THE LACKAWANNA TRAIL:
A pictorial presentation of areas of the Lackawanna Trail in Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA). Photos, Maps, highlights showing the early transition of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad right of way from Scranton to Binghamton, NY.
This page was inspired by several old postcards I discovered. I also recommend a read of the Guestbook on this site. It includes some wonderful insights on the site photos and other areas of interest along "The Lackawanna Trail"
This page is evolving. Living away from the NEPA area, my only avenue of research is the Internet and all the people who reply to my guestbook and various newsgroup posts regarding the Lackawanna Trail. I welcome any contributions, corrections and suggestions you may provide.
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The postcards copied herein were published by the Scranton News, there is
no date, the photos on most cards are by Bunnel Photo. 1 I would be very
interested to know if there are any other photos in this series,
I would love to include a copy on the page.
I have included highlighted maps created with Google Maps to show the area of the Trail. In some instances additional highlights are added to show where the Trail may have differed from what is now PA Route 11. The maps are interactive. Experiment with them and experience a virtual journey through the Abington Mountains and the Lackawanna Trail. Enjoy, and please contribute, correct or suggest if you can.
Area of the Lackawanna Trail. - from
an Alan C. Jones EMAIL.
"When Delaware, Lackawanna and Western President Truesdale rebuilt the Lackawanna in the early part of this century, the roadbed was relocated from the bottom of the valley to the top of the hills between Scranton and Big Bend. After the reconstruction, most of the old roadbed (after rail, tie, etc removal) was GIVEN to the State of Pennsylvania to use as a highway. Today, US Route 11 from Big Bend to Scranton is either on top of, or very close to, the original Lackawanna road bed. This road is referred to as "The Lackawanna Trail". This reconstruction shortened the route by several miles; but, more importantly, it reduced the maximum grades from nearly 2% down to around 1.1%!"
1 Bunnel Photo - Reader Don Dorflinger writes.
"Watson "Wild Bill" Bunnell was one of the two best known company photographers for the DL&W railroad, along with William Barry, Jr. You will find their names on most of the DL&W stuff shot around that era ("Bunnell Photo" or "W.B.B.JR."). It's unclear to me whether Barry worked the east end and Bunnell the west, or what...also, were they actually employed full-time by the Lackawanna, or just contract players? Somehow I have the impression that Bunnell was Barry's protoge' and took over after he retired, but I'm not certain. Some DL&W historian would know. At any rate, copyrights on their stuff has long run out, and the majority of the surviving glass plate negatives are in the collection at Syracuse University."
· LAUREL LINE , Laurel Line Industrial brouchure. Caution, huge download, over 2 Meg. Brochure is a classic, I scanned it because I'm not certain how many still exist. So early that it depicts steam donkey engines working freight on the Laurel Line. Several great photos. Needs Adobe Acrobat.