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LV passenger timetables

Postby Otto Vondrak » Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:49 am

I have an LV passenger timetable dated 1960. For some reason, I thought all mainline service ended in 1959, but this 1960 form shows the Maple Leaf to Toronto from Newark Penn Station. When was the last LV passenger timetable issued?

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Re: LV passenger timetables

Postby TB Diamond » Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:55 pm

Otto:

The last LVRR system timetable was dated Oct. 1960. Cannot recall the exact date and all my files are in storage pending a move. The final Maple Leaf ran 02 February 1961.
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Re: LV passenger timetables

Postby Lehighton_Man » Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:57 am

Otto Vondrak wrote:I have an LV passenger timetable dated 1960. For some reason, I thought all mainline service ended in 1959, but this 1960 form shows the Maple Leaf to Toronto from Newark Penn Station. When was the last LV passenger timetable issued?

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59' is when the Black Diamond ceased service. The Maple Leaf continued to run as a through train connecting with Canadian National(?) At Suspension Bridge until 61' like TB mentioned.
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LV passenger train discontinuances

Postby Richard1 » Sun Jun 23, 2013 9:53 pm

I try to take the guess work out of some of the questions I see regarding this subject.


      Lehigh Valley Railroad
Passenger Service Discontinuances

           Train #1, "Philadephia-Buffalo Express" Discontinued by June 25, 1916

Changes to Trains 2 and 3
Jan. 19, 1930 - Train #2, "Philadelphia-New York Express" and #3, "Chicago-Toronto Express" renamed "The Toronto"; through sleepers added, New York to Toronto.
April 23, 1938 -  Discontinued (operated via mainline, Van Etten to Geneva)

         Trains #4, "The Philadelphian" and 11, "Wilkes Barre Night Express"*

Jan. 19, 1930 - No. 4, renamed "The Star"
Sept. 4, 1948 - Diner-club car removed, Bethlehem and Philadelphia on #4.
June 4, 1949 -  Rochester sleeper removed
July 14, 1955  - No. 11 named "The  Major"
July 14, 1955 -  Cafe lounge car removed, Sayre to Buffalo
Oct. 28, 1956 - Sleeper removed, Ithaca to New York
May 11, 1959 - Trains discontinued             
*No. 11 became eastbound "The Star" and Trains #19 and #20, "Wilkes Barre Night Express."

          Trains #5 and #6, originally called "The Cornelian" rename "The Lehigh Limited" by July 25, 1916

Jan. 19, 1930 - Through sleepers added, New York to Toronto
June 26, 1937  - Discontinued (originally via Ithaca, but shifted to Seneca Lake line by April 29, 1928.
                   
     Changes to Trains 7 and 8, "The Maple Leaf" (originally #7, "Chicagoan," and #8,"The New Yorker")
Nov. 29, 1942 -  Train switched from mainline to Ithaca Branch
July 11, 1948 - Dining car off, New York to Lehighton
Sept. 26, 1948 - Train switched from Ithaca Branch to mainline
Jan. 9, 1949 -  Cafe dining car cut back from Buffalo to Lehighton
Sept. 26, 1954 - Roomette cars first advertised,  New York and Philadelphia to Toronto - provided by Canadian National; on occasion sleepers from Pullman pool provided on this train.
May 25, 1959 -  Train switched back to Ithaca Branch after discontinuance of #9 and #10
Feb. 3, 1961 - Trains discontinued
                
