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Thursday, November 14 2019 11:50 PM


Time to start updating website again.

This picture describes the history of the region. A Church in the foregound and a culm dump in the background. This simple image conveys volumes of History in the Northeast PA Hard Coal Region. See More

Bridge and Trestle Spotlight

Tank Car On West Avoca Trestle

Mural On Trestle Abutment

Gauntlet With Walkway

Trestle, Mocanaqua, PA / This Is Why You Don't Want To Hop Trains

Trestle at Trail Head, White Haven, PA

CNJ Trestle Across Lackawanna, South Scranton



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


O&W #105 in Scranton. This old switcher has gotten closer to its home rails in Scranton. It came in via truck. It is going to be moved to Steamtown. It would make a nice addition to the park O&W #105 Arrives In Scranton Via Truck

Bethlehem Steel, 2001 BC Some Digital shots from an early Olympus Camera of Bethlehem Steel and environs in May 2001 BC. (Before Casino) At that time they wanted to reuse the buildings as Beth Works. A few buildings were reused. Then the Casino came and reused the space. Web Album - Bethlehem Steel, 2001 BC

Signal South Scrnaton Looking down the tracks toward the DL Shops there is an old signal. There is wall near the track. It is an interesting scene. Signal, South Scranton

Ad For Stegmaier Beer A wall was demolished in South Scranton by Crown Fried Chicken exposing this old, painted sign. This was from back in April 2016. Stegmaier Brewing Company Ad, South Scranton

Hershey Park Monorail While the Monorail at Disney is the best one ever, this Monrail at Hershey Park was really fun to ride with its open-air cars. Web Album - Hershey Park : Monorail

Remains of Roller Coaster at Hanson's Well there is nothing left of the park at Hansons. This picture shows part of the old Roller Coaster. MORE Furthermore, the old Pavilion that was supposed to be reused has been demolised as well as the ampitheater and the old cinderblock buildings that were stands and consessions. Instead of many townhomes, just a few houses will go here now.

Remains of Loree Colliery Found some more 35mm scans of the outbuldings of the former Loree Colliery off Nesbitt Street in Larksville, PA. All of the buildings by the road are now gone. Loree Colliery Outbuildings

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

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


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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Some Roundhouses :

Kingston (DL&W) gone

Hampton Yard (DL&W) gone

Carbondale (D&H) gone

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Scranton Area Rail Structures : 

DL&W passenger station, used as hotel.
DL&W roundhouse, Steamtown NHS.
DL&W shops,now used by Chamberlain Mfg.
DL&W Mattes St Tower, concrete.
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.

Laurel Line Stations

Dunmore Brc
So Scranton
Connell Jct.
Rocky Glen  
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Logos of Fallen Flag Roads
Remember Coxton Road in the late 70's early 80's ??? It was a one lane road with places to pull off and let cars pass. But there were a lot of railroad tracks there at the time.


"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

Loree Colliery Outbuildings Found some more 35mm scans of the outbuldings of the former Loree Colliery off Nesbitt Street in Larksville, PA. All of the buildings by the road are now gone.

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.

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.

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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