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The C&I Railroad's last trip to
Colver, April 22 1994, Part 4


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The final segment of this historic journey, though shorter than any of the earlier ones (at just under 20 minutes), is high in interest, as it arrives in Revloc shortly after opening, and passes under US Route 219 between Revloc and Ebensburg where the C&I and Conrail (former PRR) lines converge, and then arrives in Ebensburg where much of the video was captured. It ends in the rail yard adjacent to Ebensburg's Bethlehem Mine 33 ("the Cambria Slope" mine) where it has arrived next to a Conrail train waiting to receive the C&I coal cars that had been purchased from the C&I.

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The still photo of the day, below, was also supplied (like the C&I video and several other recent photos) by Eddie Thompson. Like the photo accompanying part three of the video, it's a view of the Cardiff Mine tipple. But this photo was taken when the mine and tipple were still in service, unlike the previous one.

I am told that the Cardiff Mine (unlike most other mines) was serviced directly by both the C&I and the Pennsylvania Railroad. The PRR line was a spur off the Nanty Glo to Vintondale line, which once crossed what is now Route 271 just below the former St. Charles Church in Twin Rocks and followed the contour of the hill there on into Cardiff. The C&I served it by way of the Nanty Glo to Colver line through Eleanor, Cardiff, and Belsano, as seen in the video. I'm guessing that the two rail lines in this photo are one from each of the railroads and that the tipple was a "double" tipple, tipping coal from the twin towers to which ever railroad had an order of coal to fill.

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