Discussion relating to the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western, the Erie, and the resulting 1960 merger creating the Erie Lackawanna. Visit the Erie Lackawanna Historical Society at http://www.erielackhs.org/.
Just wondering if anyone could confirm the date of the actual last run on the Wyoming Division- I've heard eveyrthing from late 50s to early Conrail, but late 60s-early 70s seems the most commonly cited and most plausible. (I have heard that into eraly CR days there was occasional local service on the Scranton end to a couple of lumber yards around Lake Ariel or someplace in there- any truth to that?). I know early CR and then PNER used the Wyoming to Rock Jct. to access the JEssup Branch until the mid 80s or so. But my key questions are, when was the last through service on the Wyoming? when and where was the line severed? and when was the last local service east of Rock Jct. and West of Hawley?
Also, anyone have or know of photos (could be in books, magazines, whatever) of trains on the Wyoming Div. (other than on the Pittston-Rock Jct. segement)? How about on the Roaring Brook bridge on the Jessup? I don't think I've ever seen a photo of an Erie or EL train anywhere between Rock Jct. and Hawley!
Hello , i found a pretty cool website with the Eries Wyoming division pics. The pics are pretty cool but tacken after abandonement. The website is pics of abandoned railways in northeastern PA. The website is www. nepa view.piczo.com. If that doesn ,t work go to abandonedrailroads.com and go to links , it ,s the first website listed . I hope this helps
From what I know the tracks from Lake Ariel to Hawley were abandoned sometime in 1960's soon after the Erie & Lackawanna merged. Service to Lake Ariel continued until 1972 until the lumber company no longer needed service. Then they were removed up to Rock Junction. The last trains to run on it was I think the early 1980's to the Industrial park. PNER did purchase the line from Conrail but from what I understand never used it and the line simply fell into disrepair as it is today. Technically I think the line is still owned by PNER but will never see use again. Nobody purchased it after PNER went bankrupt.