Lehigh & Susquehanna Vol 2 A Division Matures by Peter A Brill Soft Cover
Lehigh & Susquehanna Vol 2 A Division Matures by Peter A Brill Soft Cover
Lehigh & Susquehanna Vol 2 A Division Matures by Peter A Brill Soft Cover
Lehigh & Susquehanna Vol 2 A Division Matures by Peter A Brill Soft Cover
Lehigh & Susquehanna Vol 2 A Division Matures by Peter A Brill Soft Cover

Lehigh & Susquehanna Vol 2 A Division Matures by Peter A Brill Soft Cover

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Lehigh & Susquehanna Vol 2 A Division Matures by Peter A Brill Soft Cover
 
The Lehigh & Susquehanna Vol 2 A Division Matures by Peter A Brill
SIGNED on title page
Jersey Central's Pennsylvania Operations
Soft Cover
268 pages
Copyright 2017
II 1872 - 1891: A Division Matures
Introduction4
Track, Bridges and Tunnels4
Branches and Facilities10
Stations26
Motive Power37
Operations39
Railroading: A Dangerous Occupation    46
Freight Cars51
Passenger Service and Excursions56
A Dalliance with the DL&W: Divorce before Marriage72
The Board of Directors Reviews the Five Years Ending January 1, 1875   74
P&R, LV and CNJ Build up Their Coal Land Portfolios75
The P&R, Frank Gowen and the "Anthracite Combination"79
P&R Leases the CNJ82
Financial/Operating Performance of CNJ/L&S over Two Decades85
The Lehigh & Lackawanna88
The Allentown Terminal Railroad92
Maintaining Access to Scranton - The Wilkes-Barre & Scranton Railway100
The New York, Ontario & Western Railroad Arrives in Scranton103
The Lehigh & Hudson River Railroad Arrives in Easton107
Other Connections and Fast Freight Lines114
The LV Keeps Pace with Upgrades and Vigorous Expansion117
Railroads and Connections Built and Not Built120
Anthracite Traffic; Overview and Statistics122
Anthracite Traffic, Some Collieries Switched136
Anthracite Traffic, Accessing Collieries in a Competitor's Territory; the Canal Branch and Plymouth163
Anthracite Traffic, Transport to Tidewater176
Bituminous Traffic Courtesy of the P&R180
The Anthracite Iron Industry183
A Cement Industry Slowly Arises in the Lehigh Valley191
Other Freight Customers194
Index251
INTRODUCTION
CNJ's annual report for 1871 characterizes its lease of the Lehigh & Susquehanna as putting that property "into hands able and willing to increase its traffic." A twenty-year period of capital improvements and expansion ensues up and down the Lehigh & Susquehanna Division. Additional branches are constructed and include the Carbon Branch, the Drifton Branch, the Sandy Run Branch and the Allen Cement Branch. The Nanticoke Branch is extended to reach new coal producing properties.
LC&N and CNJ purchase control of the Lehigh & Hudson River Railway and fund its expansion in 1888-1890 to serve as the CNJ's primary link to the Poughkeepsie Bridge Route to forward LC&N anthracite to New England while eliminating the Pennsylvania Railroad, the Erie and the Hudson River car floats from this routing. The Allentown Terminal Railroad is jointly constructed by CNJ and the Philadelphia & Reading, in the same time frame, to create a direct CNJ/P&R connection at East Penn Junction and thus eliminate the Lehigh Valley as an intermediate carrier for traffic moving via the Allentown Route.
Acquisition of permanent trackage rights over the Delaware & Hudson between Union Junction and Minooka Junction combined with completion of the Wilkes-Barre & Scranton Railway from Minooka Jct. to Scranton completes the development of the west end of the L&S main line in 1888. The New York, Ontario & Western Railroad builds to Scranton and an end-to-end connection with the L&S in 1890.
The anthracite mining and anthracite iron industries expand while the portland cement industry slowly develops in the lower Lehigh River Valley. The presence of these three major industries stimulates the growth of large companies in related industries. CNJ incorporates a new subsidiary, the Lehigh & Wilkes-Barre Coal Company, to own and manage all its coal properties.
The 6-ton coal jimmies dominate the freight car fleet throughout this era but 25 and 30-ton, bottom dumping, coal-hauling gondolas are being purchased at the end of this twenty-year period.
We thank Jack Sterling for noting an error in volume I where we should have stated a wood frame passenger station was built in Mauch Chunk in 1868, not the brick passenger depot that still stands.

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