OLD Rusted Abandoned Railroad Crossing on Busy Highway
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OLD Rusted Abandoned Railroad Crossing on Busy Highway

August 19, 2019


hello ladies and gentlemen, RailROL82 here, your railroad archaeologist so today I’m in our Pennsylvania Highway
322 and I came across this jump over here these are some ancient pen levers
over here they even have to pinnacle top I’ll show you them right now so you can
see the rust on the Foundation’s backs it’s a Middletown and homeless town or
railroad company cross for once because it’s exempt them so there you got the
dog tag it’s the USNS cantilever and even though climb up the stairs
there’s no there’s no law protected a as you can see those Knights are rusted to
the max the one on that side wait till there’s old lowland traffic because this
is a pretty busy island here so hey this is going track to you over here I’ll
include or Google mastering this location suggesting fun follow along that’s the activation for the crossing I don’t think I’m going to be able to
get to the other side there’s a crapload of course yeah try to drum it best to get resent usns
roasted lights all right guys check out one of my other
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81 Comments

  • Reply Ky'lan Trains August 18, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    I was on train yesterday I did not like it.

  • Reply Soviet Californian August 18, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    The Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad(reporting mark MIDH) is a shortline railroad which operates freight and passenger excursion trains in Middletown, Pennsylvania to Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, just outside Hershey, PA and Harrisburg, PA.

    Source: wikipedia

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Middletown_and_Hummelstown_Railroad

  • Reply Gametrain Productions August 18, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Great video and find! I'm gonna guess the exempt signs are there just to tell drivers of buses or tanker trucks that they don't need to stop unless the signals are active, since it's such a busy highway.

  • Reply Mike P August 18, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    My wife says, “I recognize that music!” Good find, no voodoo, and run Roly, run!

  • Reply Ky'lan Trains August 18, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    2:25 seconds

  • Reply Ky'lan Trains August 18, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    I still got my Canterlever top signal other one was released

  • Reply Walter elcanalla August 18, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Super video my friend 😌👌

  • Reply Mark Garcia August 18, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Great video bud!

  • Reply Taslim Chaudhry August 18, 2019 at 2:13 pm

    Nice Video 🇮🇳

  • Reply Phalla Kidtoy August 18, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Careful the train pass…

  • Reply Mel Perry August 18, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    should have done a uie, never
    know what you miss

  • Reply Street Stories August 18, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    That signal pole will be laying in the street before long. Snow plowing and salt is probably what chewed up the base. Not much of a problem in South Florida!
    Great as always!

  • Reply John Challeen August 18, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    We had the same thing in my town, until they removed the track after maybe 10 years of not being used. 40 years ago it was a spur but then they removed the rails and it only extended to a printing company. The tracks now end in a local scrap yard about 3 blocks short or the HWY it used to cross. St.Cloud, MN.

  • Reply Martha Gutierrez August 18, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Another great find. You're my favorite

  • Reply Dziad TV August 18, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    amazing video like

  • Reply cw 2288 August 18, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    From what I have seen it is passenger

  • Reply cmphighpower August 18, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Always wondered what exempt means

  • Reply Castle Rock RAIL FAN August 18, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    great video Railrol82 in longview,wa theirs 3 grade crossings that have this kind of signal at 46.131808,-122.971702 2307 30th Ave and 1957 15th Ave on the ex Columbia & cowlitz railway

  • Reply Alan Bowler August 18, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Great video railrol keep it up

  • Reply georgette debuhr August 18, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    If that signal pole does come down one day pray nobody gets hurt. That would be a disaster

  • Reply georgette debuhr August 18, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Great video as always

  • Reply Apollo gaming / everything August 18, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    There's a abandoned train station in Lakeland Florida that in 2009 they tore down the station and also the building next to it the only thing is left is the parking lot and the station's platform hopefully it can make a video of the abandoned train station

  • Reply Bryant's Railfan Productions August 18, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Nice!

