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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 10:26 AM

Unless otherwise specified, photos are in Allrentown on local streetcar lines.

1100, rear, turning from Wasington ton 6th Street:

Probably on N. 10th Street:

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, October 17, 2021 3:13 AM

Unusual view at School Siding, Center Valley:

Monestary Siding, Lanarch:

North Sixth Street, southbound:

 

 

 

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, October 11, 2021 5:20 AM

Back to regular service, leaving Quaker siding and entering Quakertown, with the station behind my back:

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, October 11, 2021 3:29 AM

Same fan-trip, interior photo:

 

Biehn’s Bridge along Township Line Road between Telford and Sellersville:

Covering some loc al lines in Allrntown, wiwesth an 1100 ex-Darton & Troy Cininnati lightweight, here on 12th Street near the West End Cemiyary:

On 12th Street, adjacent to the cemetary:

Turning south from Gorden to 17th Street:

At Allentown Hospital, 17th and Chew Streets:

Interior:

 

 Location information from Richard Allman.

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, October 8, 2021 7:43 AM

812 on a fan-trip at School Siding, Center Valley:

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, August 29, 2021 1:20 PM

This photo really belongs between the 2nd and 3d of the preceding post.  Note the   operator (motorman, engineer, driver) using the back-up controller in the left seen through the window.

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 4:29 AM

The wye to turn the ex-C&LE (and ex-Indiana) LVT Liberty Bell single-end interurban cars at Philadelphia (69th St.) terminal was some doistance west of the terminal, requiring  rearp-end -first with the hostler controller for auite a distance, analogous to thr turn-around in Allentown, involving rear-end-first moves to and from the Fairchance yard, partly shown in an earler post:

 

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 8:17 AM

A Quakertown - Perkasie local car on 5th St., Perkasie, on the Liberty Bell route:

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 8:37 AM

With a bit more electronic-darkroom work, including some from Richard Allman. the vegetation is much better represented:

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 3:40 AM

Brush siding, north of Norristown, named Brush due to the vegitation:

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, May 3, 2021 6:11 AM

And idenitying the grade crossing, looking in the oppsite direction, with a Philadelphia-bound car:

 Jim Shuman photo from Richard Allman

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, May 2, 2021 5:02 PM

Close inspection required a caption correction for the photo above.

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, May 2, 2021 9:02 AM

After leaving therty Belle Pitman factory, evening approaching, same road crossing, same direction, Allentown-bound Liberty Bell approaching.

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, May 2, 2021 8:57 AM

American Flyer offered only one HO locomotive, a somewhar simplified Central J1 Hudson with six-wheel tender.   It had the same sequential reversal as the S-Gauge models.  Pittman, who supplied DC permanent-magnet motors for Varney, Mantua, and others, sold a permanent magnet that fit inside the Hudson and cnverterd the "univeral" motor to a DC permanent-magnet motor.  This gave 2-rail polarity reversal, standard for Mantua, Varney, etc.

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Posted by Overmod on Sunday, May 2, 2021 8:25 AM

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... to fit inside the boiler of an American Flyer HO Hudson to convert it to polarity reversal...

OK, this gets my attention.  What exactly did it do?

I notice you were discussing the S gauge universal-motor stuff on CTT a couple of weeks ago, but I don't know enough to search over there for American Flyer HO discussions...

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Posted by daveklepper on Sunday, May 2, 2021 2:38 AM

After re viewing more efidence, Richard tld me the crossing must be in Sellersville.  GThis makes sense, b ecause I rode LVT to-and-from Sellersvfille to visit the Pittman factory to buy a permanent magnet designed specifically to fit inside the boiler of an American Flyer HO Hudson to coonvert it to polarity reversal, and I always had my Leica with me.  The Pittman factpry was adjacent to the LVT track but a distance from the station.

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Posted by daveklepper on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 9:26 AM

1.     Photo further improved.  Look above.

2,     It's Coopersburg, not Cooperstown.

 

3.    Richsrd Allman sent a map. edited version attached.  The road  crossings cannot be the photo, unless the destination sign is  wrong and the interurban is southbound to 69th St., Philadesphia, not northbound to Allentown.

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, April 23, 2021 2:28 AM

Richard Allmsan told me that it is probably Coopersburg, and he also improved the photo:

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, April 19, 2021 4:12 AM

Anyone know the exact location of this grade crossing?

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Posted by daveklepper on Friday, March 12, 2021 3:34 AM

My error:  LVT 219 was an 11=windw car, not 12.

