Alpha cement [WAS Re: Steam era freight yards, take II]

pullmanboss <tcmadden@...>

Jim Harr wrote:

Tom couldn't have said it better - Alpha Cement is indeed a fascinating
place. The silos still exist, and it was used as a grain storage facility
for 35 years or more; I am not sure of its status at the present time...

A request to all on the list - I am modeling Alpha Cement (did a first-round
version of a clinic at last year's Valley Forge RPM meet) and would enjoy
immensely if anyone has any photos or other information to share -
I've posted five more photos - four of them are hand-held telephoto views of some of the more interesting portions of the PRR Phillipsburg yard, including the Russell plow and Jordan spreader. The fifth is of the Alpha cement plant:

At the time I was living & working in NJ and dating a girl who was attending school in Easton. Every Friday afternoon I would leave work an hour early, drive to Easton, pick her up and head north on Route 611 past the Alpha cement plant, through the Delaware Water Gap, eventually reaching our homes a few miles apart in the Pocono Mountains near Lake Wallenpaupack. We'd retrace the route late on Sundays. Veterans Day 1960 was a Friday, a holiday for me but not for her, so I spent the day railfanning in the area - Netcong, Hackettstown, Bangor, etc. before picking her up. That's her in the passenger seat of my 1957 Chevvy in the Alpha photo. This September we'll celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.....

Tom Madden

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