  • Reply Mel Perry August 18, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    wiki it, you are going to be surprised, enjoy

  • Reply Alan Ortiz August 18, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I wonder why they never get rid of those old crossings still great video

  • Reply Johnny Chimpo August 18, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    The railroad can’t use that crossing due to inadequate crossing safeguards it leads to the NS which doesn’t allow interchange so why fix it I guess nice vid be careful out there

  • Reply LA Railfan August 18, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I Love your profile picture! Do you know anything about the 1930s Zephyr of the Burlington Route?

  • Reply Mr Mistr Productions August 18, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Another awesome find, R! Pennsylvania surely has a lot of RR treasures, you just gotta keep your eyes open! According to a Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad article on Wikipedia, last freight train on this segment of line was no more than 5 years ago. In 2014, they delivered a transformer to a nearby sub station. The same article also states that MIDH is restricted to a maximum of 12 crossings per year.

  • Reply Bob Gallo August 18, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Instead of putting na sign up"exempt", just remove the signals before they fall. Track actually looks in decent shape.

  • Reply Tropical Railroad Productions TV network System August 18, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Cha cha real smooth

  • Reply Genesee County Railfanning Productions August 18, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    That Crossing Is The Richfield Road Crossings Ancestor! (Basically)

  • Reply Barry The Diesel Electric Steam Spotter In Kent August 18, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    great video I wonder when that was last used 👍

  • Reply Ethan the Railfanner August 18, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Great video, as always!

  • Reply Floridian Railfan August 18, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Again, reminds me of the one that I saw. But now, I have a close up on it and a rough estimate of how old it is. Thanks! That’s been bothering me for I while, but yeah. Thanks!

  • Reply TylerR TylerR August 18, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Did you happen to notice if the relay case had any power to it or not? I'm kind of curious if this is a line owned by a museum or something.

  • Reply Midnight_Rider 2020 August 18, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    That abandoned railroad tracks will go all the way down south to Middletown

  • Reply Computist40 August 18, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Sure would love to see these signals in action.

  • Reply Edward During August 18, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    You always come across the good stuff that signal post has to be from the 40s I remember seeing one just like it as a kid back in Alabama on the Southern railway branch line. You forgot to get the date on the rails I bet they were from the 40s to. Great video 👍

  • Reply dougslittlediesel August 18, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    Yep I think that's a storage rail now. They built a lot of those 4 lanes back in the fifties and those signals probably date back then. 322 is a busy road definitely. I have rolled down it several times. Back in my Long Haul days.

  • Reply Garage doors and other things August 18, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    What bells were here? US&S?

  • Reply TJ K August 18, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    That was fun seeing that video because I've been to that crossing when I lived in Pennsylvania. That one comment below was correct about the road salt causing all that corrosion on those signals … PA loves road salt. That comment below also about Wikipedia was correct too. When you look up Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad and if you read the section titled "U.S. Route 322 Restriction" you will see there's a slight possibility that crossing could get upgraded to allow more frequent connection of the M&H with NS's Harrisburg Line. RailROL I sure appreciate your travels finding these old RR artifacts. Thanks much and I'm glad you didn't try to make it all the way across 322 with all that traffic on there … shew!

  • Reply DouglasP201 August 18, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Oh, wow, I never seen one like that before, nice find bro!! : )

  • Reply Joel Christensen August 18, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Neat stuff! Tracks look like they r in good condition.

  • Reply Ferenc Takács August 18, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Szép videó! Nem volt egy kicsit veszélyes?

  • Reply Kraig Sickels August 18, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Hey Roly ….i know that grade crossing quite well …. I have driven over it and the Hershey grade crossing as well when I worked out there doing electrical line construction. If you can while you are in the area drive to Kutztown PA , there is another great find over there !!! And of course another great 👍 video!!

  • Reply Your Average Joe 2 August 18, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Exempt. That's a very rare sign.

