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Notice: We are working on a new script to allow comments to be stored concerning each individual Picture..  It may take some time,  but we are actively working on it..  Most all the old comments are stored for now. John

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For those who tracing their GENEALOGY. Employment records are very hard to find..  If there are any, then they would be at these sites:


Please Note: If you have Lehigh Valley Railroad Photo’s or anything else of value that you would like to share. Then I would be glad to post them with a credit to you.

WANTED : Pictures of LVRR employee’s. If you have a relative who worked for the LVRR and you would like to honor that person, I would be glad to post their picture and information on the employee’s page.
John W. Campbell

At this web site you will be able to access Lehigh Valley Maps, many pictures of locomotives, diesels, stations and many other pictures. Included will be a complete 1947 Lehigh Valley Time table.

The Lehigh Valley Railroad was born out of the need to have a reliable transportation of Anthracite Coal from the coal fields of Pennsylvania to the industrial area’s in the East. The Lehigh Valley Railroad was combination of many smaller lines either purchased or merged into the system. By the turn of the century, the railroad extended from Jersey City, N.J. to the Terminals at Niagara Falls N.Y. and Buffalo, N.Y. (Tifft Terminal) in the West. The Railroad was famous for it’s premier train The Black Diamond Express which ran from New York City to Buffalo N.Y.

The Lehigh Valley Railroad 1947 timetable shows the Lehigh as having three Divisions. The Buffalo Division to the West, The Wyoming Division in the middle and The New York Division to the East. In earlier times the Lehigh had two other divisions the Seneca out of Sayre and the Mahanoy and Hazleton division out of Hazleton. However by 1947 these additional divisions had been folded into the three divisions above.

The New York Division covered the area from NYC and Jersey City, Bound brook, Bethlehem all the way to Lehighton Pa.  The Lehigh Valley Operation’s Headquarters were at Bethlehem, Pa.

The Wyoming Division covered most of the coal area’s between Lehighton, Pa. Including Wilkes Barre, Pittston, Hazleton, Mehoopany, Wyalusing, to just south of Athens, Pa.

The Buffalo Division handled traffic from Athens, Pa. to Sayre, Pa. to Geneva N.Y. and onward to Buffalo and Niagara Falls, N.Y.

I am Dedicating this page to all the former Lehigh Valley Employees, who for over a Hundred and Thirty years strived to make the Lehigh Valley one of the best railroads in this country.

I also was an employee of the Lehigh Valley as was my Father ( A. Wayne Campbell ) before me. The Lehigh was a great railroad, and I enjoyed working there for those years. Railroads like the Lehigh Valley no longer exist,  this great railroad is greatly missed by all.

John W. Campbell
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Thanks to all these great references:
A HISTORY OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY RR., “THE ROUTE OF THE BLACK DIAMOND” BY :  ROBERT F. ARCHER.
LV IN COLOR, VOLUMES   1 AND 2.  BY:  ROBERT J. YANOSEY
LVRR RAILROAD, THE NEW YORK DIV. BY:  MIKE BEDNAR
UPSTATE ODYSSEY,  THE LEHIGH VALLEY RAILROAD IN WESTERN N.Y.  BY:   MARY HAMILTON DAHN
LEHIGH VALLEY MEMORIES.  BY:    DAVID MARCHAM
HANDSOMEST TRAIN IN THE WORLD, FIRST 25 YEARS OF THE BLACK DIAMOND, BY HISTORIAN RICHARD F. PALMER
PASSENGER SERVICE ON THE LEHIGH VALLEY RAILROAD.   BY:  WM. T. GREENBERG, JR. AND FREDERICK A. KRAMER

98 Comments to “About”

  1. Sean Brady says:

    Hey everyone.. I wanted to see if anyone had an photos or anything(stories) that I can share with my family. My father Richard Brady work for LVRR, Conrail and then NS when he passed away in 2004. He was pictured in a LVRR RAILROAD, THE NEW YORK DIV. BY: MIKE BEDNAR but I wanted to see if there is anything else out there floating around. We have maybe 1 or 2 photos of him on a engine over the years and I wanted to put something together for my family/grand children if at all possible.

