Hello again. The midweek is here, along with another chance to share some photos of real world railroading.
Originally, the rail line was the Little Schuylkill & Susquehanna Railroad, but for most of it’s operation, it was the Catawissa Railroad, part of the Reading. Known in the past as the Trackside Deopt, the restaurant is no longer in business. The cabooses are still used as motel lodging, though.
There is a steam loco at the place. This 1931 Davenport 0-6-0 built for Dominion Construction.
The cabooses have a Northeastern US lineage, hailing from the New Haven, Erie, Pennsylvania, Lehigh Valley and Reading. They are in varying degrees of repair. The owner said he started the business in 1979. Along with the station restaurant, he owned and operated several other businesses in town.
The surprising part is he also bought 8 miles of tracks and the land below it. With rails now gone, it serves as a nature/hunting trail. It also include this amazing bridge over the Susquehanna River,
Along with this bridge, there is a smaller one which spans the former Lackawanna Railroad Bloomsburg Branch, and the old North Branch canal.
The Lackawanna line is now North Shore RR. These two cabooses also hail from the Lehigh Valley.
That is my contribution for the week. If you have spotted something interesting on the rails, please add it right here. Have a great rest of your week. Cheers!