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Modelling the Laurel Line (diesel era)
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Frank_D
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« Reply #60 on: Oct 12th, 2009, 2:06pm »
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I haven't really come up with any really good views of the bridge, there's a close up in the L&WV calenday, January 2007 showing a trolley at the south end. You should head to the Lackawanna Historical Society, it's at 232 Monroe, next to the UofS. They have a ton of stuff in there:http://www.lackawannahistory.org/index.html
 
I don't have any info on Spruks Lumber, other then they build my house in 1910. But again, check the Historical Society.
Frank


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MrScott1964
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« Reply #61 on: Oct 12th, 2009, 2:35pm »
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I'll look into that next time I'm running around in the area. Most of the information I'm getting is from the Penn Pilot maps. Unfortunately, they only shows the roof tops. I know Sprucks Lumber was made up of several different buildings. I figure a picture of at least one of those buildings is a big help.

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Frank_D
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« Reply #62 on: Oct 12th, 2009, 3:27pm »
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There was this photo of one of the Spruk's building from Pages of the past a couple weeks ago:
http://community.thetimes-tribune.com/blogs/pages/archive/2009/09/29/answer-tuesday-the-dangers-of-drunk-driving.aspx


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Frank_D
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« Reply #63 on: Oct 12th, 2009, 4:21pm »
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The postcard book, Wish You Were Here, from the Lackawanna Historical Society, has one on page 32. Can't really post that in here, but there also might be a copy of that postcard on line somewhere.

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MrScott1964
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« Reply #64 on: Oct 15th, 2009, 12:25pm »
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Is the next question I have. I believe this one should be easier...
 
The Harrison Avenue Bridge...
1. It is still standing?
2. What is it made out of brick or concrete?
3. In older pictures, I see decorationional pillers on the bridge. What where those pillers and what happend to them?


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Frank_D
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« Reply #65 on: Oct 16th, 2009, 12:59pm »
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I, Yes the Harrison Ave Bridge is still standing.
2, It's made of concrete. I think it was built, 1922-23.
3, the pylons were decorative.
Here's a postcard view, which also shows the Laurel Line bridge over Roaring Brook.
Frank


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MrScott1964
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« Reply #66 on: Oct 16th, 2009, 1:17pm »
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Thanks for the info. I wonder what all the towers are on the right side of the picture. It's a little early in our history to be cell towers.

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Ashley_John
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« Reply #67 on: Oct 16th, 2009, 7:22pm »
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on Oct 16th, 2009, 1:17pm, MrScott1964 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
I wonder what all the towers are on the right side of the picture. It's a little early in our history to be cell towers.

 
Most likely transmission lines for the Dunmore route of the L&WV.
 
JP


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« Reply #68 on: Oct 17th, 2009, 6:36pm »
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Hey guys,
 
For those of you looking for more images of Scranton's railroads, a new book by David Crosby just arrived. I picked it up at Scranton hobby.  Has some images of the Laurel line passenger and freight station, the power plant and car shops.  I believe they would be helpful to you, as they give a pretty good look at the buildings.  There are also pics of the Winton branch and E&WV line.  Has a bunch of DLW and D&H, even some CNJ  and Erie.  Great book, would highly recommend it.
 
Todd


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MrScott1964
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« Reply #69 on: Oct 17th, 2009, 6:54pm »
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ears perked up.
 
What's the name of the book?


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cavity
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« Reply #70 on: Oct 17th, 2009, 7:17pm »
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It is called Scranton Railroads.  The views of the power house still arent from the view you need, but it does give a good view of the southwest side of the building with no blockage from trees.  You can also see the whole south side of the car shops and they have a picture directly in front too. The also have a picture of the Mulberry bridge that looks an awful lot like the Spruce St bridge and may help you model that as well.
 
Todd


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MrScott1964
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« Reply #71 on: Oct 17th, 2009, 7:40pm »
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Most of the models in Scranton are done but that dosen't mean I can change them after I get the right information.
 
Thanks, I'll start look for the book.


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MrScott1964
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« Reply #72 on: Oct 19th, 2009, 8:30pm »
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I have some new layout pictures at my site.
 
http://home.comcast.net/~laurel_line/site/
 
I'm working on Spruks Brothers Lumber. It's kind of hard to do with the only reference of the building is a picture with a truck through the front window. At least I have the sign right.    Anyhow, after the lumbermill is built I have to add the night lights to the buildings then I'm on to phase 2, Crown Ave Tunnel to Virgina.
 


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MrScott1964
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« Reply #73 on: Oct 31st, 2009, 1:48pm »
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I just posted 24 pics of the layout. Phase #1 (Scranton Yard) is finished. I'm going to take a small break before starting on Phase #2- Crown Ave Tunnel to Virginia. I'll be loooking for any information on that stretch on track.
 Click on the link in my last post and then click on photos on my main page.


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Frank_D
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« Reply #74 on: Oct 31st, 2009, 4:56pm »
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These maps might help. This is South Scranton, 1918, This shows the tunnel south towards St Mary's Cemetery.

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Frank_D
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« Reply #75 on: Oct 31st, 2009, 4:57pm »
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This is a little further south, the Connell Junction area, 1918.

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MrScott1964
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« Reply #76 on: Oct 31st, 2009, 5:09pm »
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Thanks Frank...maps have been copied and stored! Does anybody know of any industries, ash dumps, or road crossings between the Crown Ave Tunnel and Virgina? Any information on where bridges are would help too.

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Frank_D
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« Reply #77 on: Oct 31st, 2009, 6:39pm »
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There is the Stafford Ave bridge over the tracks, the Meadow Lake Road bridge, a bridge at Connell Jct, and a footbridge over the tracks at Virginia. The Stafford Ave bridge was recently rebuilt when they reopened the line. The Meadow Road Bridge is in Trackside around Scranton, it was removed at some point, not sure when, but when I-81 was constructed the one bridge abutment was buried under fill. Not sure how long the Connell Jct bridge was around. I have numerous photos of the remaining stone abutments. Some of which are on the other Laurel Line thread. The footbridge at Virginia has also been long gone. Photos of that area show a shell of a building. Chunks of which are still visible. Near Connell Jct was the Meadow Brook Crushed Stone Co. Portions of which are still visible. There's mentions of three industries in the Laurel Line book that were in the Meadow Brook area, aside from the stone company, I'm not sure of the locations of the other two. There's a few photos in Trackside. Most of that area is somewhat remote. Aside from Ed Miller, I don't think too many others photographed the area. I would like to see a photo of that Connell Jct bridge. I've seen photos taked from it, but not of the bridge itself.
 
Now that the growing season has ended, it might be a time to make some explorations of the area.
Frank


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MrScott1964
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« Reply #78 on: Oct 31st, 2009, 6:45pm »
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I think I'm going to model the area from Laurel Junction to Connell Junction with this phase. I recall reading about a moffatt breaker. Was this in the same area?

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Frank_D
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« Reply #79 on: Oct 31st, 2009, 6:52pm »
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Moffat Breaker was somewhere along the Minooka Branch. If I recall, it closed before the war. Postwar photos show some remains.

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