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TOPIC: Port Kennedy Branch Track Scheme

Port Kennedy Branch Track Scheme 1 year 11 months ago #5977

Richard Jahn posted a 1973 photo of a short train on the Main Line near Port Kennedy on the ARHS Facebook page. The photo shows the train on the #1 track of the four-track Main Line with Sullivan's Bridge and the Port Kennedy Station in the background.

Comments indicate the Port Kennedy Branch includes a siding on the right side of the picture that leads to a curve turning south in the distance right before the station. There is a crossover in the foreground that lets westbound trains on the #4 (southmost) track move to the siding.

What was the track configuration of the branch from that crossover to the west? Was there another connection to the #4 main track allowing westbound trains on the branch to return to the #4 main track? If so, how much further west was it (car lengths, yards)?

Refer to the attached diagram for clarification.
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Port Kennedy Branch Track Scheme 1 year 11 months ago #5978

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According to a 1/4 mile sheet the track ended in an earth bumper about 650 feet west of the crossover. there was also a spur leading to a coal dock between the crossover and that bumper.

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Port Kennedy Branch Track Scheme 1 year 11 months ago #5979

The orientation of the crossover means trains for the Port Kennedy branch would have to be shorter than 650 feet so they could clear the cross over.

Is it correct to assume trains serving the branch would be westbound (from Abrams or Norristown or ?)? Would they use the cross over to get the the siding and take it to the end. Then would they back into the branch. The caboose would have to be coupled behind the locomotive to allow dropping or picking up cars.
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Port Kennedy Branch Track Scheme 1 year 11 months ago #5980

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That would be my guess, or double up putting the cars on the branch. I think it would be close enough to Abrams yard to get permission to run the eastbound track to the Pt. Kennedy switch, but I am nor railroader so That is merely a guess.

Location of the caboose could vary depending on whether there was a runaround anywhere on the branch. I am not sure what shippers were on the branch. The Bernhart's Book II indicates that the branch meandered between three quarries.

The coal trestle appears to have had the track removed by the mid- thirties, however the track up to the trestle remained in place after that.
Begs for more research. -> Butch this is in your neck of the woods.
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Port Kennedy Branch Track Scheme 1 year 11 months ago #5981

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I have seen a book at Iron Horse Hobbies in Reading called "The Railroads of King of Prussia" I believe.
That might have some info.??
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Port Kennedy Branch Track Scheme 1 year 11 months ago #5985

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I don't remember the coal trestle, I do know there was a small passing siding where RT. 23 crossed the line, and remember seeing freight cars on the siding from time to time.
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