Herewith the correction:

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, March 11, 2021 6:04 AM

I think the standard Cincinnati Curve-side, and the LVT's Easton Limited Dayton and Troy cars where similar, were the most beautiful of all steel lighteweight, non-Peter Witt street and interurban cars.  The West Penn's front variation may improve operator vision, but it detracts a slight bit from the overall artistic effect.

Obviously, I like the appearance of Third Avenue home-built lightweights.  But only the Broadway double-end Peter Witts surpass the Curve-sides in looks in my opinion.

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Posted by daveklepper on Thursday, March 11, 2021 5:52 AM

Thanks for the good news.  A beautiful car and restoration.

My spot removals had taken out the front retriever rope. Also, the operating pole needed strengthening.

Herewith

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Posted by rcdrye on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 6:05 AM

Wheeling 639 (Cincinnati 1924) is preserved at Seashore, where it is part of the regular operating fleet.

https://collection.trolleymuseum.org/browse.php?id=00639SWV

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 5:27 AM

John and Bill had the day planned.  We left the car from Easton at the Bethlehem Grand Union, rode the South Bethlahem line to Atllentown, then went to Northhampton and back, then to the Fairview car house and back, all with photos posted earlier.  We then boarded a Liberty Bell ex-C&LE car, grabbed parler seats at the rear, and I was amazed and thrilled with the speed, acceleration, smooth riding qualities on what was the 1st of several enjoyable trips on this line.  I would have been content to enjoy this comfort and speed all the way 69th Street, but we left at Norristown to sample a P&W "Bullet" to Ardmore Junction, then downstairs to a two-car Brill Center-entrance Red Arrow train to 69th Street, before riding the Market Street Elevated to 32nd Street Elevated Station, a walk to 30th Street, and dinner-in-the-diner on the PRR back to Manhattan.

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 4:48 AM

My 1st visit to LVT was at age  15 with older friends John Stern and Bill Watson, met through my having joined the ERA shortly before this trip, April 1947, my 1st railfan excursion outside the NYCity area.  We took the morning Lehigh Valley train, (Black Diamond?) to Easton, and my photos at the stop at Flemington Jc. are posted above earlier

At Easton, we expected to board a comfortable ex-Dayton & Troy Cincinnati Lightweight Curveside like one photographed later in life on a fan-trip in a differfent car, possibly a repeated posting:

But we were dissapointed when a regular city car showed, which I duly attempted to photograph before boarding, only to find on developing that I only got part of the car:

I never printed this photo nor used it for anything.

But now, I want to use it, since it was first LVT car I rode, the first trolley car I rode away from NYCity on a railfan excursion, and the first I rode on a genuine interurban line, even theugh a city car.  So here is my repair job:

 The added backgound buildings were adapted from the ex-D&T lighweight photo at the same location, and the added underbody details from a photo of an LVT car of the same series.

 

And the only time I ever did ride a Cincinnati Curve-side was on the West Penn local Connosville-South Connolsville line in June 1949, a car preserved at Arden.  Is it the only Cincinnati Curve-side preserved?

 

 

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Posted by daveklepper on Saturday, February 20, 2021 8:41 PM

Riochard Allman yells me this is on ST. John's Street. where a n umber of LVT motormen lived. and we are trailing a Liberty Bell car on its every-roung-trip cleaning-and-maintenance movement from the Allentoen 8th-&-Hamilton downtown station to the Fairview yard, shops, and carhouse.

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, October 5, 2020 2:29 AM

The doodlebug photo itself and the combined photo in its second appearance have a bit of the "F" of the Flemington Junction station sign showing at the right edge.

I did not remember that I had taken the two pictures until I had what I thought were only LVT negatives scanned.

Wonder what other useful suprises I'll find as I have more negatices scanned. 

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Posted by Overmod on Monday, October 5, 2020 2:15 AM

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I took these two photos at Flemington Junction, where I remember a connection to and from Flemington, NJ.

That is where that motorcar will be going.  I believe it would only last another year in this service; I don't know whether it was replaced by an RDC.  Service to Flemington (even today a shopper's and antiquer's paradise!) was bustituted in 1952, and even that did not last...

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Posted by daveklepper on Monday, October 5, 2020 1:00 AM

Apparently, only a fraction of the seats got to Seashore.  Possibly during the period when the coach seats were used, 1949  -  1953, the double seats were re-purposed by LVT and/or one or more of its employees, thus preventing the Seashore restoration from being truly authentic.

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