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Scranton Division

Postby mikeexplorer » Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:22 pm

Most of what I know of the "Old & Weary" is the Scranton Division. I have explored many sections of it and posted my findings here.

http://www.nepaview.com/ny-ow-railroad.html

Would welcome some discussion about the O&W.
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Re: Scranton Division

Postby umtrr-author » Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:59 pm

Nice website-- I only checked out the O&W section so far. I'll need to explore some of these trails (and roads!) someday myself.
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Re: Scranton Division

Postby Snowmojoe » Tue Mar 11, 2014 4:35 pm

So THIS is where all those old bridge abutments and weird stone constructions I'd always run into while fishing the Lackawaxen came from? The NYO&W? My dad used to always bring to me these crazy fishing holes next to these giant old railroad bridge footings, and I was always wondering, who built these things and then just LEFT them here?

I posted this in the D&H forum not long ago, wondering about these same old things:
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"Don't open the gates!! Who the hell needs a wooden horse that size anyway?!?!"
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Re: Scranton Division

Postby mikeexplorer » Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:52 pm

No, the remaining rail line (now dormant) was an Erie line, last known as the Stourbridge Line. I do not have pictures of exploring the line, but I do have pictures of taking the train to Laxawaxen.

http://www.nepaview.com/the-stourbridge-line.html

The stone remains you are referring to was part of the canal system that transported coal on small boats. I am sure someone can describe it better, but in Honesdale they have a nice scale model of it in the museum. On my webpage there is a video picture slideshow of the museum and there are several pictures of the locks and canals from the model.

Taking the excursion they discussed the tow paths along the river, such a shame this excursion is no longer in operation.

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Re: Scranton Division

Postby frank754 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:16 pm

But basically, besides the damaged bridge and perhaps a few other spots, isn't the Stourbridge Line intact all the way? I guess neither the passenger service or freight was profitable enough, from the article it says only one freight was run between 2005-2010.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stourbridge_Railroad
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Re: Scranton Division

Postby mikeexplorer » Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:33 pm

The Stourbridge line is still intact, just dormant, hopefully will not be abandoned.
The damaged bridge was replaced in 2008 and excursions resumed to Laxawaxen. I think the last runs were in 2010 or 2011
Since then the line has been not used.



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