Wednesday, October 31, 2007
A view of the Lackawanna Railroad bridge over Roaring Brook, just west of the Nay Aug Tunnel. This bridge was built in 1955 to replace the one that was destroyed in Hurricane Diane in August 1955. The old bridge was a large stone arch structure, similar to the Erie bridge below, which is further upstream. Hard to believe that the creek was high enough to send water through the tunnel. 26 miles of track was washed out between Scranton and Analomink.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
This is located in Nay Aug Park, along the remaining stretch of the Laurel Line's Dunmore Branch. It's at the far west end, high above the DL&W bridge over Roaring Brook. It's far enough away from the Laurel Line right-of-way, so it might not be part of that, could it be some remnant of the gravity road?
Monday, October 22, 2007
This is a map of the Erie RR yard in Dunmore, circa 1918. The bridge in the photo below is located at the bottom left, over the Roaring Brook. At the bottom right is the Erie line to Hawley, around there is where the Bunker Hill Colliery was located. Just west of that is the branch that runs from West Junction. Running through this, is the triple track main line of the DL&W. Also visible are the Laurel Line, and the Scranton Railway Co trolley lines.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
This is the Erie RR Scranton Branch bridge over Roaring Brook. This is located just north of Ash Street. I didn't know this was there until today. This will require further exploration in the not too distant future. This branch terminated at the Erie passenger station on North Washington Avenue. Today the station, under numerous additions and alterations is Cooper's Restaurant.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
This is the area behind the wall above the tracks. We're not sure what this is. We'd thought this might be some kind of retaining wall, but the stones stacked above ground level lead us to believe this is something else. Could this be remains from the headhouse of the No.5 plane?
Monday, October 15, 2007
A copy of a 1918 plat map of the Meadow Brook Valley. North is at top. This gives a rough idea of one of the areas being explored. The bridge abutments in some of the trolley photos were taken where the road crosses the Laurel Line tracks, shown as McConnell's Junction on this map. For some reason the Meadow Brook Crushed Stone Company isn't shown, although it was in operation at the time. What is usually refered to as Connell Junction is where the "over the hill" line meets the "tunnel line" on the Laurel Line tracks. The Laurel Line did have a Connell Junction station, near the location of the bridge abutments. Once the stone company closed, it didn't see too many riders, usually hikers in the woods.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
This morning we caught eastbound Canadian National 3254 about to cross the bridge over Roaring Brook. The train is headed towards the west portal of Nay Aug Tunnel. This is the former Lackawanna main line out of Scranton.
Friday, October 12, 2007
After the trolley passed, we hiked down the right-of-way to the bridge over Stafford's Meadow Brook. With all the rain yesterday, the creek was running high. This is just a short distance south of the old bridge abutments.
We were able to catch the trolley, headed north, back to Scranton, at about 11:15 AM. This is one of our favorite spots. It was the first time we'd been down here since the bee incident back in August. Needless to say we didn't go poking around the old bridge abutments.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Fall is on the way, the leaves our coming off the trees pretty quickly now. This is along the Erie, just north of the short bridge, over the unnamed creek. The tracks are on the left. This would be around where milepost 14 should be, but we have yet to see it, although it may no longer exist.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
This is a page of an Erie Railroad employee timetable, from Sunday June 6, 1920. This was reproduced in Erie: A Pictorial Review, by Edward F. Gardner in the early 1970's. These books contain alot of information on a number of the anthracite roads, and can usually be found at train shows.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
This is the area next to the tracks, just north of the mine opening, near milepost 15. At one time the line was double track from Milepost 6.3 Avoca, to Milepost 17.8 Nay Aug. I'm not sure when the line was single tracked. This is looking north.
Monday, October 1, 2007
Took our usual hike down the Erie tracks yesterday. We were able to get some better photos of the mine opening north of Sadler St. I'm thinking this might be some kind of air shaft. The land behind this, east of the tracks, was once owned by the Pennsylvania Coal Company, which was a sudsidiary of the Erie.