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Modelling the Laurel Line (diesel era)
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Frank_D
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« Reply #80 on: Oct 31st, 2009, 6:56pm »
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This shows most of Laurel Jct, in 1918.

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MrScott1964
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« Reply #81 on: Oct 31st, 2009, 6:56pm »
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Ah ok. I foresee added lots of trees to the layout in this next phase!

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Frank_D
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« Reply #82 on: Oct 31st, 2009, 7:01pm »
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There's a lot of rock and trees along there. I realized I forgot to mention, the Laurel Line crosses Stafford Meadow Brook three times on double track bridges.

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cavity
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« Reply #83 on: Oct 31st, 2009, 9:37pm »
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You can also go on Youtube and search Laurel line.  There is a cab ride from Scranton to Montage that may help.
 
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MrScott1964
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« Reply #84 on: Oct 31st, 2009, 9:42pm »
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Now that sounds like a good idea.   I'll check that out.

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Frank_D
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« Reply #85 on: Nov 2nd, 2009, 8:16am »
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Those are cool. Thanks, I never thought of looking there.

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MrScott1964
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« Reply #86 on: Nov 2nd, 2009, 11:43am »
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I watched them and probebly watch them again. I did notice that there was 4 bridges in the one video.
 Are those the original bridges, or were they rebuilt for the new line?


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Frank_D
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« Reply #87 on: Nov 2nd, 2009, 1:52pm »
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Here's the first bridge over Stafford meadow Brook. I know I must have more, but this was the first decent one I could find. Running south from Scranton, the first bridge is over Roaring Brook, just before the tunnel. Not sure how much work was done on that. But the three bridges over Stafford Meadow Brook were all rebuilt to single track.
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MrScott1964
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« Reply #88 on: Nov 2nd, 2009, 1:59pm »
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Thank you for the pictures. Are the stone portions original?  
 
I started laying the track from Laurel Junction to Connell Juction. Does anybody know if there were any stops on that stretch of track? I can't tell from the Penn Pilot maps.


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Frank_D
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« Reply #89 on: Nov 2nd, 2009, 3:25pm »
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On the tunnel line there was a stop just south of the tunnel, South Scranton. On the "Over the Hill" line there was a stop at Maple Street.
 
I'm hoping to get down that way maybe later in the week. I can try and get some better bridge photos.


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MrScott1964
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« Reply #90 on: Nov 2nd, 2009, 3:41pm »
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I've been doing some research. It says in the Laurel Line Book that there is a foot bridge over 81 where the Laurel Line tracks crossed Maple St. So I then went to Google Earth to look for the bridge...I couldn't find it.

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Frank_D
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« Reply #91 on: Nov 2nd, 2009, 3:53pm »
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Forgot to mention the stone abutments on the bridges are original.
 
The footbridge over I-81 was removed in the fall of 2000. I wish we would have started exploring down there sooner. That footbridge would come in handy. Neighbors complained about it. The only time we were on it, it was littered with broken glass. Kids used to use it to go party in the woods.
 
Sections of the "Over the Hill" line are still visible along 81. I could never find any traces of the Maple St. Station. There's a ton of thorny bushes along that section of r-o-w. It's just below the Erie tracks.


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MrScott1964
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« Reply #92 on: Nov 2nd, 2009, 4:45pm »
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It looks like this is going to be the case....make your best guess. I know where Maple Street is and I know where the track s were. My best guess will just have to do. I do see from the 1939 Penn maps that there was a few level crossing there too.
 
 I've been researching The Laurel Line since 2002. When I moved into the area in 2006, it stepped up a bit. You would think I would know everything by now, which is not the case.


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Frank_D
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« Reply #93 on: Nov 3rd, 2009, 2:52pm »
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Those maps on the last page show where those two stations were. They were simple wood platforms and shelters, so whatever was left of them probably rotted away years ago. The most common thing to find nowadays are chunks of third rail insulators. In some places they're scattered alongside the r-o-w.

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MrScott1964
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« Reply #94 on: Nov 3rd, 2009, 3:25pm »
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Your right! The map do show the stops...how in the heck did I miss that?

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« Reply #95 on: Nov 4th, 2009, 4:22pm »
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Here are a few pictures of the bridges that might help


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mike_nepa
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« Reply #96 on: Nov 4th, 2009, 4:23pm »
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another

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mike_nepa
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« Reply #97 on: Nov 4th, 2009, 4:24pm »
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third one

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mike_nepa
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« Reply #98 on: Nov 4th, 2009, 4:25pm »
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last one

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Frank_D
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« Reply #99 on: Nov 4th, 2009, 6:58pm »
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That Meadow Brook map shows a station at the south  end of the bridge over the tracks at Connell Jct. There was also a station at Virginia, which was the reason for the footbridge. Maybe early in the Laurel Line's existence workers from the Rock Crusher, and whatever that building was at Virginia used the stations. I think the book mentioned hikers coming down from the No 5 dam would use the Virginia stop. I don't really see big crowds at either of those stops.

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