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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 178

The borough of McVeytown is the largest town on the mainline between Lewistown and Mt Union. Once again, the mainline is actually located across the Juniata River and passes through the village of Mattawana. John St conveniently connects McVeytown to Mattawana and crosses the mainline near the site of the station. One can pick up RT 103 and head east or west to follow the tracks.

PT 176.2 - River Rd Crossing

About a mile before getting to Mattawana from Horningford, the mainline crosses River Rd. The PT 176 PL signal masts can be seen to the west with a telephoto lens.

1) Westbound 63D slab train is about to cross River Rd.
2) Looking west, one can barely make out the PT 176 signal masts.

PT 177.5 - Mattawana

The station is now long gone, but it is replaced with an excellent spot to park your car and watch trains. Just to the east are the PT 178 signals (out of view) and a couple miles to the west is MCVEY interlocking, a full crossover. A short MOW track is located in Mattawana which comes off of track 2.

1) Westbound 13G crosses John St through Mattawana. The building on the left is circa 1850!
2) Westbound 567 gets some sweet evening light. Note the MOW track in the foreground. (Philip Banks)

1) Eastbound 506 passes the sight of the old McVeytown station, seen from the south side of the main.
2) Eastbound 958 steam special passes through Mattawana. (Vince Hammel Jr)
3) MOW equipment spend the weekend on the Mattawana MOW track.

PT 179 to 180 - Open Fields and MCVEY

West of Mattawana, the mainline can be seen 1/4 mile away from RT 103. Thanks to some open corn fields, photography is the best in the Winter and Spring months. Just west of this opening, the mainline hides behind trees. The same trees inconveniently hide MCVEY as well, so the signals and interlocking are virtually impossible to photograph. Please do NOT trespass.

1) Eastbound 506 passes a very young crop of corn with the Juniata River valley behind it.
2) Another photograph of 506 as it passes the photographer. (note the tiny corn sprouts!)

1) The WB MCVEY signal masts and MCVEY signal box.
2) The EB MCVEY signal masts seen from the rear of Amtrak 07T. (Photos by Marc Lingenfelter)

Last Update: 3/7/2013