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mike_nepa
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« on: Apr 9th, 2009, 4:32pm »
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Would anyone like a tour of the D&H's Penn Division which is now mostly a rail-trail? I did a similar tour in the Erie section and it generated some interest.
Recently I have been back on that railroad bed looking for more artifacts.
 
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 9th, 2009, 9:54pm »
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Yes, I would like a tour of the Penn Division!  

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« Reply #2 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 8:35am »
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Ok then, lets start in Simpson. Directly under the route 171 bridge this is where the tracks are removed.

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« Reply #3 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 8:36am »
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Heading south, towards Carbondale, the line is in use by the Delaware-Lackawanna railroad, but as you can see these tracks have laid dorment for years. The building on the left is where the D&H used to manufacture hopper cars for hauling coal. Part of the building is still in use as another business (I forget what)

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« Reply #4 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 8:38am »
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Near Dundaff St in Carbondale you can see where they keep the weeds from growing. Here three tankers are parked on a side track just being stored here.  
Granted, these pictures were taken in 2005!


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« Reply #5 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 8:38am »
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The only remains of the Carbondale roundhouse is this smokestack.


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« Reply #6 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 8:40am »
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The abutment on the right is where the NY O&W crossed into Carbondale. The O&W was mostly elevated through Carbondale. Just ahead is the Pioneer Train Station and excursions to Carbdonale and the Santa train still use these tracks from thsi point south.

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« Reply #7 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 8:46am »
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Now going back to Simpson, heading north. This area to start is *NOT* part of the NEPA Rails-trails. These series of pictures was also taken in 2005  
 
I took these pictures heading southward so the camera perspective is opposite. This is just after the rails are removed.


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« Reply #8 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 8:49am »
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This is mile post "A174" This means you are 174 miles to Albany, NY. This line was once owned by the Erie and the mile posts are triangular concrete just as you would find along the Erie's lines. If you look close, you can see there is a number "37" that was carved in, then filled, before the post was painted. This line originally went to Lanesboro near the Starucca Viaduct. This number reflects how many miles it is to "Jefferson Junction"
 


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« Reply #9 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 8:51am »
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This is the first of 3 bridges that have not been re-decked. This is still an area that is not part of the rail-trail system.

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« Reply #10 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 8:52am »
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The second bridge

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« Reply #11 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 8:53am »
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There is a series of abutments where mining branches crossed over this line years ago. Dated ones show "1922"

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« Reply #12 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 8:54am »
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Some are concrete, some are stone

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« Reply #13 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 8:54am »
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The third bridge

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« Reply #14 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 8:55am »
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North of the third bridge is this smaller bridge leading off to mining branches. This has recently been blocked off.

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« Reply #15 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 8:57am »
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The bridge has wooden supports and is still in good shape. Behind the bridge is private property now. Just to clarify, this bridge is at a right angle to the main railroad bed.

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« Reply #16 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 8:58am »
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From this point north is part of the rail-trail system. This bridge has been re-decked.

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« Reply #17 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 9:00am »
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This is known as the "standpipe outfall" Years ago the D&H wanted to make a water tank here and drilled a well. They accidentally pierced into a flooded mine and now Acid Mine water pours out of this pipe. Needless to say this was useless to the railroad. Most of the iron oxides precipitate out before it joins into the Lackawanna river.

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« Reply #18 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 9:12am »
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Only a few areas have this stand that describes the artifacts. This one describes this abutment as a narrow gauge for the nearby mines.

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« Reply #19 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 9:14am »
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This is the Forest City Trailhead. Neaby there is a crossover to the O&W rail-trail that leads back to Simpson. The Simpson trailhead is actually the O&W railroad bed and ends in Browndale.

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