Trains #9 and #10, The Black Diamond Express
May 18, 1896 - Train inaugurated. Operated via Seneca Lake mainline, both directions.
Feb. 7, 1903 - Both trains shifted to Ithaca branch.
January 7, 1903 - Temporarily suspended west of Wilkes Barre.
February 8, 1903 - Service restored through to Buffalo
May 14, 1905 - June 28, 1914 - Train 9, main line, Train 10 via Ithaca branch.
Feb. 9, 1908 - Trains discontinued
June 21, 1908 - Trains restored.
Nov. 28, 1915 - The word "Express" dropped.
July 25, 1916 - Sleeping car added, New York/Philadelphia  to Chicago, via Michigan Central.
June 28, 1914 - May 11, 1959 -  Ran both directions via Ithaca.
June 27, 1937 - Sleeping cars discontinued New York/Philadelphia and Chicago.
April 26, 1942 - Observation lounge last listed. Removed by Aug. 2, 1942.
June 23, 1955 - Philadelphia coach cut back to Lehighton, (ran only Mondays, and July 5 and Sept. 2)
July 14, 1955  - Dining car discontinued, Wilkes Barre to Buffalo.
          "                 Cafe lounge car only between Sayre and Buffalo.
Oct. 28, 1956 - Cafe lounge  restored, New York  to Buffalo.
Oct. 28, 1956 - Dining car discontinued, New York to Wilkes Barre.
Parlor car removed between Oct. 26, 1958 and May 11, 1959 when the train was discontinued. Only cafe lounge and one coach (1500 series) remained, besides baggage and RPO.
June 23, 1955 - Philadelphia coach running only as far as Lehighton on Mondays, and July 5 and Sept. 2. 
May 11, 1959  - Train discontinued.
     
           Trains 23 and 24, "The Asa Packer,"   New York to Mauch Chunk
Sept. 28, 1941 - Service cut back to Lehighton.
Jan. 12, 1942 -  Commenced running into Penn Station. 
May 11, 1959 – Discontinued.

Trains 25 and 26 (also "The Asa Packer") Newark - Wilkes Barre

July 14, 1955 - Cut back to Lehighton (cafe lounge and parlor car, New York to Lehighton)
April 26, 1958 - Discontinued

Trains 28 and 29 New York to Wilkes Barre

Train 28 originally "The Wyoming Valley Express" renamed "John Wilkes," June 4, 1939
Train 29 originally "The Wilkes Barre Express"renamed "John Wilkes," June 4, 1939
Feb. 3, 1961 Discontinued


       Lehigh Valley Passenger Service Discontinuances
                              Branchlines

 (Even numbers eastbound - odd numbers westbound. Unless otherwise noted, dates shown are when these trains last appeared in public timetables).

                     State of New Jersey - Lehigh Division

Clinton & Pittstown Branch, Clinton - Pittstown, 2 miles,  two commuter trains not numbered, Sept. 27, 1936.

Perth Amboy Branch,  South Plainfield - Perth Amboy, 8.8 miles Trains 408,410, Feb. 25, 1934; Train 408, April 29, 1934

Flemington Branch, Flemington Junction - Flemington , 1.7 miles 
commuter service, March, 1952

New York City, South Plainfield, 26.5 miles.  Commuter trains 52, 53, discontinued May, 1948.


                          New York State 
                            Buffalo Division

Auburn Branch, Sayre, Pa. to Fair Haven, N.Y., 115.7 miles. 
Trains 281, 284 Sayre to Auburn, discontinued April 30, 1938. Trains 282, 283 last listed to Fair Haven, July 11, 1938.  Trains 282, 283,  Sayre to Auburn, discontinued March 20, 1948.

Auburn and Ithaca Branch,  Auburn to Ithaca, 42.8 miles. Trains 301, 302 Discontinued Aug. 31, 1948. 

Elmira and Cortland Branch, Elmira to Camden, 139.7 miles.  Trains 326, 327, last passenger train to Elmira, discontinued Nov. 25, 1932. These trains discontinued, Elmira to East Ithaca, June 26, 1935.Trains 829, 830, Canastota to Camden, (mixed) Nov. 29, 1933. Trains 879, 880, Canastota to Camden (mixed) August, 1938. Trains 322,323,327 (East Ithaca to DeRuyter) discontinued as first class trains, July 7, 1948 

Ithaca Branch, Geneva to Sayre,  Trains 127, 128. Discontinued Nov. 11, 1949

Naples Branch, Geneva to Naples, 29.4 miles. Trains 131 and 132 replaced by mixed trains 595 and 594 Trains 592, 593,  (formerly gas electric trains 116 and 119) discontinued July 7,  1930. Trains 594, 595 (mixed) April 24, 1938. Gas electrics inaugurated Dec. 1, 1925. 

Rochester Branch,  Rochester Junction to Rochester, 13.2 miles, four round trips. Discontinued  September 6, 1950;  Valley Bus Lines service discontinued January 16, 1957.