  2. Frank Raniere says:

    hello. I am a former Conrail employee and never realized until recently my addicition to all things rail. I was born in NYC and lived a block away from the 3rd Avenue El. But, I am writing to seek permission to share any of your images on fb. There is a healthy population of Lehigh Valley people there and we are always seeking information and images. I live very hear the easton & Northern line. I can walk almost the entire line. So, I am seeking information on it to see exactly where the tracks were. Since I worked on the lehigh Valley tracks, replacing rails with welded rails for 3 years, I know a bit about where the LV went. I am also seeking photos and info on the original LVRR station in Easton. I know I am asking alot, but maybe you can direct me. I would appreciate it. Thank you. Frank Raniere

  3. martin r. hartzel says:

    Came across this site just looking for things from my family, and was impressed by it all, what a great site! My dad Charles E. Hartzel worked for the old LVRR until the late 40s I believe, he was originally from Delano, Pa but when I was born, 1940, we lived in Hazleton, Pa.. As best as I can remember he worked on what they used to call he old Puddle Jumpers, running coal from the mines to the Leighton, Pa yard. We lived in a house that sat about 50 feet from the tracks on East Broad St. and every night I was rocked to sleep by either a passenger train or one of the many freight trains…Great memories

  4. david carney says:

    My grandfather, Edward F. “Eddie” Guildea, worked at Wheeler Point in Newark, NJ. He may have hired on near Lucerne, PA, or worked for the LV in PA before relocating to NJ. His years of service are not exactly clear to me, but I believe he retired in the late 50′s or early 60′s. His work made his children and grandchildren’s lives possible.

    So much material on this terrific website — I’ve got some reading to do.

  5. George W. "Kas" Kaswinkel says:

    I worked on the LVRR starting as a clerk-steno in the Traffic Office at Wilkes-Barre, Pa. then transferred to Bethlehem, Pa. as Chief Clerk, then Sales Rep then Ass’t to the Coal Traffic Manager in the Traffic Office there—then was appointed Secretary to the President (John F. Nash) then Manager of Insurance, Manager of Insurance-Industrial Development Agent, Manager of Insurance/Manager Industrial Development, Purchasing Agent, Manager Purchases and Sales, Director Personal Property Sales and Purchases and finally Assistant VP – Properties all at the corporate offices in Bethlehem, Pa. finally job was eliminated with most of the assets being sold off leaving the end of 1979. I do have some paper items etc. with a complete list to anyone interested.

  6. George W. "Kas" Kaswinkel says:

    I worked on the LVRR starting as a clerk-steno in the Traffic Office at Wilkes-Barre, Pa. then transferred to Bethlehem, Pa. as Chief Clerk, then Sales Rep then Ass’t to the Coal Traffic Manager in the Traffic Office there—then was appointed Secretary to the President (John F. Nash) then Manager of Insurance, Manager of Insurance-Industrial Development Agent, Manager of Insurance/Manager Industrial Development, Purchasing Agent, Manager Purchases and Sales, Director Personal Property Sales and Purchases and finally Assistant VP – Properties all at the corporate offices in Bethlehem, Pa. finally job was eliminated with most of the assets being sold offleaving the end of 1979. I do have some paper items etc. with a complete list to anyone interested.

  7. George W. "Kas" Kaswinkel says:

    I worked on the LVRR starting as a clerk-steno in the Traffic Office at Wilkes-Barre, Pa. then transferred to Bethlehem, Pa. as Chief Clerk, then Sales Rep then Ass’t to the Coal Traffic Manager in the Traffic Office there—then was appointed Secretary to the President (John F. Nash) then Manager of Insurance, Manager of Insurance-Industrial Development Agent, Manager of Insurance/Manager Industrial Development, Purchasing Agent, Manager Purchases and Sales, Director Personal Property Sales and Purchases and finally Assistant VP – Properties all at the corporate offices in Bethlehem, Pa. finally job was eliminated with most of the assets being sold offleaving the end of 1979. I do have some paper items etc. with a complete list to anyone interested.

  8. Carol Churey says:

    I have pictures of the trestle between Swartwood and Park Station. The photo is labeled with the note, 1st train to pass the trestle. Nov. 11, 1873. the railroad was first named Utica, Ithaca, and Elmira RR and later named Elmira, Cortland, and Northern.

    I’d be willing to share copies.

  9. bill jenks says:

    IM LOOKING FOR PLAND FOR LV TOWERS AND ANY STATIONS OR OUTHER LV BUILDINGS——THANKS BILL

    1. Rich Brazicki says:

      I found some old photos from CY, Karny and Upper Bay Towers when I worked for Conrail in late 1970′s.

