40th anniversary of last day of Lehigh Valley RR

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40th anniversary of last day of Lehigh Valley RR

Postby dj_paige » Thu Mar 31, 2016 8:52 am

March 31 1976 to March 31, 2016 (today)

Any memories of that last day?
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Re: 40th anniversary of last day of Lehigh Valley RR

Postby TB Diamond » Thu Mar 31, 2016 9:13 pm

You bet.

The absolute dreary weather on 31 March 1976 was appropriate for the occasion.
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Re: 40th anniversary of last day of Lehigh Valley RR

Postby CPSmith » Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:48 am

I'm still editing photos, but here's a head start:

http://rrpicturearchives.net/archivethu ... ?id=115216
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Re: 40th anniversary of last day of Lehigh Valley RR

Postby kilroy » Fri Apr 01, 2016 1:04 pm

Nice photos.

I always wondered if they picked 04/01 for Conrail day as they thought it would turn out to be just a bigger Penn Central fiasco.
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Re: 40th anniversary of last day of Lehigh Valley RR

Postby johnpbarlow » Sat Apr 02, 2016 6:21 am

CPSmith wrote:I'm still editing photos, but here's a head start:

http://rrpicturearchives.net/archivethu ... ?id=115216


Terrific photos! Brings back a lot of fond memories!

Re: the pictures of the manifest departing westward from Manchester Yard, I'm guessing the string of empty 2-bay B&O/C&O hoppers behind the locomotives came from the then Milliken power plant on Cayuga Lake and will be dropped a few miles further west at P&L Junction at Caledonia for interchange with the B&O. Shortly before C-day I recall seeing cuts of these hoppers at Caledonia (a very interesting place with 5 active RRs up until April 1, 1976: EL, PC, B&O, LV, and G&W).

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