September 1, 2006
One of my neighbors once told me that the Wilkes-Barre Connecting RR Bridge in the North End of Wilkes-Barre (aka the Gauntlet) was targeted by terrorists.
So was the other D&H Bridge in South Wilkes-Barre, the Black Diamond Bridge. The railroad name is the Fish Island Bridge. It seems that these bridges were very important to the war effort. Germany knew if they could disrupt the movement of coal, freight and other supplies, it would have an effect on morale.
My neighbor told me in the 40s they captured several German spies in New York City. They had maps on there person that listed railroad structures. Both the Gauntlet and Fish Island bridge were listed on the maps.
If those two bridges were blown up the Sunbury line would be shut down for months. Somehow I think if the bridges were blown up they would get something up quicker during World War II that they would today.
The German spies were caught in New York City, and had no chance to do any sabotage.