Wilawanna Question - DL&W

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Wilawanna Question - DL&W

Postby Cactus Jack » Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:42 am

Anyone have insight as to why the DL&W built down to Wilawanna (Pennsylvania) instead of coming off the Chemung River crossing and heading west more or less on the alignment of current I-86 / Route 17 ?

Two more bridges, but bridges didn't seem to phase the D&W too much.
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Re: Wilawanna Question - DL&W

Postby s4ny » Wed Mar 16, 2016 6:37 pm

Probably soil conditions or flood concerns. They had already dipped into PA
at South Waverly, so they chose what they felt was the best route.
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