An abandoned railroad line in East Brady, Pennsylvania, known as The East Brady Branch, of which 1.17 miles have been abandoned, was once operated in Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Railroad.
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I could not find the abandoned listing of the Ex Allegheny RR/PRR/PennCentral/ Conrail/ Mountain Laurel that went from the village of Redbank on the Allegheny apx 100 miles east to Renovo, Pa. This line was tore up and abandoned in 2007. The Redbank Valley Trails Assn has control of much of it right now. I did not see any PRR listing on the Allegheny River from Pittsburgh to Titusville either.
New Bethlehem, PA
The East Brady Branch extended from Brady Tower, at the junction with the Allegheny Branch, through Phillipston Yard to the town of East Brady. Conrail closed Phillipston in the Fall of 1982 and abandoned the remainder of the branch. I don't have the exact dates but I'm fairly certain much of the Allegheny Branch was abandoned by 1984. There just wasn't enought on-line traffic to justify keeping the line. Plus, there were expensive maintenance issues associated with 3 long tunnels between Brady and Oil City.
How did the operator at Brady Tower access the tower at the east end of Brady Tunnel? Where did he park?
I too wondered how the operator got to the tower as there wasn't a road nearby. The best explanation I've read is that the op drove to Phillipston Yard and took a track car to the tower.
Hi Ron. (We met many years ago, I believe at the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Pennsy society). I am VERY happy to report that the Brady Tower concrete foundation just fended off two nearby demolition "close calls" recently. First, a new single wire power line has planted new wooden poles within a few feet of either side of the tower base. As I approached on the newly surfaced bike trail yesterday, I thought either that project, or the new trail surfacing had taken this classic relic away from us. There were several big bank scrapes near where the tower "should have been", but I heaved a sigh of relief when the concrete base appeared, right at Mile 64.6, exactly where it should have been, in the high golden weeds surrounding its sides! The crumbling steps are still there, and I pulled a copper water pipe up of one of the holes protruding from the base floor. Both the north and southbound home signal bases for Brady's southernmost control point, CP-REDBANK, are still extant at Mile 62.5 and 64.2, on either side of that amazing coaling tower. By the way, guys, are there any OTHER ex-PRR COALING TOWERS still in existence, anywhere on the Pennsy System? Also, the (first) smooth, base limestone "concrete" layer has just been put down on the west end of the Redbank Trail (the ex-PRR Low Grade Secondary, from Red Bank to Driftwood) from its junction with the Armstrong Trail, south of the coaling tower. I don't know how far this project has or is proceeding to the east.
Rich, I think I recall meeting you a long time ago-may have been at a NRHS meeting in Pittsburgh. Glad to hear that a remnant of Brady is still around. Back in June of 1982 we had heard rumors that Brady Tower, which sat unused since 1971, was about to be torn down. I, along with my friend Rick Baer, drove to Phillipston to get a photo of the tower before it was gone. Our timing was off. We spoke to the yardmaster who told us the tower was in the process of being demolished. We walked down to the junction and sure enough, nothing but a pile of bricks remained. As for coaling stations, I once saw one at Shire Oaks but don't know if it's there any longer. One does exist in Girard, Ohio and is visible from the westbound lane of I80 (looking north) just past the 422 interchange.
Hi Ron! Sounds like I just barely missed that one, too! Rich Baer boosted me into tower hunting when he said, back in 1982, "Let's go get thrown out of some block stations...", and we did!... Visit some block stations, that is. It was "SG" over at Johnstown. From there, our tower and depot hunter group visited 127 regional block stations between 1982 and 1991! Hey, I plum forgot about Shire Oaks and Girard! Yes, those are two more, which I believe are still extant. Ron, while I'm here, you might want to check out Pat Lindner's power point presentation on Enon Valley Railroad History, this coming Saturday, Nov 22, 2014, 7:00pm at the Enon Valley Fire Hall, 95 Cass Street, just off Route 351 / 551. Early railroad history and connection to the Penna RR. I'll be there. Photos, memorabilia, station T-shirts, food.
Rich Ballash, if you are still monitoring this site, a friend of a friend who worked at Brady Tower along with other towers and block stations on the Allegheny Branch and Low Grade posted some really great information on his work experiences. I think you will find this information very interesting. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward his comments.
Do you have any pictures or information about The East Brady Branch? Please