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BELLWOOD


PT 229

Bellwood is the first town east of Altoona. There are several road and pedestrian overpasses which allow us to see the long straightaways in the area. The controlled siding is a popular place from the dispatcher to park unit trains which do not have recrews.

PT 229.4 - Downtown Bellwood

The RT 865 bridge over the mainline features wide sidewalks on each side. Just south (railroad west) is a pedestrian walkway which offers a view of the PT 230 PRR signal bridge to the south. A big telephoto lens is needed to see the signals. Unfortunately, both bridges have tight chain link fencing which hinders the quality of photos taken.

1) The view looking north (east) from the foot bridge at the RT 865 overpass.
2) The view looking south (west) from the foot bridge at the PT 230 PRR signal bridge.
3) The PT 230 seen from the rear of Amtrak 07T. (Photo by Marc Lingenfelter)

PT 231.3 - Roots

In the area known as Roots (in the area of known as Pinewood in the PRR days), Roots Rd (or Lower Riggles Gap Rd on Google maps) crosses over the mainline. Unit trains park at Roots from time to time is Rose Yard is congested. The westbound ANTIS signals are visible with a long telephoto lens.

1) Westbound 595 empty coal train approaches ANTIS.
2) Westbound 956 OCS comes through Roots on track 2. (Photo by Dustin Faust)

1) Eastbound 406 ore train is parked on the controlled siding while NS MOW workers do their thing.
2) Eastbound 20W threads the needle between stopped empty and loaded coal trains.