    2. Rich Brazicki says:

      I found some old photos from CY, Karny and Upper Bay Towers when I worked for Conrail in late 1970′s.

  10. bill jenks says:

    IM LOOKING FOR PLAND FOR LV TOWERS AND ANY

  11. Gaz says:

    I’m researching an old cast iron wrench marked L.V.R.R.C.
    Is it possibly a tool used by the Lehigh Valley Railroad?
    It’s an unusual looking wrench and I’m interested in knowing just what it was used for. Can send photos. Thanks, Gaz

  12. Sean Glynn says:

    Great website! Many of my family worked for the LVRR. They started in White Haven, PA which then included Sayre, Buffalo, and NJ. My ggreat uncle James Greeney worked for the LVRR for 50. He started as a timekeeper at the age of 13 in White Haven, PA finally becoming an Engineer in 1888. He and his family live in Sayre, PA since 1900. Several other family members that worked for the LVRR were Morris Greeney, Michael Glynn, and a few others. Any additional information anybody may have to share would be much appreciated.

    1. eldon kibler says:

      I have some old time sheets from White HAven. My father was was a maintence of way foreman. What years was you father at White Haven?

      1. Sean says:

        Not my father, but other relatives worked there in the late 1800′s.

  13. Steve Beers says:

    I found a Idenification plate and thought it may have came off an engine, but not sure. The best I can make out it reads, LVRRC then has a number 6 on a cross in center, then underneath it reads, FACK RTON. There is a letter inbetween the K and R that I cant make out. Can anyone give me a clue of what this plate may be ?? Its about 6″ X 6″ with a hole on the left and one on the right for bolts or rivets.

    1. joe fabregas says:

      Not sure what the plate was for but I would bet the missing character is ‘E’ and the first is not ‘F’ but ‘P’, for Packerton, a big yard and shops at Lehighton, Pa. Joe-

      1. Steve Beers says:

        Joe, Thanks for the info. I wonder if it from steam engine or something else. I found it about 20 years ago, on the old railroad bed. It was near Laquin. Would any one be interested in it ?

    2. Fritz N. Kuenzel says:

      Steve, What you have is a old bolt on journal box cover used by RR’s from the 1850′s to 1880′s before the hinged style jbcs. came about. I have dug up around 50 plus RR marked ones along abandoned RR grades over the past 20 years and have close to 100 in my jbc. collection. I do have a different bolt on L V R R bolt on jbc. with a number 2 in the center and a larger cast iron hinged one with LVRR on it. A good 8-10 years ago someone posted a picture of a LVRR bolt on jbc. like the one you found with the cross in the center on Railfan.net that they found along a old LV RR grade in the ballast. I saved the picture for referance purposes. If you would like to sell yours let me know as i would be interested!

  14. Keith Bednar says:

    Hi John; Glad to see the web site doing well and more photos added all the time. I can’t thank you enough for the time and money you put into it. I just got a photo of Landsdown,NJ station and tower. I would like to email it to you so you can add it to these pages. However I can’t seem to do that because of some block my computer has. If you don’t mind please email me and I will return the email with the photo as an attachment. Thanks again. Keith Bednar

  15. Wayne Pavlinet says:

    Grew up in Perth Amboy,NJ in the early 1960′s I remember playing in an old a banded railroad roundhouse.Looking for information and possible pictures of this facility. Thank you

  16. G.W.RUSH says:

    FIX YOUR EMAIL LINK.

  17. Joe Fanning says:

    i *just* via clean-up from a move (items left by a deceased friend) and found a 1889 schedule. Having grown up in Jersey City,NJ. I see there was a stop in town. does anyone know the location? Haven’t lived in JC 40+ yrs, but would like to know where the location was. Appreciate any details, thanks!

  18. Richard Doty says:

    I’m looking for a website or research site that lists the names of past LVRR employees. My father worked for the LVRR many years ago.

  19. David Richards says:

    Looking for information concerning the Thorndale Branch of the L.V.R.R. in Sullivan County, PA. A short-lived line, it was constructed ca. 1890 from Lopez in order to serve the tannery town of Thorndale, several miles to the west. I am especially interested in establishing its date of operation and (if known) what other smaller, lumber railroads that may have accessed their holdings via the Thorndale Branch. I was on portions of it recently and was impressed by the rock cuts we passed through. Much of the right-of-way today is on State Game Lands #13 and is open to the public several months during the fall and winter. Thank you!

