Conrail in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley


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The area surrounding Allentown and Bethlehem was quickly transformed as seven colorful legacy lines came under Conrail control in 1976. Over the next 24 years, this industrial region of eastern Pennsylvania would go through its own transformation, affecting traffic patterns for years to come. Historian and photographer Olev Taremae explores these changes through colorful photos and detailed text.

Table of contents


Legacy Lines

Allentown Yard

Lehigh Line East

Lehigh Line West

CNJ/LV Lines Abandoned or Sold

Reading Line

Secondary and Industrial Tracks:

  • Odenwelder Industrial Track
  • Washington Secondary
  • Delaware Secondary
  • Freemansburg and Minsi Trail Industrial Tracks
  • Perkiomen Secondary
  • Easton & Northern Secondary
  • Catasauqua & Fogelsville Secondary
  • Various Industrial Tracks Around Allentown
  • Ironton Industrial Track
  • Bethlehem Secondary
  • Nesquehoning Valley Secondary
  • Hudson Secondary
  • Cement Secondary
  • Portland Secondary and Associated Lines

Norfolk Southern: Fade to Black

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