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« on: Sep 3rd, 2005, 11:06am »
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The Wilkes Barre Connecting Railroad  
 
The southern section of the D&H was pieced together after the Civil War 1861 to 1865 from rail assets of the Plymouth & Wilkes-Barre Railroad & Bridge Co., the Howard Coal & Iron Co., †the Northern Coal & Iron Co. , and the Union Coal Co.
 
1859 The Plymouth & Wilkes-Barre Railroad & Bridge Co., (on some maps noted as the WB&P) is organized and incorporated to build a bridge from †Plymouth at the Lackawanna & †Bloomsburg Railroad forming the Plymouth Jct.. From here the line goes south over the Susquehanna river bridge into Wilkes Barre parallel to Wood Street then at Franklin Street it turns †west over the North Branch Canal then through Franklinís Jct. to Ashley. (Via either the LVRR or the L&S?)  
 
1865 the D&H has control of the Northern Coal & Iron Co, and the Plymouth & the Wilkes-Barre Railroad & Bridge Co., The D&H because of franchise limitations in itís own charter comes to use the NC&IC to gain control of properties and railroad forming a network of feeder lines to the main.
 
1886 The D&H has obtained track rights over the Lehigh & Susquehanna Railroad extending the main line southwest from Scranton to Wilkes Barre.
 
1892 March 8 The Wilkes-Barre & Eastern Railroad is chartered and under construction from the NYS&W at Stroudsburg, PA to the Wilkes Barre area. At the same time the Susquehanna Connecting RR is built from the WB&E at Suscon north to the various independent mines and breakers. †This railroad starts in Kingston, PA., at Market street and crosses the river at the north east limits of Kingston, through Plains township on to Yatesville toward the northeast and continues to Stroudsburg, where it joins the New York and the Susquehanna & Western railroad. Itís large Kingston depot functioned as a terminal for both Kingston and Wilkes Barre.
 
1893 by the end of year Construction of the †WB&E is completed. During itís construction it is leased to the New York, Susquehanna & Western.
 
1898 Feb 1 The NYS&W is taken over by J.P. Morgan. Then the NYS&W along with the WB&E is leased to the Erie yet they remain self governed.
 
1904 WB&E service is down to one mixed train a day between Stroudsburg and Plains.
 
1906 The D&H used the NC&IC to build the Buttonwood Branch from Buttonwood yards of the PRR to Wilkes Barre to Plymouth Jct. This later would be one third of the WBC. The D&H enters into a traffic arrangement with the WB&E. †Near the Yatesville depot, at the Delaware & Hudson crossing, a connection is constructed at an enormous expense, on account of the heavy grade. A satisfactory arrangement gave the Delaware & Hudson through trains to New York over the shortest route yet surveyed.
 
1912 November 18 The Wilkes-Barre Connecting is incorporated under the general laws of Pennsylvania and by letters patent of the Governor of Pennsylvania.
 
1913 Construction begins on the WBC. The road of the Wilkes-Barre Connecting Railroad Company is a double-track standard-gauge steam railroad, operated for freight service only, located in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania. The D&H owns 4.187 miles of double-track road in two parts and has track rights over 2.454 miles of road, making a continuous line from the Pennsylvania Railroadís Buttonwood Yards, Hanover Twp. Pa. to Hudson, Pa., a distance of 6.641 miles. Track rights were obtained over a portion of the railroad of the Northern Coal and Iron Company between Buttonwood and the Plymouth branch of the D&H, about 1.6 miles, and over a portion of track belonging to the Wilkes-Barre and Eastern Railroad Company from a point 0.75 mile west of Plains Station to a point 0.25 mile west of a bridge over the Susquehanna River, about 0.854 mile for 99 years, with option to renew, under agreement dated December 30, 1913.  
 
1915 March 29,. The entire line of the WBCRR at 6.641 miles is completed and placed in operation on  
 
1928 Dec 1 The Delaware and Hudson Railroad is incorporated.
 
1930 April 1 The property of the Delaware and Hudson Company is transferred to the  
Delaware an Hudson Railroad.
 
1937 The bankruptcy of the NYS&W also disavowed the lease which had kept the WB&E afloat.
 
1939 The WB&E is abandoned
 
1940 †Sept 19th The Wilkes-Barre Connecting Railroad acquires a section of the †abandoned Wilkes Barre & Eastern Railroad between Plains and the west end of †the Susquehanna River Bridge (1.01 miles) in order to obtain bridge.


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« Reply #1 on: Sep 3rd, 2005, 11:12am »
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From Lynnwood looking towards Wilkes Barre. Penobscot MTN in the background over Carey Ave.

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« Reply #2 on: Sep 3rd, 2005, 11:16am »
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On the way to Kingston. Notice all the fill.

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« Reply #3 on: Sep 3rd, 2005, 11:27am »
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CONCRETE OVERPASS IN FILL PICTURE

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« Reply #4 on: Sep 3rd, 2005, 11:33am »
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ONE OF THE STREET CROSSINGS LOOKING TOWARD THE DIKE. THEY ALL LOOK LIKE THIS ONE.

