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TOPIC: Perkiomen Branch

Perkiomen Branch 2 months 3 weeks ago #6400

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More than once I have stated that I believe the W&N would be a great branch because it had everything - except a tunnel. Well The Perk lacks a few things the W&N does have like a float operation, but it does have a tunnel. I had the opportunity to drive to Bethlehem today via Palm Road and, like the W&N and the Colebrookdale, I think this would be another very interesting branch to model. The stretch that runs parallel to Palm Road from Powder Valley Road to Carl's Hill Road is phenomenal. There is a beautiful stone bridge carrying the RR over the Indian creek with what looks like a grand old "grist mill" turned into a home beside it. A scene begging to be backdated and modeled. Also just up the road at Carl's Hill Road stands the base of a water tank. I just had to stop and shoot some photos before the leave covered it up.. I had taken pictures of the bridge (culvert? - BIG culvert) in the summer not even realizing the awesome structure right behind it was there due to the trees.
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Perkiomen Branch 2 months 3 weeks ago #6401

That structure itself looks like a worthy challenge to model. It is correct to say the branch has interesting topography with upland operation near Dillinger Tunnel down to operation in a "canyon" of sorts south of Green Lane. The Perkiomen Branch has a Facebook following.
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Perkiomen Branch 2 months 3 weeks ago #6403

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I'll try this for the one that won't open in the other post. I can't delete that one photo either (yet)
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Perkiomen Branch 2 months 3 weeks ago #6404

The photo in the first post ("PerkBranch...6a") actually shows two stone arches. I guess the distant one in that picture is the one most recently posted. The stone arch and wing walls are another fine structure to model.
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Perkiomen Branch 2 months 3 weeks ago #6405

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That is correct
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Perkiomen Branch 2 months 3 weeks ago #6407

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Three cheers for those responsible for saving the mill. That top level would make a perfect train room with the dispatcher (Above all others on the railroad. <G>) located in the elevator's head house. Ditto - the culvert with its rocky stream oozes of "model me" attraction. Thanks, Rob.
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