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Offline jadebullet

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Upper Merion and Plymouth
« on: July 27, 2013, 10:05:26 PM »
The Upper Merion and Plymouth is an industrial short line that straddles the Schuylkill River just south of Norristown, Pa. Started in 1907 for the purpose of delivering steel from the Conshohocken steel mill to the PRR and the Philadelphia and Reading, the UMP still serves the same steel mill and interchanges with Norfolk Southern's Harrisburg Line, with a location just south of Abrams yard. The line serves a scrap yard, and the steel mill on the eastern side of the Schuylkill River, and services the Cooper Chemical plant, and the Philadelphia Inquirer Newspaper on the western side as well as interchanging with NS on that side. Currently, the steel mill is now a finishing mill. The steel is forged at the Coatesville steel mill, which made the steel for the World Trade Center and was the destination for the WTC steel convoy of 2010, which is serviced by the parent company, the Brandywine Valley Railroad. The steel plates are shipped via NS to the Swedeland interchange, where the UMP picks them up and services the steel mill. The finished steel is then shipped out on NS, with any scrap steel being loaded into ex Cartier Mining railroad ore gondolas and shipped back to the Coatesville mill. The Conshohocken Mill is the country's largest producer of armor plating for the US military.

The route has been progressing nicely, and currently I have all of the tracks in place, with the exception of a few tracks that are reliant upon building placement.

Norfolk Southern Gevo is about to hit the Swedeland, PA crossing on the NS Harrisburg line on its way to Abrams yard. It is passing the interchange yard and siding of the Upper Merion and Plymouth. If you look in the distance, you can see UMP #38 crossing the bridge over the Schuylkill on its way back over to the Conshohocken side of the industrial line.


Speaking of the UMP, here we see it delivering rolls of paper into the Philadelphia Inquirer's Swedeland printworks.


And here we see a nice overhead view of the first completed industry, the Philadelphia Inquirer Newspaper printshop. This is still a WIP, but I feel it is coming along nicely. The tracks in the foreground are the NS Harrisburg line, and one of the UMP sidings. The bridge is the bridge over the Schuylkill River towards the steel mill.

Offline laj

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Re: Upper Merion and Plymouth
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2013, 11:31:47 AM »
The route is looking great!
« Last Edit: August 03, 2013, 05:33:19 PM by laj »

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Re: Upper Merion and Plymouth
« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2013, 10:36:01 AM »
Two Questions:What warehouse is that in the 2nd and 3rd pictures?
                  What Track is that?

Actually read what he has typed and you'll figure out your first question.  The track I believe is Adam's #132 jointed rail but I could be wrong.


Keep up the good work Alex!!   O0


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