It's been awhile since I've posted anything here. We did a cross country road trip from California to New York and back that covered almost the whole month of April. While I wasn't able to work on any of my hobby projects while away, I was able to enjoy some prototype railroads both past and present.
The primary purpose of this trip was to visit family in Ithaca, NY and to make some repairs to their house after an upstairs water pipe had burst during the winter and caused some damage to a downstairs room. That's why we drove, so I could bring all the tools I would need.
Their property borders on what used to be a Lehigh Valley Railroad line. From what I have read, it was most likely abandoned around 1976 after Conrail took it over. Many miles of the abandoned right of way in this area of New York state have been preserved with plans to develop a system of walking / bike trails that will connect some of the state parks.
In the city of Ithaca itself the old station still stands and appears to now be used as some sort of financial institution. Next to the station are several LV passenger cars and a caboose that appear to be in good shape, and an old engine of some type that is not. Also near the station building next to a road bridge over a canal is thru girder railroad bridge that appears to line up with where the tracks would have been near the station. For photos check this link: http://www.abandonedrails.com/Ithaca_to_Geneva
On the trip back the weather was better and we took some extra time to make a couple of sight seeing stops.
During our visit, there was a retired UP employee available to answer questions. There are 2 hump yards that can be clearly seen. It was all very interesting and I'm glad we stopped by. If you have a chance to go here, I suggest bringing some binoculars and a telephoto lens for you camera for seeing / photographing up close. For more information about the Golden Spike Tower visit http://www.goldenspiketower.com/
Hopefully now I can get back to making some progress on my modules and other projects.