2012 Industrial Railfan Safari to Philly
Philadelphia is a city steeped in history, and it does not stop in 1791.
For many years, Philly was an industrial powerhouse, right in the middle of the industrialized northeast. This meant that it had a huge amount of rail infrastructure to serve the myriad of industries throughout the city. Much of that infrastructure has withered over the years, with trucks and then intermodal taking over most of the business, but bits of it remain, and some of the most interesting ones are definitely on the "endangered species list" being right on the edge of neighborhood gentrification. Canal St, once an industrial alleyway is now on that list, with the area around it being bought up for "mixed development", which means that the really interesting stuff will be going away soon.
With that realization, I organized a trip with a number of out of town railfans. We had our trusty guide Sean along, who's studied the area and is familiar with the sights.
Nov 25, 2012