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wetmary
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The Alphabet Route
 
« on: Sep 12th, 2009, 7:01pm »
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I have seen a Western Maryland Railway system map showing both L&HR and L&NE running parallel to Maybrook.  Which railroad was the link in the Alphabet Route?  Both?

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« Reply #1 on: Sep 12th, 2009, 9:38pm »
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L&HR.
 
I'd have to check references, but I'm pretty sure the L&NE never took part in any such joint routing. They didn't have a convenient direct connection to the 'feeder' roads at Allentown.
 
See this website:
 
http://www.alphabetroute.com/


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« Reply #2 on: Sep 15th, 2009, 8:56am »
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L&HR only.
 
L&NE was not in the competitive fast freight market, nor was it attuned to provide fast bridge line service like the L&HR.
 
It was basically as way for the LC&N to move their product to market.
 
All the conencting roads (NH, Erie, DL&W, LV, CNJ, PRR, Reading) had a stake in the L&HR.
 
The L&HR had a practically nill per diem ballance, something the L&NE could never achieve.  
 
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wetmary
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« Reply #3 on: Sep 15th, 2009, 5:41pm »
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Thanks for the information.  In an article on Pittsburgh short lines in CLASSIC TRAINS recently David Ingles mentioned the L&NE as a participant in the Alphabet Route and I wondered about that.

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« Reply #4 on: Sep 17th, 2009, 11:25am »
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No problem......What you read is incorrect, or probably more a broad association with other area railroads. I find that articles like that tend to get broad painting of the facts, lest they get bogged down in the obsure details.
 
The L&NE was certainly tied to the movement of freight between PA and NY, but like the O&W, it was unable to competitively compete in the haulage of "fast freight" into and out of the Maybrook gateway, both because of their respective inferior route structures that just could not compete with the likes of the L&HR or Erie.
 
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