The crossover in the 1965 shot provided inbound cars with
access to the spur branching
west (left) just beyond the crossover. The spur connected to the
Route 38 stretch of track which extended the 42/38 Mt. Lebanon / Beechview
line to Castle Shannon; until the line was improved for the subway, the Mt.
Lebanon stretch was mostly single track with sidings, and was used only
for a handful of rush hour trips. Library and Drake riders occasionally
got a peek at the line when an accident or downed lines shut down the
Overbrook branch. In the 70s, a small two-light signal (yellow/red)
on the left side protected the spur; ; there was a short siding just
around the bend after the spur connected to the loop for trolleys running
the Castle Shannon extension of the 42/38 Mt. Lebanon - Beechview line. The
signal is not visible in this photo; I thought it was mounted on the pole
to the left. It may not have been present in 1965, or it may have been
off the left of the photograph.
From the mid-90s until just last year, all traffic followed the now
double-tracked line to the left.
TerraServer - Aerial view of approximate location
TerraServer - USGS Sheet
Photo Locations - Full Map
Friedman Wagner-Dobler, July 2 2005