Remains of the old Allentown Railroad grade

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Re: Remains of the old Allentown Railroad grade

Postby Schuylkill Valley » Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:33 pm

Here is an old map from 1873 of the line.
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Re: Remains of the old Allentown Railroad grade

Postby liltuffy2 » Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:46 pm

I understand that the tunnel is on private property. Whenever I am out tooling around I always respect property rights. That being said, the photo appears to have been taken from the road. I use google earth extensively and would love to get a better idea of where on earth (lol) this tunnel photo would be off of Krick Lane. I have it narrowed down to an area but am pulling my hair out trying to determine where the tunnel would have ran.

Any help would be appreciated,

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Re: Remains of the old Allentown Railroad grade

Postby NE2 » Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:59 am

With the help of old aerials and an old plat atlas of Allentown that shows the land they bought I've mapped the portion east of Kutztown: http://www.openstreetmap.org/?relation=1400060
Using http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=40.59831,-75.46620&z=15&t=K you can easily switch to topos and aerials to see what still exists (for example, crossing Grange Road north of Hamilton Boulevard).

West of Kutztown, http://www.historicmapworks.com/Map/US/ ... nsylvania/ (as well as individual town maps in that atlas) shows the general alignment (and that of the South Mountain and Boston Railroad, another unfinished line). A quick check of topos shows a definite grade north and east of Hamburg (along the city limits) and a tunnel here: http://mapper.acme.com/?ll=40.54942,-75.93935&z=16&t=T as well as at least portions of grading all the way to Kutztown.

Here's the grade approaching the tunnel portal: http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=40.55194 ... 25,,0,2.52 and a whole bunch of tractors on the other side of the road :)
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Re: Remains of the old Allentown Railroad grade

Postby choess » Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:39 am

Eric,

I took that photo right across the road from the tractors, as NE2 points out.
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Re: Remains of the old Allentown Railroad grade

Postby CarterB » Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:44 am

I assume the tunnel itself has long ago been blocked at both ends or caved in?
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Re: Remains of the old Allentown Railroad grade

Postby choess » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:09 pm

It was never finished. The approach cut to the north portal (shown) is flooded.
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Re: Remains of the old Allentown Railroad grade

Postby RussNelson » Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:29 pm

Here is where the tunnel was to have run: https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/146156452 - this is from choess's rendering of the railbed in OpenStreetMap / http://openrailwaymap.org/
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