Monday, December 31, 2007

Nay Aug Falls

Yesterday we stopped by Nay Aug Falls. The Roaring Brook was really roaring after the big snow melt. Unfortunately more snow arrived overnight.


Last Saturday we spotted Canadian National 3254 in the yard. The former Lackawanna RR roundhouse and and Steamtown Museum building is visible in the background.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Erie Railroad: Wyoming Division

After hiking back down the hillside, the sleet had turned to rain. This is looking north, near milepost 12,

Pennsylvania Coal Co.RR: Plane No.5

We made it up the side of the hill to the ruins of plane no.5. The weather wasn't the most pleasant. By the time we got up here, heavy sleet started to fall. So we didn't hang around as long as we would have liked.

Erie Railroad: Wyoming Division

We took a hike down the Erie tracks this morning. This is an example of the large pools of water that form along the trail. In the summer this is annoying, in the winter it's worse, with all the ice. This is looking north, between mileposts 12 and 13. The tracks are on the right, and ties are visible on the right, along the pond.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

A 1950's postcard of the Sterling-Lindner-Davis Company Christmas Tree in their Playhouse Square store, Cleveland Ohio. Until the store closed in December 1968 this was a tradition for generations of Clevelanders. The store boasted this was the largest indoor tree in the U.S.

Everhart Museum

The Everhart Museum in Scranton's Nay Aug Park. This snow from last week is almost gone now.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Nay Aug Falls

An early 20th Century postcard of Nay Aug Falls. It hasn't changed too much since then.

Lackawanna Railroad: Nay Aug Tunnel

A view of the Nay Aug Tunnel, from the Davis Trail in Nay Aug Park. In the summer foliage obscures this view.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Nay Aug Falls

A look at Nay Aug Falls, from last Sunday.

Nay Aug Park: Davis Trail

The lower end of the Davis Trail, going down into the gorge. This section is always tricky to navigate at this time of the year.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Nay Aug Tunnel-2007

100 years later, the tunnel is still in use. Hurricane Diane in August 1955 caused alot of destruction in this area. The one time triple track mainline, was rebuilt as double track through here. One of the tunnel bores was abandoned at that time. This was taken yesterday morning.

Nay Aug Tunnel-1907

A postcard view of the west end of Nay Aug Tunnel from 1907. Visible is the watchman's shanty the Lackawanna used to have. The railroad had a problem with falling ice in the tunnel.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Nay Aug Park

Not many people in the park today.

Lackawanna Railroad

Yesterday we caught a Steamtown excursion train after it passed the Lackawanna Station, heading east along Ridge Row, and the University of Scranton.

Friday, December 14, 2007

An Abandoned Road

A view of Cliff Street, looking north. This is on the grounds of the Steamtown Museum. Bridge 60 is on the left. The road travels under the Lackawanna mainline, and once went to Lackawanna Avenue.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Nay Aug Park

Another view of Nay Aug Falls & Elmhurst Boulevard. This is just above the hairpin curve. The road went up this hill, turned right, crossed the Laurel Line's Dunmore branch, and the Erie's Wyoming Division. Now it's cut off by I-81. Remnants of this road on the other side of 81 are hard to find. The only trace we've found so far is the bridge abutment at milepost 14.1 along the Erie tracks.

Nay Aug Park

An abandoned section of Nay Aug Falls & Elmhurst Boulevard in Nay Aug Park. This road once crossed over Roaring Brook, looped through this section of the park, and headed east. This was once the main road to New York. This view shows part of the hairpin curve. The orange fencing on the left is just above the Lackawanna Railroad's Nay Aug Tunnel. This road hasn't been in use since the mid 1960's.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Nay Aug Falls

Nay Aug Falls, this morning. The ice is starting to build up down here.

Nay Aug Gorge

Looking down into Nay Aug Gorge, from the treehouse. Taken this morning.

Lackawanna Railroad: Nay Aug Tunnel

The ice is starting to build up here. The west end of Nay Aug Tunnel, on the Lackawanna Railroad. Taken this morning. Some jumbo hoppers are parked from here, through the tunnel and onto the tracks on the east end. The bridge at the bottom crosses Roaring Brook, just below the falls.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Erie Railroad: Wyoming Division

Another view of the Erie's snow covered right-of-way. I don't know how often we'll be wandering around here with all the snow and ice. But it sure looks alot different then it did a few months ago.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

A Ghost Sign

We spotted this ghost sign along Linden Street, at Penn Avenue last Saturday. The building is being renovated, and an old addition that was once the Busy Bee Restaurant has been removed.

