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Saturday, January 31 2015 7:26 PM  L&WV Chapter Web Site

Cosmetic Restoration In Progress

Huber Demolition

Well it has happened, they have demolished the Huber Colliery Breaker in Ashley, PA. The Creditors needed thier money.

No one in Local or State Govt. got on board with this project. Despite the best efforts of the Huber Breaker Preservation Society, the Breaker has been demolished.

So instead of History preserved. we get another empty lot.


Final Views, Huber Breaker

Web Album - Huber Colliery Demolition - 02.01.14

Web Album - Huber Colliery Demolition - 01.24.14

Huber Breaker, June 6 2011


Bridge and Trestle Spotlight

CNJ Trestle Across Lackawanna, South Scranton

Web Album - Walkway Over The Hudson

Trestle, South Washington Ave, Scranton

Coal Removed Behind Laurel Line Abutment

Erie Bridge, Dunmore

Old Main Street Bridge, Taylor

Web Album - 8th Street Bridge


Historical Markers / Cornerstones, etc.

History is all around us. Historical Markers. Cornerstones, Keystones, Plaques and other architectural features document history. They are on the sides of roads, on the foundations of schools and churches. Many older buildings had a name and date on the keystone at the very top.

It is easy to miss these things as you go about your business in your daily life. Once you become aware of these traces of history you will develop a keen eye and a keen eye for history, of all kinds.

Bottle Caps

While cleaning, I found my bottle cap collection.   There used to be a lot of different bottling houses and breweries in the Anthracite Region.

On rummaging thru the caps, most of the companies have been long out of business - Ma's, Penn State Beverage, Star, and more. So much history in that little box.

PRR Shark B Unit that was formerly at the Sullivan Trail Breaker. This is such a favorite subject it has been moved to the top of the home page. Both the Sullivan Trail Breaker and the B Unit Shark is gone. MORE

Avanti Cigar Factory This landmark in Scranton is being demolished as they relocated to Dunmore. Perhaps their best known brand is Parodi. Former Avanti Cigar Factory Demolition

Laurel Line Rail In the River Commons by the Courthouse is an old rail left over from the Laurel Line days. Laurel Line Rail, River Commons

Dorrance Colliery Fan House They are supposedly demolishing the old Fan House this summer. Here are some perhaps final shots of it. Web Album - Dorrance Fan House

New Historical Marker Over the long, cold Winter the PA Historical and Museum Commission errected a new marker inthe East End Section of Wilkes-Barre. It was below zero when they unveiled it. Historical Marker - Baltimore Mine Tunnel Disaster

Pittston Avenue Row Houses Looking at pictures I took over the winter of some Row Houses on Pittston Avenue in Scranton. Some interesting old Architecture. Pittston Avenue Row Houses

Last Views of Hotel Sterling These are the last images I took of the Hotel Sterling in Wilkes-Barre. The trend in the area is to tear down, rather than to preserve. Last Views Of Hotel Sterling

Reichard and Weaver Bottling House Located on Water Street in Wilkes-Barre, it was once a brewery bottling house. There used to be a lot of breweries in the area at one time. The miners needed beer. Reichard and Weaver Bottling House

Mine Building, Nanticoke (Coal Manufacturing Plant) Off of Arch Street in Nanticoke there is an old brick building that looks like an old mine building. Looks like an outbuilding. A recent newspaper article says this site was a Gas Manufacturing plant. . Mine Building, Nanticoke

The Bluewaters This was an old Strip Mine area near the Susqhehanna River. Very deep stripping pit that filled up with water. These stripping pits are very dangerous. Steep walls, cold water, submerged equipment. Web Album - "The Bluewaters", Plains

Miner Hillard These buildings are also known as Carbon Sales. At one point in time these were grain mills. Later it was converted to grind up carbon for use in filters. Miner Hillard, aka Carbon Sales, Miners Mills

Falling Springs A scan of a Kodak Disc Photo of Falling Springs, right across from Coxton Yard. There is a water fall here. The creek leads a dam and pond. The get water from it. . Falling Springs, 1980s

DH Baggage Car At Taylor Here is the old Baggage Car that was at Hudson and then moved to Taylor. Found some more shots of it when digging thru some old photos. Eventually the car was scrapped. MORE

New Houses at Wilkes-Barre Lace Site Some nice new houses have spouted up on the site of the former Wilkes-Barre Lace Company off of Darling Street. It took some time but a nice neighborhood has replaced that old eysore. (My grandfather used to say sore eye) MORE

Laurel Run Mine Fire Some shots of what is left of the pipes and fencing at the Laurel Run Mine Fire Site. It is still smoking, but not like it was in the late 80's or early 90's. MORE

Spike From Hanson's Park This little spike came from the amusement park train tracks at Hanson's in Harvey's Lake. My uncle pointed it out to me the last time we were there went it was operating as a park. MORE

Old Hillcrest Lampshade Factory The Old Hillcrest Lampshade Factory. My Grandmother worked here. It has been vacant for many years. MORE

Vulcan 1984 Here are some photos and descriptions of the Vulcan in 1984. This proves that it was in running order when it came to Wilkes-Barre. A L&WV NHRS handed this to me at the October Meeting. MORE

Scranton Railway Carbarns Pictures from the mid-90's of the old Scranton Railway Carbarns on Providence Road in Scranton. Today, the buildings are gone, with retail development near the site. MORE

