Saturday, September 30, 2017

Jersey Central 1554

CNJ 1554 at Steamtown, from last month.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Scranton Skyline

View from the Steamtown Mall walkway, from a few weeks ago.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

T Rex

45 years ago tonight at the Allen, Thursday, September 28, 1972, the theatre was about half filled, about 1,200 were there. A shame they never broke big in the U.S. They were one of the biggest groups in Britain at this time, T Rextacy they called it.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 out the window and I hear  '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 were hundreds of them scattered in the front rows of the auditorium, sure wished I had one now. After 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.
From The Plain Dealer Action Tab, September 8, 1972.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Chiellino Building

The Chiellino Building in Carbondale, constructed by Salvador & Antonio Chiellino at 63 River Street in 1913 as a hotel. The building is in serious disrepair and is slated for demolition. It's a shame these towns don't do more to preserve their landmarks. I still can't believe they lost the Irving Theatre there.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Delaware-Lackawanna 211

DL 211 at Steamtown yard last Saturday morning. Haven't see the 211 in awhile.

Monday, September 25, 2017

First Underground Anthracite Mine

Site of the first Anthracite mine in the country in Carbondale.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Anthracite Fire Co.

The Anthracite Fire Company in Ashland, from a few weeks ago.

WNEP Train

A look at the WNEP-TV Train at the Trolley Museum yesterday. This was used for a gag on some late night TV show a few weeks ago. The host used it to make fun of Scrantonians, then gave a local TV station the opportunity to come get it. It's basically a simple layout, three lops of track, built up on a Styrofoam base. It's not quite "irresponsibly large" as portrayed on the news. The Miniature Memories layout in the Steamtown Mall is larger and much better than this one. Hopefully that will be up and running again soon. Although that is a real layout, not part of a TV set.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Depew Lancaster & Western 1804

Depew Lancaster & Western 1804 at Steamtown a couple weeks ago.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Cuyahoga River

The Cuyahoga River, with the Eagle Avenue lift Bridge and the Lorain-Carnegia bridge in the distance, from last June behind Union Terminal.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Scranton Skyline

View from the Harrison Avenue bridge, from a couple weeks ago. New bridge can be seen at bottom.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Baldwin Locomotive Works 26

A few views of BLW 26 from last Saturday afternoon.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Greyhound Station

The Greyhound bus station on Chester Avenue in Cleveland, from June.
June 2017.
Undated postcard.
Under construction, 1948, Robert Runyan photo.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Lackawanna 664

A couple views of Lackawanna 664 from a couple weeks ago.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church on North Paxton Street overlooking Centralia, from last week. This church was built in 1911 and is still active.

Saturday, September 16, 2017


A couple views of Main Street in Ashland, while passing through last week.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Maplewood Cemetery

A look at Maplewood Cemetery on Maple Avenue in Carbondale, one of the oldest cemeteries in Lackawanna County, dating to the early 1830's. Photos are from last month.