The Train Scene
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Welcome to the
second issue of “The Train Scene” a quarterly (for now) e-zine.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Wheeling and Lake Erie and the Mon Valley Expressway
1948 Chicago Train Fair
Southern Rochester PA Railfaning
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Letters to the Editor Back to Bill Von Sennet’s
Main Page Back to my train page
Wheeling and Lake Erie and the Mon Valley
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is constructing a new
highway from Speers, PA (west of Charleroi)
north to Large, PA (west of Clairton).
It will connect with I-70 and PA RT 51.
Eventually it will extend to I-376 in Pittsburgh PA.
South of Speers it is completed to West Brownsville, and a portion south of Uniontown extends to the
West Virginia line near Cheat Lake
and I-68. When the link from Brownsville to Uniontown
will be constructed is not known.
Between Speers and Large, the
highway crosses over the W & LE (ex PWV) line several times. The most spectacular is at Mingo Creek
Park. Below are pictures of the W & LE bridge and a artists
rendition of the highway bridge crossing over it. Also a picture of work in
W & LE Mingo Creek Bridge from the west side.
Connellsville Flyer on the bridge from the Rt88 side.
The same view with the highway bridge
Artist drawing of
the finished structure.
Recently many developments have been under foot regarding
the old PWV. The W & LE wanted to
sell the line to the state of Pennsylvania. How they can do that is unclear as the PWV is
owned by the Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railroad, and leased to Norfolk Southern who
sub-lease it to the W & LE.
PennDot would like to build a
transit line or busway from Pittsburgh
to Bridgeville, PA and they would like
to widen Route 88 at Castle Shannon, but with the tracks right alongside they
don’t have enough room. Plans call for a
highway to use parts of the right of way and for the rest to be turned over to
“Rails to Trails”
had plans to declare Rook Yard a “blighted area” and build office buildings on
Now W & LE has issued plans to build a road-railer and auto distribution center at Rook! Back in the 60’s Rook was “the” auto
distribution center for all Ford cars brought into Pittsburgh.
They also had a piggy-back ramp there.
So what does the future hold for the old PWV? I don’t have the answer.
Below are some shots of the W & LE. I heard a train at Longview Junction, but it
(just light engines I think) was gone before I got in position. Chasing it to Rook Yard was a loosing
proposition, as I never saw the train anywhere.
Here are a few shots of some of the real-estate though.
Longview Junction, looking west. The furthest track on the left is the line to
The entrance to the Greentree Tunnel from Rook Yard.
Rook Yard from the same
location. Taken August 1998.
A memorial to the employees of the
Pittsburgh & West Virginia who died in World War II
W & LE Rook Yard
office. Somebody must be working
on the railroad.
The O.R.H.S. Pittsburgh Flyer at Rook
Yard August 1998
Back to the Top
I come by my railfan interests naturally. My father would often take my brother and I
train watching while we were in our formative years. Below are some shots of the 1948 Chicago
Train Fair, and I was there! The quality
of the pictures is poor, they were viewed with a film strip projector and then
digital pictures were taken of the screen.
me on the right posing in front of a massive steam loco.
I am again.
railroads went all out to display their equipment. Santa Fe even
built an Indian Village.
picture was taken from a friends boat on Lake Michigan
The train fair was
held on the shores of Lake Michigan south of downtown Chicago near Soldier’s field.
to the Top
Norfolk Southern Rochester
Recently we took a drive along PA Route 65 from Pittsburgh past Conway
Yard to Rochester, PA.
There is a riverfront park in Rochester
that is an excellent spot for watching trains.
Across the Beaver River the CSX line from New Castle
crosses a bridge over the Ohio River. There is a NS span across the Beaver River
carrying the secondary
line from East Liverpool
OH. On the same side of the river, but behind the
park is the NS main line from Alliance
Conway Yard was full of trains and while we were in the
area there were two trains stuck on the main waiting to get in.
Here a pusher of a waiting train
gets a re-crew at Rochester.
NS 6756 approaches Rochester
on the Fort Wayne
line. Passing beneath PA 65
NS 8444 Westbound
Sorry, larger image unavailable
From Westbound PA 65
take the first Rochester
exit, then turn left at the light and go across the bridge over the
tracks. This puts you in the area where
the re-crew picture was taken and the + mark is on the map above. Then follow the street west and it goes into
the park. The area of the park at the
point where both rivers meet has a stairway up to the NS main line.