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A Past reminder

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A very old Reading signal that has since been powered down and abandoned. I'm guessing it's a 1930s or 1950s signal although I'm not sure. The red lightbulb is gone likely stolen by vandals. This signal among a few others use to be used as part of the Reading Bethlehem line with commuter and freight service first by steam then diesel usually as connections from electric MU service at Lansdale. Furtehr down the track Bethlehem was once a huge connection hub for Reading and it's close neighbor the Lehigh Valley and even Reading's rival The CNJ (Central Railroad of New Jersey). When the Reading merged with the big blue (Conrail) they continued diesel operation with SEPTA using Budd RDC cars but service ended in 1981 when SEPTA ended all diesel service. The tracks are still used periodically by the Pennsylvania Northeastern railroad running from Lansdale to Souderton to connect with the East Penn Railroad's (ESPN) Quakertown route but since the traffic was so light and with handy radios to tell where trains are the signals were decommissioned. A ghostly shadow of what once ran through the area. This was taken while on a Lansdale founders day excursion run by the Pennsylvania Northeastern with coaches and an extra GP9 rebuild coming from New Hope. More photos of the excursion are coming soon!
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Canon VIXIA HF R700
Shutter Speed
1/1200 second
Focal Length
9 mm
Date Taken
Aug 25, 2018, 12:52:08 PM
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