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Laurel Line not a Fallen Flag?
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Frank_D
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« Reply #220 on: Sep 7th, 2009, 2:12pm »
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No 80 just before the south tunnel portal.

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mike_nepa
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« Reply #221 on: Sep 8th, 2009, 5:09pm »
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on Sep 7th, 2009, 11:25am, MrScott1964 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

I guess any area from Rocky Glen north. I've explored what's left of the LL's south end. Never explored the north end. I also would like to see if I can find an original pole conductor laying around.

 
I have explored the northern end, not the south end. To explore from Rocky Glen north I would suggest parking at Montage Mtn rd where the Erie tracks once crossed it (they were removed recently) head south and turn right and climb down a bit to gain access to the Laurel Line and follow it to Rocky Glen. It is about a 1.5 miles long. To explore the next section, head along the tracks where the trolley comes up and follow it until the the split to the right (this is where the Erie breaks off and becomes abandoned) stay on the active tracks until you see Virgina junction. You will see remains of the old Laurel line alignment and some of the rail is still in place. You can follow that to Montage Mtn rd. Alternately if you want to avoid the active tracks, it is possible to climb down from Montage Mtn rd via a few switchbacks that ATV riders use to climb up to road level.  
 
From Virgina Northward the tracks are in active use.  
 
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MrScott1964
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« Reply #222 on: Sep 9th, 2009, 1:53pm »
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I'm going to make a trip up there before the weather turns. I may need a guide. I'm only familiar with the area from old maps showing the old railroad grades. If I actually go there I may get lost!

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Frank_D
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« Reply #223 on: Sep 9th, 2009, 3:37pm »
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The best time to explore these areas is in the late fall/early spring, when the leaves are off the trees. Although the portions of the Laurel Line that are used by the museum/D-L are pretty much clear. There's a lot of things to see down in that Meadow Brook area, Erie, LI&SC RR, PCC Gravity, etc. I'd be glad to go down there with you, or maybe we could get a group together. Last fall we had a lot of fun exploring the LI&SC RR and iron mines.
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mike_nepa
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« Reply #224 on: Sep 9th, 2009, 4:39pm »
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It is better to wait till the foliage dies off again. Plus near the Montage Mtn area its best to wait until its a bit colder since the area does have a high concentration of rattlesnakes. Usually I crank up exploring again late October into November depending on how long the foliage sticks around.
 
A group trip sounds like a good idea. Maybe he can show us the southern end sometime too?
 
 
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MrScott1964
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« Reply #225 on: Sep 9th, 2009, 5:13pm »
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Yes, we should plan a trip. I would be up for that.
 
I would show the southern end but there's not much left. I'm not positive, but earlier this year I think someone was tearing up track between Saylor Ave and Heather Highlands.


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mike_nepa
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« Reply #226 on: Sep 12th, 2009, 9:30am »
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I have heard the southern end is mostly erased and all you can do is drive to point-to-point for a picture or two. No biggie as I have done this before. At least it is some traces of what once was there.
 
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LV LOU
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« Reply #227 on: Sep 12th, 2009, 11:52am »
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Well,the leaves are just about ready to leave,[LOL!!] I'm up for a trip.I'm pretty much know the entire line from Rocky Glen south...

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« Reply #228 on: Sep 12th, 2009, 6:43pm »
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I'm mostly familiar with the area north of Montage Mountain Road.
 
Still haven't found out what this is. We spotted it last November coming back from the ore mines. It's at Virginia, at the lower end of the Minooka Branch.
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« Reply #229 on: Sep 27th, 2009, 1:20pm »
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Pipeline construction along the Laurel Line's former "over the hill" branch. I posted more of these in the Erie-Wyoming Branch thread. This work is only affecting a small section of the Laurel Line, just where the pipeline crosses it.

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« Reply #230 on: Sep 27th, 2009, 1:22pm »
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Just a few feet south of the heavy equipment is the path that continues down to Connell Junction.

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« Reply #231 on: Oct 10th, 2009, 1:04pm »
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Caught the trolley crossing Cedar Ave this morning.

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« Reply #232 on: Oct 10th, 2009, 1:05pm »
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The trolley passing the former Laurel Line freight house on Cedar Avenue, this morning.

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« Reply #233 on: Nov 1st, 2009, 2:51pm »
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We caught No 80 northbound at the former location of the Meadow Lake Road bridge this morning.

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« Reply #234 on: Nov 1st, 2009, 2:52pm »
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No 80 passing the bridge abutment, heading under the I-81 "Cemetery Bridges" this morning.

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« Reply #235 on: Dec 1st, 2009, 8:37am »
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There was a story in yesterdays Scranton Times on restoring service on the Laurel Line, as well as constructing light rail to Carbondale along the D&H. Unfortunately the on-line version doesn't have a map. Also worth noting is the Times site has been running very slow lately, so it may take a little time before it opens.
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« Reply #236 on: Dec 2nd, 2009, 5:17pm »
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Here is a scanned version of the article with map
 



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« Reply #237 on: Dec 3rd, 2009, 5:24pm »
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Has anybody heard how the meetings went?

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« Reply #238 on: Feb 15th, 2010, 2:33pm »
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We hiked down to the Connell Jct area on Saturday. This view is looking south, towards the bridge abutments. Construction work is ongoing under the "Cemetery Bridges" just north of this location. Blasting work is occurring during the week, in connection with the bridge replacement project. It would be best to approach this area with caution, or stop by over the weekend when blasting is not occuring.

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« Reply #239 on: Mar 12th, 2010, 9:20pm »
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The powder mill road abutment looks like a branch of the Erie . Used to be a tall bridge that stretched across the LL and went north nearly into Scranton.Using Pennpilot there seemed to be a yard around the powder mills. Also found some little type of abutments in the woods just off the first set of Erie tracks off powder mill road. Any ideas what they were for?

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