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« on: Dec 9th, 2002, 11:11pm »
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  Hello. I have been on a mission to find out some early information on the L&B. I know it was always related to the DL&W, and officially part of the system in the late 1800's (1899??), but can find no real information about it aside from what I have read in Tabers' books.
   I would like to know if any books exist regarding this, or if any of you guys (who impress me with what I have read) can add to my info.
   Thanks, Kirk.


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« Reply #1 on: Dec 11th, 2002, 12:06am »
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  This is what became to be the Bloomsburg Branch.

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« Reply #5 on: Dec 20th, 2002, 12:04am »
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Bill, thanks for the reply! I have maps and such, but thirst for more Bloom Branch info. It is hard to come by. I also have little information on the plant in Berwick served.......is there any more information on that (ACF)?
   Thanks, Kirk.


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« Reply #7 on: Oct 31st, 2005, 10:08am »
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The Bloom was a big-time railroad in its heyday.  Double-tracked and signalled, it was an important link between the Pennsy (at Northumberland) and the Lackawanna.  
 
The book "Scenes Along The Rails) has a entire section of photographs of line.  Karl Zimmerman's book about the Lackawanna has a great deal of photographs as well.
 
What remains of the Bloom today is now operated by three railroads:  The Luzerne and Susquehanna, Reading and Northern and the D&H.
 
The "slide curve" that Bill mentioned caused some problems for a gas pipeline company years ago.  It seems the company bought the ROW between Edwardsville and Berwick from the EL's estate.  Well, when the slide occurred, the railroad hastily moved their trackage from the original ROW to a point a few hundred feet away without formally acquiring ownership of the land.  When the pipeline was being put in, the owners of the land demanded (and received) payment for that segment of land.


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If I stand in Grandma's back yard in Georgetown and close my eyes real tight, I can still hear CNJ freights grinding up the backtrack......and smell the smoke from the brake shoes of a Tuscan Century 628 as it leads NE-84 through Georgetown Interlocking on its way to a meet with the D&H at W-B.....
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« Reply #8 on: Feb 2nd, 2006, 4:53am »
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This is a great Division of the Lackawanna. It was one of the most profitable of the Railroad and like many of the fallen flags divisions or branches it was acquired not built by but then added to. From Northumberland to Scranton chartered 1852 about 80 miles.
Starting at West Pittston and going down River.


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« Reply #9 on: Feb 2nd, 2006, 4:56am »
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From Pittston you could just make out the LV to Coxten off to the West Pittston Branch in the back ground.

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« Reply #10 on: Feb 2nd, 2006, 4:57am »
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Standing in West Pittston

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« Reply #11 on: Feb 2nd, 2006, 5:03am »
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I am standing in Swoyersville with the LV Bowmans Creek to my back on route to connect with the Harveys Lake/West Pittston branch that runs parallel to the Bloom the whole way to Edwardsville from Coxten and criss cross for mine branch service.

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« Reply #12 on: Feb 2nd, 2006, 5:08am »
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This is a siding with the Bloom to my right. It was hard to find but I found it. I am going to go back and try to pick out actual sidings on this siding.

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« Reply #13 on: Feb 2nd, 2006, 5:13am »
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I am now in Kingston from Luzerne with the Bloom to my left and sidings to my right

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« Reply #14 on: Feb 2nd, 2006, 5:29am »
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Many of the coal mines & breakers along the Bloom were on the Lehigh Valley. The Bloom would only switch to retrive coal destined for the Lackawanna. At first I would assume the Lackawanna serviced it's own mine land and breakers. After the anti trust laws went into effect and all was Glen Alden the LV and the Bloom competed for the traffic. This switch could have been to the Kingston # 4 and #2 that were independent of the DL&W. The DL&W rr had the Boston, Pettebone and Woodward between WEst Pittston and Larksville.

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« Reply #15 on: Feb 2nd, 2006, 5:44am »
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Leaving Kingston with sideings in Edwardsville. From the river bridge to this point we had stations at West Pittston, Wyoming (West that is), Maltby (an LV area for coal), Bennett (Luzerne these days) and soon in Kingston/Edwardsville.

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« Reply #16 on: Feb 2nd, 2006, 5:54am »
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Well here we are at the Kingston Round house near Edwardsville. What a sin!!!!!!
I just puked.
Here is the roundhouse as it sit today.


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« Reply #17 on: Feb 2nd, 2006, 6:00am »
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Some pics of crossings from the Kingston Yards to the Woodward Breaker then to Plymouth Jct along the River where the BLoom met the Plymouth and Wilkes Barre Bridge & RR Co. later part of the D&H. The Bloom had a station at this area.

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« Reply #18 on: Feb 2nd, 2006, 6:06am »
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Still more crossing Tobys Creek that the Bloom will run parallel to on way to the river under route 11 to Plymouth

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