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NEFAN
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« Reply #40 on: Oct 27th, 2012, 8:34pm »
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Wow - amazing. I barely remembered that structure and I never thought the PA's visited the yard. You may want to post this in the D&H in Carbondale area too. - Wow.
 
The Culm banks have mostly disappeared from the valley. That bank north of the Carbondale yard though, seems about the same as I remember years ago.


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« Reply #41 on: Oct 28th, 2012, 10:20pm »
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  Lookout Jct, was a term we used even when i hired out, although the tracks where gone by then. On a northbound freight, if you got an approach signal for DF Cabin, the freight would be required to stop at Pike Street, as to not block the crossings in Carbondale, the headman would go and punch up the gates at the crossing cabin, and then call the Hudson Operator from the block line phone, and tell him you where at "Lookout Jct." So even when they tore the tracks out, they kept the names.
 
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« Reply #42 on: Oct 29th, 2012, 9:56am »
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That is very interesting. I wonder where the name "lookout Jct" came from? The line did have some great views above Carbondale and Simpson. I remember walking it in the 70's and you could look down the mountain from above Simpson and see the valley & D&H Penn Division tracks below.

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« Reply #43 on: Nov 11th, 2012, 6:53pm »
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Does any one know of a detailed RR map Of Honesdale cira 1940's? There is some track next to the road at a higher elevation than the LASB track downtown.  There is also a coal loader on the same roadway. I assume it was ERIE, but it could be D&H.

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« Reply #44 on: Jun 23rd, 2014, 8:46pm »
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Found this interesting post card. It has the caption "Single Loop D.H. Ry" on the back and someone wrote Carbondale Pa.
 
While it looks like a Gravity train, notice the steam engine in the front. I know the D&H attempted to use steam on parts of the Gravity but not sure where this is.


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« Reply #45 on: Jun 30th, 2014, 8:23pm »
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Interesting! That curve looks very tight.

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« Reply #46 on: Jun 30th, 2014, 8:41pm »
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Locomotive almost appears to be a narrow gauge Porter.
 
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« Reply #47 on: Jul 3rd, 2014, 6:52pm »
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I wonder if that is a picture of Shepards Crook. Part of that gravity section was used as a locomotive route. The map I have is from the late 1800's when it was still the light track of the gravity. It was modified for a steam locomotive route and that might explain the bridge that is seen in the postcard.
 
Nice find!  


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« Reply #48 on: Jul 6th, 2014, 10:32am »
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It could be since the D&H tried to run locomotives on parts of the gravity. This  may be before they changed over to the switchback.  
 
The post card is from Germany, so there may be some artistic license with the tracks and terrain.


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« Reply #49 on: Jul 9th, 2014, 4:53pm »
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There is information out there that does show they did indeed convert part of the Gravity to a locomotive route. What became the Archbald and Honesdale branches were part of the light track of the Gravity.
 
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« Reply #50 on: Aug 17th, 2016, 11:08am »
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This year I found a small bridge along the Honesdale Branch, near Childs. Still has the span and ties, rails long gone. The abutments do look like they are from the gravity era.


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« Reply #51 on: Aug 24th, 2016, 4:42pm »
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Nice find. I'm sure some of the bridges and such were retained when the gravity was changed to a steam RR.

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« Reply #52 on: May 31st, 2017, 8:43pm »
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Artifacts of the grvity RR have been found!  
 
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WHITE MILLS - An avid, amateur history detective, Clark Williams surprised the Wayne County Historical Society, April 22, with a rare artifact of the gravity railroad that operated in Hawley.
 
Williams set the corroded, double iron wheels and approximately four foot length of old strap iron on the Societyís display table at the Thomas Kennedy Local History Festival. The annual event, bringing together numerous local organizations that promote local history, met at the Dorflinger Glass Factory Museum in White Mills for the first time.
 
Williams, who loves exploring local history- on foot and in the field- explained he found these artifacts about 15 years ago on a Palmyra Township farm adjacent to the Marble Hill neighborhood, immediately outside the Borough of Hawley and off Old Gravity Road. He stopped by one day on his motorcycle, and inquired at the residentís house if he knew anything about old gravity railroad leftovers that Williams knew might be on the manís land.
 
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What he found
 
The two wheels he presented, were pulleys that were inserted side by side in the middle of the track on Plane #13. These wheels served to keep the cable in place and smoothly rolling.
 
The strap iron is a section of the rail. The rail shows a tongue and groove at the ends, where it fit in place between other sections.

 
The full article can be read at: http://www.neagle.com/news/20170501/pulleys-rail-from-gravity-rr-found-near-hawley


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« Reply #53 on: Jun 25th, 2017, 8:06am »
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I walked along plane 10 one day with a metal detector and I found all this within 2 hours.  
I actually found more spikes, but did not keep them, there are still artifacts to find.
 
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« Reply #54 on: Jun 26th, 2017, 8:07pm »
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Excellent find!

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« Reply #55 on: Nov 12th, 2017, 7:30am »
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I have found 6 sections of strap rail so far but only parts of pulleys. Have yet to find one intact.


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