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PEMBERTON


PT 217

Pemberton is home to four more Little Juniata River bridges, two of which are easily accessible for photography. An interesting rock cut and a quarry also add to the area's character. The PT 217.0 defect detector also makes a home in Pemberton.

PT 216.3 - Bridges #4, #5 and the Rock Cut

Just west of Shaffers Auto Parts on Union Furnace Rd (you can't miss the "auto parts" place) is a wide pull off with a view of the mainline. To the east is Bridge #4 which curves toward Spruce Creek. To the west, one can't help but notice the large rock cut. Just beyond the rock cut is Bridge #5 and the quarry.

1) Westbound 21Q has just passed over Bridge #4. (see the railing to the right?)
2) Looking east through the rock cut, note the MOW track and rock quarry beyond.
3) Westbound 965 heads away from the photographer with a long string of light engines.

PT 216.7 - Pemberton Rock Quarry and DED

Union Furnace Rd eventually intersects with Pemberton Rd. Heading northwest on Pemberton Rd will take you to a road crossing and a view of the rock quarry. A morning photo of an eastbound near the rock quarry is one of the most interesting in the area. The Pemberton DED at PT 217.0 is just west of the quarry.

1) Westbound 17G passes through the rock cut and over Bridge #5 on its way to the quarry.
2) Eastbound 22W passes the quarry's rock crusher (seen in the background).
3) Eastbound 400 with run-through BNSF power has just passed the quarry's scales.

1) Eastbound C42 local is seen from Johnson Hill Rd as it passes the quarry area.

PT 217.3 - Bridge #6

Just west of the quarry, Limestone Rd is closed to vehicular traffic but is open to pedestrians (a popular area for fishing). Walking along the road for a quarter mile, you will stumble upon the curved Bridge #6 as it passes over the road and the Little Juniata River.

1) Eastbound 20K approaches Bridge #6. The curvature of the track is evident from this perch.
2) Westbound 68N is seen grinding up grade through the Little Juniata River valley.

PT 217.3 - Bridge #6 Overlook

At the top of a big hill on RT 453 just west of Pemberton, a power line hangs across the road. Park along RT 453 at the power line and follow it to the northeast. A very short walk takes you to a vista of Bridge #6. Afternoon light favors photography of westbounds at this location.

1) Westbound 21E passes over Bridge #6 in some sweet winter light.
2) Westbound 13G is seen at a wider angle.
3) Eastbound 20W crosses Bridge #6 with autumn color still holding on in late October.

PT 217.5 - Bridge #7 and RT 453 Overpass

This is one of those rare instances where two bridges were built over a river at the same exact spot. As seen from the RT 453 bridge, the mainline crosses over the Little Juniata River below. The closed Limestone Rd can be seen going under the bridge as well. Please be careful if you choose to photograph from the bridge.

1) Eastbound 18N is seen crossing Bridge #7 from the RT 453 overpass.
2) Eastbound 18N will shortly cross over Bridge #6 which is right around the corner.

Last Update: 1/25/2012