  20. Frederick S. Goodrich says:

    I am looking to obtain an old B&W photo of a steam locomotive and tender parked near the Pittston coal tower at the Coxton Yard showing both the tower & locomotive. The tender had “lehigh Valley” markings on its’ side.

  21. James Moyer says:

    My great-grandfathers William Huff & William Moyer worked on the LVRR…I have an old latern with LVRR on it. Interested if anyone has any info on either of my ancestors!

    1. Eileen says:

      My grandfather worked here as well back in 1941 I know that year for sure from a draft card. His name was Herman Hildebrandt

  22. Pete Ayers says:

    Great site , i had an uncle by the the name of Oscar Fish who was an engineer for the L.V.R.R. for many years , lived his life in Noxen Pa. , great memories

  23. Allison Fuller says:

    Great site! My Grandfather, Cass Lewis, worked for the Lehigh Valley Railroad. He was from Waverly, NY and Sayre, PA. I do have a picture of him in full uniform with his lantern – I think he worked on the caboose. I’ll be sure to look for the pic and pass it along. We used to have his lantern, but I’m not sure if my family still has that. I also have a pic of hi holding me as a baby, and he had a full length cast on his leg due to a train accident. I was born in 73, and I’m wondering if it’s the same train wreck referenced by Mike P. in an earlier post? I’ll look for my pictures – just bookmarked this site!

  24. Amanda says:

    Hello, I just found a coin like object in my backyard while I was gardening in White Haven, PA. It says: USX on the front and Elmira Depot in a circle with NY in the middle. I was just wondering if you could tell me anything about it. Thanks for your time! Any information would be appreciated -Amanda

    1. joe fabregas says:

      My guess it was a ‘check’ of some kind, ‘USX’ could be United States Express Company, Elmira Depot would be the location. My only reference was ‘tool checks’, each shop employee would have a set number of little metal tags similar to yours and when he needed a special tool he could borrow it from a tool crib, leaving a tool check. The Lehigh had round brass tags, with a hole in them, and a number stamped into them identifiable to an employee. When you returned the tool you got you check back. Not sure how that would work with express companies unless it was some piece of equipment that needed to be returned to Elmira, like a hand truck.

  25. Carol McLaughlin says:

    My great grandfather was Earl Harvey Hunsinger and he worked for LVRR in the early 20th century too (I guess late 1800′ and through possible the late 1930′s. Dad thinks he engineered the train “John Wilkes”. Does anyone know of him and possibly where the John Wilkes was sent after its last run?

  26. Peter Braithwaite says:

    Hi, Great website .
    I am looking for information on a ” Sam Braithwaite ” who worked here in 1942,
    regards Peter

  27. gravy graves says:

    I have a wire framed railroad lantern that I used in Fla for 37 years for hurricanes ……… it has LVRR engraved on the glass ….willing to part with it for a suitable amount …. PERFECT condition …..was offered $ 100 8 years ago

    1. Mike Peterpaul says:

      I would like to purchase this for a friend of mine.His father was killed on the LVRR in a accident in 1974 and he and his brothers were also employees. I am from Sayre , Pa and live in Melbourne ,Florida

  28. Paul Ceretto says:

    Mr.Cambell your email link does not work. I am a author working on a book about a small town railroad. I need a your expertise. I need to know about days gone past. I would be ever grateful for your help. I plan on putting the book on Amazon Kindle in Oct. I would like build a report with you so that I may send you some questions to answer.
    Please let me know.
    Paul Robert Ceretto

  29. John Lord says:

    My uncle Guy Horton was on the Diamond up into the 50′s, my father fred Lord worked in the round house at Sayre pre-war. Any information on either would be appreciated.

    1. Phil Lord says:

      Hi John, I am interested on two levels. First I am looking for wartime color photos of LVRR structures to get insights into paint colors. Second, i wonder if your “Lord” line is the same as mine, as I have done a lot of family history research on that lone.
      Phil Lord

  30. Jeanne Roll - Kern says:

    Many of my family members were employed by the LVRR. My grandfather was foreman at the Manchester NY Yard. Uncles and my own father worked in the area of Buffalo and Manchester. I’m trying to find out if my great-grandfather worked on the Leigh. I have a photo booklet that includes employees enjoying a party on the premises, at Manchester, I would assume. I do not know the year, but would guess the 1950′s.

