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West Pittston Exter railroad
 
« on: Nov 7th, 2011, 5:24pm »
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Anyone  have any information on this shortline and pictures of the power plant it served?  Thanks  Gene Shatrowsky

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« Reply #1 on: Nov 7th, 2011, 11:16pm »
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The soft cover book entitled Short-Line Odyssey  subtitled Small Railroads In The Northeast From The '40's To The '70's by William S. Young relates, in part, the following information about the WP-E: Length was 3 miles from the Stanton power plant to a connection with the DL&W at West Pittston. Operated every day of the year hauling ash from the plant and coal in. Owned two steam locos, a 2-6-0 and a 0-6-0. Both steam locos were replaced by a Alco S4 in 1950. Line quit after the 1972 flood when the power plant was closed.

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« Reply #2 on: Nov 9th, 2011, 12:29pm »
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I had the pleasure of a ride in a borrowed Lehigh Valley passenger coach many years ago when they held an open house at the Stanton Power Plant.  The consist was the engine and if I remember correctly one coach. I believe the power plant was scheduled to close at some point but the 1972 flood sure accelerated the process.

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