Oct 18, 2012

The Engines Of Allentown

Fifty years ago Allentown was home to heavy industry, which required private engines to push material and finished product around their plants. Shown above is the engine at Structural Steel, located under the Tilghman Street Bridge. The Mack 5C plant, located at Lehigh and S. 12th Streets, had it's own engine. Traylor Engineering, on S. 10th Street, also had an engine. Although the private engines of Allentown are gone, a train whistle still blows, as Norfolk Southern rolls through South Allentown, on the old main line.

photograph from the Mark Rabenold Collection

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is the first time I've ever seen a photo of the Lehigh Structural Steel 44-Toner. Lehigh Valley Railroad had several of those ugly beasts made famous by post-war Lionel Trains fans.