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« on: Aug 13th, 2012, 7:53pm »
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I just watched a youtube video of the dedication of a cement block phone booth on the Ironton Rail Trail in Coplay. Mike Bednar did a presentation and spoke of how the system worked and donated the phone that is in it.
 
I find these booths very interesting, and that some still exist today to me is amazing. It's mentioned in the video that an LV booth is up here somewhere near Canandaigua? Would love to see it sometime.  
 
Heck, I'm chomping at the bit to see the one on the IRN Trail, too. Not to mention seeing everything else in that area, especially the kilns that are nearby in the "cement belt".......I'm sure the cement used to build those booths came from the nearby companies as it was in abundance in those days!
 
Here's the video, in case any of you haven't seen this....it's a good one!  
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbvmfnR7xkg
 
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« Reply #1 on: Aug 14th, 2012, 12:04am »
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Very nice resto job on that.Sadly,there were two of those booths here in the Valley until just a few years ago,both disappeared rather unexpectedly.One was in Wilkes Barre where the LV passenger main crossed the D&H Conyngham Branch,the other was outside Coxton Yard in Duryea on the the old NYO&W Austin Branch.. Here's the one in WB..


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« Reply #2 on: Aug 14th, 2012, 9:13am »
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I wonder who those two foamers are in the photo?  

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« Reply #3 on: Aug 14th, 2012, 9:30am »
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on Aug 14th, 2012, 9:13am, Ashley_John wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I wonder who those two foamers are in the photo?  
Look at those handsome devils..Never mind that,what the heck are they looking at?
 


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« Reply #4 on: Aug 14th, 2012, 3:02pm »
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If they're smart....they are checking for hornets!
Standard procedure when I worked on the LVRR was to toss a lit fusee into any phone box to get rid of stinging insects.


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« Reply #5 on: Aug 14th, 2012, 4:22pm »
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there's still one of these cement phone booths standing between Treichlers and Slatington, PA.  The Vally main has been converted to a biking, hiking trail and if you start at Treichlers the booth is on the eastbound side approximately 1/4 mile north of Treichlers.  I took a picture of it last year, will try to find and post.

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« Reply #6 on: Aug 14th, 2012, 10:49pm »
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This is the booth on the old LVRR at P&L Jct.  
 
The booth was situated at the location of the east yard lead switch near Spring Street.
 
The area where it sits was at one time clear, but mother nature has now cloaked it in brush.
 
Photo taken in October 2010.


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« Reply #7 on: Aug 14th, 2012, 11:47pm »
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Anybody know what kind of door these things had?

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« Reply #8 on: Aug 15th, 2012, 11:26am »
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Wood. Painted black if memory serves.

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« Reply #9 on: Aug 15th, 2012, 5:45pm »
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Paul, thanks for posting that pic of it and the location. I went out there today and found it and got some shots of it for my own record and will share them here as well. It's still really in good shape considering its age. As mentioned, it has more vegetation around it, but it wasn't as bad as I expected.
 


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A side view...

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Closer view of inside.........I suspect those lawn chairs may be there for someone using it as a shelter for hunting, perhaps.
 
I was thrilled that I got my own pics of this, because as many have said before--get your pics before everything is gone!
 
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« Reply #13 on: Aug 17th, 2012, 7:42pm »
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 Great to see some pics of these phone booths. There used to be one just east of Penora St. in Depew, NY.  
   Does anyone have info on when the yellow stripe was added to these as well as the small wooden pole mounted boxes?
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« Reply #14 on: Jan 21st, 2015, 7:06pm »
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I was in Wilkes Barre a few days ago,got a surprise..I'm happy to report that the phone booth in the pic is across the street at the cardboard recyclers..So it still exists..I'd ask if it's for sale,but my wife would chop my head off..

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North of Laury's Station which is north of Allentown there is a phone booth still.
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« Reply #16 on: Apr 29th, 2015, 12:42pm »
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You can still se one in Easton along Canal Street near where the E & N bridge crosses over the main.

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« Reply #17 on: Nov 9th, 2016, 9:48pm »
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I know this is an old post but I figured I'd reply to it anyway. I found one along the old Perth Amboy line down where Edison and Woodbridge meet up near where the Raritan Center rr line joins up to the Lvrr line. Someone must have knocked it down into the gulley but it's down there. I took pics of it too but I have to find them.

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