  31. mike says:

    i was hiking a trail that went through great meadows and liberty new jersey. they said it was an old rail road that came from pa. does anyone know what the name of it was. some said it might be the leighhigh vally rail road
    thanks mike

  32. james barbacci says:

    As a boy of about 10 I rode the last train to leave the Noxen tannery on the lehigh valley bowmans creek division,in approx 1963. My father knew the enginer, so my brother and I took a ride from Noxen to Hanson’s amusement park which was about 4 miles,and got of the train under the roller coaster,to everyone’s amazement. The train ,I think it was one box car and one gondola car pulled by a small diesel engine. Is it possible to find out what the engine number was? I am sure it was in the summer. Thank you.

    1. Jim Russell says:

      Jim I Believe the engine # 140
      there is a video on Harveys Lake.org

  33. THEODORE DEBONIS says:

    MY DAD HAD WORKED FOR THE LEHIGH VALLEY RAILROAD FOR 10YRS IN THE TRAFFIC DEPT IN CHICAGO ILL..THIS WAS IN THE EARLY 60′S. I FEEL THAT IT WAS ONE OF HIS MOST HAPPIEST TIMES AND REALY ENJOYED HIS JOB. YOUR WEB SITE BROUGHT BACK MAY MEMORIES.
    TED DEBONIS

  34. Jay Winn says:

    What a great website! I have rarely seen so much information on one site.. and well organized too. I used to railfan the Lehigh Valley in Sayre some 40 or so years ago and your website brings back great memories..Regards, Jay Winn

  35. Ken Bulger says:

    My Dad was an engineer on the Valley. I worked for a couple of years in the roundhouse at Oak Island in the late 60′s.
    Looking back we somehow managed to keep the power running. The older guys were talented machinists,electricians steam fitters and laborers. We younger guys were the muscle.
    My biggest regret was not taking pictures or movies. If anyone out there had a relative who worked there I may have some knowledge about them.

    Ken Bulger

    1. Jim D onovan says:

      I knew a Paul Bulger,we worked together many times on the 7am newark job,i remember when he got bite by a rat while filling water bottle for the loco.he was a GOOD man,and good engineer. Jimmy D

      1. Ken Bulger says:

        I remember you Jim . My brothers and I were just kids when he was bit by the rat. When he went to the Hospital he was allergic to the shot they gave him
        and that complicated matters.

        I loved how my mom called the Lehigh the Leaky Valley because of it’s constant money problems. I always wondered how it continued to run.
        The only answer is the employees. Engines that should have been turned into scrap were kept running by every mechanical and electrical trick known to man.
        You fellows on the line worked wonders long before two way radio.

        I met a retired Con Rail Boss several years ago he said “those Valley Guys were a pain in his rear but that they were great railroaders.” I laughed and told him it was all in the family. He said said “yeah it was a family road.”

        Happy Thanksgiving Jim and Thanks for the good words about my Dad. He always loved the Valley and the guys.

        Kenny Bulger

  36. myrlerecord says:

    justgettingaquainted.enjoyedthesitewillfollow

  37. Marty Murphy says:

    My Grandfather Barney Murphy wortked for the LV RR out of Rochester. He started as a fireman on to a breakman and ended his 49 years of survice as an conductor. Anyone out there might have information on theses routes or maybe new him.
    Marty

  38. Steve Gorka says:

    To Melissa Rawlings: Call the Railroad Retirement board. 877 772 5772.

  39. I would be very much interested in any information and pictures of the Lehigh Valley Railroad’s Elmira and Cortland Branch.Are there any possible way that there are any former LVRR employees or perhaps any that traveled over the branch? Again any information or pictures will be greatly appreciated.
    My grandparents traveled from Varna to Elmira,N.Y. on the Lehigh Valley’s Elmira and Cortland Branch about 1915. Thank you for any inforamtion.
    Best regards, Gaylord Ewing

  40. Bill DeLong says:

    Great site, just found it. I worked in the the Bethlehem Office in the Transportation and Payroll Dept. from 1962 and retired from Conrail in 1996.
    The LVRR was a great Railroad. I remember your father.

  41. Melissa Rawlings says:

    Hello.. My grandmother, Marie Dunning was an accountant for Lehigh Valley Railroad. She past away Nov ’84. Leaving behing my gradndfather Gary. He now has dimensia and my family does not know what happened or where her pension is. I am hoping you could please provide me with who we need to contact to discuss this matter. Thank you very much and any information provided is greatly appreciated. Melissa

  42. Walter Ward says:

    I am 81 years old and was a passenger on the LVRR for years every weekend from New York to Easton Pa. (At that time I would travel alone, 13 years old) After school Friday afternoon, would take the train to Easton and then the Bus to Riegelsville Grandparents house. At the time I knew the conductor and if we missed a weekend he would want to know where we were. What memories this brings back. I remember the windows had to be shut going thru Jug Town Mountain tunnel because of the smoke. When there was time going home on Sunday we would be able to visit the dispatcher at Easton.

