What is left?

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What is left?

Postby David » Tue Oct 12, 2004 11:53 pm

What L&NE trackage is still in use? I know that it is completely gone from New Jersey, so the remaining portions are located in Pennsylvania. The CNJ had parts of it after 1961 but when CNJ left Pennsylvania, what became of the L&NE Railway? I would think that what is left is disjointed. Any maps? Thanks
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Postby obsessed railfan » Wed Oct 13, 2004 8:46 am

The remaining L&NE track including L&NE Railway is operated as the Norfolk Southern Cement Secondary. The line goes 22.6 miles from Bethlehem to Uhlers, Pa. and services remaining cement mills and general industry.
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Postby cjvrr » Thu Oct 14, 2004 8:14 am

There is a spur the Reading and Northern uses in Tamaqua, PA to reach a mine just east of town, that had been part of the LNE.

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Postby gravelyfan » Sat Oct 16, 2004 7:02 pm

In addition to what has already been noted, a short segment of the LNE Martins Creek Branch still exists from the DLW/PRR junction in Martins Creek southwards a short distance to the Con Agra mill. This line connects to the NS Portland Secondary at Martin's Creek and is operated by NS.
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Postby NJ Vike » Tue Mar 15, 2005 4:47 pm

While no tracks lay anywhere in NJ that I know of, most of the right of way is still very visible from Hainesburg Jct. to Owens Station Road.

I have pictures if anyone is interested.

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Postby David » Sun May 22, 2005 11:08 am

Ken--Are there any encroachments to any parts of the ROW in NJ? I know there are none on the L&HR. If there are none, it leads me to believe that it is possible that the L&NE and the L&HR may be "Railbanked" What are your thoughts?
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Postby NJ Vike » Sun May 22, 2005 5:01 pm

David wrote:Ken--Are there any encroachments to any parts of the ROW in NJ? I know there are none on the L&HR. If there are none, it leads me to believe that it is possible that the L&NE and the L&HR may be "Railbanked" What are your thoughts?


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Are you referring to obstructions throughout the lines?
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Postby David » Sun May 22, 2005 7:51 pm

Yes--permanent structures like--houses, garages, stores, etc.---I know so far that the L&HR ROW is still clear from Lime Crest to Belvedere. (New Jersey only)
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Postby NJ Vike » Mon May 23, 2005 2:42 am

David wrote:Yes--permanent structures like--houses, garages, stores, etc.---I know so far that the L&HR ROW is still clear from Lime Crest to Belvedere. (New Jersey only)



For the L&HR, the only place I know of that you cannot pass is the tunnel under the cut-off. A business or the state has placed a fence there so nobody can enter. Other than that, only vegetation would be an issue up here.

Did you know that Conrail left 2 gondolas in Belvidere? They're approximately 200 feet from each other. How did they not account for them?

There are no permanent structures that I'm aware of on the L&NE. Just past Swartswood Jct, the ROW is now on the gas company property up tp Sussex. The trail can be followed most of the way to Pine Island.
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Postby David » Mon May 23, 2005 12:03 pm

Yes---I have visited the gondolas three times--The last time, last summer, Mike (DiMunno) called in the numbers on the units and received a report stating that the "gondolas were unaccounted" or lost. They have scrap in them from when they tore up the line. We walked the line from there to the connection at "G" Tower where the connection is still complete. Mike later found out that the tracks are still in service. Hopefully they will be used again sometime soon. Also--I see you tried to contact me--I just received an E-mail and no message :( Please try again--Thanks
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Postby NJ Vike » Mon May 23, 2005 5:33 pm

David wrote:Yes---I have visited the gondolas three times--The last time, last summer, Mike (DiMunno) called in the numbers on the units and received a report stating that the "gondolas were unaccounted" or lost. They have scrap in them from when they tore up the line. We walked the line from there to the connection at "G" Tower where the connection is still complete. Mike later found out that the tracks are still in service. Hopefully they will be used again sometime soon. Also--I see you tried to contact me--I just received an E-mail and no message :( Please try again--Thanks


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I will send you another message.

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