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History
Abutments of a railroad trestle bridge
Railroad trestle bridge abutments in Starrucca, PA. You can see the stream the bridge once spanned in the foreground.
The History of the NEPA Rail-Trails Council
The Rail-Trail Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation begun in 1991 to attempt the purchase of local abandoned railbeds. It began as a very small grass-roots organization and now has over 1700 members and supporters. The Board meets monthly at area restaurants and the public is invited. A quarterly newsletter keeps members and local citizens informed of the progress of the organization and trail improvements.
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The D&H Rail-Trail
A brief history of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad
In 1830, the Delaware and Hudson's 16 mile gravity railroad constituted most of the railroad mileage in the US--a meager total of 23 miles. This small but extremely important line allowed coal and lumber to be shipped out of Carbondale into Honesdale. Here it was loaded onto the canal boats of the D&H Canal Co. and towed to Lackawaxen, through Port Jervis and on to Rondout, NY (Kingston) on the Hudson River. It was on this line, on August 8, 1829 that the first steam locomotive - Stourbridge Lion - to turn a wheel on an American railroad made its first, and only run. (The engine was too heavy for the track.)
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The O&W Rail-Trail
A brief history of the New York, Ontario, and Western Railroad
The "Old & Weary", the Old Woman....appropriate names for this beleaguered railroad which somehow managed to survive for nearly a century. The O&W began as the New York & Oswego Midland Railroad. Building began in 1868 as a "grandiose vision" of Dewitt C. Littlejohn, a dynamic politician bearing an uncanny resemblance to Abe Lincoln. The goal was to connect New York City (at Weehawken) with northwest sections of upstate NY, still untouched by any rail..
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