i always heard on the URR n bessemer branch there is a 10 mph speed restriction thru e pgh due to the decaying concrete viaduct, and thru turtle creek due to a "kink" in the track at the north end of the curved bridge over route 130. I remember several years ago (in the good old days!) a derailment where a northbound coal train put a few cars on the ground at that very spot. I heard it was cause they were going too fast.
A good bit of the line between turtle creek and hall is welded rail. In years past, when loads went north and they didnt stop for beans at hall, i can remember seeing northbounds get a running head start in that stretch, getting well above 20 mph, only to be reduced down about 10 mph or less by the time they reach gascola. (what a sight!)
I can also bet that southbounds still exceed 20 currently at places along the branch, especially light power...
I always wondered why URR dosnt use ditch lights. I think they would look awesome on those MP's. I think someone once said "they would blind workers at ground level in the mills" or something. So how hard would it be to turn them off in the mills??? I guess an obnoxious yellow engine is more visible than one with ditch lights!
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