Macungie, Pennsylvania is located in the Lehigh Valley region in the southeastern part of the state. The 37 mile Norfolk Southern Railway’s Reading Line cuts through Macungie running between Wyomissing Junction, PA and Bethlehem, PA. What once was the train station in Macungie is now a train watching park. It is estimated that anywhere from 30 to 35 trains travel on this line daily.
Back in May, my dad and I spent the weekend in Macungie railfanning. We were able to see almost a dozen trains traveling eastbound and westbound on this route. I would highly recommend railfanning in the Macungie train watching park. The park has a large parking lot with a flower garden and a covered viewing platform with chairs. The great thing about this location is that you can see both the eastbound and westbound signals from the viewing platform. The signal aspects will become illuminated when a train is a few minutes away. A scanner will be a great tool for this location as well. You can hear a defect detector just east of the viewing platform. Most of the route is double tracked (track 1 westbound and track 2 eastbound). I hope to revisit this location in the near future again.
Norfolk Southern Railway Road 2 161.0700
Norfolk Southern Railway Road 1 160.8000