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George_Harris
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« Reply #180 on: Apr 21st, 2009, 7:25pm »
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When you see these very complex interlockings with the operating pipes running to the various switch points, and also today,when you see a No. 20 turnout with the pipes running from the switch point to the second drive point, what you are looking at is standard Schedule 40 nominal 1 inch galvanized water pipe.

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mike_nepa
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« Reply #181 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 6:21am »
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I have not seen anything like that yet. If they are still present, its no doubt buried under years of leaves and growth. As I shown so far some areas were disturbed with trail work and bulldozing.  
 
On a different note we took a stroll near Forest City yesterday and found some things. My GPS data is off a bit with the projected mile posts since there aren't any in this area, but I found one to make a new reference point.  
 
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« Reply #182 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 6:25pm »
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Yesterdays walk turned up some neat stuff. The mile posts I went looking for were not there. We parked in Forest City's trailhead and headed north.  
 
These are concrete pads, I don't have the exact MP yet as I have to re-align my GPS data to account for the missing posts. This is around MP 169
 
Edit: After fixing my GPS data this is at MP 169.3


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« Reply #183 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 6:27pm »
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What we were trying to find was known as "FT Cabin" at MP 169.6 Next to the pads is this remains. This is a possibility that this was it.  
 
Edit: This is at MP 169.3 so it is not the cabin


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« Reply #184 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 6:28pm »
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Walking back to the car on the west side of the railbed I spotted this. There are a total of 10 pads line this. This relic is on the opposite side of most other ones found. (except for the Jefferson Jct tower)

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« Reply #185 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 6:33pm »
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Getting back to the car, this time of year since its trout season, they allow cars on the south side of the railbed so we decided to drive it south to Vandling in hopes of finding more mile posts. There is a large gap of missing mile posts from here up to Uniondale so my projected GPS data is not accurate.  First I spotted this foundation remains next to the Lackawanna River.

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« Reply #186 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 6:33pm »
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A short ways south of that is the remains of a dam.

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« Reply #187 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 6:37pm »
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We drove to the crossover point to the O&W railbed and stopped. It is not drivable beyond that and the ownership by NEPA rails-trails ends at the crossover. No biggie, I went for a walk to the first un-improved bridge in hopes of seeing Mile post #173. About 50 feet off the railbed on the east side I spotted this. This was a total surprise  and I never saw anything like this! There are a total of 12 pads and are about 7-8 feet high each. Nearby looks like the remains of a foundation but the leaves are covering it up and I was short on time.
 
Edit: this is at MP 172.9


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« Reply #188 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 6:38pm »
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This is the first bridge heading south that is un-improved. The barricades across it have been removed. The mile post should be just across the bridge.

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« Reply #189 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 6:39pm »
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I found it, about 190 feet away from my projected data. This is mile post #A-173 toppled over. It is still intact but the writing is not readable.

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« Reply #190 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 6:44pm »
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Well to get back to where we left off. This series of pictures will go northward from Jefferson Junction. I will cover that in another series of pictures. I promised some "good stuff" here it is.  
 
Remember my post #172 showing the area heading northward from three years ago? Here it is again this year. Erosion has almost wiped out this section. Starucca creeks flow changed over the years and is now destroying the railbed. The change from post #172 shows a big difference in three years. On a good note, this erosion has uncovered something in the distance.


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« Reply #191 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 6:46pm »
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This is the remains of a 75 foot turntable! Apparently when they didn't need it anymore, they just buried it as it is lower then the current railbed. Remember the abutments next to the re-decked bridge? I think that was the line that lead up to this turntable and is why it is lower then the present day bridge.  
 
Erosion from the creek exposed this section and was not seen 3 years ago.


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« Reply #192 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 6:46pm »
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Another view, Only about 25 percent of the circle remains.

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« Reply #193 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 6:47pm »
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One of the apparent sides. My track schematic from 1935 does show this turntable in this location (well it is a hand drawn map)

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« Reply #194 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 6:48pm »
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Some of the broken remains can still be seen in the creek.

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« Reply #195 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 6:48pm »
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More remains.

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« Reply #196 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 6:50pm »
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We begin to head north again. Off to the right you can see the railbed of Jefferson Junction as it climbs to the south side of the Starucca Viaduct.  This also shows the view of the erosion. Hard to imagine there was once a double tracked line here (and partly over the turntable!)
 
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« Reply #197 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 6:51pm »
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We found this laying off to the side. The view indicates it must have been electrical in nature. This could have tumbled down from Jefferson Jct.

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« Reply #198 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 6:52pm »
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Another view of the object.  


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« Reply #199 on: Apr 22nd, 2009, 6:57pm »
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The railbed crosses State Hwy 1009 just south of the Starucca Viaduct.

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