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THE DL&W Scranton to Binghamton
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EMDF7John
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« Reply #160 on: Feb 28th, 2006, 10:39pm »
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Beautiful Alford Pennsylvania.  This view of the main as you see it below was part of the realignment between 1912 to 1915.  Alford tower and station were both completed in 1915.  
 
This is the third station to call this town home.  A wooden depot similiar in construction to the original Nicholson station (freight depot post-1915) was the first.  It was followed by a concrete and brick station to replace the wooden structure which burned some time after the turn of the century.  The second station was completed around 1907.  When the realignment was complete the eight year old station was taken out of service.  No trace of it exists today.  
 


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« Reply #161 on: Mar 1st, 2006, 1:08am »
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A closer look at Alford Tower.  This interlocking tower was armstrong controlled and was responsible for traffic on the siding East to West Kingsley and also for governing movement on the Montrose branch which split from the main not far beyond the station.

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« Reply #162 on: Mar 1st, 2006, 1:18am »
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Going in for a closer look.

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« Reply #163 on: Mar 1st, 2006, 1:29am »
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The year the tower (and the re-alignment) was completed.  Sadly, only a single track passes the tower these days.  Alford was a busy location on this rural stretch of DL&W.  I've seen photos of this area with 4 tracks, a couple hand carts (gandy dancers), a turn table (and accompanying structure) a water tower, three signal bridges and a Camelback.

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« Reply #164 on: Mar 1st, 2006, 1:35am »
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Detail.  The overall condition of this structure (which has been out of service since 193 can still be appreciated.

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« Reply #165 on: Mar 1st, 2006, 1:39am »
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How about some snow?

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« Reply #166 on: Mar 1st, 2006, 1:44am »
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The good tower of Alford is 3 levels.

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« Reply #167 on: Mar 1st, 2006, 1:48am »
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Taking a closer look at the main entrance.

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« Reply #168 on: Mar 1st, 2006, 1:57am »
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Here's a handrail in rather good condition.  This "oops don't fall and get hurt so you won't be able to show for work" rail was the predecessor to the "oops don't fall, get hurt and sue us" rail that is so common in todays workplace

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« Reply #169 on: Mar 1st, 2006, 8:28am »
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John Great stuff!
I love the DL&W architecture from this period. The "1915" tells the story here. A great deal of the concrete, brick and metal work went on to be used in a great many Lackawanna creations at this point in time. These same techniques were than adopted the world over. In my Hanover & Newport thread I show a lot of this type of element. Most notable is the Concrete City mining houses they built for the Truesdale Colliery and the Loomis Breaker. I actually have an article on the building of the entire Loomis Colliery with all the engineering specs fro the concrete and rebar used along with the Loomis Power Plant specs. I also have pics of the Concrete City being built from scratch. They show the methods of manufacturing the DL&W used for this period of growth.  The periods between 1885 and 1920 the DL&W built the finest infrastructure ever. I have never been past Nicholson. I hope to see more archatecture of this type along the way.
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« Reply #170 on: Mar 1st, 2006, 12:10pm »
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Rick, glad you're enjoying the ride.  Reinforced concrete is great.  It's too bad there was no way of knowing that more of it would have dulled or warded off the blow of Hurricane Diane.  I would love to see the Luzerne County photos you have.  It's hard to believe that I've never been to Concrete City since it's so near my current location of Scranton.  I enjoy your H&N thread greatly.  Your contributions on the Bloom are great as well.  
 
You should definitely venture North of Nicholson, it's some very scenic territory. (not to mention historic too)  Still much DL&W to enjoy.
 
Here we have the entrance of the tower.  No ordinary rectangular door resided here.  Also observe the varying textures of the concrete here.


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« Reply #171 on: Mar 1st, 2006, 1:26pm »
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Great detail photos, John. Having worked with concrete and precasting in the past, I really am amazed at the workmanship that went into the DL&W concrete structures. One of the things to notice is the only form lines are lines that they wanted in for detail.The different textures are also very interesting and also show a high degree of craftmanship. Like old stone work, this is becoming a lost art. New concrete structures don't show half the craftmanship. These guys were truely masters. Thanks, C  L Stuff!
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« Reply #172 on: Mar 5th, 2006, 2:46pm »
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Thank you Greg O.  The towers really are something else!  
 
Here's an interior shot of the middle level of Alford (grade level)


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« Reply #173 on: Mar 6th, 2006, 12:57pm »
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Upper level.  Some levers remain.  The only tower that I know to have remaining controls.  Tongue and groove flooring still exists at Alford.

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« Reply #174 on: Mar 6th, 2006, 1:13pm »
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I'm certain that these drawers must have held some interesting documentation at one time.

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« Reply #175 on: Mar 6th, 2006, 1:17pm »
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Apparently where you dropped your deuce if you had to...

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« Reply #176 on: Mar 6th, 2006, 1:25pm »
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Closer view of controls

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« Reply #177 on: Mar 6th, 2006, 1:29pm »
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View East

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« Reply #178 on: Mar 6th, 2006, 1:34pm »
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View West

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« Reply #179 on: Mar 6th, 2006, 9:27pm »
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Very enlightening shots, John,
I knew that some of the towers had toilets on the first floor with a vent line running up through the second, but it looks like there was actually a toilet there as the marks in the flooring suggest.Odd. Great veiws and good shots of the remaining armstrong levers. Was that the opening for the stairway in the back corner?? Some of the other towers had a straight stairway up the back inside wall.
Thanks for the pics
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