  43. Ron Ball says:

    Growing up and working in Depew , NY ( Buffalo) I remember the old red LV engines and the white ones ! I remember them going by the Depew ice rink as we practiced or played during the winter !

  44. I just came across your website.I would be very much interested in seeing any pictures of the “Elmira and Cortland Branch”.Specially,the Swartwood, Erin, and Breesport,N.Y. stations. A few years ago,I actually did find and toke pictures of what was left of trestle near Swartwood,N.Y.
    I’ll say thanks ahead of time,and look forward to any pictures of the “Elmira and Cortland Branch”.Also any pictures of the LVRR crossing in Horseheads going to Breesport,N.Y. The crossing would be crossing over the Ithaca Road.Thanks.I grew up in Breesport,N.Y. back in the 1960′s.
    Best regards,Gaylord Ewing

  45. P Palmer says:

    I am trying to find info/articles on a LVRR wreck that killed by great aunt Fannie Palmer and another woman – Clair Sincebaugh – on Dec 3, 1903 at Pearson Crossing near Ithaca NY. It was a buggy wreck into a LVRR steam engine. Any info is appreciated. Patty Palmer

  46. A St. Louis says:

    I am surveying land next to the RR in Piscataway near Harris Steel. Where do I get ROW maps?

  47. Victor Packham says:

    If you click on view this image full screen, then save it and zoom in on the saved image there is a rail car on the right that is marked LVRR then reads
    Lenigh Valley.
    http://www.buffalohistory.com/buffalo/jack-knife-bridge-buffalo-n-y.html

  48. Steve Schiefer says:

    This is a great site. Brings back old memories when i worked for the Valley.
    Even brings a tear to my eyes. Is there a way to send photos by e-mail to you. Would like to share with other folks.
    Thanks—-Steve Schiefer—-Lackawaxen, PA

  49. Rebecca Randolph says:

    My Great-Grandfather John Ballentine Randolph of Easton, Pa. was a Baggage Master and Conductor for the LVRR in the 1880′s. He died in 1915 and his obit mentions his position with the railroad.

  50. keith campbell says:

    Our family goes back 3 generations on the LVR. My great grandfather was in the Sayer shops, my grandfather spent his whole life on the locomotives, my uncle was a conductor and switchman. When I was 5 years old my father would put a name tag on me give me to the conductor in Rochester, NY and told them to put me off in Sayer.
    I will send you pictures and more detail later.
    Thanks for the great site

  51. Martha Bierly says:

    My sister was born on the Lehigh Valley Railroad on June 28,1931. The porter on the train suggested that they call her Harriet as that was the name of the car in which she was born. Her birth certificate states she was born enroute,destination Pittston Pa. Mother said she delivered going by the mountain that was later named Joe Palooka Mountain. My Uncle(a doctor) and my Aunt (a nurse) accompanied her and aided in the delivery. Mom said the only one that was nervous was the porter. We are celebrating her 81st birthday this year.

  52. Janice Haver Brown says:

    Wonderful site, I have submitted a photo for you! My gr Grandfather
    William Marriott Haver worked at Lehigh Valley at the turn of the century.

  53. charles caldesa says:

    I am searching for history,photos, maps on the route 440 branch in Jeersey City my next book. The LV was important to Jersey City and I would like very much to be able to do more on the LV. Hope to hear from some of you. Thank you, Charles Caldes

  54. Dr. Russel E. Bachert, Jr. says:

    I am interested in creating a model railroad layout that encompasses the Lehigh Valley Railroad in and around the small town where I was raised, Delano, Pennsylvania. If you have photos and/or a schematic of the train tracks, please share with me. My personal Email is bachertasu@hotmail.com.

    Respectfully,

    Dr. Russel E. Bachert, Jr.

    1. Thanks for every other fantastic post. The place else
      could anyone get that type of info in such an ideal way of writing?

      I’ve a presentation next week, and I am at the look for such information.

