The DL&W Ithaca Switchback

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The DL&W Ithaca Switchback

Postby davidns8560 » Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:43 am

Ever since I moved to Ithaca ten years ago I've wanted to see maps, timetables, and photos of the Lackawanna's Ithaca switchback. I think I've only seen one photo, ever, and nothing else. The photo was just a chugging steam loco that frankly could've been anywhere.

Anybody ever seen a collection of photos or anything else on the subject, online or otherwise?

Thanks,

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Re: The DL&W Ithaca Switchback

Postby scottychaos » Wed Feb 25, 2015 8:02 am

David,
Here are two older discussions about Ithaca:

viewtopic.php?t=22095&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

viewtopic.php?f=128&t=7456

and here are some maps I made for those threads:

The location of the inclined plane superimposed on a modern aerial photo:
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Map showing the inclined plane and the switchback:
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Full size:
http://scotlawrence.smugmug.com/photos/ ... bcXKzL.jpg

Today the upper and lower legs of the switchback are railtrails, and the middle section is Kendall ave.

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Re: The DL&W Ithaca Switchback

Postby ctclark1 » Sat Feb 28, 2015 5:23 pm

7 years of internet advancement since those other threads you mentioned, now we have Historic Aerials and Historic Map Works to help out as well.. Not that they tell us anything we didn't already know :wink:

1882 "Bird's Eye" drawing showing the DL&W in downtown, as well as the lower portion of the switchback where it crosses Aurora St near Mechanic (now Hillview)
1866 Ithaca Town and 1866 Ithaca City
1904 Topo showing the switchbacks.

No indication of the Incline even being proposed or started on any of these, not even a cut shown on the topos, just the Six Mile Creek channel...
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Re: The DL&W Ithaca Switchback

Postby scottychaos » Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:52 pm

ctclark1 wrote:No indication of the Incline even being proposed or started on any of these, not even a cut shown on the topos, just the Six Mile Creek channel...


Thats because the inclined plane was already dead and gone by the time all those maps were made! ;)
It existed from the 1830's to the 1850's..

there was no cut for it, it was flat on the hillside.

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Re: The DL&W Ithaca Switchback

Postby scottychaos » Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:57 pm

An entire book online, thanks to Cornell: :)

https://ecommons.library.cornell.edu/bi ... County.pdf

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Re: The DL&W Ithaca Switchback

Postby RussNelson » Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:33 pm

scottychaos wrote:there was no cut for it, it was flat on the hillside.

Are you *sure* there was no cut? It sure looks like there was a cut south of the Physical Plant building.
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