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The Hanover And Newport Branch
Incorporated March 1894
     I grew up in the home of my grandfather that the DL&W built in an area known as Loomis Park. I spent a great deal of time in the collieries and on the track beds of the H&N branch and know this small branch like the back of my hand.  
     Starting in Plymouth across the Susquehanna River at what was the Hanover Yards on the Bloomsburg division. The H&N crossed the River (PIC A) and went over the PRR tracks heading south then past the DL&W Loomis Power Plant 1914 (PIC B & C). Two WYES from Loomis shaft # 3 and from the power plant met the branch main here. The branch then went on south over River Road (now the San Souci Parkway) and the Peoples Railway trolley line on to the Loomis Breaker 1915 (PIC D & E). Before the Loomis was built this line served one breaker. It was the Auchincloss 1895 (PIC F) that sat off of the Middle Road and Prospect St. (just past L.C.C.C now) in Nanticoke. The breaker was experimental, it was the first all electric breaker in the world. The original branch line had one tunnel crossing built of stone 1896 over the Dundee Road and Nanticoke Creek (PIC G) then later it was extended with concrete for another rail 1915 with a raised bed. After the Loomis was built the Auchincloss was closed and the coal was transported from the Auchincloss shafts to the Loomis for processing by this line.  
 
At the future Loomis area a WYE that sent the line over to Rhone (now the Hanover Section of Nanticoke) broke away from the original Auchincloss line. From this point the line also crossed the Dundee Road at another crossing 1915 (PIC H) then ran parallel to the Dundee Road and the Nanticoke Creek. It then crossed the Middle Road in the Askam section of Hanover Twp, and  turned west running parallel to the Middle Road then south again to Concrete City 1914 (PIC I), a DL&W built community, then to Rhone where it crossed the  CNJ L&S/ Nanticoke branch by a girder bridge (called Auchincloss Jct.) before turning west again onto the Bliss Breaker (PIC J).  
 
The Bliss breaker 1895 was in the area of the original Hanover breaker owned by Charles Parish that had been struck by lightning and burned to the ground prior to the DL&W purchasing the land rights. It sat just over the border of Nanticoke City and the Hanover Twp, lines in Newport Township and was the only breaker in the Newport area owned by the DL&W even though it had a great deal of land at it’s disposal in this area.
After crossing the CNJ line and turning west to the Bliss this line also went east to the Truesdale 1905 (PIC K).  
 
Prior to being owned by the DL&W this mine area was forever changing hands. The first mine and gravity railroad in Hanover Twp. was built in this area and at one time it was owned and operated by the LVRR, who then in 1903 sold the land and the mine holdings to the DL&W. The L.V. owned Warrior Run breaker was situated on the south east side of the LVRR’s Wyoming Division tracks. The DL&W built the Truesdale on the north west side of the LVRR’s tracks along the east branch of the Nanticoke Creek closer to Rhone than Warrior Run. This breaker was the largest coal producing breaker in the entire northern region. This track was extended up the Little Wilkes Barre mountain, over the LVRR tracks in order to bring coal to the Truesdale from # 20 tunnel for process. This breaker burned down in 1953 and was closed along with the # 20 tunnel.  
 
NOTES!
1) All the above was sold to the Glen Alden Coal Co. 7/25/21. A company formed by the DL&W to circumvent anti-trust laws.
 
2) Loomis Park and Concrete City were sister communities of the same design with different building materials. Concrete City = Concrete / Loomis Park = Brick, cinder, wood, plaster and concrete. Concrete City has an Histoical Marker
  
3) The Loomis Colliery was built at the site of the original Dundee Mining company and its only shaft later became the #4 shaft of the Loomis. It was abandon due to mine gas beyond control originally, but the DL&W corrected this problem with state of the art ventilation.  
 
4) The DL&W also experimented with a concrete foundation, all steel and glass breaker with buildings all of brick and concrete to prevent fire.


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                    XPLORER: AWESOME, MY FRIEND!!!!!!! This is all really fascinating, and represents an aspect of the old Lackawanna few discuss........or even know about. My mother was born in Hanover Township in 1917, and her grandparents lived there until thier deaths in the 1930s. However, many of her aunts, uncles (many of whom worked in the mines at one time), and cousins lived there (as well as in Plymouth and Nanicoke) into the mid-1980s. My mother well remembers riding Lackawanna excursions out there from Hoboken to visit her grandparents in the 1920s and  the early 30s. She recalled many family stories about the mines and the rails in that area, and, I always found those stories to be really fascinating. Again, great work!! You really did an EXCELLENT job with your thorough research!!

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LOOMIS ARIAL 1 MAIN BRANCH TO THE RIGHT ON WAY TO AUCH/BLISS OR TRUESDALE

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Arial View with Nanticoke City @ the center of the map
GREEN = DL&W BLOOM on the north side of river with the H&N branch heading south  
YELLOW= CNJ L&S DIVISION NANTICOKE branch
BLACK= LVRR WYOMING DIVISION
PURPLE = PRR
P= POWER PLANT
L= LOOMIS
B=BLISS
A=AUCHINCLOSS
T=TRUESDALE
2=20 TUNNEL


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LOOMIS PARK BUILT BY THE DLW 1915

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