from 1937:

1937 Roelofs Tower.jpg
Roelofs Tower location West of Stony Hill Road


1937 Pump House.jpg
Pump House between Stony Hill and Edgewood Roads


1937 Pump House and Roelofs.jpg
Roelofs


There is what I think is the water reservoir that was built in 1914 in the upper right of the last photograph (adjacent to the tracks). If anyone knows about this structure I would appreciate your comments.
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Re: Roelofs, PA Track Pans

Postby GSDenshaw » Wed Oct 07, 2015 3:56 pm

Trevose - 2.jpg
Trevose, PA Station


The station at Roelofs looked like this station which was located at Trevose, PA. This design was built in four locations that I know of:

Trevose, PA

Lizette, PA (re-named Roelofs)(this location has also been called Makefield and Palmer. but I believe that both of these names refer to a previously existing structure)

Churchville, PA

Southampton, PA

I should also add that Curchville and Southampton are still standing.
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Re: Roelofs, PA Track Pans

Postby GSDenshaw » Wed Oct 07, 2015 4:05 pm

Lizette Architectural Drawings Composite 3AV smaller.jpg
Lizette plans 1


Lizette Architectural Drawings Composite 3BV smaller.jpg
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