Two weeks ago Charlie saw reports of a Sperry Rail Service Inspection Car on the siding in Trafford, which was a "must see." We were not able to go during the work week, because it is now dark by 5 pm. We held our breath hoping it would still be there Saturday morning so that we could get some photos. The word was that they were doing track inspection/testing on the NS Pittsburgh Division at night when traffic was low, and parking the unit on the former Turtle Creek Railroad siding in Trafford during the day. We got our wish when we arrived Saturday morning, but saw some other neat things too. It was well worth the effort on this very cold morning!
Although the Magnuson Models Power House kit is similar to the Wabtec manufacturing plant, I think it might be possible to stitch these three photos together to make a credible photo building flat. I need to use a step ladder to get a little more elevation - the rails are always blocking the bottom of the building!
We usually drive home through Wilmerding on Pennsylvania Avenue past Pitcairn Yard. We got lucky today as not one, but two, sets of NS Eco-Units were in the yard. The one set was in a perfect position to get good photos. Norfolk Southern designed and built about thirty pairs of these locomotives over the past few years using government subsidies. These units have flared radiators to increase the length of cooling tubes and decrease heat and particulate pollution. Two sets are assigned to Pittsburgh, as denoted by the map on the locomotives, which usually work out of Pitcairn Yard.
Last weekend we enjoyed a fabulous meal at The Supper Club, located in the historic Greensburg, Pa. Train Station. This building is an architectural gem which still serves Amtrak's Pennsylvanian train twice each day.
If you have never dined here, there is no time to waste. The Tribune-Review reports that the restaurant will close at the end of January 2017 as its lease was not renewed by Stone Kim Properties, the owner of the building. The restaurant's owner, Deborah Driggers, offered to buy the station from the Westmoreland Cultural Trust last year for $800,000 after putting $500,000 into the restaurant. The Trust declined her offer, choosing instead to sell it to Stone Kim Properties for just $525,000. I'm sure it's just a coincidence that the developer sits on the board of the Cultural Trust.
The restaurant has an imaginative menu, great service, and of course a primo location. It will be missed.
The Greensburg Train Station was designed by architect William Cookman and built in 1912. The building was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. The Supper Club is on the left in the former passenger station, while Amtrak passengers reach the platform through the former freight depot on the right. (Westmoreland County website photo)
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