Thursday, September 30, 2021

New Milepost

 We spotted the new milepost along Ridge Row the other day. It marks the spot, 133 miles from Hoboken on the Lackawanna main.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Samsel Supply

 This place has been down here a long time, over 100 years.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

New Stairs

 The new stairway by the UofS football field, behind Lackawanna Station, is now finished. The old stairs were wooden, and beginning to deteriorate, this is a much needed improvement. The large slab of concrete is a footer of the old Spruce Street Bridge, demolished in 1969.

Monday, September 27, 2021

Grain Cars

 Grain cars on the Lackawanna main, from the new Harrison Avenue Bridge on Saturday morning.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

A Finger

 I never noticed this before, on the chapel in Cleveland's Riverside Cemetery, been through here dozens of times as a kid. Glad a friend pointed it out, somewhat curious as to the meaning.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Norfolk Southern

 Looking at the Norfolk Southern, ex New York Central, main somewhere in Cleveland's western suburbs last weekend.

Friday, September 24, 2021


 View from the mall walkway a couple weeks ago.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

On A Sidewalk

 On a sidewalk in Cleveland's Flats.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Step Falls

 Step Falls from the new Harrison Avenue Bridge last week. A little more color on this side of the bridge.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Scranton Skyline

 View from the new Harrison Avenue Bridge last week. Leaves should be starting to change soon.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Baldwin Locomotive Works 26

 BLW 26 at Steamtown last week, good to see 26 out and about.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Lackawanna River

 Looking upstream at the Lackawanna River, from the Lackawanna Avenue Bridge last week.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

D&H Freight Station

 Delaware & Hudson freight station on Wyoming Avenue last week. Walther's makes a model of this building in N and HO under the name, Water Street Freight Station.

Friday, September 17, 2021

D&H Crossing Shanty

 Delaware & Hudson crossing shanty, corner of Wyoming Avenue and Gibson Street, last week. Looks like this is being taken care of, don't see too many of these around anymore. The old freight station can be seen in the distance in the bottom photo.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Delaware - Lackawanna 2423

 DL 2423 on the Carbondale main, behind the new bus station, a couple months ago.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Crazy River Ranch Jam

 This was one of the weirder shows I worked. Months earlier I had agreed to work the event in some capacity, if needed. So I came up from Columbus where I was working (RKO Palace) then for this. I ended up working the front gate for most of this, of course it rained. I think there were 5-600 people at this. The sheriff would come by every so often, I told him he could go down and take a look, but he said "no way." That pretty much summed up this muddy nightmare in the middle of nowhere.

Blurb from Jane Scott's Happening column, Plain Dealer Friday magazine, May 23, 1980.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Reading Power

 Reading 902-903 and 2124 at Steamtown last month. 

Monday, September 13, 2021

Old Central Market

 The old Central Market circa 1945, photographer unknown. This building was destroyed by fire in December 1949, vendors subsequently moved into the old Sheriff Street Market building, renaming it the new Central Market in early 1950. This photo is one of a group of 8X10s I obtained at train shows in the 1980's. I recently fired up the scanner when I came across all sorts of interesting artifacts.

Tree Fungi

 Fungi growing on a beaver cut tree stump along Stafford Meadowbrook.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Stafford Meadowbrook

 Stafford Meadowbrook last Sunday near the Laurel Line Tunnel, still running high and muddy.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

September 11, 2001

 I will never forget that day. 

Kay's Books

 A brief article on Rachael Kowan, owner of Kay's Books, 620 Prospect Avenue. I bought a number of books here over the years. The second floor of this store was filled with thousands of back number magazines. I once found a copy of Fortune on the Penn Central bankruptcy for 50¢ in there. Kay could be quite unpleasant, often telling you about the bargain you're getting. I knew a couple people that worked for her, neither lasted long, she could be quite abusive to employees. 

From the Plain Dealer, January 8, 1978.

Friday, September 10, 2021


 SEPTA 206 outside the Trolley Museum a couple months ago. The 206 was built by Brill as Philadelphia & Western 206 in 1931. This "bullet" car was later converted to brine use, and was ultimately retired in 1995.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Goodtime II

 Advertising card from the Goodtime II. We've ridden this a number of times, the river tour is more interesting then the lake tour. This ship has been retired and replaced by a newer vessel.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Empty Playground

 An empty playground on Labor Day morning. I don't think I've ever seen kids playing on this equipment.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Delaware - Lackawanna 3642

 DL 3642 in the Steamtown yard a couple months ago.

Monday, September 6, 2021

Labor Day

 Happy Labor Day.

From the Plain Dealer, August 30, 1929.
From the Plain Dealer, August 30, 1963.

Sunday, September 5, 2021


 No Railfest again this year, here's one from 2013. Hopefully this event will return in the future.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

Philadelphia Suburban 80

 Philadelphia Suburban 80 at the Steamtown boarding platform last month. Electric City Trolley Museum excursions run:10:30 AM, 12:00 noon, 1:30 PM and 3:15 PM Thursday through Sunday until the end of October, Santa trolley trips are usually scheduled weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas as well.

Friday, September 3, 2021

Coney Island Lunch/Scranton Hobby

 Two great places in Downtown Scranton, Coney Island Lunch is always a great spot for a bite. Scranton Hobby is temporally closed according to the sign on the door, hopefully it's not permanent, 500 block Lackawanna Avenue. Support local business! 

Thursday, September 2, 2021

New Stairs

 New stairway under construction by the UofS football field, behind Lackawanna Station. The old stairs were wooden, and beginning to deteriorate, this is a much needed improvement. The large slab of concrete with the patch of grass on top is a footer of the old Spruce Street Bridge, demolished in 1969.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Delaware - Lackawanna 211

 DL 211 on the Carbondale main near Bridge 60 Tower on Saturday afternoon.