Schindlebeck’s Coal Yard

Schindlebeck’s Coal Yard was located along Front Street, between Washington and Court. Of course, there is the obligatory Reading Anthracite sign – If it’s Red, It’s Reading!
A unique feature of Schindlebeck’s is its double trestle, with the turnout actually being laid on an upward grade. To make it even more interesting, the branch itself ran on a downward grade through the cut to reach Front Street! While spotting and picking up cars here was probably challenging enough on the prototype, it’s even more so in a model environment!
This photo was taken while standing on top of the trestle at Schindlebeck’s. In the distance we can see the Penn Street Bridge and the Pennsylvania’s passenger depot. The trestle is out of service at this point, but has found new life as a parking area.


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