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 LE - Stations
 35.8 - Manville
 45.5 - Neshanic
 48.4 - Three Bridges
 51.0 - Flemington Jct.
 60.7 - Jutland
 64.0 - Pattenburg
 68.8 - Bloomsbury
 76.3 - Phillipsburg
 77.0 - Easton
 78.9 - Glendon
 84.1 - Steel City



LE 77.0

Take the first left after the bridge onto PA 611, also known as Larry Holmes Drive. There is a park offering a nice overview of the bridges across the river on your left; photography here is difficult as you are north of the bridges. PA 611 turns left at the next light with South 3rd Street and passes beneath the former Central Railroad of New Jersey on a through-truss bridge and the former Lehigh Valley at the location of the Easton Passenger Station. Faded, but legible, Railway Express Agency lettering is still visible on the concrete structure! By this point on the PA side of the river, Norfolk Southern's mainline is back on the ex-Lehigh Valley right of way.

From PA 611, pass beneath the tracks and bear right onto West Canal Street. This will take you past the old station up towards Easton interlocking at MP LE 77.0, the east end of the double track section to Bethlehem and the location of the junction with the Portland Secondary. Easton was once the junction with the Easton and Northern Railroad, a short line that used the now-abandoned bridge that ramps up from Easton and crosses the entire valley. The E&N Railroad eventually became a part of the Lehigh Valley Railroad and the line became the Valley's Easton and Northern Branch.

1) NS 21M rolls under the westbound signals at Easton interlocking.
2) NS O0G passes under the ex-LV Easton & Nothern Branch bridge.
3) NS 64J curves into Easton about to pass under the E&N Branch bridge behind the photographer.

West Canal Street will take you west and parallels the tracks through Easton. Several good views are available along the road; as you continue the road changes names to Glendon Avenue. Following Glendon Avenue west, it becomes Main Street, and leads to the next good spot for photography: the Easton Canal Park. Easton was a vital link in the nation's canal system in the early 1800s and was the location of the junction between the Lehigh Canal and the Delaware Canal. This history is preserved in the park, and since the Lehigh Valley built their mainline through the area adjacent to the canal, the park offers a good public location to watch and photograph trains. There are several miles of trails open during daylight hours to the public, and the location is worth a visit.