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Postby Erie3319 » Sun Nov 05, 2006 5:34 pm

"The Erie Railroad has discontinued handling corpses between Jersey City and Buffalo for fear that they will not arrive in time for the resurrection."

Underwood Era timetable entry.
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Postby Idiot Railfan » Tue Nov 21, 2006 3:20 pm

"Remember that girl from the railroad?"

"Erie?"

"Well, she was pretty scary."

pa-da-tump!

"Did you hear about the guy who got run over by a train, and they found a winning lottery ticket in his pocket? Lucky stiff."

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Postby calorosome » Tue Nov 21, 2006 4:53 pm

A man was depressed over losing his wife to another man and decided to end it all by laying across the O&W tracks and waited for the train... and waited... and waited... then he died of starvation.

OK not an Erie joke but a goodie nonetheless.
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Postby Idiot Railfan » Tue Nov 21, 2006 10:51 pm

calorosome wrote:A man was depressed over losing his wife to another man and decided to end it all by laying across the O&W tracks and waited for the train... and waited... and waited... then he died of starvation.

OK not an Erie joke but a goodie nonetheless.


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Top this one...

Postby Matt Langworthy » Tue Nov 21, 2006 10:57 pm

Idiot Railfan wrote:
calorosome wrote:A man was depressed over losing his wife to another man and decided to end it all by laying across the O&W tracks and waited for the train... and waited... and waited... then he died of starvation.

OK not an Erie joke but a goodie nonetheless.


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A desparate guy tried to swallow a ruler and he couldn't kill himself by the inch so he went to Gang Mills and died by the yard...
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Re: Erie jokes

Postby JimBoylan » Fri Jun 10, 2011 9:38 am

I don't know if this is one of the Official Erie jokes that were published in the timetables about 1902, but it is on the Internet at:

http://s145079212.onlinehome.us/rr/humor/trainjokes.htm

What railroad couldn't keep their engines shiny?

The Erie!

Huh? Why was that?

It's because of Lackawaxen.

copyright © 2005,2006,2007 by Charlie Comstock

[There was a Mr. Comstock associated with "Railroad" Magazine, which had an article about the Erie Jokes in its 1st issue, back in 1906.]
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Re: Erie jokes

Postby JimBoylan » Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:05 am

Another official Erie joke:

There was a commuter who had nothing bad to say about the trains or railroad that he patronized, and it was even alleged that he got home in time for dinner - but he didn't travel on the Erie!
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Re: Erie jokes

Postby Schuylkill Valley » Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:04 am

I volunteer at Steamtown and we have an older guy up there who uses to work for the DL&W /EL/Conrail. He told me that EL stood for Extra Late!

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Re: Erie jokes

Postby JimBoylan » Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:15 am

Maybe not the exact words, but another of the Official Erie Jokes:
A man comes rushing up to the window at the Consolidated Ticket Agency and breathlessly exclaims, "I've got to get to Buffalo in the worst way". So, the agent sells him a ticket on the Erie!
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Re: Erie jokes

Postby Schuylkill Valley » Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:20 am

lol lol.
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Re: Erie jokes

Postby JimBoylan » Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:46 pm

Schuylkill Valley. I heard that EL stood for "Erie Lackawampum".
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Re: Erie jokes

Postby ExCon90 » Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:00 pm

I recall reading in Theodore Scull's book on the Hoboken Terminal that someone on the Erie came up with a lampoon of the Phoebe Snow rhymes touting that road's freedom from cinders, which got around somehow, possibly in an Erie publication:

Said Phoebe Snow in the dining car,
"I did not order caviar."
The waiter dusted off the bread.
"That is not caviar," he said.
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