Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Lackawanna Iron & Steel Co Railroad
Last Friday we searched out the remaining parts of the Iron Ore railroad. Once the right-of-way comes around the corner of Moosic Mountain, it runs along this ridge just above the Erie's Wyoming Division trackage. As near as we can figure, this line opened in 1842 to provide iron ore to the Scranton Iron Furnaces. It ran by gravity inbound, and mules hauled the empty cars back to the mines. This line not only predates the Erie's Wyoming Division, but also the Pennsylvania Coal Company's gravity road.