Along the DL&W

A line of telegraph poles, along the Lackawanna Railroad, next to Joseph Street, looking east. From a couple weeks ago.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Along the Erie

Ice in the cut.

Erie Railroad: Wyoming Division

A little further east, approaching the rock cut.

Erie Railroad: Wyoming Division

Another view of yesterdays hike down the Erie's snow covered right-of-way. This is at about milepost 14.1, just west of the bridge over the unnamed creek.


Another view of Canadian National 3254 passing the CP Christmas train on Saturday. Scranton's west side in the background.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Nay Aug Falls

We stopped by Nay Aug Falls this morning, The creek was running pretty good. Note the treehouse in the upper left. We didn't stick around down here for too long. This was taken about an hour after the walk through the rock cut. By this time the snow was changing to sleet.

Erie Railroad: Wyoming Division

A view of the rock cut, looking south, this morning. It was 26 degrees when we left the house, but it felt alot colder through here.

Saturday, December 1, 2007


Canadian National 3254 passing the CP Christmas train this morning in the Steamtown yard.

Canadian Pacific Christmas Train

We caught the Canadian Pacific Christmas train this morning, down in the Steamtown yard. It's supposed to depart this evening at 5:30 for Binghamton.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Meadow Brook Valley

A view of the wetland area down in the Meadow Brook Valley, from Wednesday November 21.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Erie Railroad: Wyoming Division

On our journey last week, we spotted milepost 12. We didn't think to look above the tracks for it on earlier explorations of the area.

Pennsylvania Coal Co. RR: No.5 Plane

Another view of the cut near the top of the plane.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Along the Erie

We came across this unusual sight in the Watres addition to Nay Aug Park yesterday. This area was never developed, but there is this bench, next to a rotting picnic table. We also saw some wild turkeys in this area, probably joyous that Thanksgiving is over.

A Rock Cut

On yesterdays expedition we came across this rock cut. We're not sure what this is. Might it be where the loaded track of the Pennsylvania Coal Co. RR ran?

Friday, November 23, 2007

Pennsylvania Coal Co. RR: No.5 Plane

I wonder if this is where the tracks ran. There seems to be a big space between these sets of ruins.

Pennsylvania Coal Co. RR: No.5 Plane

Another view of the ruins.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Pennsylvania Coal Co. RR: No.5 Plane

Just below the ruins of the complex on the hill, the plane must have came up through this cut. We followed it part of the way down, but it was on the muddy side, and we worried we might not have a way out at the bottom.

Pennsylvania Coal Co. RR: No.5 Plane

A big find today. We hiked up above that stone wall/foundation north of Milepost 12, and found what appears to be the remains of Pennsylvania Coal Company railroad; Plane No.5. Quite a large complex they had up here.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Nay Aug Falls

The falls were really roaring yesterday with the heavy rain on Thursday, and the snow that was falling almost all day.

Laurel Line: Luna Park

This is the "subway" under the Laurel Line tracks at the Luna Park station. The Laurel Line spent over $7,000 to add this station to the Dunmore Branch in the spring of 1906. Ridership, and park attendance, never reached the levels predicted and the park closed at the end of the 1916 season. It still looked like fall back here yesterday, dispite all the snow.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Erie Railroad: Wyoming Division

The Rock Cut during this mornings snow. It was a cold hike through here this morning.

Erie Railroad: Wyoming Division

An early taste of winter along the Erie. This is looking south from around mile 14.3.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Laurel Line: Pittston

A portion of the Laurel Line right-of-way, between Market Street and Pine Street. Looking south towards Wilkes-Barre.

Laurel Line: Pittston

The Laurel Line freight house, looking west down Market Street, from last summer. The passenger station would have been just below the freight house.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Meadow Brook Valley

Wetlands in the Meadow Brook Valley, just east of the Laurel Line tracks. The Erie runs along the hillside in the background. From last month.

Along the Erie

A drainage culvert along the Erie tracks, near West Junction.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Erie Railroad: Wyoming Division

The tracks are pretty well overgrown along this stretch of track.