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Re: PC: PC's Panhandle Line Branches
- Subject: Re: PC: PC's Panhandle Line Branches
- From: "Chris Osterhus" <su_carbs@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 24 Nov 1998 06:45:23 PST
>I grew up along the PRR's and later the PC's Pittsburgh--St. Louis
mainline, the Panhandle, where the line crosses the Northern Panhandle
of West Virginia. Unfortuately, I was too young to photograph much of
anything before CR, and have a particular interest in not only the
mainline action there between Pittsburgh and Newark, Ohio, but also the
railroad's branches up and down the Ohio River there: <snip>
I don't know too much about the Ohio, but I'll try. Anyway, what I
remember is that the PC/PRR cut into the North Side of Pittsburgh
through a huge tunnel/cut in the middle of a park. From there, the
trains ran on an elevated right-of-way to the Panhandle bridge (?) to
the station in the Strip District. I remember more about the station
than anything else.
It was basically, a mess! Before CR, not much remained of its former
glory. Most of the masonry was covered in black soot from the
mills...I'd go on, but I'm straying from the message.
Back to the Ohio. PC/PRR/B&O/etc...used to have multi-track main lines
on one side of the river (the side with the huge hill next to it). Most
of the signals are still standing, however, the towers are closed.
Hope this helps.
Central Penn Station
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