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Darby Creek Engine Terminal 1 year 6 months ago #6099

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Where was this terminal? If can give road/street names that identify this site, I would appreciate the help. Thank you, Evan
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Darby Creek Engine Terminal 1 year 6 months ago #6101

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Between the Philadelphia Airport and Chester, PA. It was located east of I-95.
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Darby Creek Engine Terminal 1 year 6 months ago #6102

Your reply led me to the Google Maps. I finally found Darby Creek west of PHL. Was the engine terminal on the east bank of Darby Creek (same side as the airport)?

If it was on the other side, that put it near Eddystone and the Baldwin Locomotive Works.
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Darby Creek Engine Terminal 1 year 6 months ago #6103

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Here is the layout of the Engine Terminal.
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Darby Creek Engine Terminal 1 year 6 months ago #6106

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Thanks for the drawing with the street names. Surprise was that I expected it to be further west on the Chester Br. A photo from the steam era showed it full of coal hoppers, a photo that could have easily been tagged as being somewhere in the coal regions. Also in that photo was a CNJ Mikado. These two items spurred the interest as to where and how large was this engine terminal and yard? Larger than what was expected. Now back to Google. Thanks to all for this information.
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Darby Creek Engine Terminal 1 year 5 months ago #6107

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Go to www.historicaerials.com/viewer and type in 'Essington, PA'. You can navigate the map. The engine house was on the river side of Route 291, between 420 and the Darby Creek bridges. You can click on a year to see aerial photos in the period it was active.

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