Lehigh Gorge Line?? Is it still there???

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Lehigh Gorge Line?? Is it still there???

Postby B/MJunkie » Sun Sep 23, 2012 8:25 pm

Hello everyone!

Been a long time since I've kept up with my railfanning, but trying to get back into it within the past few months.

A quick question.....

When I was a kid, I used to vacation in the Pocono Mtns. near Whitehaven, PA and nearly every morning my dad, friends and I would head out
grab coffee and a bagel and chase a few trains as they traveled the line from White Haven through Crestwood and up towards Solomon's Gap.

My question is this: Does anything still travel that line? I haven't been there in nearly 25 years, but am thinking of going back for old time's sake
and if nothing else do some hiking in the area along the track......but then again, maybe it's not even there.

Any help would be appreciated - though I'm sure if there are any track/trains left there, the traffic is probably nearly non-existent on that line these days.

Please help.
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Re: Lehigh Gorge Line?? Is it still there???

Postby charlie6017 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:51 pm

Actually this line is still in use. The Reading & Northern runs some traffic on this line as does NS and CP.

However, I do not live in this area--and I do not know the exact amount of traffic run, so I will leave those
answers to those who do know. I want to visit this area myself as well as the Allentown area. I'm a Lehigh
Valley nut, so it's on my bucket-list.

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Re: Lehigh Gorge Line?? Is it still there???

Postby Franklin Gowen » Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:49 pm

If the original poster wishes for current info on modern-day railfanning opportunities through the Lehigh Gorge, he might possibly be better served by making his request at the Pennsylvania Railfan subforum on this site. Much of what we post here is primarily of historical interest (often pre-Conrail era), and not oriented quite so much in the direction of chasing trains on the surviving lines in the present day.

You might get lucky here, but at the moment I believe there are more readers over there. This thread has garnered only 12 hits since yesterday, which helps support my point. ;-)
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Re: Lehigh Gorge Line?? Is it still there???

Postby mikeexplorer » Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:25 pm

The R&N did do some excursions from Tunkhannock to Jim Thorpe using the rail line you mentioned. They even used a steam locomotive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4seF3Nv ... KBMBaJVaKw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgwVcCcB ... KBMBaJVaKw
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Re: Lehigh Gorge Line?? Is it still there???

Postby frank754 » Wed Oct 03, 2012 3:46 pm

The line from Pittston to Lehighton is still used daily by the Reading & Northern, there are some CP freights using the line as well. I drove through that areas and took these pictures a couple years ago (incl. the White Haven tunnel):
Also, here are a few shots of the Luzerne Susquehanna, R&N and Coxton yard in the Pittston/Duryea area:
The R&N uses the line through Laurel Run from Mountaintop to Pittston (Coxton Yard), while the Luzerne Susquehanna runs south from there through Wilkes-Barre on the last single-track remnant of the LV in the city.

Also, the "Lehigh Valley Scenic Railway" operates passenger excursions on a regular schedule from Jim Thorpe several miles up into the gorge:
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