Conrail Reading Line
Allentown & Bethlehem, PA Photos
CR Lehigh Line Photos
Reading Line Railfan Trip
CR Reading Line Timetable
CR Lehigh Line Timetable
|CP-Burn, located on Allentown's South Side, is a
popular railfanning location. Burn marks the intersection
of the Lehigh Line (from Allentown Yard) and the
continuation of the Reading Line eastward to Bethlehem,
where it reconnects with the Lehigh Line at the east end
of Allentown Yard. This scene displays the kind of action
that can be found at Burn.
Westbound ALHB-1 is waiting for UFM-999 to clear
"The Hole", when it will follow UFM west. ALHB
is a daily manifest from Allentown to Harrisburg, working
at places like Reading, Lebanon, and Hershey. ALHB was
powered by 5567 - 6041 - 6861 (SD60M, C40-8, SD60).
UFM-999 is an empty coal train from Pennsyvania Power
& Light's plant at Martins' Creek, heading back to
the mine for reloading. PP&L trains use PPLX
rotary-coupler 100 ton coal hoppers. On this day, July
21, 1996, UFM had SD80MAC's 4120 and 4103 for power. This
photo appeared in a feature in Railfan & Railroad,
written by Peter McGilligan and myself.
|Conrail piggyback train TV-62A
passes CP-Burn, leaving the Reading Line #2 track for
"The Hole". Once the main line of the Lehigh
Valley Railroad"The Hole" is a single-track
bypass around Allentown Yard. "The Hole" is
considered the east end of the Reading Line (to
CP-Bethlehem); #1 and #2 tracks east of Burn are part of
the Lehigh Line. TV-62A runs from Harrisburg to
Allentown. It will continue east on " The Hole"
to the intermodal terminal on the South Side of
||Westbound manifest freight ALEN-9 is approaching
the Basin Street Road crossing and CP-Burn with then
"Brand New" C40-8W's on June 9, 1991. The train
is crossing the Lehigh Canal, Lehigh River, and the
former Lehigh Valley Railroad mainline (on the bridge in
Photo by Lauren R. Lang
|D&H 555 passes CP-Burn enroute
to Allentown Yard, where it's engines will run around the
train to continue northward on the Lehigh Line.
||A CP Rail nuclear waste train
departs CP-Burn, on February 22, 1997 behind CP 8244 and
CP 5689. Train DGEX-2 was spotted from the Susquehanna
Street overpass. The UGI gas tower and the former
Neuweiler Brewery can both be seen in the background
||D&H train 556-08 is about to cross PA Route
100 in Macungie, PA behind a typical D&H variety of
power: NS 8524-CSXT (Chessie) 8251-NS 2792-RF&P 143
(C36-7, SD40-2, GP38, GP40-2). 556 passed by at 14:26 on
June 9, 1991. Just 30 seconds later, D&H 555 met 556
with another incredible lashup...
Photo by Lauren R. Lang
|At Alburtis, ALCS passes the connection to the
Catasauqua and Fogelsville branch behind CSX SD50 #8624.
The C&F connects to many customers in industrial
parks along I-78 in Fogelsville, such as Keebler, Nestle,
Stroh's Brewery, and others. The C&F shifter
(WPCH-11) called out of Chapmans, serves these customers
and delivers the cars to Alburtis, where they are picked
up by manifests such as PIAL and ALHB.
||Eastbound CAAL-3 journeys towards its terminus at
Allentown Yard. CAAL runs from Pavonia Yard in Camden,
NJ; it occasionally hosts CSXT power. CAAL was powered by
SD50 6725 and CSXT 8141, an SD40-2. Alburtis was once the
division point between the Harrisburg and Philadelphia
divisions. This is no longer the case, as the Harrisburg
Division was absorbed into the Philadelphia and
Pittsburgh Divisions in 1996.
|On a muggy summer day in 1996, train ALHB-2 pulls
slowly west past an M of W crew welding on Track 2 at
Alburtis, PA. ALHB's power is Conrail 6067 & Conrail
6832 (GE C40-8W and EMD SD50).
||Delaware & Hudson train 556-12 is seen just
west of Lyons, PA behind three Canadian Pacific SD40-2's:
5419 in the short-lived Dual Flags livery; 3254, an
SD40-2B still in Norfolk Southern paint, reflecting it's
former owner; and 5697, a CP unit in the traditional
"Action Red" scheme.
|This location is west of the Deka Battery plant in
Lyons, PA. The train is PICC-2 (Conway, PA to Chemical
Coast, NJ) behind 5536 - 6076 - 6847.
||Fleetwood, PA is a good railfan spot on Conrail's
Reading Line. ALPI is shown in downtown Fleetwood passing
the old Fleetwood Motor plant in the winter of 1992.
This page was created and maintained by J. Alex Lang, © 1997.
Last updated October 9, 1998