Off topic, I suppose, but some historical perspective please: Back "in the day", say 40 years ago or so, how busy was this line?
ut-1 wrote:Off topic, I suppose, but some historical perspective please: Back "in the day", say 40 years ago or so, how busy was this line?If your post begins with the words, "Off topic," it's probably a good idea to start a new thread. I'm also going to move this thread to the Erie Lacakwanna Forum, since they were the operators of the line during the time period of your interest. That way, both forums can participate in the discussion.
johnpbarlow wrote: EL did try to run a dependable scheduled operation.Dependable enough to secure UPS intermodal contracts!
lvrr325 wrote:Somewhere I saw info printed indicating about 26 daily moves in Binghamton in the early-mid '70s.I recall looking up this very statistic about 10 years ago. I recall the 26 Through Freights daily originating/terminating/ run through Binghamton sounds about right. I know my count was at least 24 ... Through Freights only. Not including yard jobs, Road Switchers, transfers, "Ordinaries", or extras.
johnpbarlow wrote:I grew up in Owego some 22 miles west of Binghamton in the '60s and early '70s. I would estimate there were ~ 20ish daily EL freights across the Tier back then. Plus between Owego and Binghamton there were a pair of daily D&H and LV transfer turns. I'll have to consult my July '70 EL employee timetable to see how many scheduled freights there were. Although the track was in tough shape (lots of derailments), EL did try to run a dependable scheduled operation. I wish I had a digital camera back then!I may have underestimated train EL train frequency on the Tier. Here's what the April 1971 (not July '70!) EL NY Division employee timetable says re: scheduled freights across the Tier: