Sunday, January 22, 2017

Iron Horse Movie Bistro

Ongoing work on the Iron Horse Movie Bistro, on Lackawanna Avenue opposite the Steamtown Mall, which was supposed to open last fall, but now will open in a few weeks.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Delaware-Lackawanna 3007

A new loc has arrived at the South Side Shops, DL3007, don't know anything about it's background yet.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Union Pacific 4012

UP 4012 at Steamtown a couple weeks ago.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

South Washington

Looking south on South Washington Avenue last Saturday.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Jersey Central Freight Station

The CNJ freight station in Scranton from Saturday afternoon.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Lackawanna River

The Lackawanna River, looking upstream (top) and downstream (bottom) from Saturday afternoon on the Lackawanna Avenue bridge.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Scranton Life

Scranton Life building, from last week.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Stage Door Canteen

74 years ago tonight, January 14, 1943, Cleveland's Stage Door Canteen formally opened. The Canteen was located on the second floor of the Loew Building at 1515 Euclid Avenue above Loew's State Theatre. This space was originally occupied by the Carlton Terrace, which later became Tucker's Terrace and then the Music Box Cafe. Following the war the second floor was occupied by an Arthur Murray dance studio which lasted until the end of 1972. The canteen ran mostly on donations, the space was donated by Loew's Inc, the entertainment by local theatres and niteclubs. On Mondays the stage show from the neighboring RKO Palace was recreated on the tiny canteen stage. Local restaurants donated food and kitchen help, with dozens of volunteers doing everything else. This was one of eight canteens in the country, all operated by the American Theatre Wing, they were places for servicemen to go when in a strange city. They provided food, entertainment and companionship, all for free. The canteen remained open until late 1945, unsure of the actual closing date at this time.
A general view, undated photo from the New York Public Library.
From The Plain Dealer, January 14, 1943.
From The Plain Dealer, January 15, 1943.
 From The Plain Dealer, January 15, 1943.
From The Plain Dealer, January 15, 1943.
The opening came after months of planning and work.
From Variety, October 21, 1942. Much of this is incorrect. The building didn't exist in pre-World War 1 days. Sophie Tucker did invest money into the failing Carlton Terrace, which was renamed Tucker Terrace before it went bankrupt. Niki Burnette's wife was named Helen, and his first name is spelled several different ways. He later became a program director at CBS in New York. And the mid-November preem was overly optimistic.
 From The Plain Dealer, December 29, 1942.
From The Plain Dealer, December 29, 1942.
From The Plain Dealer, January 10, 1943.
From The Plain Dealer, January 31, 1943.
From Motion Picture Herald, March 6, 1943.
Bob Hope and Jerry Colonna on the Canteen stage, undated photo from the New York Public Library.
From Motion Picture Daily, June 16, 1943.
From Variety, June 14, 1944.
From The Plain Dealer, August 3, 1944.
Undated postcard from the Cleveland Memory Project.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Samter Building

The Samter Building at Lackawanna & Penn last Saturday. This building recently changed hands and is expected to be converted into apartments in the coming months.'

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Board of Trade Building

The Board of Trade building last Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


SEPTA 206 was built by Brill as Philadelphia & Western 206 in 1931. This "bullet" car was later converted to brine use, and was ultimately retired in 1995. It is currently sitting outside the Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton. These views are from Saturday afternoon.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Illegal Dumping

Illegal Dumping along the Erie tracks just off River Street in Scranton.There's a lot more debris along here since our last visit, now there's even a boat dumped here.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Canadian National 47

Canadian National 47 rusting away at Steamtown.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

New York Ontario & Western 105

NYO&W 105, a 44 tonner built by General Electric in January 1942 recently arrived on the Steamtown property. It is owned by the O&W Historical Society and will be restored at Steamtown.