Interesting about the mine fires being one of the factors leading to the demise of the CNJ backtrack. Before around 1965, LV still had their own route to Wilkes Barre, going around the mountain the other way. Did NE84/87 exist back then, and perhaps use to LV track to get to Wilkes Barre?
Andyt293 wrote:The D&H only purchased the ex-DL&W Taylor yard and the lead from Minooka Jct to Taylor from Conrail. The CNJ trackage (originally the Wilkes-Barre and Scranton RR built and owned by the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company - it was leased to the CNJ) was closer to the Lackawanna River and pretty much torn up in the 1970's.
I think the bridge over the river at Minooka was owned by the CNJ. That is the short stretch of the CNJ I was referring to . On the north/west side of the river they then built a connection from the CNJ to the adjacent (uphill) DLW Bloomsburg branch to get to Taylor. There might be 1/2 mile of the CNJ before the tie-in to the Bloom. Of course it was Conrail before D&H got it.
The trackage between Minooka Jct and Hudson Yard originally consisted of three tracks, two owned by the D&H and one operated by the CNJ (Wilkes Barre and Scranton RR).
From what I have seen, the 3rd track (CNJ) only went a short distance, like a mile or two, north of Hudson. It ended at Union Junction where the CNJ Everhart branch tied in, just south of Laflin. North of there to Minooka Junction was just the 2 D&H tracks. Between Hudson and Union junction I think I read once they shared directional running between the CNJ and the D&H. Gingerb describes it all http://gingerb.com/cnj_d&h_track.htm
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