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S-12_Dave
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Re: LV Fan Roll Call
 
« Reply #20 on: Dec 29th, 2005, 6:50pm »
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Hi everyone,
 
My name is Dave Klutchko, and I have been a LV fan ( EL and D&H too ) all my life. I grew up in Swoyersville Pa. during the 60's and 70's.....very close to the LV West Pittston branch tracks. I go by Dave4664 on some other forums. I have an HO scale layout in my basement featuring the LV West Pittston Branch & the EL's Bloomsburg Branch.  
 


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LV LOU
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« Reply #21 on: Dec 29th, 2005, 7:25pm »
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Dave,GREAT website!! Check your PM's!!!! RDG2124,I hate to say this,but that map is wrong!! The Valley cutoff really doesn't go through Pittston,it starts in Pittston JCT.,goes through Duryea,through dupont,then to Pittston TWP.

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« Reply #22 on: Dec 29th, 2005, 8:21pm »
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Sorry about that I havent been up that way in a while...
 
            CJ


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« Reply #23 on: Dec 29th, 2005, 9:39pm »
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I'm Brad Smith and a recent LV fan. I'm first and foremost an EL fan.I guess it's genetic since both maternal grandparents worked for the Erie. Some of my earliest memories are of watching out the back picture window as EL freights rolled down the B&SW branch which bisected the family property in my home town of Eden. I have pictures of a 5 year old me standing in the midst of an EL pile-up in Eden with gramps walking around checking out the misfortune of his employer.
RIT brought me to Rochester then a job and a wife kept me here. I was a photo specialist for EK but unlike Scot, I chose a buyout rather than go digital. I'm a silver halide guy! Instead I bought a sawmill and then some property in the Victor/Bloomfield area. Twice a day now I cross the old LV during my commute and try to picture things as they used to be. I feel an affinity for the LV because, like the EL, they tried to make a go of it against mounting odds right till the end.  
I've participated in the Manchester Roundhouse clean up and although I know it's a losing battle, I'd sure like to see some of you guys there next time!


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« Reply #24 on: Dec 30th, 2005, 10:50am »
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Hey Mark and Dave, welcome! Glad to have you here on the board! And Brad, we'll make a LV fanatic out of you yet! Glad to see you and everyone else here checking in on the forum!
 
Ralph Heiss aka once again Car Floater, formerly CAPMOORE
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LV LOU
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« Reply #25 on: Dec 30th, 2005, 7:38pm »
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Hey John,believe it or not,it happened a lot of times!!! When I said a few times,I meant more than once!! WE used to go woodchuck hunting almost every week in good weather,so we were on that road a lot.Dad had a '63 Falcon Futura Sprint,289 4-speed.Sometimes,we'd be over 100 trying to catch them!!! I remember racing FA's,F's,and 628's.

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« Reply #26 on: Dec 30th, 2005, 9:12pm »
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George R. Stilwell, Jr., but just call me Ray.
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Old enough to be your GrandPa, 79 this coming year.
 
I love anything LV, pix, videos, models, etc. I've done scratch models in HO back when I could see well and my hands were steady. I have some kit-built 2R O scale and most of the latest RTR O-scale as well as N-scale, all LV.
 
LV took me to war (WWII), took me to school (Lehigh University), took me to date my future wife (S, Plainfield), ran past my first job after the war (Cornell-Dubilier), ran past my uncles steel plant (Harris Structural Steel, Piscataway, NJ), and near my first snd final job after school (Binghamton, NY) with tours and visits to Sayre.
 
I'm really glad we have this forum to share our fascination with a great Railroad.


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« Reply #27 on: Dec 30th, 2005, 10:19pm »
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Hi Ray!
 
I'm sure if you were to visit South Plainfield today, you wouldn't recognize it, of course depending on when you were here last, that is! Cornell-Dubilier is one of our biggest local Super Fund sites now, but it's still there, and of course Harris Steel is there too, actually looking much nicer than when I started dating my girlfriend in Piscataway 11 years ago, and busier in the last 5 years I've lived here in S.P.  
 
Like Jeff, aka alcoc420 from Easton, it seems Dunellen is a current theme among some of us! Sure, it's a CNJ town, but it's close enough to New Market (Piscataway), and usually confused as one and the same by non-locals.
 
