• Info on tracks along SE edge of Philly

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Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in Pennsylvania

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  by Benjamin Maggi
I recently ate at John's Roast Pork, which is on the South Eastern edge of Philly. I saw tracks everywhere and it looked like at one time this was a bustling port area but now they were all abandoned. Can someone either tell me more about this area, or else point me to a different thread here that has the info? I am from NY and not familiar with the PA Railfan threads.

  by AlexC
Those are a combination of PRR & B&O tracks that served the Philadelphia waterfront all along Delaware Ave.

The tracks immediately to the east of John's Roast Pork were the B&O's... I think it was called the Vandalia St Branch. The PRR's Swanson Street Branch was a few blocks west. The PRR also had tracks which ran up Delaware Ave on the water front even further south east.

If you want to spent TOO MUCH TIME looking at maps, there are a TON of maps here: http://www.philageohistory.org/tiles/viewer/
  by Benjamin Maggi
Thanks. Anyone have ideas about when they went of service?

I ask because the tracks by John's (Vandalia Street Branch) actually looked to be in good shape, and the ballast seemed really clean. However, the railheads were rusty and both ends eventually were paved over.
  by ExCon90
Is that anywhere near where Hyundai Rotem assembled the Silverliner Vs?
  by AlexC
The Hyundai Rotem facility (now an Amazon something) is south of John's Roast Pork on the Vandalia Street branch.
  by Sir Ray
Well, while we're in the area, if you follow that line south a few blocks, you come to E. Oregon Ave. and a smallish paved railyard. This was apparently once served by the PRR, as I found an 5 year old article that U-Haul was restoring a PRR warehouse on the East side of this yard. Fair enough, but getting back to the yard - Google street views up to 2017 show it in use, with a decent amount of cars spotted (mostly tank and covered hoppers), and what appears to be unloading equipment - so I suppose this served as a transload yard. Unfortunately the 2019 views show the yard empty (except for a white painted baggage car) - who was using this yard, and where did the transload move to?