Sunday, September 30, 2012

Nay Aug Falls

Nay Aug Falls this morning.

Roaring Brook

Roaring Brook, looking upstream from Nay Aug Park footbridge this morning.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Allen Theatre: T Rex

From my memoir:

At the T Rex concert, Thursday, September 28, 1972, the theatre was about half filled, about 1,200 were there. I was walking around, and stopped in the mezzanine men's room. The window was open, and a pair of hands was coming through the window. I tossed my cigar down onto to somebody’s head, all I heard was, 'AAGGHH" and the hands went away. I then walked over and locked the window. Gate crashers were always a constant worry in those days. I guess $4.50 was too much for them to pay. The opening act, The Doobie Brothers were pretty lame, but T rex rocked as usual. When they played Get It On at the end, Micky Finn was throwing handfuls of T Rex The Slider buttons into the crowd. There must have been hundreds of them in the front of the auditorium, sure wished I had one now. Adfter the show was over we found the front window of the box office was smashed, but there was no major damage inside, which was sometimes the case.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Carbondale: D&H Signal Box

An abandoned signal box near the D&H station.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Nay Aug Falls

Nay Aug Falls this morning.

Nay Aug Park

The treehouse in Nay Aug Park. It closed early this year.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Scranton: Willow Street Subsidence, Update

The latest news on the Willow Street subsidence is that it's being treated as a mine subsidence and will be temporarily filled next week. Then at some point in the future a permanent solution will be found.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Cleveland: Warner & Swasey

Warner & Swasey ad from Newsweek, March 2, 1942.

Warner & Swasey was once a major machinery manufacturing company located along East 55th Street, at Carnegie Avenue. The company was founded by Worcester Warner and Ambrose Swasey in 1880. The partners had side by side houses along Prospect Avenue, one of which still stands. The company manufactured lathes, heavy construction equipment, such as Gradall excavators, gun sights for the military, and even telescopes for observatories. The company started going downhill in the late 1960's and was acquired by the Bendix Manufacturing Company in 1980.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Scranton: Willow Street Sinkhole

A sinkhole opened up in the 900 block of Willow Street after Tuesday's heavy rain. It appears to be 8-10 feet deep.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Erie Railroad: Wyoming Division

Wildflowers along the Erie, near West Junction.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Erie Railroad: Wyoming Division

Overgrown tracks along the Wyoming Division, near West Junction.

Roaring Brook

Looking downstream along Roaring Brook from near the Myrtle Street bridge on Sunday morning.

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Scranton Train Wreck

April 2009 photo of the area where the wreck occurred.

This article originally appeared in the Bridge Line Bulletin, April 2009.

    Pay Day Was Late
                By Frank Dutton

Monday, October 9, 1933 was payday for the Hudson Coal Company employees. The Hudson Company pay car was at the Marvine Colliery about noon that day, leaving sometime after the lunch hour. Operating the train, pulled by D&H camelback number 456, was engineer James Monroe and fireman William H. Harrison, both from Carbondale. The train was made up of only the wooden pay car number 652. This was a routine run for Monroe, for the last seven years part of his job with the D&H was the pay day train.

Conductor Peter French was standing in the vestibule door as the train passed the Green Ridge yard office about 1:38 PM. He watched as the train made its way south, passing the Lackawanna’s Diamond Branch and CJ tower at Carbon Street. Inside the car Hudson Coal Company employees attended to their duties. Shortly thereafter, about 1:42 PM, French felt the car lurch as the train neared the Mulberry Street Bridge.  French shouted a warning as the train rocked to the left, then flipped onto its side. Inside the pay car workers were thrown about.

As the locomotive started to flip on its side, engineer Monroe jumped to safety. Unfortunately, fireman Harrison wasn’t so lucky; he was trapped in the rear cab. The workers in the pay car attempted to free themselves as police and firemen rushed to the scene. Within minutes hundreds of onlookers crowded the area, hanging from nearby bridges above the tracks on Mifflin Street, and even from the O&W tracks along the west bank of the Lackawanna River. Reaching the scene, firemen used ladders to climb down the wall from Mifflin Street, breaking windows in the pay car to extricate the workers. As the pay car employees were being rescued, firemen worked frantically to free William Harrison from the rear cab of the locomotive. Unfortunately, there was little they could do, Harrison died at the scene. It took over an hour to free his body from the overturned locomotive.

Once the workers were freed from the pay car they were transported to State Hospital in Scranton. Among the injured were Conductor Peter French along with Brakeman John Walsh, who both suffered cuts and lacerations. Hudson Coal Company Police Chief E.B. Rehill sustained rib injuries.  Hudson Coal Company Police Lieutenant Arthur Parsons suffered puncture wounds to both knees. John M. Whiteford, a clerk, fractured his left wrist and had tendon injuries to both arms. General Paymaster John Atherton was in shock and had lacerations to his face and neck.  Clerks A.C. Keib, Albert L. Weaver, Clarence Gearhardt, and George S. Rosar, all suffered from various cuts and lacerations.

Scranton City and D&H Police secured the thousands of dollars in payroll. The D&H wreck train was rushed down from Carbondale, and work commenced to clear the tracks. Using searchlights workers had the southbound tracks opened at 6:50 PM, a short time later, at 8:35 PM, the northbound tracks were reopened. While workers were clearing the tracks, a bystander, Raymond Foster, fell from the wall above the tracks along Mifflin Street, and was transported to the hospital.

The payroll was distributed the following day at the Laflin, Delaware, Pine Ridge, Loree, Baltimore No5, and Laurel Run collieries in Luzerne County, near Wilkes-Barre.

The funeral of the fireman, William H. Harrison, was held at his home in Carbondale on Thursday, October 12.  It was attended by hundreds.  A 30 year employee of the D&H, he had been downgraded from engineer to fireman shortly before the accident.

A week after the accident, hearings were held in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. The report was issued on January 24, 1934. Engineer Monroe thought the locomotive had run over a spike or some other type of obstruction on the track. None was found. While some of the clerks in the pay car thought excessive speed was a factor, the final ruling was inconclusive.

Sources: The Scranton Republican; The Scranton Times; Interstate Commerce Commission Report 1860

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Nay Aug Falls

Nay Aug Falls this morning.

Nay Aug Park: Lupus Loop

Crowd gathered for the Lupus Loop in the park this morning.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Carbondale: Delaware & Hudson

The only major structure remaining in the Carbondale yard is the smokestack from the power house.

Carbondale: Delaware & Hudson

Looking north along the D&H, the track heading to the right once led to the D&H yards.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Steamtown: Railfest

Amtrak 156 partially hidden by trees in the parking lot at Steamtown Railfest, on Saturday, September 1.

Steamtown: Railfest

Amtrak train at Railfest, on Saturday, September 1.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012


A week after Railfest, Steamtown was pretty quiet on Saturday morning.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Nay Aug Falls

Nay Aug Falls this morning.

Nay Aug Park

Gazebo in Nay Aug Park.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Steamtown: Railfest

Inside Iowa Pacific Sky View dome car last Saturday morning.

Steamtown: Railfest

Iowa Pacific Sky View dome car last Saturday morning at Railfest.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Steamtown: Railfest

Illinois Central 790 at Railfest last Saturday morning.

Steamtown: Railfest

Canadian National 3254 at Railfest on Saturday morning.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Nay Aug Falls

Nay Aug Falls this morning.

Nay Aug Park Car Show

Ford Galaxie 500 at the Nay Aug Park car show this morning.

Scranton: La Festa Italiana

La Festa Italiana yesterday afternoon/

Steamtown Railfest

The Erie-Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society train arrives at Steamtown yesterday.