  • Reply Erik Max Q Mcc August 18, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Cool Beans R, this amazing. We got a highway, HWY 61, that crosses a major highway near Saskston Mo with Griswald Signals amazing thanks dude, Like I say You Been everywhere Man, the remix versoin 🙂 wow R becareful, you have to play Race For your life Charlie Brown lol

  • Reply Film Fantastic August 18, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    From Wackypedia:
    Though the railway owns the trackage between its two namesake towns, it until 2011 only regularly operated as far north as Indian Echo Caverns. U.S. Route 322, a four-lane limited-access highway, lies between Indian Echo Caverns and Hummelstown proper, where the railway connects with Norfolk Southern's (NS) Harrisburg Line. PennDOT restricted the M&H to 12 crossings per year. However, the M&H had requested additional crossing allowances and was willing to install additional crossing hardware (gates, additional flashers).

    Freight business is minimal on the M&H, partly due to the restricted access to NS on the north end. The railroad has stated that this restriction greatly hampers growing freight potential. PennDOT said it believes more discussion regarding warning devices for the crossing is needed given the volume and type of traffic on Route 322. In addition, the Hummelstown Borough Council has expressed "not in my backyard" concerns with having additional freight trains passing through town.

  • Reply Mike 1958 August 18, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    That's a real gem, my friend! I'm guessing exempt is a bad thing in this case. I wonder if there is any information on the internet? From the rust on the track looks long abandoned. I would guess if those lights worked they would probably blow out short out due to all that rust plus those wire exposed at the track level. It still has emergency contact information. Would it have that if it was exempt? I'll look for information the railroad that has or had track rights. That equipment probably if it worked would violate so many safety rules. I'm just a novice and I know that cantilever would require a safety rail to prevent falls just for starts. Great video by the way. It is very informative thank again for what you do.

  • Reply Mike 1958 August 18, 2019 at 6:03 pm

    This is a follow-up to my previous post. This has information on the Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad. As of this date, it is an operational shortline that after only a brief look it operates as an excursion train with some freight capacity. They operate a current website complete with home page, history, upcoming events, a 2019 schedule. The website can be found at this link: https://www.mhrailroad.com/
    Just thought I'd be helpful.

  • Reply Metra f40ph Railfanner August 18, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    That’s really cool, maybe some old trains went there, like CSX? Or maybe is comepletely abandoned

  • Reply Jovetj August 18, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    That's a Griswold cantilever.

  • Reply It's The Costanza August 18, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    In Philadelphia and suburbs there are some of these

  • Reply Musicman The FAM August 18, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Those are one cool crossing!

  • Reply walter langston August 18, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    looks like that track has not been abandoned long by the way I just upload a video of a abandoned rail yard

  • Reply Christopher Estep August 18, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Unorthodox – but not unheard of. (The USN subspur in White Plains, MD (before it became the Western Charles Rail Trail) off the CSX Popes Creek Division had ONE gated crossing – of US 301 at the eastern end. In fact, the only other lit crossings were of Hawthorne Road (MD 225) and Livingston Road (MD 224).)

  • Reply John Van Teeckelenburgh August 18, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    Cool find! I have one by me like that! Lots of cool rail history in PA. Enjoy your tour.

  • Reply Freedomtower Studios August 18, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    Awesome Video R

    Actually the crossing is still in service, the Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad runs freight and passenger excursion trains in Middletown, Pennsylvania to Hummelstown, Pennsylvania

    Also a bit of info on this crossing:

    Though the railway owns the trackage between its two namesake towns, it until 2011 only regularly operated as far north as Indian Echo Caverns. U.S. Route 322, a four-lane limited-access highway, lies between Indian Echo Caverns and Hummelstown proper, where the railway connects with Norfolk Southern's (NS) Harrisburg Line. PennDOT restricted the M&H to 12 crossings per year. However, the M&H had requested additional crossing allowances and was willing to install additional crossing hardware (gates, additional flashers).

