Reading FP7 Push-Pull . Watercolor . 12" x 16"
... Reading Railroad GM EMD FP7's, 902 and 903, in a push-pull configuration, northbound on a late afternoon run from Philadelphia to Bethlehem,
on the bridge across the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek entering Sellersville, Pennsylvania. I commuted between Quakertown and Philadelphia
from 1976 until passenger service was completely eliminated on this line, July 1, 1981... usually in a Budd RDC (Rail Diesel Car). Occasionally,
we were treated to a ride on this Push-pull pair of FP7's with their old, still very plush, Pullman Coaches. A Push-pull consists of a pair of locomotives
coupled to each end of the train with a number of coaches in the center. The Front engine faces foreward and pulls, while the engine at the back end
faces in the opposite direction, runs backwards and pushes. At a terminal, nothing needs to be turned around for a return trip. The consist just changes
direction and off they go. This 7 arch, concrete, Branch Creek Bridge was built by the North Penn Railroad, the predecessor to the Reading Railroad,
in 1917. This was classic rail travel.