RDG FP7 Push-Pull Sellersville

Watercolor… 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 forward 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 (RDG), in 1917. This was classic rail travel.

Size of Painting: 12" x 16" ... a giclee print is 9x12" on 11x14" paper.

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