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mike_nepa
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« Reply #20 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 9:16am »
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Just after the route 171 bridge in Forest City, there are some remains on the left side but they are unknown. This appears to be a mile post but it isn't.  
 
This is about MP 170.5
 


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« Reply #21 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 9:24am »
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Off to the side is the remains of this platform. When the line was abandoned anything of value was stripped off. There are few remains along here.

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« Reply #22 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 9:24am »
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This sign marks where the Forest City train station was.  


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« Reply #23 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 9:26am »
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Signal bases remain as well. The relay boxes were scrapped out as well.  


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« Reply #24 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 9:28am »
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These photos were also taken in 2005. Since that time this section has been "improved" with a new surface. At first it was a good surface even to the point you could take a road bike on it, until it rained. Then it was a mess. SO these photos reflect the original cinder surface.

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« Reply #25 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 9:28am »
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Another re-decked bridge.

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« Reply #26 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 9:29am »
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A large retaining wall

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« Reply #27 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 9:31am »
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This bridge still has the original D&H markings. So this tells us we are near MP 168. There is a large gap between located mile posts.  


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« Reply #28 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 11:58am »
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Nice thread Mike. When I was in high school, we went on a bike trip from Carbondale to Thompson (I believe it was Thompson), 26 mile round trip. Let me tell you what a great ride it was. The view of the stillwater reservoir was breathaking. We were supposed to take the NYO&W on the return leg, but the railbed was washed out from a previous heavy thunderstorm. But not much was left at all after the D&H abandoned the Penn Division. Only a few telegraph poles, and that was it. All I was thinking about was that the same railbed I am riding on right now, 50 years ago Challengers were laboring up with heavy coal trains.

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mike_nepa
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« Reply #29 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 6:39pm »
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on Apr 10th, 2009, 11:58am, NKP759fan wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Nice thread Mike. When I was in high school, we went on a bike trip from Carbondale to Thompson (I believe it was Thompson), 26 mile round trip. Let me tell you what a great ride it was. The view of the stillwater reservoir was breathaking. We were supposed to take the NYO&W on the return leg, but the railbed was washed out from a previous heavy thunderstorm. But not much was left at all after the D&H abandoned the Penn Division. Only a few telegraph poles, and that was it. All I was thinking about was that the same railbed I am riding on right now, 50 years ago Challengers were laboring up with heavy coal trains.

 
Thompson would be the right amount of miles that you describe. Once you get north of the Stillwater reservoir the O&W heads away from the D&H and would not be easy to connect to it. We also explored the Scranton Division of the O&W and the railroad bed is intact.  
 
Pictures from stillwater are coming    I don't want to get out of order here with the tour. Most of these were taken back in 2005. We have been on this railroad bed recently looking for more artifacts. We found some. AT the time these pictures were taken, the growth was in so many things were missed.
 
You are right that there is little left, Guilford took anything of value when the line was removed. Through the past two weeks we located the remains of Jefferson Junction (including the tower) a turntable, and two more mile posts that are now toppled over.  
 
I live less then a block away from the remaining active line now known as the Delaware-Lackawanna's Carbondale Branch.  
 
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« Reply #30 on: Apr 10th, 2009, 10:17pm »
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Nice tour, Mike. It gives me a current perspective on a place I've only known in photographs. Thanks for sharing.

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« Reply #31 on: Apr 11th, 2009, 8:23am »
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Ok next section: After passing under the bridge we come to this re-decked bridge.

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« Reply #32 on: Apr 11th, 2009, 8:24am »
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BTW: these series of pictures were taken in 2006. This is a view of the stillwater lake next to the railroad bed

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« Reply #33 on: Apr 11th, 2009, 8:25am »
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We pass by the Forest City natural gas pipeline station.

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« Reply #34 on: Apr 11th, 2009, 8:25am »
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Approaching Uniondale

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« Reply #35 on: Apr 11th, 2009, 8:26am »
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Uniondale trailhead

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« Reply #36 on: Apr 11th, 2009, 8:27am »
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The "W" post has been restored.

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« Reply #37 on: Apr 11th, 2009, 8:29am »
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The remains of an old alignment, or possibly a spur track off the main. Note the remaining abutment is pure stone.

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« Reply #38 on: Apr 11th, 2009, 8:29am »
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This large culvert is a creek off of Lewis Lake. Notice the size of this one while Michelle stands on top.

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« Reply #39 on: Apr 11th, 2009, 8:30am »
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some sort of building foundation remains off the side. I don't know if it was D&H related.

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