LATROBE PA RAILFAN
As you may be aware, The Latrobe PA Railfan has relocated to
From the Pennsylvania Turnpike take U.S. 30
east to the 4th red light, turn left on
A fine place to eat is Persichetti's on the south side of the tracks at 3rd st. They have a table in the non-smoking section with a view of the tracks. Route 30 west of the Turnpike has several independent motels and a wide variety of chain restaurants.
To follow the tracks west use the local roads on the south side of the tracks through Penn and Manor to Irwin. From Irwin follow PA RT 993 to Trafford then take PA 130 west through Pitcairn. You will find several photo opportunity's along the way. After passing Pitcairn turn left on a bridge just before route 130 becomes a divided highway. This bridge affords excellent views of the Conrail Pittsburgh Intermodal Terminal as seen below. There is a sidewalk and a concrete guide rail that you may sit on. An excellent spot!
While I was in the area I discovered a railfan's paradise. A spot where you can see double stacks leaving the mainline and heading toward the Port Perry bridge, also see the mainline action curving under the Union Railroad at Bessemer Jct. From the Wall bridge turn right and head into Wilmerding. Go straight through Wilmerding and up the hill. At the end of the road, turn right onto Greensburg Pike. Head on down the hill, but turn left before crossing the bridge over the tracks. Follow that street out to its end at East Pittsburgh-McKeesport Blvd. Turn right then make the next right. Just before the street you are on passes beneath E.Pgh-Mckeesport Blvd. Stop and look to the right beneath the George Westinghouse bridge!
Be advised that the neighbors will be as interested in you (visitors are rare) as you are in Conrail. We were approached by a youngster on his bike who inquired "what ya doin here?" When we told him we were waiting for a train to take a picture he said "It will be here in a minute" and left us. Sure enough the mixed freight below led by Conrail 6089 showed up in about a minute.
Just to the east of Jeannette is CP-RAD where
the South Western Pennsylvania R.R. interchanges with Conrail. The easiest
access is from Route 30. Westbound from
Eastbound after crossing over Toll Road PA66
(Hutchison bypass) it is the 4th or 5th light. (Past Denny's on the right) Turn
There are very few railfan
East of town turn off of Rt
30 at the red light in front of Westmoreland Mall then bear right at the second
These pushers were westbound heading into a bright sun. The only train we saw after an hours wait, we settled for them and headed home.
Turn around and return to the stop sign and
turn left on
When you see a sign for Twin Lakes park on
your left the Conrail Line is visible (depending on the density of the foilage) on the left until you cross the tracks. After
crossing the tracks make the next right on
When you get to the red light in Latrobe turn
left. An excellent vantage point is on the bridge over the Loyalhanna
Creek. Also the station is a popular spot. It is located on
A fine dining establishment is DiSalvo's Station located in the restored Latrobe PA PRR Station. You can hear the trains pass above you while you eat.
From Latrobe go north on PA
981 to the first redlight outside of town. When PA 981 turns left, go straight ahead until you
come to a stop sign at a "T". Turn left on PA 217 and head into
From Derry proceed north on PA217 (the tracks
are on your right) to
It is somewhat of a letdown that the last picture of a goodbye to Conrail page should feature black and white NS locomotives. Goodbye "Big Blue", thanks for the memories.
To get to Bolivar return to PA 217 and turn
north into Blairsville. Go east on
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