A lot of my pages are
spurred by one single, solitary photo. One that comes to mind right
away is the page for Manunka Chunk NJ.
Also, a huge portion lately are because of Pinterest - more than half of the
locations and pictures on this page originate from Pinterest feeds
For this page, it's two pictures that crossed my path..... One was a picture
from ZOO Interlocking in Philadelphia, and the other was a photo of
(probably) triple gauge track that the common guess for it's origination was
Australia. Not. Here they are:
In the picture above, we have a pair of double-slip switches under
catenary, with Pennsy PL signals all over the place. There just are
not that many places in the U.S. that you will find this combination, so I
started with Philly, because I knew it was not Baltimore or Washington DC.
I started looking for places with a sub-station next to the tracks - the
towers in the background on the right. The other item were the two
double-slip switches, which, BTW, are both gone. For more information
on the picture, the double-slips, and the signals, click
With the picture below, it has shown up all over the place, and as I said,
most people guessed it was in Australia because of the multiple gauges.
Then, I "found" the picture on Pinterest, and the third comment sent me off
on a quest. It took me to the Skoda Transportation factory in
Pleziri, Czech Republic. Although the track arrangement has changed,
probably because of a shift in their production line, there are still two
gauges in a small section of the property, and it even includes a three
gauge turntable. If it wasn't for the comment by Rysiekchaszcz, we
would probably still be wondering where the location is. In the
pictures of the factory below, I wish the satellite photo was taken earlier
in the day, as the shadow from the wall makes it difficult to see much of
Open Railway Map
GPS Coordinates: -24.80166, 152.25577
Gotta love Pintrest, I come across so many of the things on this page because of their feeds :-)
This is a railroad crossing between a standard rail line, and a narrow gauge
track. I wish the video had a narrow gauge train going over the
crossing! Screen shots are from the video.
A video of the narrow gauge tracks coming down is here:
Wavre Belgium (I think), 1966... the steamer looks to be narrow gauge, the wagon is wide gauge.
A current day grade crossing signal in Wavre, no signs of track other than the commuter line can be seen on Google Maps.
(The 60's - What an interesting time period, "we" had just moved to Baltimore MD)
This is probably where the picture was taken from, judging from the building on
the left! :-) From what I can see, it doesn't look like the trackwork
has changed a whole lot in almost 100 years!!! Maybe someone can take
a picture from there and send it in???
Lyon is an excellent railroad town, but the most interesting thing I came across,
at least via aerial pictures on Google Maps, is this highway interchange....
Saxon Railway Museum
An d. Dresdner Bahnlinie 130c, 09131 Chemnitz, Germany
GPS Coordinates: 50.86174, 12.96653
In Google's aerial view of the museum, you can just barely make-out
the narrow gauge mining railroad display, over on Bing Maps, forget it...
On Google, the museum seems to garner a lot of good reviews, citing the
largest steam engine inventory in Germany, and one guy said it was the best
out of six railroad museums he visited. Features two large roundhouses.
This is the photo that started "it", the mining RR display....
Mining or Small Industrial Railroad
I dunno, there is something about this trackwork that is really appealing,
maybe because it's something like "I" would do in my backyard :-) :-)
Again, this stuff popped up in one of my Pinterest feeds...... The
metal ties in the pictures are similar to those shown in the advertisement!
Looks like most of these were posted to Pinterest by Marcel Ackle. Thanks!
The pair of pictures of the turntable - looks like it is the same turntable,
on maybe two different visits?
Many diamonds in the United States are now being configured like this, where the lower usage
track is slightly elevated, and the flanges ride over the main track.
This keeps the "main" track from having cuts in the rail.
WTF? And where? photo by Shingo.
Looks like it may be one of those places where the connecting track rides
over the main track with the wheels riding on their flanges.
I've always enjoyed the fact that I grew up in the U.S., and especially my
time in New York City sitting right next to the New Haven line as it makes
it's way to
Hell Gate Bridge, but when I see pictures of what railfans in
the U.K. had available to them during the 1960's, it seems almost pale by
comparison. Unlike America, the railroads, even in the latter half of
the 1800's, had to snake their way thru many towns because they were well
developed (and dense). America in contrast, was young, and most urban
areas were not very well developed, so they had room to accommodate
railroads as they were built. In the picture below, I betcha even back
then, they had to tear down a whole lotta "older" buildings as they built
the two viaducts. It's too bad they couldn't have used the entire
original viaduct for the tram.
In the combined picture below is where I believe this junction WAS.
It has been noted on Google Maps that part of the tram uses the old Victorian viaduct along Trent St, seen in the bottom picture.
Keep in mind that the railfan comments are from 2012.....
The view today, from roughly the same spot (I believe).... nothing recognizable anymore.
And part of the Victorian viaduct.
London Underground, may be near the Hammersmith station, but definitely looks like it is in a maintenance yard.
For those of you not familiar with the "Lionel like" forth rail in the
middle, that is the return for the DC power - they do not rely on the two
outside tracks the wheels ride on for the power return.
Evanston IL, USA: CTA Howard Station and Howard Yard
GPS Coordinates: 42.01980, -87.67385
CTA Howard Yard in Evanston IL, 2014.... The Purple Line is going off
to the upper right, the Yellow Line to the top left, the Red Line
and Howard Station at the bottom, and Metra's UP North Line
paralleling the Purple Line. Cool aerial shot, thank you drones!
Griffith IN, USA
GPS Coordinates: 41.52024, -87.42759
Triple-Double diamonds in Griffith IN, no longer with us....
Mt Union PA, USA
This might be the last dual gauge grade crossing made in the United States....
This is where the East Broad Top ran 60+ years ago.
Back "in the city", we have the Franklin Street crossing - looking south we can see the
mainline headed to Orbisonia with a couple of switches, looking the other
way, we can they have reballasted some of the ROW, and removed the narrow gauge rail.
New York, NY, USA: The #7 IRT Line in the Queens
This is included, not so much because of fancy trackwork, but because I used to ride
this line all the time as a kid, Queens, New York City
Here we see an outbound "IRT" #7 (the 64/65 World's Fair) Line train coming
into the elevated Queensboro Station in the Queens, LIC, NYC
Elsewhere in New York City on the Subway System.....
San Francisco CA, USA
Track in downtown San Francisco, early 1980's.
Steubenville OH, USA
Posted by earthmagnified on flickr, interesting picture of our industrial complex!!!
Jim Mihalek wrote in to me and added: It is looking east down the highline at
the Wheeling-Pittsburgh steel plant. The bridge goes over the Ohio River to
the coke plant on the other side. The steel mill is gone, shut down around
2006 and torn down. The coke plant was open until about a year ago. They
sent coke to the plant at nearby Mingo Junction until that one closed,
and then I think they were sending it to Rouge Steel in Detroit.
Here are additional pictures taken by Jim:
York PA, USA: Former Ma & Pa RR three-way turnout
GPS Coordinates: 39.96214, -76.71236
This switch was replaced when the current railroad owners
reconfigured the yard, but up until 2000 or so, it was a three-way switch to
enter the yard, the bypass track, or the scrap-yard siding.