Ever since Horseshoe Curve became a reality, helpers have
always been needed to get the trains up and over the hill. If you have
been taking pictures long enough, you will remember seeing engines in
PRR, Penn Central,
Conrail, and now,
Norfolk Southern livery. If you can go back a few more years
into the 50's, well, you may also remember steam! :-)
The helper facility is nicely planted on the inside of
the Cresson Wye, as can be seen from the aerial shots.
The above pictures are taken from Arch St.
According to the USGS Map at the bottom of the page, there used to be a
flyover, over the mainline, that connected the two yards.
Across from the Helper Facility and Wye
With a great view in both directions, this spot can keep you busy for a whole day by itself!
The Station Inn
This is a great place to stay if you anticipate staying overnight in the
area. More info here.
This is part of RJ Corman's ever expanding empire.
To the left is a much larger and newer version of the map below.
Allegheny Portage Railroad
I used to have this site on this page, but have moved it here
The Allegheny Portage Railroad is part of the National Park system as a National Historic Site.
More info is also HERE and HERE
Elsewhere in Town - Small Arch Bridge
This small ARCH underpass is on Arch St, off Shakertown Rd as you head over to the west side of the helper facility.
Elsewhere in Town - Pedestrian Underpass
If you're standing on Front St across from the wye, this
underpass would be to your left, directly across from the Station Inn.
Not sure when it was removed, the Bridgehunter page does not mention a date.
photo by Geoff Hubbs, August 1972
photo by Charlie Whipp
Above, from the Auran site:
The 1st Cresson flyover bridge being demolished, apparently the RR crane toppled over,
and the entire town turned out to see ... it was replaced by a 4 pier, through girder
span ... and was again demolished in the double stack height program.
As you are entering Cresson from the east (coming from Gallitzin),
you will pass over the ex-Pennsy mainline before hitting town.
Parking can be found on the Cresson side of the overpass. It was
getting dark by the time I got here in Oct 2011. By the time I took
the last pictures, it was well into darkness.
WB - in Cresson
EB - in Cresson
These signals are not native to this region. They were upgrades during
the Conrail era. They are "trilights", or, to keep the purists maintainers call them
happy, triangularly shaped color light signals, "type G",
after the GRS designation for them (however, a US&S type "G" signal would be a B&O style CPL signal).
Sorry, last one in the dark is a little fuzzy :-( Didn't feel like getting the tripod out. Oct 2011
A WB freight passes the signals close to the former location of MO Tower. Oct 2004
All of these shots are from Heritage Park, the aerial shots are from Bing Maps birdseye view!
I love trains, and I love signals. I am not an expert. My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page. This is something I have fun with while
trying to help others.
Please Note: Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.
For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my
indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented
I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.
If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct. Once in a while,
an error may creep in :-)
My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning. Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or
disoriented. Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost! I belong to AAA, which allows you to get
local maps for free when you visit the local branches. ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the
railroads on them. If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job
of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads. Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.
Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted. Screen captures are made
with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it!
By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous
and/or other stuff.
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