Category Archives: Talky Tuesday

Talky Tuesday #99

4-6-0 #119 leads a mixed freight in last week’s “WW #141”. 5 cars back is a mid-train helper. A number of photos show a helper engine multiple cars back in S&NY freights; I assume this was due to weight restrictions on bridges. Location of the photo is uncertain.

Talky Tuesday #98

S&NY #117 displays her fireman’s side on “WW #140” from December 20th. The jacketing over the boiler could use a little repair, but the 117 still looks to be in service, given the white flags on the smokebox and the load of coal in the tender. #117 was a 1900 product of the Schenectady Works, purchased used from the NYC as #1748 in 1926. The 2-6-0 went to the scrapper after abandonment.

Talky Tuesday #97

Wordless Wednesday #139 of two weeks ago is a view of the Powell station. Looking rough in this view, the station has likely not had a fresh coat of paint in many a year.

Remarkably, the station was purchased after abandonment and was moved to a different site in Powell on Greenwood Road, and can be viewed on Google Maps Street View, albeit in slightly altered form and with a coat of red paint:

Talky Tuesday #96

Since the winter season is nearly upon us, “WW #138” of two weeks ago is a low-angle shot of SNY #118 on a caboose hop in light snow. I am unsure of the location.

Talky Tuesday #95

“WW #137” of a week ago shows us high-stepping #119 rolling a mixed freight along at track speed. The plume of steam above the boiler could be from the safety valves lifting, or from the whistle blasting for a grade crossing near the photographer. Combination car #206 carries the markers at the rear. Location is not known to me.

Talky Tuesday #94

Businesses run on paper. Railroads are no different, and the S&NY had its share. “WW #136 is a surviving example of one of the numerous forms the railroad used to keep track of things, in this case “foreign road” cars belonging to railroads other than the S&NY. According to the car usage rules at the time, foreign cars still on non-home rails at a certain time (usually midnight) required the non-home railroad to pay a usage fee (demurrage) to the owning railroad. This slip of paper allowed the S&NY to keep track of which cars belonging to other railroads were on S&NY property, and when the S&NY would have start paying that fee to the owning railroads.

Talky Tuesday #93

Last week’s “WW #135” gives us an interesting rear view of S&NY caboose #15. The rear flagman is just about to drop off and protect the rear of the train; or has just climbed back on board and is about to wave a highball to the engine. A few cars ahead is a flat that looks to be loaded with tractors or other machinery. An extension connected to the trainline airhose may be attached to either a valve allowing the crew to apply the brakes during a back-up move, or an air-whistle to also protect a reverse movement. The flagman is unidentified, unfortunately, as is the location.

Talky Tuesday #92

Last week’s “WW #134” is an excellent side view of S&NY 4-wheel caboose #17. I am unsure of the history of this piece of equipment. The side-sill and underframe are different than a PRR ND cabin car, and #17 may be of Reading or Lehigh Valley heritage. Kaseman’s book is silent on regarding the fate of #17 after abandonment, other than that the cabooses were listed for sale at $50 each, price later reduced…

Talky Tuesday #91

Last week’s “WW #133” is a shot near the north end of Towanda, just south of the Lehigh Valley station and interchange. The photo suggests a misty, damp spring day; and may be a departing shot of this train from “WW #102”

Talky Tuesday #90

Last week’s “WW #132” shows a work train over what I believe was called the “Masontown Bridge” over Towanda Creek west of Monroe, PA. In the distance, a crew is working on the ground, possibly lifting rail as part of the 1942 abandonment. Time and the changing course of the creek has erased any trace of the bridge, at least as can be seen by Google Earth…

Update 10/20/17:

Reader Chris C. provides these photos of the bridge abutments circa 2007:

The first is at nearly the same position of last week’s photo:

Photo courtesy of Chris Chamberlain


Photo courtesy of Chris Chamberlain

Reverse view showing Brocktown Road:

Photo courtesy of Chris Chamberlain

Aerial view of the area circa 1938:

Penn Pilot – Penn State University

Google Earth view today:

Google Maps