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A remnant of the Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton Railway
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duplexdrive
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A remnant of the Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton Railway
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« on: May 20th, 2003, 9:48pm »
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This is what remains of Blytheburn lake. In the distance you can see that the bridge over the entrance to the lake is still in place! On cold winter's nights the local's swear that they can hear the trolley whistling for the station stop.   Not to far north of this point, the trolley bed has been paved. Some of the best damn road in the state of Pennsylvania in my opinion!  

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Along the old WB&H, waiting for the next trolley to arrive.

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Re: A remnant of the Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton Rai
 
« Reply #1 on: May 20th, 2003, 10:00pm »
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Beautiful shot, Russell!  Is that bridge still in use for a road or driveway? - Bob

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« Reply #2 on: May 20th, 2003, 10:02pm »
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Indeed, very neat picture, Russell.  Also I nice shot of that waterfall.

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Re: A remnant of the Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton Rai
 
« Reply #3 on: May 21st, 2003, 10:13pm »
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Thank you gentlemen! Unfortunately the road doesn't go over the bridge, Bob. The right of way on each side of the bridge has been removed. It's just sitting out there all by itself, waiting for that next trolley. To bad it will never arrive.  

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Re: A remnant of the Wilkes-Barre and Hazleton Rai
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« Reply #4 on: Sep 26th, 2005, 4:48pm »
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How about this shot of The Cannonball under the old LVRR now under I-81 to nowhere. 3/4 mile tunnel of the old WB&H. That is my ATV I had just come out of the tunnel

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« Reply #5 on: Oct 12th, 2005, 12:24pm »
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Though sad to see it abandoned, it's good to know it's still intact and not forgotten. Tunnel was located 22.75 miles and 50 minutes from Hazleton. It's interesting to know WB&H dabbled with the freight business interchanging with railroads, but that serivce quickly died off...

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« Reply #6 on: Oct 12th, 2005, 1:36pm »
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And the W-B&H had an interesting two-truck articulated steeple-cab (#400, built by GE). It's pictured on p. 69 of CERA Bulletin 129, Not Only Passengers.

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« Reply #7 on: Oct 27th, 2005, 6:47pm »
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I have a book written in the 1970's about this entire line and one of the other sites has a picture in the hey day with the concrete still around the mouth of the tunnel and the 3rd rail in place. If you guys need any info drop me a line. I am seeking  pictures from the north opening on the Hanover Twp side with the LVRR above.

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« Reply #8 on: Jan 20th, 2006, 9:34pm »
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...one of the other sites has a picture in the hey day with the concrete still around the mouth of the tunnel and the 3rd rail in place

 
You mean this picture XPLORER?


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« Reply #9 on: Jan 20th, 2006, 10:24pm »
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Yeah that is it on the Nuangola side . I have been in that thing. It is not nice and the other side got blown up and buried.
 
From CNJ post about your pictures
Jhnz33  
It is the Wilkes Barre Hazleton on way to Sugar Notch past the arches on to Nuangola Station. I-81 South is the row until right before the rock cut then it passed under the LVRR through a tunnel blasted through the mountain to reach Nuangola.  
 
About that map..  It is wrong!!!  I have in my time walked or used my atv on the WB&H row from The Millie to Sugar Notch. The rest of the row is under I-81 south. As you start up 81 and the mountain is a huge wall in front of you the row is to your right you could see it plain as day leaving Sugar Notch for the climb to Nuangola.  
But before they finished construction of the Nuangola to Georgetown section. It did go into Ashley and transfer to Peoples Railway. At mile marker 160/10 southbound the row reappears to the left you can park and walk up to where the tunnel would be about under the LVRR
 
 
 
 
 


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« Reply #10 on: Jan 21st, 2006, 6:02pm »
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Below are the posts moved from the CNJ forum.
 
 
Here is a current picture of the bridge piers atop Soloman's falls just south of RT 81 (actually south of the northbound lanes), identified by XPLORER as being part of the WB&H RR.


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« Reply #11 on: Jan 21st, 2006, 6:14pm »
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Here is a postcard of the bridge over Soloman's falls in it's heyday.

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« Reply #12 on: Jan 21st, 2006, 6:28pm »
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Here is the map XPLORER is referring to concerning the incorrect alignment of the ROW near Ashley.

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JhnZ33
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« Reply #13 on: Jan 21st, 2006, 6:36pm »
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XPLORER, I'd love to get a copy of the book you have about the WB&H RR.  
 
It is definately one of my great interests right now.  
 
 
Thanks,  
 
John


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JhnZ33
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« Reply #14 on: Jan 22nd, 2006, 8:17pm »
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Anyone have a copy of the correct trackage alignment of the WB&H RR? Especially north of route 81 to Georgetown and Wilkes-Barre?
 
 
Thanks,
 
John


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« Reply #15 on: Feb 23rd, 2006, 7:11pm »
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on Oct 27th, 2005, 6:47pm, XPLORER wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I have a book written in the 1970's about this entire line and one of the other sites has a picture in the hey day with the concrete still around the mouth of the tunnel and the 3rd rail in place. If you guys need any info drop me a line. I am seeking  pictures from the north opening on the Hanover Twp side with the LVRR above.

 
Rick, I just picked up a book off ebay, and it shows a photo of the North entrance of the tunnel. Don't know if it's the same book you have, but this book is published by Carstens publications in 1972.
 
Below is the photo, taken in 1936.


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« Reply #16 on: Mar 10th, 2006, 5:12pm »
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John,
That is the same book. Great isn't it. I am glad you got a good copy of the pic. I could not get it that good with my hardware.
Rick
 
PS Throw it in my LVRR Wyoming Division if you would please.
 
http://forums.railfan.net/forums.cgi?board=LV;action=display;num=1138734917


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« Reply #17 on: Apr 4th, 2006, 10:38am »
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After passing this structure on a day to day basis for most of my life, it finally dawned on me what it was after I picked up a copy of the WBHRR book on ebay.
 
The Georgetown substation can be readily seen even today from route 81. I decided to grab my camera and go take some shots today. I've also scanned some relevant photos from the book I have for reference to the current pictures.
 
Hope you enjoy,
 
John


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« Reply #18 on: Apr 4th, 2006, 10:40am »
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Another shot looking the opposite way (South/Southwest).

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A view from the front.

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