I'm sure you have some good stories to share, having probably seen some neat stuff in those 79 years! My dad is only 5 years younger than you, so don't feel old, instead feel - well traveled!
 
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LV LOU
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« Reply #28 on: Dec 31st, 2005, 11:25am »
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LOL!! I almost died in that same Falcon in '74...I stuffed a 351 in it,I was blowing the doors off a '67 GTO,when some girl came out of a dirt road without stopping right in front of me.I missed her,but ended up rolling it endo 7 times.Didn't get a scratch[well,cut my back crawling out the back window!!!] the car was history,though.Oh yeah,she didn't bother stopping.

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S-12_Dave
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« Reply #29 on: Dec 31st, 2005, 1:41pm »
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Lou's recollections of the LV freights running along the Susquehanna river West of Coxton Yard got me thinking about all of the LV freight trains I saw while fishing in and around Tunkhannock. My dad had a small boat we would put into the river there.  Every summer during the 60's we would troll up and down that river catching mostly small mouth bass. I liked fishing ok....I still go a few times a year....but what I remember the most about those days are the trains. By the late 60's however,  the LV main was not in the best of shape. I remember the 628's rocking back and forth so bad that the crew had to hang on for dear life for fear of being thrown overboard. Engine compartment doors used to slam open and closed on the locomotives. Many times there was a set of "Snowbirds" or other power setting in Tunkhannock that I got to check out up close.
You could hear a train coming for miles in that river valley as we quietly drifted down river....and whenever I heard one coming,  I asked my dad to motor over to "track side" of the river to be close to the action. Despite the less than perfect track, the trains moved along at a good clip....more than once my dad said "it's not safe to be so close to those trains.... because one of these days....one of them are going to go for a swim...and I dont want to be under one when it does! "


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« Reply #30 on: Dec 31st, 2005, 11:26pm »
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Hey Dave,did ya by any chance see a Champaign gold 63 Falcon flyin' low next to any of them??

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LehighValley107

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« Reply #31 on: Jan 5th, 2006, 5:27pm »
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Well, Let me intoduce myself...
 
I am Chris, 18 years old, live in Edison NJ. My great grandfather worked on the LV, was a conductor on a local job. I model O guage, 3 rail... with LV/CNJ/D&H/NYC/PRR, cuase... its fun!
 
Nice to read all your stories...


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« Reply #32 on: Jan 7th, 2006, 3:44pm »
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Hi, my name's Warren Bascom. I live in Bloomington, Indiana now but I strated out in Allentown, Pennsylvania some fifty seven years ago.
My first recollection of the Lehigh Valley railroad are from the mid-1950's. The line was the LV's  West End Branch in Allentown.  My early railfanning experiences in Allentown also included the CNJ's Light Side Hump Yard. As the fifties ended my family moved to the rural area of Whitehall Township where the closest railroads were the RDG's C&F Branch and my first shortline, the Ironton.
My 35mm slides from that era are still packed away.  That was also the end of my model railroading days. I can't believe all of the goodies that have come along in the meantime.
Forty years later and I'm in Indiana. If I mention 'Lehigh' here, people think I'm speaking about the cement plant in Mitchell, Indiana. Yes, a Lehigh Portland facility. The only railroad running in my city is The Indiana Rail Road. Not a bad operation, but not the same as the lines I grew up with in the Lehigh Valley area.
My trips back to the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania are few these days. I thank all on the Internet for their posts that keep me updated on what's going on back in Pennsylvania.  
Did you ever take notice that the USPS postmark on mail from the Allentown area is Lehigh Valley, PA.  Alcos still hauling the mail!
I've scanned a couple of my slides of the LV.    They can be found at: <http://profiles.yahoo.com/iubusguy>
 


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« Reply #33 on: Jan 8th, 2006, 3:37am »
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Hi. I'm Ray Stilwell; well actually G.R.Stilwell. Notice my initials spell General Railway Signal. How could I not be a railfan?
 
I'm primarily into LV with secondary RF&P, NKP, CNJ, and even a little PRR.
 
