Gangly Country Cousin, The Lehigh Valley's Auburn Division by Herbert Trice SC
Gangly Country Cousin, The Lehigh Valley's Auburn Division by Herbert Trice SC
Gangly Country Cousin, The Lehigh Valley's Auburn Division by Herbert Trice SC
Gangly Country Cousin, The Lehigh Valley's Auburn Division by Herbert Trice SC
Gangly Country Cousin, The Lehigh Valley's Auburn Division by Herbert Trice SC
Gangly Country Cousin, The Lehigh Valley's Auburn Division by Herbert Trice SC
Gangly Country Cousin, The Lehigh Valley's Auburn Division by Herbert Trice SC
Gangly Country Cousin, The Lehigh Valley's Auburn Division by Herbert Trice SC

Gangly Country Cousin, The Lehigh Valley's Auburn Division by Herbert Trice SC

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Gangly Country Cousin, The Lehigh Valley's Auburn Division by Herbert Trice SC
 
The Gangly Country Cousin Lehigh Valleys Auburn Division by Herbert Trice
Soft Cover
Copyright 2004
160 Pages
CONTENTS
Introduction7
PART ONE Four Branches a Division Make
1 A `Mainline,' Pennsylvania to Lake Ontario   13
2 An Auburn & Ithaca Branch Emerges33
3 Adding an Elmira-to-Camden Route, the Elmira & Cortland Branch43
4 Adding a Seneca Falls Branch79
PART TWO The Division Matures
5 Business of the Auburn Division87
6 The Coal Trade95
7 Milk Traffic101
8 Passenger Service105
9 Salt, Limestone, and Ice117
10 Grain and Manufactured Products121
11 Vicissitudes125
12 The Men Who Did the Work131
PART THREE Decline and Dismemberment
13 Beginning of the End137
14 The Band Plays On143
From the Author149
Bibliography and List of Illustrations 154
Index156

This is the story of how the Lehigh Valley Railroad consolidated many hastily built shortlines in upstate New York to create its Auburn Division in the late 1800s. Basically a rural railroad launched by colorful entrepreneurs, the division stood apart from the LV's mainline segments-somewhat in the role of a gangly country cousin.
Traveling no less than 415 route miles in the scenic Finger Lakes region, light engines chugged along spindly single tracks, over bridges cheaply built to span glacial creeks and valleys.
Business was mostly local, except a thread of Pennsylvania coal traffic. A healthy volume of farm products, particularly milk, made their way to urban markets. Passenger service, in great demand before the automobile appeared, was crude.
Despite all this, the Auburn Division was a serviceable railroad until the late 193os. The arc of its growth followed that of most American railroads.
One prosperous stretch of the Auburn Division remains. Before the others were abandoned, they contributed richly to the history and economy of their region, recorded here in 190 illustrations and a graceful untangling of complicated tales.

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