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« Reply #5 on: Sep 3rd, 2005, 12:02pm »
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ON WAY TO THE PLYMOUTH BRANCH PART OF THE ORIGINAL BUTTONWOOD BRANCH ALONG WITH THE PREVIOUS POSTS STARTING AT CAREY AVE

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« Reply #6 on: Sep 3rd, 2005, 12:04pm »
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MORE OF THE SAME

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« Reply #7 on: Sep 3rd, 2005, 12:11pm »
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LOOKING BACK TOWARD BUTTONWOOD. TRACK ON RIGHT TURNED JUST TO THE RIGHT OF THE PICTURE TO THE PLYMOUTH BRANCH RIVER BRIDGE FOLLOWING CRESCENT STREET WHEN IT WAS THE BUTTONWOOD BRANCH. IT WAS DOUBLE TRACKED ON THE WAY TO THE BLACK DIAMOND BRIDGE AFTER IT BECAME THE W.B.C.RR AND I SUPPOSE WYED AT THIS POINT.

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« Reply #8 on: Sep 3rd, 2005, 12:14pm »
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PLYMOUTH BRANCH BRIDGE

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« Reply #9 on: Sep 3rd, 2005, 12:20pm »
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WBCRR BRIDGE OVER THE ORIGINAL Wilkes Barre & Plymouth Railroad and Bridge Co. LINE (THE DIRT IN FRONT OF ME) LOOKING TOWARDS WILKES BARRE WITH THE PLYMOUTH BRIDGE TO MY BACK.

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« Reply #10 on: Sep 3rd, 2005, 12:28pm »
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THE BLACK DIAMOND

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« Reply #11 on: Sep 3rd, 2005, 12:31pm »
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BLACK DIAMOND LOOKING FROM WILKES BARRE TO KINGSTON ( KIRBY PARK)

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I AM MISSING A BUNCH OF KINGSTON AND I WILL GET THEM IN THE FALL. HERE YOU SEE THE WBCRR LEAVING KINGSOTN ON WAY TO THE GAUNTLET CROSSING BACK TO THE NORTH END OF WILKES BARRE WITH THE CP RAIL ON TOP.

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MORE OF THE SAME WITH MY KID ON THE BIKE AND THE RIVER JUST TO THE RIGHT OVER THE TREES

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THE GAUNTLET FROM KINGSTON BACK TO WILKES BARRE ON WAY TO HUDSON YARDS

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RED=Wilkes Barre & Plymouth Railroad and Bridge Co.
BLUE = D&H WBCRR
GREEN=DL&W BLOOM BRANCH
PURPLE= PRR
BLACK =LVRR
YELLOW =CNJ L&S DIVISION
P= PLYMOUTH BRANCH BRIDGE
BD= BLACK DIAMOND BRIDGE
BW= BUTTONWOOD YARDS
FJ=FRANKLINS JUNCTION


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« Reply #16 on: Sep 3rd, 2005, 10:19pm »
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Wow!!! xplorer, you really did alot of research. I can't thank you enough for starting this topic. I love exploring remnants of old railroads. But too bad that the Plymouth Branch bridge has been torn down for a levee project, what a shame. Again thank you xplorer and from your research and efforts people will learn from this as I did.  

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Nickel Plate Road "Berkshire" #759
Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
Retired: 1958
Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/steamtown/shs2o.htm
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The Delaware and Hudson Canal Company was operating mines in the Plymouth and Larksville area as early as 1870 and by 1876 there were five separate mines and breakers. The old No. 5 was abandoned and a new shaft sank. A new breaker was built off of Nesbitt Street. In 1915 this breaker was revamped and began receiving coal from the all D&H mines in Larksville and Plymouth vai the Plymouth # 5 branch.
On January 22, 1919 the original No. 5 breaker was completely destroyed by fire and the company was faced with the problem of transporting coal from the colliery to another breaker since there were no other breakers located near the No. 5. The decision was made immediately to build a new steel and concrete structure on the same site.  The new breaker was completed ahead of schedule in 130 days. It was completely electrical and began operation on June 22, 1919. It was renamed the Loree after L.F. Loree, president of the D&H Railroad.


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« Reply #18 on: Sep 4th, 2005, 4:21pm »
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My area is Scranton, Pa. The DL&W had a huge locomotive shop, yard and the most luxurious passenger station on the Lackawanna. The D&H also ran thru Scranton, the CNJ. Scranton is one really historical hotspot and many railroads still go thru Scranton, like the Delaware Lackawanna, a carrier that operates on former DL&W trackage to Mt. Pocono. Also NS, CP and RN have a yard in Taylor, although the yard belongs to CP. Here's a link to a page about the last days of the Loree colliery showing pictures of it being sadly demolished.
 
http://www.undergroundminers.com/loree.html


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Nickel Plate Road "Berkshire" #759
Built: August 1944
Builder: Lima Locomotives Works
Driver diameter: 69 inches
Boiler Pressure: 245
Coal: 22 tons
Water: 22,000 gallons
Retired: 1958
Used on the famous High Iron Excursions
http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/steamtown/shs2o.htm
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« Reply #19 on: Sep 7th, 2005, 6:24am »
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Walk way over pass just after the Wye. I put 2 black lines on the pic to show the two branches. The lower line is on way to Plymouth  the upper line is on to the Black Diamond.

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