Friday, September 28, 2007

Allen Theatre: T Rex

An ad for several Belkin Productions from September, 1972. T-Rextacy never quite caught on in the U.S. This show at the Allen Theatre would be as close as it got. The Allen was about half filled for this show, around 1,500 were there. This was The Slider tour, they handed out hundreds of T-Rex buttons, which ended up all over the place. I wish I still had a few of them now. The opening act was pretty lame, but Marc Bolan and company didn't disappoint the fans there that night. Our boxoffice window ended up smashed out after the show. We weren't quite sure exactly when that happened, but it was an expensive thing to replace. Hard to believe this was 35 years ago tonight, and only one member of the group is still alive. Five years after this, Marc Bolan would be in a fatal auto accident. Check out some of those other shows. I turned down tix for the Bowie show at Music Hall, which I later regretted.

Laurel Line: Third Rail Insulator

This is a Laurel Line third rail insulator, near the stone bridge abutments, from last August. These are fairly easy to find.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Woolly Worm

We spotted this woolly worm yesterday in the Watres Addition to Nay Aug Park. This is also known as a woolly bear caterpillar. According to legend, the longer the orange part of the caterpillar the shorter the winter will be. Ironically, they had a big Woollybear Festival in downtown Vermilion Ohio yesterday, sponsored by longtime Cleveland weatherman, Dick Goddard.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Erie Railroad: Wyoming Division

We walked a little further north today, and found the whistle post. This is north of Sadler Street, and just above Sand Street, in Dunmore. We're still looking for Milepost 14, and 15. Due to the heavy growth along the tracks, sometimes it's easy to overlook things. Sometimes it's hard to even see the tracks themselves.

Along the Erie: An Old Path

On our walk this morning, we came across this path that runs up the hillside, east of the Erie tracks. This goes to Elmhurst Boulevard. It appears to be rather old, and well defined. This area is part of the Watres Addition to Nay Aug Park. It is not the easiest place to get to from the rest of Nay Aug, since it's cut off by I-81.

Friday, September 21, 2007

An Odd Find

Sometimes we come across weird things in the woods. This is an old pedal car, from along the Laurel Line, near Connel Junction, and the Meadow Brook Crushed Stone Company.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Along the Erie

This is what appears to be the base of an old power line. From July 07.

Along the Erie

A pile of old ties we came across on one of our journeys at the end of July.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Scranton: Nay Aug Park

The Roaring Brook, below Myrtle Street, yesterday morning.

Along the Erie

We hiked a little bit north of Sadler Street yesterday morning. It was the furthest north we'd hiked. I was hoping to spot a milepost, or a whistle post on the other side of Sadler St. Instead we spotted this mine opening. This is somplace around the Scranton-Dunmore border. This is a slightly better copy of the photo that I posted here yesterday.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Erie Railroad: Wyoming Division

A lineside telegraph pole along the tracks.

Erie Railroad: Wyoming Division

This morning we hiked down the Erie tracks, again. This is the rock cut at the end of summer. This week we didn't hike along the ridge on the top left of the photo. Lots of ragweed growing in the area. We saw a fox this morning as well.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Scranton: East Mountain

This is a good example of what the terrain is like in the area. We had thought we could walk along the top of the ridge and get back down further north. We eventually gave up on that idea, as the path we followed disappeared into heavy ground cover.

Scranton: East Mountain

On our hike up through the rock cut we came across a stretch of abandoned roadway. At one time this road went east to Elmhurst Boulevard. Somewhere south of here should be an abandoned stretch of Elmhurst Blvd., but we've yet to come across that.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Scranton: East Mountain

Last Sunday we hiked to the top of the rock cut above the Erie tracks. This view is looking west.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees

The game was somewhat sparsely attended, probably because of Friday nights High School football games. The field looks better this year with the real grass, as opposed to the Astroturf from prior seasons.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees

Last night we attended the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees- Richmond Braves playoff game. Unfortunetly Scranton lost, and is now down 2 games to 1, in the best of 5 series.

This view id the center field scoreboard, prior to the game.

Scranton: Meadow Brook Valley

A view of the Meadow Brook Valley, from Friday, August, 17. This wetland area is south of the Meadow Brook Crushed Stone Co., and between the Erie and the Laurel Line tracks. The Erie tracks are covered by trees on the hillside in the background.

Scranton: Meadow Brook Crushed Stone Co.

A view of the rock crusher at the remains of the Meadow Brook Crushed Stone Co.

Laurel Line: Connell Junction

Philadelphia Suburban no.76 northbound, approaching Connell Jct. on Friday August 17. About 15 minutes after the incident with the bees.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Delaware and Hudson: Carbondale

A close up of the remains of the freight platform at the D&H station in Carbondale, from August 18.

Scranton: Stafford's Meadow Brook

A view of Stafford's Meadow Brook from Labor Day morning. This area is just north of Elm Street.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Laurel Line: South Scranton

As the trolley passes us, it heads south towards the Stafford Avenue overpass, partially visable in the distance, and ultimately Moosic. When the Laurel Line was in operation there was a South Scranton station that would have been between the tunnel and Stafford Ave. Not sure of it's actual location, but it would have been visible in a photo taken from this spot 60 years ago.

Laurel Line: South Scranton Tunnel

Another view of no.76 as it exits the tunnel. This car was built by the Brill Company in Philadelphia in 1926, and served the Philadelphia Suburban Transit Co.

Laurel Line: South Scranton Tunnel

On Labor Day Morning, we caught Philadelphia Suburban No. 76 headed south out of the South Scranton Tunnel.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Scranton: Nay Aug Park

This is somewhat of an arty shot of a lineside telegraph pole. This is just above the Nay Aug Tunnels in Nay Aug Park. The Lackawanna didn't run these lines through the tunnel, but went over the top of the hill.

Lackawanna Railroad: Scranton

This morning, Sunday, September 2, we caught a Canadian Pacific train headed east, just east of Myrtle Street, on the former Lackawanna mainline. This area is just east of Nay Aug Park. Joseph Street is on the left of the photo.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Scranton: Nay Aug Park

On display in Nay Aug Park is this passenger car from The Pennsylvania Coal Co.'s gravity railroad. Although primarily a coal carrier, passengers could ride cars like this one. These cars last saw service when the Erie RR turned the Gravity into a conventional steam railroad.

Scranton: Nay Aug Park

One of the more sedate areas of Nay Aug Park.