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Ashley_John
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Montrose Branch Questions
 
« on: Jan 12th, 2010, 11:17am »
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Hi all, I have some questions about the Montrose branch. How did the line originate, what was the major industry or industries, when was the line last used and when was it abandoned and the rails removed?
 
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Matthew_L
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Re: Montrose Branch Questions
 
« Reply #1 on: Jan 12th, 2010, 9:40pm »
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IIRC, the Montrose Branch was badly damaged in the flood of 1972 and taken OOS shortly afterward. I'm not sure when the rails were removed.  
 
According to some data I retrieved 7 years ago from www.lvrrmodeler.net (which is now defunct), LV served a couple of lumber dealers, a couple of feed/grain dealers (like Agway) and a business called Montrose Hangar Corp. I can't find any pics right now, but LV was using RS2/3s and SWs on the branch during its final years.  
 


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DElder
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Re: Montrose Branch Questions
 
« Reply #2 on: Jan 12th, 2010, 11:56pm »
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Matthew and all:
Just a quick note, but I'm happy to be able to report that Ed Schaller's excellent Lehigh Valley Modeler website is indeed still alive and well, and is being hosted by the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society as part of their website.  While new content has not been added in some time, all of the original info is still there.  It can be accessed at:
 
http://www.anthraciterailroads.org/lvrrmodeler/
 
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Re: Montrose Branch Questions
 
« Reply #3 on: Jan 13th, 2010, 1:11pm »
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I agree with Matthew John. Agnes,1972 did it in. It started out as a narrow gauge and after purchase by the LV they went standard gauge.There was also a coal trestle in Montrose. The Montrose station lasted into the 1970's, after the track was gone. I understand Springville station also was in business till near the end. Not sure if it was part time or not. They mostly dealt with ag products. I know a man that worked at Springville and also used Tunkhannock freight station to store ag materials. I was told the freight section was just high enough to keep flood waters out in 1972.(Tunkhannock) I think it was about 4 or 5 feet higher then the passenger section. The Montrose RR was chartered in 1869. It was completed in 1876. The standard gauge came in 1904. They also ran pasenger trains on the branch both in narrow and standard gauge. Lake Carey was also a popular stop.If you are not doing anything some day come on up and I will give ya the $.25 tour. There are some bridge piers that remain and even a crossing pole but other then that most is history.  Take err easy   Keith

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Ashley_John
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Re: Montrose Branch Questions
 
« Reply #4 on: Jan 13th, 2010, 1:59pm »
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Thanks for all the help guys! What got me started on this quest was a photo on the bottom of page 19  in "Alcos in Autumn" which, I believe is your photo Keith.
 
Keith, I just may take you up on your offer. But it will have to wait until we move into the house we just purchased and we get settled as well as after the weather gets a little better (before the leaves return).
 
John


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Re: Montrose Branch Questions
 
« Reply #5 on: Jan 13th, 2010, 3:31pm »
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Anytime John; Please let me know if I can be of any help. I have that old chevy pick up and a hand truck. My knees are a bit screwed up right now but I will do whatever I can to help as well. Glad to see you got a place. Good news indeed.   Keith

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Ashley_John
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Re: Montrose Branch Questions
 
« Reply #6 on: Jan 13th, 2010, 7:46pm »
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on Jan 13th, 2010, 3:31pm, darktown2 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Anytime John; Please let me know if I can be of any help. I have that old chevy pick up and a hand truck. My knees are a bit screwed up right now but I will do whatever I can to help as well. Glad to see you got a place. Good news indeed.   Keith

 
I'll keep you in mind Keith.
 
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 13th, 2010, 9:38pm »
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on Jan 12th, 2010, 11:56pm, DElder wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Matthew and all:
Just a quick note, but I'm happy to be able to report that Ed Schaller's excellent Lehigh Valley Modeler website is indeed still alive and well, and is being hosted by the Anthracite Railroads Historical Society as part of their website.  While new content has not been added in some time, all of the original info is still there.  It can be accessed at:
 
http://www.anthraciterailroads.org/lvrrmodeler/
 
Doug Elder

 
Doug, that's good news! Thanks for letting us know.  


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Re: Montrose Branch Questions
 
« Reply #8 on: Jun 1st, 2010, 7:38pm »
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A list of industries is here:
 
http://www.anthraciterailroads.org/lvrrmodeler/bflo_branch.html


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Re: Montrose Branch Questions
 
« Reply #9 on: Aug 21st, 2010, 6:02pm »
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I've been researching this one myself. I spent a lot of time in Tunk & Lemon between the mid 70's & mid 80's. I've been wondering about the Creamery Road/Lemon area where Sheps Cheese Plant (or so I remember it being called) was. Came across this Google book. Page 15 and lower.
 
http://books.google.com/books?id=pQwIwxCsadMC&pg=PA8&lpg=PA8&dq=montrose+railroad+tunkhannock&source=bl&ots=ry_p479M3k&sig=4jhN_j1QOfPv5okhlAX4MntsPu8&hl=en&ei=Z0ZwTPLcMMT48AaS2L3iCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=asa%20packer%20offered&f=false


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« Reply #10 on: Nov 24th, 2013, 6:25pm »
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Listed below is the 1898 narrow gauge equipment roster for the Montrose Railway and a photo of a Jackson & Sharp Combination and Passenger Car on the LV & P & NY flat cars for deliver.
 
Passenger -     No.'s 1 - 3
Combination -  No.'s 4 - 6
Box -      No.'s 12 - 14, 17
Stock -        No.'s 18, 19
High Side Gondola -   No.'s 21 - 27, 29 - 34  
Low Side Gondola -   No.'s 42, 43
Flat -      No. 41  
 



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« Reply #11 on: Nov 25th, 2013, 8:05pm »
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Below is a photo of the Lehigh Valley's Montrose Station.

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« Reply #12 on: Nov 28th, 2013, 11:44am »
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Another view of the Montrose station.

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From the May 2, 1878, "Engineering News", an article on "EARTHWORK ON NARROW-GAUGE RAILROADS".    



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« Reply #14 on: Aug 3rd, 2017, 7:05pm »
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Photo of South Montrose station (circa 1920) shared by Greg Gunshore on Facebook.


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