Lehigh & Hudson River in Belvidere?? Anyone know?

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Lehigh & Hudson River in Belvidere?? Anyone know?

Postby Donko142 » Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:32 pm

Good afternoon, after leving Scranton today I wanted to stop at the bed Bel shop, I went through a new area (to me). When I was going through the town of Belvidere on RT 620, I went over some railroad tracks about 1 mile before the Rt 519 intersection. The tracks where overgrown with some brush but not to bad, the rails were in as far as I could see both ways. As I looked to the East there was a yellow gondola car on a siding. I believe this was the Lehigh & Hudson River towards Great Medows, but I thought that was all ripped out in the early 80"s. Anyone got an idea ? Was this the LHR ?
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Re: Lehigh & Hudson River ?? Anyone know?

Postby NYS&W142Fan » Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:39 pm

Hi Don,
There is another post on the L&HR Forum about the Gondola. Yes those tracks are the L&HR. Infact there are two gons there.
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Re: Lehigh & Hudson River ?? Anyone know?

Postby Marty Feldner » Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:42 pm

Yes, L&HR. The rails don't extend much past what you saw, in either direction.

G Tower, the L&HR's connection with the Bel Del, was about a quarter of a mile west of the overpass; their Mansfield Street station was a block east.
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Re: Lehigh & Hudson River ?? Anyone know?

Postby Donko142 » Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:11 pm

So those tracks don't connect back into the main along the river at some point ?
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Re: Lehigh & Hudson River ?? Anyone know?

Postby Tom_E_Reynolds » Wed Apr 08, 2009 11:32 am

NYS&W142Fan wrote:Hi Don,
There is another post on the L&HR Forum about the Gondola. Yes those tracks are the L&HR. Infact there are two gons there.


This gondola:

http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&F ... &encType=1

From this view it looks like the switch is still there:

http://maps.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&F ... &encType=1

Is this track OOS? or Abandoned?

From the first picture in this thread, it looks like the gondolas were on a different track?

viewtopic.php?f=88&t=58707

Is that possible? Was it double tracked at one time here?
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Re: Lehigh & Hudson River ?? Anyone know?

Postby David » Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:44 am

Donko142 wrote:So those tracks don't connect back into the main along the river at some point ?



Yes, They still connect to the old Bel Del at the remains of G Tower.
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Re: Lehigh & Hudson River ?? Anyone know?

Postby David » Fri Apr 10, 2009 1:59 am

The tracks are still classified at OSS. Also, after the last gondola, the first building you see that is white, I believe is the original Mansfield Station, now an office for the gas company located there. That company used to get tank cars.
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Re: Lehigh & Hudson River ?? Anyone know?

Postby tracker » Fri Apr 10, 2009 3:24 pm

Donko. I live right near there. My son was an expert on that area. He even talked to all the old timers in the area to gather info. and stories about the Bel-Del and L&HR. We watched them tear up the rest of the track in the 80s. He walked in the bushes there and found a G tower sign. I still have it. Its black and round about 20'' across. There is a yellowed big G on it with those glass reflecting balls. I took a few walks there with him in 05 & 06 when rumor was out that a rail museum wanted to occupy the site.
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Re: Lehigh & Hudson River in Belvidere?? Anyone know?

Postby Paul Miller » Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:39 pm

The L&HRRy was double tracked from Mansfield Street Station to Belvidere. The station is definitely there, brought down from grade level and last time I was there, Amerigas still occupied the building. There are also remnants of the Belford and Neidermiller coal pockets near the station and gondola, and cement footings for the pump house and water tower. Along with the double tracking, there were a few sidings in Belvidere, which you can see if it isn't too overgrown yet. If you walk far enough west, the cement foundation remains of G Tower are still there as well. Would love to see a picture of the "G" sign.
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Re: Lehigh & Hudson River in Belvidere?? Anyone know?

Postby NYS&W142Fan » Sun Apr 12, 2009 2:43 pm

It's too bad that Amerigas couldn't use the rail to recive shipments of LP gas. But I guess they don't do enough business to warrent that.
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