Category Archives: Talky Tuesday

Talky Tuesday #86

Last week’s “WW #128 is a southwesterly-looking overview of Marsh Hill yard with a wealth of detail for the modeler. The coaling tower and water tank can be seen to the right, and the top of Marsh Hill station is visible above the hoppers in the distance at the other end of the yard. An access road crosses all of the yard tracks in the foreground, and a switchmans’ or crossing guard shanty is to the left. A high-target switchstand also guards the yard throat.

Talky Tuesday #85

S&NY 2-8-0 #118 poses outside the Newberry enginehouse in last week’s “WW #127”. #118 was built by Schenectady for the NYC in 1903, and was purchased by the S&NY in 1926. This engine was reportedly the heaviest on the road, and was used mostly out of West Williamsport/Newberry with a rating of 2200 tons Newberry to Marsh Hill Junction. #118 was sold to a steel mill in Ohio after abandonment, where it was probably scrapped.

Talky Tuesday #84

Last week’s “WW #126” is a shot of a derelict passenger car acting as a shed at Marsh Hill yard. The end of the elevated track supplying the Marsh Hill coal dock can be seen to the left. This car was is ancient even for the late 1930’s. The duckbill  roof superseded the monitor-type roof in the 1870’s, and was used by the PRR into the 1890’s. I am unsure of the provenance of this car, however, and it’s state of decrepitude may make that impossible.

Talky Tuesday #83

Last week’s “WW #125” is a shot of derelict Masten station. Thanks to the sharp eyes of reader Chris C., who was able to decipher the grainy station sign letters.

The last log passed through the sawmill at Masten on 18 September 1930. However, it took three more years before all the stockpiled cut lumber was sold and shipped out. A CCC camp was located here, but was closed in 1940. Per Taber’s book, the last family, Otto Robbins and his wife, moved away in 1941. I am unsure when the agent/operator was no longer needed by the S&NY and the station abandoned, but I imagine it would have been shortly after the CCC camp closed.

Talky Tuesday #82

Last week’s “WW #124” is a shot of bridge somewhere along the SNY right-of-way. No idea of the location, and the construction looks a little “sketchy” from this angle, to say the least. Timeframe appears to be high summer. Hopefully the photographer avoided any snakes lurking in those rocks…

Talky Tuesday #81

A water tank stands as a lonely sentinel above the remains of the S&NY Towanda yard during abandonment, late Spring 1942 in last week’s “WW #123”. I believe a scrapyard now covers the site, though maybe the concrete footers for the tank might still be found if one knows where to look?

Talky Tuesday #80

Apologies for last week’s “WW #122”. Turns out it was a duplicate of “WW #36” from 11 March 2015.

There are inevitably some duplicates in my S&NY photo collection, and this was one that slipped through the cracks.

For a description of this photo, see “TT #8” from 17 March 2015.

Talky Tuesday #79

Last week’s “WW #121” was also published in Kaseman’s “Story of the Susquehanna & New York“, p.86. In this photo, Steve VanGorder lowers the waterspout at Cold Spring for one of the last times as abandonment reached that location. Charles Kilmer looks on from the tender side.

We are indebted to Mr. VanGorder for taking so many photographs of the S&NY in the late ’30’s and early ’40’s. Most of the photos from Cal’s Classics on this site were taken by him. I have credited Mr. VanGorder where the notes on the back of the photos clearly state he is the original author. Without his photos, this site would not exist; and the past record of the S&NY for the future historian would be that much more incomplete.

Talky Tuesday #78

Last week’s “WW #120” is a lonely view of a water tank standing guard over the S&NY mainline. I am unsure of the location, possibly Cold Spring. And it does look cold in this probable early spring view. No snow on the ground, but the bare trees would offer little relief from any wind coming down the valley. You can be sure the water in the tank is barely above freezing…

Wordless Wednesday #120

Bill Caloroso – Cal’s Classics