L&NE Branches- Bethlehem, Allentown & Catasauqua.

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L&NE Branches- Bethlehem, Allentown & Catasauqua.

Postby railroads2000 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:15 pm


I'm new to the forum and I have a question concerning L&NE's branches, the Bethlehem, Allentown and Catasauqua. Can anyone tell what industries the L&NE served on these branch lines? I understand there were some 35 industries in 5 miles just on the Allentown alone. Are there track charts available for these branch lines? Of the three, which would make a good choice for modeling? I'm not familiar with the area, however, I have the new Morning Sun book by Mike Bednar, the book by Douglas Lilly and the L&NE book by Carstens, as well as the DVD's, all three volumes from John Pechulis Media. I'm from Michigan and I have an intereset in the L&NE, as well as various other roads and short lines. Thanks.

James Barnes, Jr.
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Re: L&NE Branches- Bethlehem, Allentown & Catasauqua.

Postby RDG467 » Thu Aug 07, 2014 2:51 pm

James, hopefully you'll see this reply--I just saw this post today. I haven't been back to the individual forums in a while.

The Catty branch served the Crane Iron Works in Catty, and then crossed the CNJ, the River, the LV and made a *severe* right hand turn to interchange with the Reading's Catasauqua and Fogelsvile Branch. The Lilly book has pix of this area. For more info on that area, go to the Anthracite RR's Historical Society's website, http://www.anthraciterailroads.org, and look on the Flags Diamonds and Statues page. Vol 6 has a two part series about the area and hard copies can be ordered from the site.
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