History and Railroads of North Pocono by Frank P Adams Hard Cover
History and Railroads of North Pocono by Frank P Adams Hard Cover
History and Railroads of North Pocono by Frank P Adams Hard Cover
History and Railroads of North Pocono by Frank P Adams Hard Cover
History and Railroads of North Pocono by Frank P Adams Hard Cover
History and Railroads of North Pocono by Frank P Adams Hard Cover
History and Railroads of North Pocono by Frank P Adams Hard Cover
History and Railroads of North Pocono by Frank P Adams Hard Cover
History and Railroads of North Pocono by Frank P Adams Hard Cover

History and Railroads of North Pocono by Frank P Adams Hard Cover

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History and Railroads of North Pocono by Frank P Adams Hard Cover
 
The History and Railroads of North Pocono by Frank P Adams
Hard Cover
216 pages
Copyright 2013
Table of Contents
Prefacev
Chapter 1 - Introduction   1
Chapter 2 - Drinker's Beech5
Chapter 3 - Roaring Brook Township11
Chapter 4 - Elmhurst Township15
Chapter 5 - Jefferson Township20
Chapter 6 - Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company's Iron Ore Railroad24
Chapter 7 - The Pennsylvania Coal Company's Gravity Railroad27
Chapter 8 - The Erie and Wyoming Valley Railroad41
The E&WV Three Cylinder Locomotives 49
Chapter 9 - The Erie's Wyoming Division51
Chapter 10 - Scranton, Dunmore & Moosic Lake Railroad56
Standard Gauge60
Chapter 11 - Madison Township63
Chapter 12 - The Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad69
The DL&W's Named Locomotives 91
The DL&W's Three-Cylinder Locomotives 93
Chapter 13 - The Borough of Moscow95
The Good Witch of Moscow102
Chapter 14 - Covington Township122
Chapter 15 - Spring Brook Township132
Chapter 16 - The Spring Brook Railroad141
Chapter 17 - The Wilkes-Barre and Eastern Railroad146
Chapter 18 - Clifton Township159
Chapter 19 - Thornhurst Township163
Chapter 20 - Gouldsboro170
Appendix 1 - Chronology 183
Appendix 2 - Pennsylvania Coal Company Collieries 185
Appendix 3 - Erie and Wyoming Valley Locomotive Roster 187
Appendix 4 - Phoebe Snow Jingles 189
Bibliography    191 Index 197
FIGURES
Figure 1 - Lackawanna County6
Figure 2 - New Drinker Family Tombstone10
Figure 3 - Roaring Brook in 187312
Figure 4 - Roaring Brook Township14
Figure 5 - Elmhurst Reservoir with a Steamtown excursion to Moscow   16
Figure 6 - DL&W Elmhurst Station in 1951 17
Figure 7 - Elmhurst Township19
Figure 8 - Jefferson in 187321
Figure 9 - Jefferson Township23
Figure 10 - South Scranton in 188824
Figure 11- PCC Gravity and D&H Canal    29
Figure 12 - View down Number 10 Plane in Dunmore30
Figure 13 - Location of Gravity Railroad planes31
Figure 14 - West Portal of the Moosic Mt. Tunnel32
Figure 15 - Number 21 Plane33
Figure 16 - Number 8 Plane on Moosic Mountain35
Figure 17 - Preparing a trip at the foot of Number 6 Plane in Dunmore    35
Figure 18 - March 1880 Official Guide36
Figure 19 - The Dunmore Silver Cornet Band37
Figure 20 - Coal transfer and pockets at Hawley, PA.38
Figure 21 - Gravity cars being scrapped in Dunmore39
Figure 22 - "The Pioneer" Gravity Car at Hawley40
Figure 23 - Nay Aug (Greenville) circa 190043
Figure 24 - Hanging Rock near Dunmore43
Figure 25 - E&WV Official Guides for 1866 and 189344
Figure 26 - EWV 2-4-0 Locomotive number 3344
Figure 27 - Erie Station at Gravity, PA, in 191845
Figure 28 - Photograph of E&WV Locomotive Number 35     49
Figure 29 - Front View of E&WV Locomotive Number 35     50
Figure 30 - Erie Wyoming Division51
Figure 31 - Scranton Branch from the 1905 Official Guide  52
Figure 32 - Rock Junction  53
Figure 33 - Wyoming Division Grades 53
Figure 34 - Damage to the Dunmore Shops54
Figure 35 - 1923 Road Map showing the S.D & M.L. Railroad57
Figure 36 - S.D & M.L. Railroad Accounting58
Figure 37 - Track and Wheel Gauges60
Figure 38 - Former Henry Drinker School in Madisonville64
Figure 39 - Madison in 187364
Figure 40 - Madison Township Population67
Figure 41 - Madison Township68
Figure 42 - The Spitfire74
Figure 43 - Map from the 1872 Official Guide74
Figure 44 - Freight train heading towards North Pocono75
Figure 45 - Map from the 1884 Official Guide78
Figure 46 - 1907 Bridge replacement with a concrete culvert and fill near Moscow80
Figure 47 - Track Realignment east of Moscow, also in 1907.80
Figure 48 - Grading for Third Track near Moscow81
Figure 49 - Phoebe Snow83
Figure 50. 1872 Official Guide87
Figure 51 - Dunmore, Friday, August 19, 1955. 89
Figure 52 - 2-6-0 "Mogul" Locomotive92
Figure 53 - 4-8-2 "Mountain" Locomotive in Scranton93
Figure 54 - Northwest Corner of Church and Main streets97
