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Charlie_O
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Walking the Wilkes Barre & Eastern
 
« on: May 4th, 2003, 10:42pm »
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For me, hiking and railfanning often go hand in hand.  Seems that no matter where my wife and I go, we're either walking an abandoned grade or within earshot of a diesel's air horn.  
 
This weekend we had the opportunity to return to Big Pocono for a hike we hadn't done in a few years.  Appropriately, the trailhead is located on Railroad Drive between Reeders and Tannersville, PA.  The first part of the hike's ascent uses the old Wilkes Barre & Eastern grade that travels around the mountain's eastern side.  The grade isn't steep by hiking standards, but it is challenging by steam RR standards. Fortunately, WB&E coal loads only came downhill here, with the empties returning up-grade.  
 
I'm not sure what I was expecting, but there isn't much of the former NYS&W subsidiary, which filed for abandonment in 1937 (effective 1939).  At one point, the ascending ROW makes a hairpin left through a rock cut on the mountain's eastern slope.  Here, I'm told, stood Tannersville station, still marked on the 1921 topo map (see link below).  The road down into Tannersville remains as a hiking trail, but I could find little evidence of the old station.  Not a timber, not a brick.  There is a squared area of flat ground adjacent to the ROW, so I'm assuming this was the station site.  In its short life (1892-1939), the WB&E was never a large passenger carrier, yet I've heard there were run-throughs from Jersey City to just south of Wilkes Barre during the 1890s.
 
Just wondering if anyone else has any info, stories, or (and I know this is a long shot) pix of the old WB&E, its equipment, functioning route, or stations.  
 
-Charlie
 


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« Reply #1 on: May 4th, 2003, 10:46pm »
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Charlie,
 
Did you take any photos of the old row?


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on May 4th, 2003, 10:46pm, Alco83 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
Did you take any photos of the old row?

 
Adam -
You should know me well enough by now. Of course I did.  
But I'll tell you, I almost regretted hauling my cameras up there when we left the grade and started for the summit.  The trail we once knew has -- like the WB&E -- been abandoned.  But we decided to try and follow the old blazes (now concealed by brown paint), climbing a 60-degree slope on an unmaintained footway.  I'll post my pix next week.
-Charlie  
 


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« Reply #3 on: May 5th, 2003, 6:16pm »
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Disregard that errant question.  Will be looking forward to seeing them, Charlie.  I always personally have found abandoned row shots very intriguing and neat to look at.

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on May 4th, 2003, 10:42pm, Charlie_O wrote:       (Click here for original message)
...the ascending ROW makes a hairpin left through a rock cut on the mountain's eastern slope.  Here, I'm told, stood Tannersville station... There is a squared area of flat ground adjacent to the ROW, so I'm assuming this was the station site.

 
Well, here's a pic of the old WB&E ROW at Tannersville PA.  Little evidence of the railroad remains, so I've labeled a few things in the photo.


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« Reply #5 on: May 12th, 2003, 11:03pm »
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Nice photo, Charlie.  One can easily tell it has been a very long time since trains have operated on that row.

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« Reply #6 on: May 13th, 2003, 9:45am »
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  I have to agree with Adam.  You have one nice picture here and the story to back it up.
   At least here, the WB and E won't be forgotten.


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There was a book published  back in the late 70's of photos of  just about all the WB&E stations, long out of print.

 
Bill -
You wouldn't happen to have a title on that book? ... Or better yet, a copy of it.  Would love to put a face to Tannersville Station.
 
Looking forward to that Laflin pic as well.
-Charlie


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Thanks for the tip, Bill.  I'll keep an eye open...but if your friend feels like letting you scan and post the Tannersville page, feel free.
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Bill -
You've outdone yourself with these finds!    
Excellent pix--both old and new!  
 
The Tannersville pix confirm my guess as to the station's location...the angle of the first pic makes a great "before and after" combo with my recent shot.  Interesting also about the siding...I walked a few yards of it on my last trip, but had thought it was the access road up from town.  And the old reefer as freight depot...outstanding.  This really fills in some blanks for me...and I'm sure for others interested in the WB&E.
 
Many thanks for posting these!
 
-Charlie


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Indeed, some excellent pics, Bill.  Thanks again for sharing.

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Have combined the photo Bill provided with my "today" pic for a before-and-after set.   Thanks again, Bill
 


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