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A few bones of the Wilkes Barre & Hazleton.
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duplexdrive
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A few bones of the Wilkes Barre & Hazleton.
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« on: Jun 2nd, 2003, 7:19pm »
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Here's a few pics of the remnants of the overpass at the Little Nescopeck Creek and the old Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Highway.
Just taken this evening. An easy shot because it's only about 30 feet from where I live.   This is the east side abutment.


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

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Re: A few bones of the Wilkes Barre & Hazleton.
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 2nd, 2003, 7:21pm »
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The overpass looking south.

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Re: A few bones of the Wilkes Barre & Hazleton.
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 2nd, 2003, 7:24pm »
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And the west side abutment in a thick shroud of foliage. These trees have been growing since the railway was abandoned in 1933. We have a little bit of logging to do when we put the line back in.  

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Re: A few bones of the Wilkes Barre & Hazleton.
 
« Reply #3 on: Dec 13th, 2009, 12:46pm »
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nice pics. any map of the wb&h?

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« Reply #4 on: Dec 13th, 2009, 3:46pm »
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here is a map, about 1 mile or so including the black creek viaduct is still actively in use

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« Reply #5 on: Dec 13th, 2009, 3:54pm »
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Here is a present day picture of the Black Creek viaduct taken last summer
\I guess the photo was too big to be downloaded.  


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« Reply #6 on: Dec 13th, 2009, 3:58pm »
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I have walked much of the line over the years. It's amazing how much is left, but equally amazing how much is completely obliverated

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« Reply #7 on: Dec 14th, 2009, 5:12pm »
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on Dec 13th, 2009, 3:46pm, ferlen wrote:       (Click here for original message)
here is a map, about 1 mile or so including the black creek viaduct is still actively in use

 
Every map I've seen of the WB&H is less than accurate north of the tunnel. If you look in one of the other threads on this board about the WB&H, you'll see a few of us have explored the line north of the tunnel quite extensively and have used the information gathered from exploration, along with the penn pilot maps to over-lay the last known alignment of this line over present day maps.
 
Much of the area north of the tunnel has been seriously altered over the years following the abandonment of the line. Construction of I-81, Route 309 and surface mining has taken their toll on the landscape containing the ROW of the WB&H in this area.
 
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« Reply #8 on: Dec 15th, 2009, 4:03pm »
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Do you remember the WB&H station in Wilkes-Barre, with the second story cut off, was a gas station for a long time, and the embankment that was next to coal street for many years? I think there is one bridge abutment left by route 309 in the area behind a car lot, I will go down there soon and find it and get an exact location. The area around the Georgetown powerhouse is unrecognizable.on Dec 14th, 2009, 5:12pm, Ashley_John wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
Every map I've seen of the WB&H is less than accurate north of the tunnel. If you look in one of the other threads on this board about the WB&H, you'll see a few of us have explored the line north of the tunnel quite extensively and have used the information gathered from exploration, along with the penn pilot maps to over-lay the last known alignment of this line over present day maps.
 
Much of the area north of the tunnel has been seriously altered over the years following the abandonment of the line. Construction of I-81, Route 309 and surface mining has taken their toll on the landscape containing the ROW of the WB&H in this area.
 
John



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« Reply #9 on: Dec 15th, 2009, 4:28pm »
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How about the substation and the row visible along route 309 on the way to Hazleton? It was only a source of power to the line from commercial power souces. The Nescopek Pass station is where the present day Damentis restaurant is, the abutments are still there. From Alberdeen Rd you can follow the old roadbed which has been modified to the right of the road for acess to some baseball fields, and on the next road over, if you look down, you can see a superelevated curve and then were the roadbed went, now covered by a paved road, then look to the left and you can see Alberts Station.on Dec 15th, 2009, 4:03pm, ferlen wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Do you remember the WB&H station in Wilkes-Barre, with the second story cut off, was a gas station for a long time, and the embankment that was next to coal street for many years? I think there is one bridge abutment left by route 309 in the area behind a car lot, I will go down there soon and find it and get an exact location. The area around the Georgetown powerhouse is unrecognizable.



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