Last I heard, a few weeks ago now, there won't be any track to Mr. Martin's Quarry until an agreement can be reached with the very hostile leadership of Walmart.
Glenn wrote:From Google Maps, the rails appear to be in place as far as and onto the bridge over N. Reading Road. There is a large industry on Spring Street just past the bridge and adjacent to the ROW which obviously was once served by the railroad as the loading platforms are still in place and would certainly be a potential customer.I remember talking to an East Penn employee a few years ago and they said that the Boyertown Foundry (there by the YMCA) was against using rail service, but for the life I me, I can't remember the reason that he told me... Maybe a new railroad would help?
SemperFidelis wrote:Last I heard, a few weeks ago now, there won't be any track to Mr. Martin's Quarry until an agreement can be reached with the very hostile leadership of Walmart.There's probably more barriers than just traversing Walmart's parking lot entrance road, but it's probably not good to proceed with the other items until you can get permission to cross there.
Colebrookdale Spur construction means detours for drivers in Boyertown
Monday, September 20, 2010
By Lynn A. Gladieux
BOYERTOWN –– Work scheduled to begin on the Colebrookdale Spur railroad crossing at East Philadelphia Avenue will cause detours and a major road closure this weekend.
Beginning Sept. 25, westbound traffic on East Philadelphia Avenue will be detoured onto South Madison Street and then onto westbound Second Street, where it will merge with West Philadelphia Avenue, also known as Route 73.
The road is expected to be closed throughout the weekend and for several hours on Sept. 27.
Berks County Commissioner Kevin S. Barnhardt and county Director of Facilities Ryan Hunter met on Sept. 20 with Borough Manager Patricia Spaide and police Chief Barry Leatherman to discuss the planned road closure, at which time Spaide and Leatherman approved the closure and planned detour route.
Barnhardt said repairs to the roadway, which are being paid for by the county from redevelopment authority funds, will greatly benefit Boyertown and that residents will be pleased with the end result.
County commissioners have hired Amtrac Railroad Contractors of Hagerstown, Md., to make the crossing repairs at a cost of nearly $100,000. Repairs include replacement of the track and concrete linings as well as sidewalk repairs.
The 8.6-mile Colebrookdale Spur is a short line running between Pottstown and Boyertown. It was purchased by the county in March 2009 from East Penn Railroad, Kennett Square, at a cost of $1.35 million.
Earlier this month, the county signed a lease with Eastern Berks Gateway Railroad of Boyertown to begin hauling freight on the line, which connects to the Norfolk Southern line in Pottstown.
Jeremy Zella wrote:Wal-Mart = EVIL! I would even like to see the line go as far as Bechtelsville to the Agway, although I am floored that they are putting back in service! Cant way to start railfanning the line!!! Were the (2) businesses on either side of Weisstown Rd hooked into the branch? The one is a heating oil dealer and I don't know what is across the street its just like a white garage looking building. Any thoughts???The road is actually N Reading Ave. There is only one business there, which is Boyertown Oil. As far as I know, the oil company never used the RR, however times have changed. The row of garages are private as far as I am aware. The line after passing Walmart, continued north along Rt 100, passing the quarry and into Bechtelsville, where is ran along Agway, acrossed Chestnut St and there is still an small little train station standing which is owned by the Borough. The line then continued north into the village of Barto, however I do know if the ROW is still there.
I was surprised that they didn't appear to use the pre-cast concrete crossing slabs that I've seen them use on most new higher traffic crossings.Pre-cast concrete crossing slabs are typically custom-made to fit the crossing where they are installed and require some lead-time. Other types of crossing can be installed more quickly or at less cost.
Trails to Rails wrote:People deciding an unused ROW that crosses their property is now theirs is nothing new, just take a look at the McMansions along the Bethlehem Branch or the Lutron parking lots that encroached that ROW. I believe the prevailing wisdom is if you build something over it, it is less likely they will ask you to undo what you did.As dismaying as it was to see the Bethlehem Branch ripped up, it was quite amusing to see the McMansions' "landscaping" destroyed when they harvested the rails and ties in the Spring Valley Road area.