Scranton Railroads, Pennsylvania (Images of Rail Series)

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Founded as a small iron-making community, Scranton gained prominence as the "anthracite capital of the world" for the rich deposits of hard coal surrounding the city. Five railroads eventually served Scranton, attracted by the lucrative anthracite trade. The viability of these lines became directly linked to the coal industry, and the decline of this traffic in the 1950s had a devastating impact on the railroad industry in the northeastern United States. Following decades of decline, abandonments, and mergers, ...
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Overview


Founded as a small iron-making community, Scranton gained prominence as the "anthracite capital of the world" for the rich deposits of hard coal surrounding the city. Five railroads eventually served Scranton, attracted by the lucrative anthracite trade. The viability of these lines became directly linked to the coal industry, and the decline of this traffic in the 1950s had a devastating impact on the railroad industry in the northeastern United States. Following decades of decline, abandonments, and mergers, an unparalleled resurgence of freight traffic coupled with the development of "heritage railroading" has transformed Scranton into a destination for tourists and rail historians alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738565187
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 8/10/2009
  • Series: Images of Rail Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 771,735
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


David Crosby, a freelance writer and photographer, is also employed as a train dispatcher in Scranton. He began his railroading career as a park ranger and later a locomotive fireman at Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton. As a train dispatcher, Crosby oversees many of the very lines depicted in Scranton Railroads.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Why Build a Railroad 11

2 Anthracite Builds a Railroad Town 23

3 Life along the Railroad 45

4 A Massive Infrastructure 59

5 Winds of Change during the Postwar Years 97

6 Decline, Mergers, and Mother Nature 107

7 Rising from the Ruins 119

8 History Lives On 123

Bibliography 127

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

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    A trip down memory lane

    This book brought back such memories for me. I was raised in Scranton and the old scenes of the trains and old neighborhoods made me smile. I can't believe it would be of much interest to anyone who isn't from the area, but maybe trian buffs would find it interesting.

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