I have models in N, HO, and 2R O-scale, mostly LV, some scratch built when I had better vision & steady hands. At 79 I almost need a magnifier to see the N scale, but it's fun to run.
 
I'm an EE from Lehigh University, now retired. I still find doing circuits is fun. I also worked in optical-fiber transmission, so I have some optical knowhow.
 
Sorry about the resume. Sounds like I'm bucking for a job or something.
 
I'm enjoying this forum and am willing to help with technical questions including LV paint schemes. I have lots of drawings given to me by the Supt. of Motive Power when I visited Sayre in years past.
 
Oh, I forgot, I live in Raleigh, NC, grew up in Plainfield, NJ, born in Bayonne, NJ, schooled in Bethlehem, PA, and worked many years in Endicott, NY.
 
More than you ever wanted to know, I'm sure.


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« Reply #34 on: Jan 11th, 2006, 8:58pm »
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Hi -
 
My name is Kevin.  I use the screen name WNYRailfan on railfan.net and railroad.net because I grew up at MP 389 of the NY Central mainline.  I was born 4 years after the formation of CR, so I never saw any NYC action.  The LV mainline runs about 5 miles South of my hometown and I always knew about it, but it wasn't until I worked on Seneca Lake, that I began to realize the importance of the LV.  I moved to Buffalo for college in 2000 and railfanned most of the old ROW there.  I did take a few pics of the modern LV Buffalo Passenger depot before it was demolished in Jan. 2005.  I also have pics of the LV Niagara Falls depot built in 1962.  
My interest in the LV grew as I did some research and followed the main line from Buffalo to Geneva.  I also fanned much of the naples branch.  About 2 years ago I contacted Keith Bednar by e-mail and really helped me learn about the LV.
Recently I walked some of the LV from Stafford to Victor.  There is a lot of interesting stuff remaining on the old ROW.
I moved to Toledo, OH in 2004 for my job...but I never lost my interest in the LV.
 
 


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« Reply #35 on: Jan 11th, 2006, 9:45pm »
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Welcome aboard, Kevin.  I think you have found what the rest of is this forum have discovered: LV was a grand lady of a RR. Even in death, she went down proudly.  I am sorry you never got to even see what little I experienced in LV's final 7 years.  I am glad to see that you are making the pilgrimages to former segments of the LV.  Have you railfanned LAL or Ontario Central?  LAL owns 3 miles of LV's Rochester branch in Henrietta, while Ontario Central operates 13 miles of LV mainline between Victor and Shortsville.  Both lines are worth railfanning, and the heavy rails of the ONCT are still mostly from the LV days.  Trust me- it's worth the trip back to NY for either of them.        

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« Reply #36 on: Jan 12th, 2006, 9:03pm »
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Before I left Rochester...I was offered a ride on the Ontario Central.  I was too busy to take the engineer up on the offer.  Maybe someday I'll get the chance to get back there to get a ride.  
 
Since no one brought it up yet...in late December I went to Rochester Junction.  The sewer project from 2000 is finally being completed and thus the Rochester branch ROW is all torn up.  The mainline ROW is intact, but slightly dug up.  There are piles and piles of black balast/cinders.  It would be a good time to add balast to your home collection.    


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« Reply #37 on: Jan 12th, 2006, 9:26pm »
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Hey Ray...
 
My name is Jeff(alcoc420). You mentioned Binghamton. Im orginally from Vestal. But i have lived in Binghamton and was born in Johson City. I pretty much live in Binghamton during the summer with my grandparents. My grandfather also has and had worked in Endicott at IBM.
 
 
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« Reply #38 on: Jan 14th, 2006, 3:10pm »
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Welcome everyone!

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« Reply #39 on: Jan 15th, 2006, 10:02am »
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Greg, welcome!
 
I recognize you from other forums, and I'm glad you have stopped in to say hello!
I only wish I lived closer to Sayre, so that I could participate in the museum restoration with you guys. While I happen to live right along the largest surviving piece of the LV, little remains of it's infrastucture to remind you it was the LV. To me, Pattenburg Tunnel is just a tunnel! The most I have been able to do to spread the history of the LV to the masses, is write articles for historical magazines (I was published for the first time last year, but am looking to expand upon it), but it's better than nothing!
 
Ralph Heiss
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