Delaware Lackawanna Schedule

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Delaware Lackawanna Schedule

Postby MEC&BAR » Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:02 pm


Does anybody know of or do they even have a schedule? I am planning to go there in early/mid march to hunt down there fleet of ALCO's/MLW's.
The other question is what might be a better railroad to go to the GVT system or the LAL/WNYP system?

I am coming from Maine so distance will be a factor and I will only be spending only a couple of days on one of the railroads.

Any information would be very appreciated.
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Re: Delaware Lackawanna Schedule

Postby Sandy Burton » Sun Feb 21, 2010 4:39 pm


You will find some action on the D-L around Scranton most any day of the week except, perhaps, Saturday. Nominally the Portland Turn runs M-W-F, but depending on various factors, like NS delivering cars to Slateford or the number of cars, or a hot grain train, they may adjust that schedule. There generally are two crews working somewhere on weekdays.

From what I read on the internet, the WNY&P is hit-or-miss. However, I suggest you pose your question on one of the several LAL/WNY&P forums. The LAL is a lot more predictable, again a M-W-F schedule to Genessee Junction is typical. There usually is a switch job at Lakeville and there can be a run to Avon to switch one of the customers there most any day. As with most short lines, the customer's needs usually dictate when they run. As for the B&H, that is a nice chase, but I am not familiar with their schedule. When I have been there in the summer, they usually have been running to Painted Post. There is a site on that usually has pretty up to date information on all of the LAL family of railroads.

It is a hard choice to pick only one.

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Re: Delaware Lackawanna Schedule

Postby indie1361 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:06 pm

Any idea when they would usuaally depart Scranton? I think I saw one when I was at Steamtown but it was either a Saturday or Sunday.

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Re: Delaware Lackawanna Schedule

Postby SemperFidelis » Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:44 pm

While nothing is definite, we seem to get lucky with trains departing Scranton (for Portland) around 10AM, but the time varies from day to day. A lot of switching takes place behind Scranton University where lumber cars, unit grain hoppers, sand hoppers, tank cars, and box cars are shuffled around into proper order before departure.

I live next to Nay Aug Park and try to catch as many trains as possible with my sons. All of the crews are incredibly nice and will answer questions provided you are respectful of thier operations, the company's property, and observe strict safety procedures.

We've recently seemed to catch a lot of trains returning to Scranton around 6PM, though there is a lot of variation from day to day.
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Re: Delaware Lackawanna Schedule

Postby Otto Vondrak » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:17 am

MEC&BAR wrote:The other question is what might be a better railroad to go to the GVT system or the LAL/WNYP system?

We generally ask LAL/WNYP questions in the LAL/WNYP forum: viewforum.php?f=113

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