Midvale Yard closed?

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Midvale Yard closed?

Postby Urban D Kaye » Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:43 pm

Was back in my old neighborhood briefly this weekend and swung by the Conrail Shared Assets Midvale Yard. I had expected to see a few lonesome boxcars and maybe an aging Geep. What I saw was...nothing. I mean, nothing. Not only was there yard entirely empty, but the building was locked and boarded-up. The fence was gone, as were the Conrail "Private Property - No Trespassing" signs. Apparently the yard is closed, tho the main is still traveled by Septa's R8 Chestnut Hill West line.

Can anyone confirm? When was the yard closed? What happened to the transfer job that ran between Midvale and Falls yards? Is TastyKake still a rail customer?

Any answers appreciated.
-Charlie
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Re: Midvale Yard closed?

Postby RDG467 » Mon Feb 23, 2009 9:51 am

The yard closed when the Budd plant did, which was at least 2 years ago. They moved production to a plant in Michigan.

I *think* Tastykake is getting served from West Falls at the moment, although a replacement for the Hunting Park plant is being constructed in South Phila on the NW portion of the Navy Yard. Not sure when that plant is supposed to start production, although I think it will be later this year.
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Re: Midvale Yard closed?

Postby Urban D Kaye » Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:51 pm

RDG467 -
Thanks. Glad I got the few photos I did when the yard was working. I believe you're right about Tastykake opening the new plant in late 09.
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Re: Midvale Yard closed?

Postby glennk419 » Tue May 12, 2009 11:33 am

Urban D Kaye wrote:Was back in my old neighborhood briefly this weekend and swung by the Conrail Shared Assets Midvale Yard. I had expected to see a few lonesome boxcars and maybe an aging Geep. What I saw was...nothing. I mean, nothing. Not only was there yard entirely empty, but the building was locked and boarded-up. The fence was gone, as were the Conrail "Private Property - No Trespassing" signs. Apparently the yard is closed, tho the main is still traveled by Septa's R8 Chestnut Hill West line.

Can anyone confirm? When was the yard closed? What happened to the transfer job that ran between Midvale and Falls yards? Is TastyKake still a rail customer?

Any answers appreciated.
-Charlie


Any idea what ever happened to the old PRR Shadow Keystone boxcar that was sitting on the east side of the R8 for many years?
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Re: Midvale Yard closed?

Postby RDGTRANSMUSEUM » Tue May 12, 2009 12:20 pm

Ah,Yes the "Don't Stand Me Still" car...................they used it for storage when I worked at midvale yard.
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Re: Midvale Yard closed?

Postby railroadcarmover » Tue May 12, 2009 6:56 pm

glennk419 wrote:
Urban D Kaye wrote:Was back in my old neighborhood briefly this weekend and swung by the Conrail Shared Assets Midvale Yard. I had expected to see a few lonesome boxcars and maybe an aging Geep. What I saw was...nothing. I mean, nothing. Not only was there yard entirely empty, but the building was locked and boarded-up. The fence was gone, as were the Conrail "Private Property - No Trespassing" signs. Apparently the yard is closed, tho the main is still traveled by Septa's R8 Chestnut Hill West line.

Can anyone confirm? When was the yard closed? What happened to the transfer job that ran between Midvale and Falls yards? Is TastyKake still a rail customer?

Any answers appreciated.
-Charlie


Any idea what ever happened to the old PRR Shadow Keystone boxcar that was sitting on the east side of the R8 for many years?



It was acquired for restoration. I know of the outfit that acquired it, but cant recall the name.
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Re: Midvale Yard closed?

Postby BuddSilverliner269 » Thu May 14, 2009 3:03 pm

If I recall, the PRR Museum in Strasburg acquired it. Im pretty sure of it.
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Re: Midvale Yard closed?

Postby glennk419 » Thu May 14, 2009 4:45 pm

Thanks. Nice to know it's in good hands.
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Re: Midvale Yard closed?

Postby OldRedLeg » Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:13 pm

Ah yes,I remember Midvale yard office well when I was a traveling janitor making a weekly stop there.I believe the Yardmaster was a Dan O'Hara or something close to that. Good old days as they say. Starting from Greenwich yard in S.Phila,going to Frankford yard,making mail runs to 32nd St.
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