Last Sunday we enjoyed a visit from my brother and his wife and we decided to have dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, DiSalvo's Station in Latrobe. We are fortunate in the Pittsburgh area to have four former train stations that have been repurposed as restaurants. In addition to DiSalvo's, there is the Grand Concourse in the former P&LE station in Pittsburgh, The Supper Club at the Greensburg Train Station, and Tarentum Station in Tarentum on the NS Conemaugh Division.
Joey DiSalvo has created a paradise for diners and railfans alike. In addition to a great menu of Italian specialties, the active rail line crossing above the station provides lots of opportunities to see passing trains.
The design elements of the former railroad station have been preserved, including the PRR keystone logo in the brick sidewalk at the entrance on the west side. The station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986
Within minutes, Train #43 was on its way to Greensburg and Pittsburgh. Note the PRR position signal, one of the few remaining, which will change to a STOP indication in a couple of seconds. Watching the train depart is Rich Ballash, the unofficial 'station master' in Latrobe, who frequently greets the Amtrak train crews with culinary delights.
Back at our seats in the dining room, I received an e-mail notification on my phone that the Nickel Plate Heritage Unit was spotted in Greensburg headed eastbound, so it was back up to trackside as this was one of three that I had not yet seen. Within minutes, it appeared and roared through the station leading an intermodal train up the grade.
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