Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad
|Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad|
|Dates of operation||1990–|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Length||300 miles (480 km)|
|Headquarters||Port Clinton, Pennsylvania|
|Website||Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad|
RBMN operates the following two divisions on 300 miles (483 km) of track:
- Reading Division: Reading-Carbon County, Pennsylvania in Packerton/Lehighton along the Lehigh River.
- Lehigh Division: Packerton-Mehoopany.
- This line forms a fork from Jim Thorpe one branch running easterly through Nesquehoning and connecting via a junction to Mahanoy City or Hazleton and the second branch runs northerly via the Lehigh River Gorge, climbs to Mountain Top, PA with a double track running from there most of the way to the Duryea Yard (or Coxton Yard, or Muller Yard) at Duryea, PA, and Taylor Yard in Taylor outside Scranton.
RBMN operated occasional passenger excursions utilizing restored steam locomotive #425. In addition, RBMN operates the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, a heritage railway based in Jim Thorpe. RBMN interchanges with the following railroads:
- Norfolk Southern Railway – Reading, North Reading, Temple, Lehighton, and the historic Mountain Top Yard at Penobscot Knob.
- Canadian Pacific Railway – Taylor, connects to former Delaware and Hudson Railway trackage in New Jersey, New York, and New England.
- Northern spur connects the yard in Binghamton, NY and thence to lower eastern New York State
- Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad – Pittston
- Connects to New York State railways via Sayre, PA reaching Rochester, Buffalo, and Erie, PA
- Lehigh Railway – Mehoopany, Towanda
- Luzerne & Susquehanna Railroad – Pittston
- Shamokin Valley Railroad – Locust Summit
Between 2009 and 2010, RBMN expanded operations due to the emergence of Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling in northeastern Pennsylvania. The railroad spent $100,000 to transform an outdated and lightly used Pittston Yard near Wilkes-Barre. RBMN also purchased two new locomotives, 101 rail cars and 6 miles (9.7 km) of track between Monroeton and Towanda where much of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale economic activity is focused.
- Official website
- Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway railway operating on RBMN trackage
- RBMN Passenger Excursion Photos
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