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PT - Stations
120 - Duncannon
122 - Aqueduct
124 - Losh's Run
128 - Bailey
132 - Newport
137 - Millerstown
144 - Thompsontown
148 - Mexico
151 - Port Royal
153 - Mifflin
156 - Denholm
160 - Hawstone
165 - Lewistown
169 - Granville
172 - Anderson
174 - Horningford
178 - McVeytown
181 - Ryde
187 - Newton Hamilton
190 - Mt Union
193 - Mapleton
197 - Mill Creek
200 - Ardenheim
202 - Huntingdon
209 - Petersburg
211 - Barree
213 - Spruce Creek
217 - Pemberton
219 - Birmingham
222 - Tyrone
225 - Tipton
227 - Fostoria
229 - Bellwood
234 - Juniata
236 - Altoona



PT 165

The mainline enters Lewistown just across the Juniata River in an area called Juniata Terrace or Lewistown Station. The actual PRR station is still standing and is beautifully preserved. Just west of the station is Norfolk Southern's Lewistown Yard which serves as an interchange point with the Juniata Valley RR. Lewistown also houses a small NS MOW office and a JVRR locomotive shed.

PT 165.4 - Lewistown Curve

The mainline negotiates a tight 35 MPH curve just east of the station. The curve can be seen from the RT 103 bridge or from the eastern most part of the station platform. This is the tightest curve between Duncannon and Spruce Creek.

1) Eastbound 18N is seen rounding the curve from RT 103, running on track 2. (Dan Hauck)
2) Westbound 21E passes under the RT 103 bridge towards the station. (Josh Hollands)
3) Westbound 501 will soon split the CP-LEWIS signals. (Dan Hauck)

PT 165.7 - Lewistown Station and LEWIS Interlocking

The station is made of brick painted over in an attractive tan and deep red scheme. Note that tracks 3 and 4 were removed so a second platform was built away from the station to serve Amtrak passengers.

1) Eastbound 26T crosses over from main 2 to 1 at LEWIS on a cold afternoon.
2) View of Station from the west side.

The westbound LEWIS signals stand very close to the station. The old PRR PL masts still stand and make good props for the railroad photographer.

WARNING - Do not cross the tracks to the other side, it is TRESPASSING.

1) Eastbound Y94 (extra 594) splits the LEWIS signals. (Josh Hollands)
2) A MOW crane passes the WB signals after doing work on track 1 and will go back into Lewistown Yard.
3) Westbound 07T Amtrak Pennsylvanian slows for its stop at Lewistown.

Amtrak prefers to make the stop on track 2, so the dispatcher typically runs trains on the opposite main for the eastbound Pennsylvanian 04T. This time of the day is the most popular for grandparents to bring they grandchildren to watch trains. The Amtrak conductors always greet passengers and railfans with smiles.

1) An assistant conductor helps passengers detrain and board at Lewistown.
2) A PRR style sign greets passengers as they walk from the platform. (Josh Hollands)
3) Both conductors take a short break since the train is a couple minutes ahead of schedule.

The backs of the eastbound LEWIS signals can seen from the west end of the platform. Just like the westbound signals, they make good props. Note the Lewistown Yard lead breaks off the the north of the interlocking and is controlled by a PRR style pedestal signal.

1) Westbound 07T has completed its station stop and is proceeding west.
2) Eastbound 26T splits the EB signals at CP-LEWIS. Note the pedestal signal that protects the yard lead.
3) View of the east end of Lewistown Yard.

Can't forget to take a look at the LEWIS signals from the rear of the Pennsylvanian!

1) The WB LEWIS signals seen from the rear of Amtrak 07T.
2) The EB LEWIS signals and Lewistown Station. (Marc Lingenfelter)

PT 166.6 - Roundhouse Rd Crossing

Roundhouse Rd parallels the yard on the north side. Eventually, the road crosses the mainline about 3/4 of a mile west of the station. In this area, the mainline runs north to south, so westbound movements are favorable for photography all day long. Due to the close proximity of LEWIS and LONG, the stretch in between is a popular spot to run around trains or park them if crews are running low on time. The third track is the Lewistown Yard lead which continues west to where it accesses the mainline at LONG.

1) View of the NS MOW offices in Lewistown. Photo taken from Roundhouse Rd.
2) Westbound C42 sits at the end of Lewistown yard waiting for a new crew. (Dan Hauck)
3) Eastbound 22W approaches the Roundhouse Rd crossing (Jim Fickel)

PT 166.8 - The First Juniata River Bridge

In the 47 miles west from Duncannon to Lewistown, the PRR was able to avoid crossing the Juniata River. Just west of Lewistown, the River makes a wide deviation to the southeast. To avoid more sharp curves (similar to the one entering Lewistown from the east), the railroad opted to cross the river twice. Between both bridges are the PT 167 intermediate signals, the only set between LEWIS and LONG (the Lewistown Yard lead does not have a signal at PT 167). Just before the next bridge, the Long Industrial Track comes off of the Lewistown Yard lead to the north and services several industries. The second bridge is covered in the Granville section of the guide.

1) Photo of the first Juniata River bridge to come...
2) The PT 167 signals seen from the rear of Amtrak 07T. (Marc Lingenfelter)

A Bird's Eye View of Lewistown

From the RT 22 highway, which was carved into the mountain above Lewistown, we have a nice perspective of the whole valley surrounding Lewistown. Be careful if you pull over since it is a 55 MPH highway!

1) Eastbound M2G passes by the west end of Lewistown Yard, as seen from RT 22. Note that the rear of the train is currently on the Juniata River bridge which is discussed above.(Dan Hauck)

The Juniata Valley Railroad

The JVRR (owned by North Shore Railroad Systems) operates 11 miles of track from its yard in Lewistown to Burnham, PA. The short line switches a large variety of industries within Lewistown and along its line to Burnham. It interchanges with the NS local C42 almost every day between Monday and Saturday.

As seen from along Roundhouse Rd, the JVRR has a two stall engine house and maintenance facility. Their small yard also contains a working turntable along with many different industries which keep the small short line busy.

1,2) JVRR 2106 is put away after a long day's work. (Josh Hollands)
3) JVRR 2106 is seen switching the west end of Lewistown Yard from the Roundhouse Rd crossing. Note the large, high voltage electrical complex in the background. (Tony Kimmel)

To leave Lewistown Yard, the JVRR passes the rear of the station. While railfanning the Norfolk Southern at Lewistown, it is a nice surprise to catch the JVRR train heading out or returning to the yard!

1) JVRR 2106 departs Lewistown Yard on the trackage behind the station. (Dan Hauck)
2) JVRR 2106 returns from switching industries in Burnham. This section of the branch line splits Henrietta and Helen Streets, as seen from behind Lewistown Station. (Tony Kimmel)

The JVRR crosses the Juniata River shortly after leaving the station area. Once entering downtown Lewistown, the line shares its right way with Water St for 4 blocks. One does not see street trackage very often! The line parallels Kishacoquillas Creek, crossing it several times, all the way to Burnham.

1) JVRR 2106 tip-toes through the Water Street trackage in Lewistown while it is being rebuilt.
2) JVRR 2106 is seen with a lengthy train at the W Freedom Ave crossing in Burnham. Note the old Amtrak cars which are stored behind the US Post Office. (Photos by Dan Hauck)

Last Update: 3/6/2013