Tuesday, March 31, 2020


View out a car window as the Lake Shore Limited went through Rochester a couple years ago. I've always preferred the "Water Level Route" to that torturous Pennsylvania road through the mountains. It's still easier to sleep riding along the New York Central right-of-way. 

Monday, March 30, 2020

Pittston Avenue

Pittston Avenue, looking south from near River Street.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Royal Way

A deserted Royal Way on the UofS campus, last Saturday.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Hanna Theatre

99 years ago today the Hanna Theatre opened. For decades the Hanna was home to Broadway roadshows, today it is the home of the Great Lakes Theatre Festival.
From the Plain Dealer, March 27, 1921.
June 13, 1987.
 Lobby, from Architectural Record January 1922.
 Procenium, from Architectural Record January 1922.
 Auditorium side wall, from Architectural Record January 1922.
Wall and balcony, from Architectural Record January 1922.
October 7, 2019.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Lackawanna Avenue

A deserted Lackawanna Avenue on Sunday afternoon. Thankfully our idiot mayor made parking free last week, everything is closed, a worthless gesture. She's been MIA since then.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Lackawanna Avenue Clock

The corrected time on the clock was unfortunately short lived. Now we're back to it being 39 minutes slow. This should just be removed already, it clearly was only meant to be a photo op prop for local politicians It's rarely told the correct time over the ensuing eleven years.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

428 - 430 Lackawanna Avenue

Looks like the long vacant building at 428-30 Lackawanna Avenue will soon be converted to twenty-eight apartments.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Steamtown Mall

Looks like the Steamtown Mall is closed until further notice, even Starbucks is closed. I don't know what we're going to do when we run out of coffee.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Step Falls

Step Falls was running pretty good on Saturday when we passed by.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Oil Creek

Oil Creek, with the Allegheny River in the distance, from last spring, Downtown Oil City Penna.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Baldwin Locomotive Works 26

A couple views of Baldwin Locomotive Works 26 from last summer.

Friday, March 20, 2020

Reading 467

RDG 467 at Steamtown last summer.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Scranton Skyline

View from along the Erie Railroad, Wyoming Division, near mile 12.5 on Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

901 Meadow Avenue

The tavern at 901 Meadow Avenue looks like it's changed hands again. I don't know how many name changes this place has had in the last twenty years. Interstate 81 is on the east side of the building, I suspect that hurts it's commercial potential. Another example of how the interstate highway system destroyed neighborhoods across the country. This used to be a quiet little neighborhood known as Dutch Hollow. It's sure not quiet down here any more.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Lofts at Village Square

The former Giant Floor building on Meadow Avenue is being converted into the Lofts at Village Square.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Erie Railroad: Wyoming Division

Took a brief walk along the Erie on Saturday, from MP 13.3 down to MP 12.

Sunday, March 15, 2020


The Steamtown boarding platform last fall. Sure looking forward to the trains starting up again.