Off the Tourist Line 1960-1990

From the collections of Rick Shoup (RCS), Robert Waller (RSW), Willaim Waller (WSW), T. A. Coons (TAC), Russell Norris (RN) and Chris Coleman (CDC). Comments by Chris Coleman based on comments by the collection owner or comments on the original photo.

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photo On the west end of Mount Union this scale house is near the Harbison Walker Brick Plant. It serviced standard gauge track only. (RN)

photo Here's the east end of the scale house looking toward Jacks Narrows. (RN)

photo The north side of the building, with a bay window facing the scale. (RN)

photo And the south side. (RN)

photo Here's the scale itself. Note the two rails on each side, one on the scale beam and the other not. It is not dual gauge track. In the background a Pennsylvania RR GM switcher moves cars around. Today there are only two tracks here. In the right background a Pennsy train is passing on the main. (RN)

photo Jacks tower represented the end of the old main through Mount Union where it connected to the new 1907 main. There were and still are crossover tracks here as well. The tower is still in service at this shot. It has long since been demolished. (RN)

photo The opposite, east end of the tower provided entry. To the right the waters of the Juniata River can be seen. The signal bridge in the distance and the one in the previous photo are still in service and so far still use Pennsy style signals. (RN)

photo The tower is dwarfed by its namesake mountain in the background. (RN)

photo The river side of the tower, as taken from down the embankment toward the river. (RN)

photo A 3/4 view of the tower. On the mountain in the background are the Harbison Walker workings taking ganister out of Jacks Mountain. (RN)

photo Another 3/4 view. Again on the mountain, the crosshatched tram lines of the quarry are visible. (RN)

Mount Union Yard

At the north end of the Mount Union Yard are about a dozen surplus US Army Transportation Corps box cars. Kovalchick Salvage reportedly purchased them in the early 1960's and stored some here and some at their own yard. After purchase they were found to be unusable, possibly because of cast iron wheels. (WSW)

photo The two air dump cars, #12 and #13, were used to haul boney from the Coal Plant. They still stand today as they were in this mid 1960's photo. (WSW)

photo Here is a closeup of one of the dump car's dual couplers. (WSW)

photo Hoppers remain parked in place since the railroad closed. The Mount Union Tankhouse in the background has since been burned. The trees are relatively low in this mid 1960's photo as compared with today. (WSW)

photo This is the Trestle in Mount Union used to load boney into highway trucks for use as fill. Note there are more hoppers atop it than there are now. (RCS)

photo This is the Refuse Dump where boney and coal was dumped into road vehicles.

photo This is the much longer Boney Trestle which was in front of the other loading area. (RN)

photo At the north end of the yard near the Enginehouse, this is the Local Delivery Trestle where coal for local vendors was delivered into road vehicles. (RN)

photo Another shot of the same trestle. (RN)

photo This is the Mount Union Yard Office looking worse for the years. This is the side facing the Enginehouse. (RN)

photo This is the other side of the office, viewed from what is now the northwest corner of the McDonalds parking lot. (RN)

photo This is the south side of the Enginehouse from what is now the Community State Bank location. The local trestle is just visible to the left of it. (RN)

photo The boarded-up front of the Enginehouse. (RN)

photo A side photo from the same angle. (RN)

photo Here we see the insides of the Coal Transfer Plant after the abortive attempt to scrap it in the mid-70's. These are the two conveyors that brought coal up from the dumping pits and into the plant. This is the northwest end of the plant. (RN)

photo Looking into the plant from the west, the Chance Coal Cleaner is dead center. To the lower right is the boiler and the smoke stack for the plant. (RN)

photo This is the same part of the plant as seen from the south. The boiler is clearly visible. (RN)

photo From the southwest, the overall plant. You can just see the screening and loading area in the rear just left of the main structure. (RN)

North End

photo The Aughwick Creek Bridge, a few years younger and with less spalling. (RCS)

photo The first major cracks are showing in Aughwick Bridge. The steel road bridge from the common carrier era is still in place. Date is the mid 1960's. (WSW)

photo Here is a shot of the north end of Aughwick Bridge, also from the mid 1960's. (WSW)

Orby to Saltillo

photo Pogue Bridge. Note the high school in the left distance. Date is likely 1962-64 area. (WSW)

photo Another shot of Pogue Bridge, this time from the late 1960's. (WSW)

photo Saltillo Station in 1984. Notice the post on the roof for the train signal is still in place, unlike today. (RCS)

photo The Saltillo Tankhouse stands derelict in 1983. (RCS)

In the Mountains

photo This is the north concrete lined portal of Sideling Hill Tunnel. This was the only one of the three portals with doors where the door was left down. The door has since rusted away, but the mechanism remains. (WSW)

photo The south portal of Sideling Hill Tunnel. Mid 1960's. Brrrr. (WSW)

photo This is the south unlined portal of Sideling Hill Tunnel. This 1974 shot predates some of the big rockfalls here. "We met a teenager coming out of the tunnel. 'Shortcut home' was the answer". (RCS)

photo The Kimmel sidings and section house in December 1974. (TAC)

photo Coles Tankhouse in the 60's. Note the station sign on the tankhouse, more evidence that the Coles station was removed before the end of operations. (WSW)

photo South portal of Wray's Hill Tunnel. The tunnel door, still up in this photo, has since fallen. Date is the late 1960's. (WSW)

Robertsdale and the Mines

photo The old Rockhill Iron and Coal Company Offices in Robertsdale now serve as the post office. (RCS)

photo Rockhill Coal Mine #9 was likely still in operation when this photo was taken in the mid 1960's. (WSW)

photo Turning around and looking the other way at #9, we see the track extending toward the trestle. Mid 1960's. (WSW)

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