Rochester Branch,   Rochester to Hemlock 28.6 miles, Trains  645, 547; 644,646 Discontinued Feb. 2, 1935; Trains   784, 715, 719 and 720, Rochester to Honeoye Falls and Lima, Aug. 9. 1937.   Trains  mixed trains 666,667 discontinued Nov. 26, 1938. These trains were gas electric cars.

Seneca Falls Branch, Seneca Falls to Geneva, 10.5 miles. Trains 603, 605, 602,604. Discontinued 1914. Cayuga to Cayuga Junction, 3.8 miles. Trains 793, 794. April 29, 1929.

Waverly Branch, Sayre-Waverly, N.Y.   2.2 miles  Trains 572, 573, May 29, 1932. 
Trains 570, 571  Sept. 29, 1940.

Willard Branch, Hayts Corners - Willard, 5 miles (Daily) Passenger service last listed Sept. 27, 1936. Trains 587,583,585,581 from Hayt's Corners to Ovid and 580, 584, 582, 586, Ovid to Hayt's Corners. 
 
                     State of Pennsylvania  - Lehigh Division
          
Bear Creek Branch, White Haven - Bear Creek, 12.8 miles Trains 497-498.   January 19, 1930.

Beaver Meadow Branch, Weatherly - Hazleton, 13.4 miles. Trains 232, 237. Nov. 26, 1933.

Bowmans Creek Branch,  (Wyoming Division)  Towanda to Coxton, 66.3 miles. Last regular passenger trains 503, 506, discontinued April 2, 1934.

Easton & Northern Branch, Belfast Junction - Easton, 11.1 miles 
Trains 445, 446.  April 29, 1929.

Freeland Branch, Ashmore - Freeland,  5.2 miles. Trains 241, 243; 242,244 April 28, 1940;  mentions mixed service until Nov. 1, 1942. 

Highland Branch, Ashmore - Sandy Junction, 8.7 miles.
Trains 250, 216, 244, 240; 239, 241, 245, 249  May 8, 1927.

Montrose Branch, Tunkhannock - Montrose, 27 miles.Trains 560, 561 discontinued Sept. 29, 1940.

Pottsville Branch, Andreas - Pottsville, 20.1 miles.Trains 495, 496 (mixed),  Feb. 20, 1939.

Sheppton Branch, Hazelton - Sheppton, 11.4 miles Trains 181-184. June 1, 1930.

Tomhicken Branch, Tomhicken - Hazleton Junction, 10.4 miles. Pennsylvania RR Trains 191, 193, 184,186. Feb. 20, 1939.

There was once a Lehigh Valley train that originated in Phillipsburg, N.J. called the "Lehigh - Pennsylvania Express." It took sort of round-about routing. The train was inaugurated in April, 1916 and operated until July 16, 1938. Public timetables show it as Train #510 eastbound and #509 westbound,  leaving Phillipsburg at 7:50 a.m. and arriving in Pittsburgh at 7:55 p.m. Returning it left Pittsburgh at 7:17 a.m. and arrived in Phillipsburg at 7:30 p.m. It carried a drawing room parlor car, broiler buffet service and coaches. It passed through Weatherly, Hazleton, Mahanoy City, Shenandoah, and was turned over to the Pennsy at Mt. Carmel, passing through Shamokin, Sunbury, Northumberland, Milton, Williamsport; then west through Jersey Shore, Lock Haven, Bellefonte, Tyrone and Altoona; then on the main line to Pittsburgh.  The distance was 398.3 miles via this route. Eastbound Train #510 ran the same route and was called the "Pennsylvania - Lehigh Express."  It was a daily round trip.
  One source states this train was inaugurated in April, 1916 at the behest of Charles M. Schwab of Bethlehem Steel for steel executives "commuting" to Pittsburgh. The parlor car was cut back to Sunbury on Nov. 1, 1931. The train itself terminated at Mt. Carmel on April 24, 1932. Easton became its terminus on Sept. 29, 1935.                    
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Re: LV passenger timetables

Postby charlie6017 » Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:40 am

Richard,

Thanks very much for posting this great information.......greatly appreciated! :-)

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Re: LV passenger timetables

Postby Otto Vondrak » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:57 pm

Well that removed all doubt. Thanks!

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