Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Scranton: Nay Aug Park

This is Nay Aug Falls last Sunday.

Scranton: Nay Aug Park

A view of Nay Aug Gorge from last Sunday, August 26. This is just east of the falls.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Carbondale: Culm Pile

A common sight in the Anthracite Region are these culm dumps. I'm not sure which colliery this was, but this is north of the D&H yard in Carbondale. A remnant of the Industrial Revolution.

Laurel Line: South of Connell Junction

Here is the trolley, Philadelphia Suburban No.80, northbound at the bridge abutments. This was on Friday, August 17, about 15 minutes after the bee incident.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Delaware and Hudson: Carbondale

This is all that remains the the D&H station platform in Carbondale. I'm not sure if this is from the passenger station, or the freight station, I suspect the latter, considering the size.

New York, Ontario and Western: Carbondale

These concrete pillars once supported the NYO&W's right-of-way through Carbondale. When the Scranton branch was constructed, the City of Carbondale wouldn't let the O&W cross through the city at ground level. So the O&W constructed a series of bridges. these pillars remain, in a lot off Dundaff Street, adjacent to the station site. The O&W ceased operation in March, 1957.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Carbondale: Klots Throwing Co.

This is the Klots Throwing Company building on Dundaff Street in Carbondale, next to the D&H yard. In 1895, H.D. Klots opened his first textile mill in Carbondale, expanding operations to Scranton, Archbald, Forest City, and Moosic by 1916.The company , like many others, struggled through the depression, and was reorganized, in 1937, as the General Textile Mills Corporation. By World War Two the company was using synthetic fabrics to make parachutes for the Army. Later the company began making helmets, their "Rioter Helmet" was a favorite of many police departments in the 1960's. In 1958 the name was changed to Gentex Corporation.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Delaware and Hudson; Carbondale Yard

Another view of the remains of the D&H yard at Carbondale.

Delaware and Hudson; Carbondale Yard

This is a portion of thr remains of the Delaware & Hudsom yard in Carbondale, the base of the roundhouse is on the right, and what I think was the boilerhouse on the left.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Delaware and Hudson RR: Carbondale

This is the monument to the D&H Gravity Railroad, in Gravity Park in Carbondale. This was erected to honor the Centennial of the D&H in 1923. Originally the D&H operated a gravity railroad to get coal over the mountains to reach the canal at Honesdale.

Carbondale: Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad

Yesterday, Saturday, August 18, we rode the "Heritage Valley Express" to Carbondale. This locomotive, an Alco C425, is of Erie-Lackawanna heritage, purchased in the mid-1960's. This line is former Delaware & Hudson trackage.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Laurel Line: South of Connell Jct

With the trolley receding in the distance I was able to get an overall view of the area. A few minutes after this, we were poking around by the bridge abutment on the left, and we were stung by bees. It was rather comical. This was earlier today, Friday Aug, 17.

Laurel Line: South of Connell Jct.

Today we took the opportunity to hike down through the Meadow Brook Valley. It might be the last chance we have this summer. We caught Philadelphia Suburban No.80 headed south by the bridge abutments.

Delaware and Hudson Canal

This is a segment of the D&H Canal, between Hawley and Honesdale from August 2001. This canal, which began operations on April 22,1828, was the first million dollar privately funded project in the U.S. The canal was abandoned on November 5, 1898

Central RR of New Jersey: Mauch Chunk

This is Jersey Central no. 56 D at Mauch Chunk (Jim Thorpe) Pa. in August 2001.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Cleveland: Euclid Avenue

This is an old post card, from about 1960, of lower Euclid Ave. Just east of Public Square in Cleveland.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Scranton: Unknown Ruin

Here is a piece of heavy strended steel wire. Not sure what it's from. Taken yesterday, August 12, along the Erie right-of-way.

Erie Railroad: Wyoming Division

This is a view of the Erie Bridge crossing over Route 307, taken yesterday morning. The tracks are out of view, to the left.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Scranton: Unknown Ruins

On some of our journeys we come across unknown ruins from the past. This is just east of the Erie tracks, and is in an unused section of Nay Aug Park. We're not sure what this is, but it was worth taking a photo of. Somewhere around here should be an abandoned stretch of Elmhurst Boulevard, but we've yet to stumble across it.

Erie Railroad: Wyoming Division

This is where the Erie tracks cross Sadler Avenue in Scranton,looking north. This is close to the Dunmore border, and just short of milepost 15. This is also as far north as we have gone.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Scranton: Luna Park

This is the same location as the postcard below. This was taken last Sunday, August 5. Barely visible in the heavy growth is a portion of the base of the old footbridge. This is much easier to find in the late fall, or early spring. The park closed at the end of the 1916 season, following a fire. This bridge shouldn't be confused with the Boulevard Bridge, which was further west of this location.

Scranton: Luna Park

This is an old postcard, from about 1910, of the Luna Park footbridge.

This entrance was towards the back of Nay Aug Park, on the north side of Roaring Brook, a short distance east of the new footbridge that recently opened.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Erie Railroad: Wyoming Division

We scampered down an embankment to get some photos of this bridge that runs over an unnamed creek. It's a little on the dark side.

Erie Railroad: Wyoming Division

We took another stroll down the Erie tracks yesterday. Walking down this abandoned right-of-way is becoming part of our weekend routine.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Lackawanna Railroad: Moscow Pa.

Here is Canadian National No. 3254 at Moscow in November 1996. A corner of the Moscow passenger station is visible at right.

Scranton: Steamtown

A view of the west end of the former Lackawanna Railroad yard in downtown Scranton. Today this is the site of the Steamtown Museum. The locomotive is Baldwin Locomotive Works switcher number 26. From November, 1996.

Lackawanna Railroad: Moscow Pa.

This is DL&W E-8 number 807 at Moscow Pennsylvania in the summer of 1998. Also visible at the extreme right is the DL&W freight house.

Carbondale: The Irving Theatre

This is the now demolished Irving Theatre in Carbondale Pa. A lost Carbondale landmark.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Lackawanna Railroad

Canadian National 3254, and Reading, Blue Mountain & Northern at Steamtown Museum, summer, 1996.

Thomas the Tank Engine

Another view of Thomas on the turntable.

Thomas the Tank Engine

One of the stranger things we've seen was this visit from Thomas the Tank Engine in December 1997. Here Thomas rides the Steamtown turntable.