Sometimes things just work out. Call it luck, fate, good timing, or just maybe everything happens for a reason.
On a Sunday afternoon drive home from Altoona, I decided to break up the nearly five-hour long trip and head over to the Norfolk Southern Reading Line between Reading and Allentown and follow the tracks homeward. Maybe I would see something interesting or maybe not…. I didn’t have a plan, as I was on the home stretch from a good weekend shooting at the East Broad Top and Horseshoe Curve.
East of Hamburg, I decided to exit off I-78 and slowly make my way over to Lyons, PA situated on the Norfolk Southern line. Knowing that I just needed to head south to find the valley and eventually the tracks, I didn’t engage my GPS and took roads and turns that seemed interesting as I made my way. With plenty of train related images behind me, I was content just exploring and looking for subject matter in my other interests of old barns, bridges and industrial structures. I found a few places to stop and took my time as there was still plenty of light to work with and didn’t feel any pressure to find anything. Before I knew it, I was it Kutztown, the end of a former Reading branch line and the home of a beautifully restored depot. I spent about 15 minutes in town and then decided to follow the tracks towards Topton as I knew that’s where this branch connected with the former Reading mainline that NS now owns and operates.