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Black Diamond
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Photos on this page are from Black Diamond Hollow Road at the north end of the Hollow near Route 837 and include abutments from the Norfolk & Southern trestle that spanned the Hollow.

See also: Historical photos of Black Diamond.

Black Diamond Then and Now.

North end of Black Diamond Hollow on Route 837 facing East Towards Donora. Trolley track bed on the right is now a road called "Trolley Lane."

Thumbnail of 1938 aerial photo. Red arrow indicates approximate location and angle of camera for left photo.

Photo left - Stairs leading up to track bed. Photo was taken standing on Black Diamond Hollow Road looking west towards track bed.

Thumbnail of 1938 aerial photo above. Red arrow indicates approximate location and angle of camera of left photo.

Photo left - track bed is straight ahead behind the house heading north towards Route 837. Black Diamond Hollow Road is on the right.

Aerial photos from 1938. In the right photo, the trestle that crossed the Hollow is indicated with the blue line. Red horizontal line at top is Route 837, yellow line follows trolley track bed, road marked with red line to the left is Black Diamond Hollow Road, road marked with red line to the right is Columbia Road.

The railroad on the trestle was the Donora Branch of the Pittsburgh & West Virginia, later the Norfolk & Southern. There is a remaining trestle that crosses Rt 837 east of here - towards Donora. To the west, this railroad went under Rt 88 and the Country Club in a tunnel. It passed through another tunnel, then crossed Rt 481 on a trestle that was torn down in the 80's or 90's.


Photo on left, C. J. Dengler, in Miller Library, PA Trolley Museum

Norfolk & Southern trestle crossing Black Diamond Hollow. Photo was taken from what is currently Trolley Lane.

Click photo to zoom left photo.

Thumbnail above from 1938 map. Red arrow indicates approximate location and angle of camera for left photo.

Photo left - Trestle piers. West abutment is at top of hill.

Another shot of piers looking up the hill towards the west abutment.

East abutment viewed from Columbia Road.

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