NS Freight Line (Philadelphia, PA)

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NS Freight Line (Philadelphia, PA)

Postby railfan32 » Tue Jul 05, 2011 7:51 pm

Hello there, I have a quick question about an NS freight line in the Philadelphia area. There is a line that branches off from Falls Yard (near Manayunk, East Falls, Wissahickon area) that is a single track that runs along the Manayunk Canal. I have only seen a train on it twice, and I don't even know what line it is. Does anyone know what line it is or how often trains run on it, or which ones do?

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Re: NS Freight Line (Philadelphia, PA)

Postby PARailWiz » Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:07 pm

I think you are referring to the Venice IT - it goes by the two apartment buildings in the middle of the river, correct?
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Re: NS Freight Line (Philadelphia, PA)

Postby railfan32 » Fri Jul 08, 2011 3:41 pm

I'm not sure. All I know is that is branches off near the East Falls Yard, and the track runs adjacent to the Manayunk Canal/ Tow-Path and you can see it from the Schuykill River Trail if you are in the Manayunk/Shawmont area of it. The track looks like it's in bad condition, and I have only seen a small freight train on it (an engine and maybe 2 tankers or a boxcar) once or twice. I was curious to know if anyone knew what line it was, or how often it's used.
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Re: NS Freight Line (Philadelphia, PA)

Postby scotty269 » Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:16 pm

Search the Pennsylvania Railfan forum for "Manayunk" and/or "Venice".
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Re: NS Freight Line (Philadelphia, PA)

Postby bluedash2 » Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:37 pm

That's the Venice IT, the only freight line in Manayunk. It's served by an NS local out of Abrams Yard. The line is in not so great shape and only has a customer or two left. IIRC, they can only use an SW1001 on that track. Last time I worked around there a few years ago, they worked the line mid-late mornings.
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Re: NS Freight Line (Philadelphia, PA)

Postby gprimr1 » Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:38 am

That line honestly looks like a child's roller coaster.

It's a place I have always wanted to photograph, but I imagine it's very hard to catch a train there. Here's a picture of it from two years ago. I can't find the one of the huge drop in the track.
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Re: NS Freight Line (Philadelphia, PA)

Postby GP15king » Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:34 pm

Its the Venice IT that goes to paper works industry paper mill the best days to catch a train on the line are Monday Wednesday and Friday any time from 10am to 4pm. they are due to come down Friday 7/22/11 info came from my father who work at the paper mill unloading the tank cars. the yard job is the H25 that come out of abrams yard. the days that they got to go down the branch they will have SW1001 in the consist.
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Re: NS Freight Line (Philadelphia, PA)

Postby ns2110 » Sun Sep 04, 2011 7:42 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOE5mKc0EpY

This is a video I took about five years ago. Alot has changed since I took this video. The soap factory in the background is luxury condos, the restaurant in the background has closed, the engineer has passed away, the conductor has retired and the 2110 is no longer with Norfolk Southern.
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Re: NS Freight Line (Philadelphia, PA)

Postby olneytrains » Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:55 pm

On 2-1-2016 ESPN switcher #52 will work the Venice Industrial track per a mention in rrpicturearchives.net
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Re: NS Freight Line (Philadelphia, PA)

Postby Acela150 » Sat Mar 19, 2016 4:58 pm

That is cause the ESPN has leased the Venice IT from NS.
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Re: NS Freight Line (Philadelphia, PA)

Postby ns2110 » Mon Jun 13, 2016 1:57 pm

I believe all of the SW1001s have been rounded up for disposal too. I haven't seen any type of end cab switcher at Abrams in quite some time. Even the MP15 that was there (the 2353) is gone.
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