Saturday, March 17, 2018

At the Hop!


This was one of his favorites.



Top o' the Mornin'

To all my dear readers:

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Chickenmom, Hubby, Charlie, Maude, Betty, Wilma, Thelma & Louise!


Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday Night Steam

Not too, too far from Coopville:

The Lackawanna Cutoff - Then & Now

Delaware River Viaduct

The Delaware Bridge at Slateford was lower but longer than the Paulins Kill Viaduct, measuring in at 65 feet high and 1,450 feet long. The contractor had to dig 62 feet below the water surface to find solid rock to support the bridge piers. Interstate 80 now passes under the easternmost arch. An additional two culverts on the west side carried the Cutoff over the "Old Road" of the Lackawanna and Slateford Road. West of those culverts, the Cutoff turned sharply to the north and descended to Slateford Junction.

Delaware River Viaduct

Seen from the Pennsylvania side, FT No. 604 cruises across the Delaware River Viaduct with its train in May of 1946. These three unit FT sets were the Lackawanna's first main line diesel locomotives.

Photo part of the William T. Greenburg Jr. Collection

Delaware River Viaduct in 2005

A different angle from the New Jersey side today shows the viaduct in good form with Interstate 80 passing under the first arch.

Former NYS&W Culvert under the Cutoff

Immediately east of the Delaware River Viaduct is this culvert. Note how flat the road is. The same New York, Susquehanna & Western Railroad that went under the Paulins Kill Viaduct passed through here on its way to Pennsylvania. The NYS&W basically followed the Paulins Kill southwest of Hainesburg Jct. to the shore of the Delaware River. It then turned north and followed the Delaware through the town of Columbia. It then passed through this culvert. Today, Rt. 80 has obliterated the NYS&W from a point just north of here to where it crosses into PA. However, the NYS&W roadbed still exists north of there, and can be easily hiked all the way to the old Delaware River bridge abutments.

It is interesting to compare the differences in railroad construction technology of the two railroads. The NYS&W was built in the mid 1800s and it followed the contours of the land. The Cutoff was built in the early 1900s and it literally made its own contours.

Delaware River Viaduct

Back on the the Pennsylvania side, this hole in the trees afforded a peak at the Viaduct from the old mainline. We are looking north toward the Gap.

Culverts west of Delaware River Viaduct

The right side of the right culvert in this photo is the left end of the westernmost arch. These culverts may not have been part of the viaduct itself because of clearances and because the Cutoff had to immediately turn north toward Slateford Junction.

This page was written by Robert J. Savino
Last Updated April 10, 2006

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Delaware River Viaduct.jpg

Coordinates 40°56′15″N 75°06′21″WCoordinates: 40°56′15″N 75°06′21″W
Carries Lackawanna Cut-Off
Crosses Delaware River, I-80
Locale Between Portland, PA and Columbia, NJ
Material Reinforced concrete
Total length 1,452 feet (443 m)
Width 34 feet (10 m)
Height 65 feet (20 m)
Longest span 150 feet (46 m)
No. of spans 9
Piers in water 6
Designer Abraham Burton Cohen
Construction start August 1908
Construction end December 1, 1910
Opened December 24, 1911


Today's funny :o)

A big H/T to BW!


Maud's eggs, Charlie, Hubby and lotsa boids

Old Maude is laying funny, lumpy eggs lately - I think she may be getting to the 
end of her production time:

Charlie came for a visit - the girls plucked all of his new neck feathers out (again):

A mealy worm treat:

And some macaroni treats, too!

Hubby hauling away the last of the huge tree that fell near the neighbor's property line:

The grackles were back being VERY noisy:


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

How about watching a Sri Lanka Frogmouth?

Odd little bird, but absolutely adorable!

This bird is an amazingly frightening bird that shares an uncanny resemblance to Sesame Street’s Oscar The Grouch. This bird has forward facing eyes for binocular vision and often blends into the background because of its ragged appearance. Frogmouths are nocturnal birds, but who can blame them for wanting to stay in the dark?

Distinctive in both its appearance and its loud laughing song, the Sri Lankan frogmouth is a tropical bird related to the nightjars. So called because of its large, gaping mouth, the Sri Lankan frogmouth’s head is as wide as its body, and has a broad, flattened, hooked bill. The female is rusty red with sparse white freckling, whereas the male is grey and more heavily spotted with white. The tail feathers are long and narrow


Today's funny :o)

A big H/T to Donna!!!!!

Chicken shaming:



Just some pics of the odd shapes of the icicles hanging from the roof of the house  the other day:



The patterns were quite interesting:




It had been windy and the sun melted them into odd shapes: 

 I love being retired- I have the time to notice
what others don't see!



 A vulture soaring in the sky - just thought I'd throw that one in!




Monday, March 12, 2018

The Charles W. Morgan

 She must be a sight to behold!

Lots of info here:

Today's funny :o)


Let's go for a ride!

Had a doctor's apt on Friday. His office is 40 miles south east of Coopville. Join us for thelong ride!

The trees looked like they were covered in cotton balls!

Uh oh - traffic ahead!

Riding into a snow squall:

We passed two reservoirs on the way:

Still on Route 23 South

They got hit with 2 1/2 feet of snow! We WERE lucky this time!

This tree was just beautiful!

Coming back home:

A great Irish pub:

Ahhh - getting closer to home!

A nearby stream:

Boids in a tree:

Back home! Hubby moving the car that got smunched:

The gang waiting to get out:

Yay! Freedom!!!

(But only for a little while)!