    Freight business is minimal on the M&H, partly due to the restricted access to NS on the north end. The railroad has stated that this restriction greatly hampers growing freight potential. PennDOT said it believes more discussion regarding warning devices for the crossing is needed given the volume and type of traffic on Route 322. In addition, the Hummelstown Borough Council has expressed "not in my backyard" concerns with having additional freight trains passing through town.[3]

  • Reply BNSFRon D. August 18, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    How interesting really broken down equipment tire place with no spikes roasted rails rotten ties this railroad hasn't been used in a long long long time very interesting nice video I like it😀😀😀👍👍👍👀👀🇺🇸

  • Reply BNSFRon D. August 18, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    This is very good I've been taking pictures for 29 years I'm 75 years old I never even gave this a thought to do anything like this this is great I love it

  • Reply Chris R Beauvais August 18, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    It's a sketchy climb for sure

  • Reply Union Pacific 1996 August 18, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    The freight trains still through here

  • Reply Tim Daugherty August 18, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Wow. Very old and ancient !! Great old signals !!

  • Reply Meach Pieters August 18, 2019 at 8:26 pm

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  • Reply Jacob Hood August 18, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Definitely freight trains used it

  • Reply HZCAR-Croatia/trains August 18, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Very, very nice my friend!
    Best regards 🙂

  • Reply kman 4443 August 18, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Those tracks look like they are still kept in usable condition. Wonder if they see an occasional train? RailR082 be careful man!! You may be the archaeologist, but you aren't made of rubber so you don't bounce off cars!

  • Reply Thomas Mackowiak August 18, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Interesting railroad crossing with lots of traffic on Highway 322. If you haven't already doen so, check out the Wikipedia article on the Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad. There is some interesting information in the article.

  • Reply Jovetj August 18, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    What occasion brought you up to Pennsylvania, Roly?

  • Reply Curt Nicholson August 19, 2019 at 12:28 am

    Definitely don't get injured or killed just to show us something because then you will not be showing us anything. Those do look old as I don't ever recall seeing any painted white. Nice find!

  • Reply Roy Spellman August 19, 2019 at 12:34 am

    I'm pretty sure I've been across that. If I recall, it was still in use. M&H runs freight and I believe tourist trains.

  • Reply Blake K5LLA K5LA August 19, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Man what a beautiful find! If those could talk the stories those would have! You can just see the history on them! Great video Roly and really cool old signals!

  • Reply FloridaGreg August 19, 2019 at 12:43 am

    thanks for the google location, i found it to be interesting to see where the branch's go….to the south runs along the creek all the way into Middletown, to the north looks like it runs into an east/west main line

  • Reply Greg F August 19, 2019 at 1:25 am

    Look at the railroad crossings in the neighborhoods to the north of that crossing. They are all just non lighted or gated versions but the signs they have there are like 100 years old! I can't believe none of them have been stolen yet, they are super ancient!

  • Reply Mel Perry August 19, 2019 at 3:41 am

    interesting little line

  • Reply PalmettoSubRailfan August 19, 2019 at 10:00 am

    Holy cow! Astonishing catch, I wish I could see it in person! Loved the video as always!!

  • Reply Kenji Harima23 August 19, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Great video but you could've got hit by car. Make a u turn to on the other side.

  • Reply emdB67 August 19, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Thanks for risking "life and limb" in your pursuit to bring us video of interesting railroad infrastructure in the comfort of our homes. And in my case, on the other side of the world (Australia) . 😉

  • Reply James Stallings August 19, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks for the tour…. Nice

  • Reply Dennis R. Belanger August 19, 2019 at 3:39 pm

    Wow, now that is old and old style, and I dont mean the beer. What dedication dodging traffic so we the viewers can get a better view. Be careful man!!! Lol. And thank you for the video and your fleeting efforts.

  • Reply William Magaw Jr August 19, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    The "Exempt" signs are mainly used on highways like the one shown here on US 322. Commercial trucks don't have to stop at the crossings marked as such. That portion of the highway is an alternative to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, so that's why it's so busy. The highway runs through my neighborhood and east towards Atlantic City, NJ. I'm just about halfway in-between, maybe just a little west of halfway.

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