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PETERSBURG


PT 209

The 6 miles of mainline between Huntingdon and Petersburg include signals at PT 204, 206 and 208. PT 206 is the only one that is accessible and is also home to the Warrior Ridge defect detector at PT 206.7. There isn't much left of the old junction between the mainline and the PRR Petersburg Branch to Hollidaysburg. One excellent view of the mainline is from the RT 305 overpass, just west of Petersburg.

PT 206.7 - Warrior Ridge

Following Petersburg Pike out of town towards Huntingdon, turn onto Warriors Ridge Rd which forks off to the right. Eventually, the road crosses the mainline at grade where the PT 206 CL signals can be seen to the west. The DED is located between the signals and the road.

1) Westbound 28Z approaches the Warriors Ridge Rd crossing. (Photo by Aaron Bilby)
2) Eastbound 20W accelerates past the PT 206 signal and over the DED. (Photo by Aaron Bilby)

PT 208.9 - The PT 208 Signals

The railroad skirts through Petersburg virtually invisible from the streets. There aren't many spots to see the tracks from public areas. The PT 208 signals are located in the middle of an S-curve, just west of the bridge over Shavers Creek. This is the exact location of the old junction between the mainline and the PRR Petersburg Branch to Hollidaysburg.

1) The PT 208 signals seen from the rear of Amtrak 07T. (Photo by Marc Lingenfelter)

PT 209.7 - RT 305 Overpass

Looking east from the overpass, one will see the mainline curving away to the northeast. A long straight away and view of the PT 211 signal bridge in Barree lie to the west of the overpass. This is where that expensive telephoto lens pays off (if you have one!)

1) Westbound 23W had just called the PT 208 signal which is just out of sight around the curve.
2) Eastbound 862's entire 105 car coal train is seen from the overpass. Note the PT 211 signal bridge.
3) Westbound 21Q, which is over 10,000 feet in length, is just rounding the curve to CP-TUNNEL!

Last Update: 11/7/2012