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NEFAN
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« on: Jan 11th, 2011, 8:59pm »
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My grandparents lived between what was the Gravity RR loaded track and the light track above Plane one and the Gravity shops. That part of the light track later became the D&H's Honesdale branch. Using Shaughnessy's book, I was able to hike around the area in the 70's and check out the shop buildings.  
 
As this article states, the buildings were supposed to be saved. I wonder what happened?


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« Reply #1 on: Jan 11th, 2011, 9:03pm »
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These buildings were fun to wander around in. I remember that the floors had rails in then.

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« Reply #2 on: Jan 11th, 2011, 9:05pm »
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Another view

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« Reply #3 on: Jan 11th, 2011, 9:10pm »
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standing under the O&W. This is weeds and a parking lot today.

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« Reply #4 on: Jan 13th, 2011, 11:08am »
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How were they allowed to tear it down?

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« Reply #5 on: Jan 13th, 2011, 11:14am »
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on Jan 13th, 2011, 11:08am, montclaire wrote:       (Click here for original message)
How were they allowed to tear it down?

 
Just because a structure or site is listed on the Historical register, doesn't mean it's protected from being torn down.
 
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 13th, 2011, 11:44am »
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Took the grant and ran, I suppose.

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« Reply #7 on: Jan 13th, 2011, 6:45pm »
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The area around the Plane one monument has been spruced up and looks better than in the 70's. There was a small foot bridge here across the brook that I took on the way to the D&H yard.

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« Reply #8 on: Jan 13th, 2011, 6:49pm »
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Waymart Gravity station. Neat little town.

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« Reply #9 on: Jan 13th, 2011, 6:54pm »
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Turning around you see this little gem. I would love to see it on a working section of the Gravity. Maybe someday...
 
Anyone have other photos of remains of the Gravity?


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« Reply #10 on: Jan 15th, 2011, 10:31pm »
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It's amazing that for the age of the gravity lines that passenger cars are still around.  Three out of four from the PCC and all from 1850.  Is that the only D&H one left?

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« Reply #11 on: Jan 17th, 2011, 7:37pm »
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There is one on display in Nay Aug Park in Scranton and my understanding is that a few others survive, but in what shape I don't know. I hope that this one may run on a working section some day.  We can dream!

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« Reply #12 on: Jan 18th, 2011, 3:02pm »
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Out of the four PCC cars, all circa 1850, three survive.  One is on display in Nay Aug, one is on display in Hawley, and a third is built into a residence.  The fourth was used as an office of sorts and eventually just decayed beyond saving.  
 
I have no idea as to the D&H cars though, outside of this one.


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« Reply #13 on: Jan 18th, 2011, 6:27pm »
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I always assumed that the car in Scranton was D&H, but I see it was PCC.

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« Reply #14 on: Jan 20th, 2011, 5:54pm »
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Since the Honesdale Branch row ran just above my Grandparents house, it was a favorite place of mine to walk. On a few occasions I walked all the way to the switchback. In the 70's with a few minor detours, you could easily follow the row and stay off of private property. The switchback was easy to see. but even then it was overgrown and difficult to walk on.  
 
Here is the only crossbuck I ever saw on the line. Rails were still in the pavement.


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« Reply #15 on: Jan 20th, 2011, 5:59pm »
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The is where the branch crossed Rt6. This is still easy to locate.

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« Reply #16 on: Jan 20th, 2011, 6:14pm »
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Coming from New Jersey, it seemed like real wilderness walking the branch.  
 
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Where did the branch leave the main? I remember an old unused track crossing Gordon Ave in the 70's.  
 
Also, it doesn't appear that the entire branch was abandoned at once. What I had heard is that part was kept to service breakers above Carbondale. Anyone know or have a map?  


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« Reply #17 on: Jan 24th, 2011, 5:24pm »
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One D&H gravity car is on display in the Honesdale Museum where the replica of the Stourbridge Lion is.  
 
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on Jan 18th, 2011, 3:02pm, montclaire wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Out of the four PCC cars, all circa 1850, three survive.  One is on display in Nay Aug, one is on display in Hawley, and a third is built into a residence.  The fourth was used as an office of sorts and eventually just decayed beyond saving.  
 
I have no idea as to the D&H cars though, outside of this one.



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« Reply #18 on: Jan 24th, 2011, 5:29pm »
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I have explored part of this line, from where it breaks off the mainline near Archbald. I have a page on my old site with pictures and a few maps from different years showing how the line changed as sections were abandoned.
 
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I followed it up to what the topo map calls "Nebraska" there is a housing development there and one particular homeowner who was very irate. I lost the railbed as it crossed the creek right there. Your pictures above indicate that another section might still be accessible, further up from the Nebraska section. Hmm, might have to put that in for a spring walk. Do you have any more info where it crossed at Route 6 ?  
 
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Coming from New Jersey, it seemed like real wilderness walking the branch.  
 
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Where did the branch leave the main? I remember an old unused track crossing Gordon Ave in the 70's.  
 
Also, it doesn't appear that the entire branch was abandoned at once. What I had heard is that part was kept to service breakers above Carbondale. Anyone know or have a map?  



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« Reply #19 on: Jan 25th, 2011, 9:15pm »
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Mike - The section of the Honesdale branch that I am familiar with left the main in Carbondale and looped back over the town. I see on your site where the line from Archbald connected. The section that runs through Carbondale to "old" Rt6 is easy to locate on Google maps. I outlined it in red. It crosses "old" Rt6 about a 1/4 mile before the junction with "new" Rt6. It is still dirt and doesn't look much different than the photo from the '70's. ( the Chrysler is gone though  ) You can also follow it in White's Crossing which is above Simpson.  
I haven't walked it in many years, so if you go, take pics and let us know what you find.



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