I've Waited 55 Years for This

bigGG1fan Dec 24, 2020

  1. bigGG1fan

    bigGG1fan TrainBoard Member

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    The westbound Broadway Limited meets its poorer cousin, the eastbound combined Pennsylvania Limited/St. Louisan.

    According to an old PRR passenger timetable, this only happened Sundays, in the tunnel as the Broadway left New York (unless the eastbound was running late.) All other Broadway encounters (except NYP-WAS corridor traffic) happened outside of catenary.

    My GG-1 fleet is halfway there! The complete Broadway consist will require MU to make it up the grades on the layout... a pair of GG-1s on the point... what a shame. I think I only ever saw that IRL on the baseball specials PRR ran in the early to mid 60s. Sometimes 18 heavyweight cars. IIRC, the grade to the siding at Connie Mack Stadium was no joke.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Merry Christmas everyone!

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  2. BNSF FAN

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    Very cool! Enjoying watching the progress. (y)(y)(y)

    Merry Christmas! :)
     
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  3. Hardcoaler

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    Looks GREAT! The Broadway often ran with twin Gs anyway, so you'll be right in step. (y)
     
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  4. drgwspup

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    Whoa a reference to Connie Mack stadium! Didn't know it had rail access. Saw my first Phillies baseball game there. The image of seeing the verdant green field for the first time is a memory I'll never forget. Was just running my deceased Dad's GG1 and Broadway Limited around my HCD Christmas tree layout... looked weird in my Utah desert scenery buts I'm sure Dad is smiling down. Merry Christmas everyone!
     
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  5. Jeepy84

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    Look at those sweeping Unitrack curves! (The GGs are pretty sweet too)
     
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  6. bigGG1fan

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    I used to have a seat from there. Was at the last game. The spur ended about a mile away, IIRC and people walked from there. You could see trains on the PRR main off to the right of the centerfield scoreboard.

    The baseball specials would back into the SB North Philadelphia platforms then pull into the spur.

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  7. BlazeMan

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    never knew about the spur. All these decades, figured the trains let fans out at North Phila and they schlepped through Swampoodle to the stadium. Remember the tragic incident when the train derailed and cars fell into the Susquehanna?

    Was there catenary on the spur, or would switch diesels push the consist to the platform?
     
  8. BlazeMan

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    Looking at old maps, the train would be switched off the main at N Phila to a short branch with a bit of a yard between Cambria and Somerset Streets, just a couple blocks down Lehigh Ave to the stadium.
     
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  9. bigGG1fan

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    The superelevated curves look cool as the trains tilt, but if I had it to do all over again, I would have used regular Unitrack on the whole layout. Superelevation + slope = track geometry issues and tracking problems.

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