Lackawanna Story The First Hundred Years of The Delaware Lackawanna & Western RR

Lackawanna Story The First Hundred Years of The Delaware Lackawanna & Western RR

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Lackawanna Story The First Hundred Years of The Delaware Lackawanna & Western RR
Lackawanna Story The First Hundred Years of The Delaware Lackawanna & Western RR
By Robert J. Casey & W.A.S. Douglas
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket
Copyright 1951
223 Pages Indexed
The publication of this absorbing railroad history marks the 100th anniversary of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, a line which has played a colorful and immensely important role in American economic and social life. Starting as a small coal -hauling line, the Lackawanna over the years extended its tracks from the seaboard to the Great Lakes and established not only a vital freight service but one of the earliest and busiest commuting services to New York City.
THE LACKAWANNA STORY begins in the eighteenth century when eastern Pennsylvania and adjacent New York and New Jersey were settled by rival claimants to the land originally granted William Penn by Charles II. The rich coal and iron discoveries in this region made railroad transportation essential, and construction of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western was begun in the 1840s and completed in April, 1851.
Part I tells the dramatic history of the railroad, the story of the men of vision-businessmen, engineers, railroad promoters, and financiers-whose courage and ability made possible the origin and growth of the Lackawanna. Part II continues the story of the men who made the railroad and directed its policies, and of its growth in recent years. In Part III the authors tell some of the human-interest stories connected with the Lackawanna-the building of the great Tunkhannock Viaduct, the mystery of the missing oil painting of a Lackawanna roundhouse by the great American artist George Inness, the history and legend of Phoebe Snow, and the interesting history of the Hoboken Ferry and of the New Jersey commuter towns served by the Lackawanna.
From the rough and ready days when trains were called by the names of the locomotives which hauled them to the swift and streamlined present, THE LACKAWANNA STORY traces the full, rich history of a great Eastern railroad, and the dynamic, colorful individuals who had a part in its making.

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