Figure 55 - Moscow Methodist Church97
Figure 56 - Former Gaige & Clements Store98
Figure 57 - Southwest corner of Church and Main streets98
Figure 58 - Former Borough Building on Main Street99
Figure 59 - Carriage House on Church Street 100
Figure 60 - Shepherd of the Hills Roman Catholic Church100
Figure 61 - St. Catherine's Roman Catholic Church100
Figure 62 - Moscow in 1873 101
Figure 63 - 18`h Century Dowser 102
Figure 64 - Moscow in 1891  105
Figure 65 - Moscow in 1898 106
Figure 66 - Moscow DL&W Passenger Station and Freight Depot 107
Figure 67 - Looking west towards Moscow in 1907 108
Figure 68 - Highway underpass looking east from the footbridge in 1913. 108
Figure 69 - DLW footbridge and Moscow station in 1913 109
Figure 70 - The station and footbridge from the other direction in 1917 109
Figure 71 - Moscow Station in 1917 110
Figure 72 - 1914 Van Brunt Creek Washout 111
Figure 73 - Close up of the Van Brunt Creek Washout 112
Figure 74 - Van Brunt Creek Mill Dam after breach 112
Figure 75 - Smith's Pond 113
Figure 76 - The Railroad Lawn along Main Street today 113
Figure 77 - Former Moscow Elementary School 114
Figure 78 - Moscow in 1920 116
Figure 79 - Borough of Moscow121
Figure 80 - Daleville United Methodist Church123
Figure 81 - Lehigh Tower125
Figure 82 - Covington in 1873 126
Figure 83 - Covington Township Population 130
Figure 84 - Covington Township 131
Figure 85 - Spring Brook in 1873 134
Figure 86 - Spring Brook Township137
Figure 87 - Spring Brook Township Population140
Figure 88 - 1889 Scranton Quadrangle142
Figure 89 - 1890 General Map of the ACoal Fields142
Figure 90 - 1923 Road Map showing route of the Scranton and Spring Brook Railroad145
Figure 91 - Panther Creek Viaduct147
Figure 92 - Remains of a footing for the Panther Creek Viaduct148
Figure 93 - WB&E and the Panther Creek Viaduct in Spring Brook148
Figure 94 - NYS&W 1893 Bond Guarantee149
Figure 95 - NYS&W Mogul Number 52 on the Susquehanna Connecting Railroad150
Figure 96 - Wilkes-Barre and Eastern in 1918150
Figure 97 - WB&E Locomotive Roster            151
Figure 98 - Official Guide from June 1897153
Figure 99 - WB&E Mixed Train Schedule155
Figure 100 - 1923 Road Map showing the WB&E in North Pocono156
Figure 101 - WB&E $1,000 Mortgage Bond158
Figure 102 - Clifton in 1873161
Figure 103 - Clifton Township161
Figure 104 - Henry Drinker plaque at the Clifton Cemetery. 162
Figure 105 - Jay Gould164
Figure 106 - Buck Township in 1873167
Figure 107 - Thornhurst Township169
Figure 108 - Gouldsboro Station in 1872171
Figure 109 - DL&W Track Scene at Gouldsboro in 1915173
Figure 110 - Gouldsboro Interlocking Tower173
Figure 111 - Snow Scraper174
Figure 112 - Horse Drawn Cutting Sled174
Figure 113 - Making Parallel Groves175
Figure 114 - Ice Harvest Sawing175
Figure 115 - Floating Cakes176
Figure 116 - Icehouse Gallery176
Figure 117 - Loading the Icehouse177
Figure 118 - Remains of an Ice House at Gouldsboro178
Figure 119 - DL&W Ice Car in Scranton179
Figure 120 - Gouldsboro DL&W Station180
Figure 121 - Lehigh Township, Wayne County.182
Preface
Since 1973, The Lackawanna and Wyoming Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society has been preserving the history and railroad equipment of Northeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to its popular calendar, the society is restoring the Boston & Maine locomotive 3713 at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton. The society also maintains and hosts visitors at the former Delaware, Lackawanna and Western passenger station in Moscow. The interest and requests often expressed by those visitors for more information about the area's history was the genesis of this book. Hopefully it will entertain local readers as well. It was a privilege working with society members Norm Barrett and Ed Zech to bring this to fruition.
The communities defined by the North Pocono School District are part of what was once known as Drinker's Beech, the history of which dates back to the founding of Pennsylvania. G. Ellis Miller's monumental newspaper series, "Drinker's Beech" and "Another Look at Drinker's Beech" that appeared in The Shopper's Guide and News and The Villager between 1965 and 1978, was an invaluable reference to local history. As the predominate railroad of the area, the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western, has been already extensively documented while the other railroads of North Pocono are less known. Their stories are presented, within the geographic limitations of the book, in an effort to preserve their legacy.
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