  55. David C Buss says:

    My Dad Paul Buss worked for the Lehigh valley RR from 1930 until 1942. He started in Bethlehem PA and then to Manchester NY. He was a telegraph operator and worked in the tower. I also have pictures of him at the levers in the tower. David C Buss

  56. Mark R. Longo says:

    Looking for any photographs or 8mm footage of Geneva Junction onto the Ithaca branch. Grew up in Ithaca and recall passenger service at the Ithaca station. Never rode the train. My father worked for Robinson-Mohawk Airlines.
    Any assistance is greatly appreciated!

    1. Andy Fisher says:

      Sorry can’t help you with the photographs or film, just thought I’d comment… my Grandfather Phil King who grew up in Trumansburg loved to tell of how he would ride the train into Ithaca, then get onto the trolly to visit his Grandmother and/or go to the fairgrounds when he was young.

  57. mick mcgrogan says:

    My grandfather, Harold U Richards, worked for the Lehigh Valley railraod in Easton, PA and my cousin and I use to make trips with him in the mail car from Easton to Pittston. We always ate at the lunch counter in the Easton station and the lady who worked behind the lunch counter became our friend…can’t remember her name…any help from readers? Great memories of train life in the 1950′s and 60′s.

  58. Dawn DeSantis-Joiner says:

    My grandfather worked for L.V.RR Co.,Jersey City, from 1956-1957,I was glad to find this website and the great information and pictures.I hope more pictures will be posted.Thank you.

    1. Jim Donovan says:

      i WORKED WITH AL AND JOE IN JERSEY CITY,LOOK AT PAGE 5 OF SENIORTY ROSTER,AND FIND THEIR NAMES.

  59. Valerie says:

    Is there any information about as the railroad was being built? Or any accidents in the towns it went thru?

  60. John Buchholz says:

    My uncle was a lineman on the Lehigh’s Seneca Division between 1922 and 1932. Before he passed away in 1994 at age 90, he wrote his memories of those days, and they will be included in a book called “Lehigh Lineman,” scheduled for publication later this year. In the book, my uncle refers to the Seneca Division as extending from Manchester, NY to Pittston, PA in the 1920s, but I haven’t been able to confirm those geographical bounds in any LVRR histories I’ve read, so I’d appreciate hearing from anyone who might be able to shed some light on the subject.
    Many thanks!
    John Buchholz

    1. Pam Laurell says:

      John Buchholz: I am writing from the Book House in Jonesville, MI on behalf of a library customer who would like us to obtain 1 (one) copy of your book LEHIGH LINEMAN. Please reply to my email address with ordering instructions, or advise if you have a distributor. Thank you.

  61. Bruce Roloson says:

    I am looking for information on th telegraph line installed about 1850 from Ithaca to Owego. This was one of the first Railroad telegraph installations. LVRR also installed an Inductive Telegraph to send messages to a moving train. Cayuta Station is inpotant in this story. Please let me know if you have any infomation.
    Thank you,
    Bruce

  62. FRANK M KLOCK says:

    As one who, from time to time photographed the Lehigh Valley and model it in HO, I would like to see some one work to draw up scale plans for the roads buidings, etc. Also painting diagrams for diesels.

  63. Jim Bohrman says:

    Forgot to list the site- for the Pottsville Division
    http://www.wix.com/onetechy/lvrr

  64. Ayn Lynn Malkin says:

    Fantastic website. Am really enjoying it. I worked in the Bethlehem Office of the LVRR from April 1963 and retired from Conrail in July of 1996 and the best way to describe all my years with the railroad is………”What a ride!!”

    1. Rudy Garbely says:

      I’m working on a research project involving the LVRR and Conrail from 1965-1979 – would you be willing to be interviewed?

  65. Jim Bohrman says:

    Did you know that the LV also had a Pottsville Division? Yes indeed it did. It tapped the southern coal fields, first trains operated in September of 1890. A website has been created. Enjoy!

  66. Joseph J. Constantine says:

    Started with the Lehigh Valley in Newark,New Jersey. Oak Island. Worked for Conrail and then Train Master Norfolk Southern. The Lehigh Valley Employees were a Great bunch of people. A big Happy family. That is the part of Rail Roading I miss. Retired early in 2010. A great site to bring back old memories. I try to stay in touch with Retired and present rail workers still. They are a rae Breed of People. Keep up the Good Work.

