Was recently re-reading Dave Sweetland's LACKAWANNA book and noticed 2-3 great color photos - circa the early/mid 1950's - taken at Slateford Junction that caught my eye and prompted questions....
The pics show an Eastbound freight passing the Westbound Phoebe Snow adjacent to the tower, this same freight in a going away shot climbing upgrade on the Cut-Off as well as a beautiful shot of a freight leaning into the curve just West of the Delaware bridge.
Now the questions :
Both mains were in place/active at this time. However, both the Westbound Phoebe and the Eastbound freights are pictured running on the opposing mains ! AFAIK, the Cut-Off wasn't signaled for bi-directional running, was it ? Where would the Westbound Phoebe Snow have crossed over to the normally Eastbound main....the only guess I'd have is Greendell, which is quite a distance East on the NJ side. As to those Eastbound freights, they would have been re-directed to the normally Westbound main at the crossovers at E. Stroudsburg, correct ?
How common was this and what would prompt this operation back then ?
Also, there are crossties neatly in place for a then recently lifted 3rd track that the pics show ran West around past the tower and East for some distance upgrade toward the Delaware bridge. Can anyone fill in the blanks on this passing siding or stub siding usage ?
Much thanks !