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Profiles of the Lehigh Valley Railroad
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Profiles of the Lehigh Valley Railroad
 
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From: BlackDiamondExpress@yahoogroups.com
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Subject: [BlackDiamondExpress] File - Profiles of the Lehigh Valley Railroad
 
 
The following profiles of the Lehigh Valley Railroad from 1956 and 1972 Pocket Lists of Ra
ilroad Officials give a snapshot look at the Lehigh Valley Railroad as it looked in 1956 w
hen it still hauled passengers and in 1972 after it had been freight only for 11 years. Wh
at a difference 16 years can make!
 
1956 Lehigh Valley Railroad
 
:Locos: diesel-electric, 27 road haul (88 units),135 switchers
Cars: 15001 freight, 121 passenger, 416 pieces of company service equipment.Mileage: 1150
miles.
 
1972 Lehigh Valley Railroad
 
Mileage:925.53 miles
Locos: 146: 50 road haul (53 units),96 switchers
Cars: 4907 freight,249 pieces of company service equipment.
TOFC: 25 Flatcars,209 Trailers.
 
As can be seen by these two profiles of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, the total mileage in o
peration was reduced by over 200 miles in those 16 years by which this comparison is made.
 Only 3 EMD F7s remained on the roster as the GP38ACs and GP38-2s allowed the railroad to
reduce the number of units needed to haul a train, with three 2000hp units doing the work
that four 1500hp units were previously needed to do. The last Alco PAs left the roster in
1967 and the number of freight cars operated was reduced by about two-thirds, which should
 be an indication of the mounting problems the Lehigh Valley had in having to hire cars to
 move the freight tended it by its customers as the railroad no longer seem to have suffic
ient cars of its own to handle the load. More on this in other text files.


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