Remains of Roller Coaster at Hanson's Just the one segment still remains. This was the entrance to the park and at one time the LV Bowmans Creek Branch ran thru it. MORE

Death on the D&H, a short story of people picking coal on the D&H only to get killed by a train MORE


Lost Scans

Misc Photo Set 1

D&H Photos

More Conrail Photos

Lance Pump House

Avondale Colliery

Moffat Boilerhouse, Taylor

New County Coal, Hughestown, PA

Old Cliff St Bridge, Scranton

Tunnel, Jumper Road, Plains, Twp

Culvert, LV Connell Branch

Dallas Station (LV)

These were from a group of "lost" scans, that were somehow misplaced when I upgraded from a 486 w/ Win 3.1 to a Dell PIII-300 w/ Win 95. They ended up on a Zip Disk instead of the new PC


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DL&W shops,now used by Chamberlain Mfg.
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D&H Freight House,brick, Wyoming Ave, used as Lumber yard.
D&H Crossing Tower,wooden, Wyoming Ave.
Scranton Railway Carbarn/Shops, Providence road, 
used as DPW yard, (parts demolished, parts standing).

CNJ Station, brick, partly restored.
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Logos of Fallen Flag Roads
Remember when they blew up the Dorrance Breaker in North End ??? They used to much TNT and a piece of metal hit the hood of a car near the Courthouse, some 4 blocks away !!!


"In Depth"

The following articles, recollections and stories are more in depth and longer then the weblog format pages that the sightings and most other things are done in


Lackawanna Valley Heritage Trail CNJ Railroad Southside Complex to CNJ trestle by Bridge 60. At one time at the Site of Schimdt Park there was a small roundhouse. It was destroyed during the floods in 1955's Hurricane Dianna and not rebuilt.

Pocono Northeast Railway Shots of the Pocnocno Northeast Railway or PNER over the years. The headquarters was off of Rt. 92 in Exeter Twp.

Bike Ride to Rt 92 Part 1 Ride from Wilkes-Barre to Rt 92. Old 8th Street Bridge, PNER HQ, scrapping signal boxes.

Bike Ride to Rt 92 Part 2 Tunnel under Ramp at Forest Castle Jct., Building with spiral staircase, trestle.

Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway This train ride from Jim Thorpe thru the Gorge is run by the Reading and Northern and is a real nice trip.

Sightings - Marysville 12.28.06 Some good trains on a warm December day, almost like springtime. A slow coal train, and then a stack train blasts by.

Harry E Coal Breaker Photographs of the breaker in Swoyersville about two years before it was demolished. It was amazing that they left the thing up as long they did because it went over the "Back Road".

Harry E Coal Breaker II Recently discovered photos showing the old Harry E breaker. This batch shows the part of the breaker that went over the back road with all its girders, pipes and trusses.

Back Mountain Rail To Trail Some shots of the Back Mountain Rail to Trail, which is the part of the old Lehigh Valley Bowmans Creek Branch

Lackawanna County Heritage Trail : O&W Railroad Some scenes from the train in the Upvalley area - Jessup and Archbald it looks like from the map. The trail has marker showing some key features of the railroad. In runs along the river and is very senic.

Scranton Railway Carbarns Pictures from the mid-90's of the old Scranton Railway Carbarns on Providence Road in Scranton. Today, the buildings are gone, with retail development near the site. Shots like this are important, after the buildings are long gone.

Dorrance Fan House Here are shots of the Dorrance Colliery Fan house from the early 1990's before the dirt around it was bulldozed up to the roof line.

Peach Orchard Colliery Pictures of the Peach Orchard buildings that Dave S. sent me. Mostly brick buildings left over from the mining operations, we used to play there in grade school.

The Concrete City Shots of the Concrete City taken in the mid 1990's. More recently a State Historical Marker has been erected down the street from it.

Market Street Square Recollections of Market Street Square, The Choo Choo Inn, Rocky Glen Park, Top Dog (Same guy owned them), Scrapping of cars on MSS site, Photographs of cars and Vulcan.

Glen Alden Shops Some shots of the former Glen Alden Coal Company Machine Shops in West Pittston, PA. Much of these buildings have been removed.

Sullivan Trail Breaker Shots of the old Sullivan Trail Breaker with the Drag Line buckets in front of it. Nothing remains of the site. New homes and townhomes are on the site of the Breaker and colliery grounds.

Vulcan Iron Works This set of buildings in South Wilkes-Barre is were the Vulcan locomotives were build in years past.


Bowmans Creek Branch Stuff :



181.2  LUZERNE 
187.1  DALLAS 
193.0  RINGALD
199.1  NOXEN
201.5  STULL 
202.9  BAKERS
206.5  DOTTER 
206.8  BETH RUN
212.3  MEADOW
212.3  RICKETTS 
222.6  LOPEZ
226.7  BERNICE

Distance from New York 
via Bowmans Creek Branch


Back Mountain Rail To Trail

Dallas Station

Entrance to Rollercoaster, Hansons

Noxen Station




If Firwood caught on fire, would Laurel Run ? Buttonwood, Askam.

- One of my Grandfather's silly jokes

Detour? That Frenchman builds the worst roads..

- One of my Grandfather's silly jokes




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