    Joe Constantine http://www.skype.com

  67. Kent Zellers says:

    My father, Clarence Calvin Zellers, worked for the LVRR as a brakeman, and my uncle, George Zellers did also, then my uncle became a locomotive engineer and stayed with the railroad when Conrail took it over. I beleive he retired from there sometime in the mid ’80′s.
    I am interested in all aspects of this railroad, and am considering modelling a train layout after the Packerton Yard. If anyone has any information, knew my father or my uncle, please contact me! My email address is kentz@mchsi.com. Thank you for developing this website.

  68. Hank Kingston says:

    I have few B&W photos of the Lehigh Valley railroad. These photos are of the private businees car that my great grandfather, Henry H. Kingston, had as the General Traffic Manager in 1900.

    I can send these photos along, if you wish.

  69. Hank Kingston says:

    I researching information or details of a Lehigh Valley private business car # 354. This private car was assigned to my great grandfather, Henry H. Kingston, who was the general traffic manager for the LV RR in 1900. Also, does anyone know the status of car #354?

  70. Walter Ward says:

    Just a comment. I am 80 yo and as a kid used to ride the LV each weekend from Penn Station, NY to Easton, PA most weekends to visit grandmother downriver in Riegelsville. It was the years 1939 and forward.

    1. mick mcgrogan says:

      Walter,

      My grandfather worked on the Lehigh Valley RR in Easton and I grew up in Raubsville just north of Riegelsville and spent alot of time in the passenger station with my grandfather.

  71. Mike Buchman says:

    As a Brakeman & Conductor I had the pleasure of working on the L.V.R.R. at Oak Island / Jersey City from 1974 until and throughout the Consolidation to form Conrail. You have done a Great Job of posting and recording some of my most memorable times. I really enjoyed seeing some of the faces of the men I had the pleasure to work with and the good times off the job. There is nothing like a trip down memory lane to bring a smile to your face. I will look in my archives to see if anything would be worthy of contribution ? , Mike Buchman

    1. Keith Taylor says:

      Hi Mike I remember working with you at Oak Island many, many years ago.
      Keith

  72. This is very interesting. My greatgrandfather, James H. Curran worked for the railroad early in the 20th century. He belonged to The brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Fireman Lodge 250 in Wilkes Barre, PA. He would have been employed from about 1895-1932. He died in 1935. My understanding his time of employment was just shy of the date when records were consistently kept. Any help finding anything would be appreciated. His death cert lists his occupation but not his railroad number. Peg S.

  73. Mike Wikman says:

    I knew quite a few Valley people as I was a General Road Foreman of Engines on the CNJ right before Conrail. Dick Whitehead, Vic Cole, just to name a couple. It was a fine road and I road it all over. I worked for the EL Railroad and huricane Diane hit we ran our freights on the valley from Sayre to Buffalo. Charlie Stone and I were Road Foreman on the EL and we had to ride our trains all the way from Sayre to Buffalo. This lasted I believe 2 weeks or so. Also road the Budd car on the Hazelton branch and all over the coal territory on a rail fan trip in the 50s I road the Black Diamond from Newark to Easton when I was a kid..I never saw sw8s with dynamic brakes before then. I met Cedric Major once in Allentown. Again the LV.DL&W,CNJ,D&H,ERIE will be missed by me…
    Mike

    1. vinny fonzo says:

      Mike my grandfather George Leaser was road foreman on the CNJ in the 40s and 50s. He lived in Jim Thorpe Pa.Perhaps you knew him .My Father Vincent Fonzo was a locomotive engineer on the CNJ from the 50s to the early 80s.We lived in Newark.Ive always regretted not taking their advice to become a railroader.

  74. Dan Bednar says:

    Great website glad to see it again. Love the employee pictures.

  75. Charles Hill says:

    Mr. Campbell,

    I enjoyed viewing your website, you obviously take great pride. I am trying to map out some property in Tioga County, New York and in the deed where Lehigh Railroad sells the property that I am interested in they reference the following Railroad Valuation Station nos. 14029+20, 14024+20, 14031+75, 14098+23 and 14035+70. I am in need of some map, reference document or explanation that could help me determine the location of these Railroad Valuation Stations. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Charles HIll

    1. martin r. hartzel says:

      Came across this site just looking for things from my family, and was impressed by it all, what a great site! My dad Charles E. Hartzel worked for the old LVRR until the late 40s I believe, he was originally from Delano, Pa but when I was born, 1940, we lived in Hazleton, Pa.. As best as I can remember he worked on what they used to call he old Puddle Jumpers, running coal from the mines to the Leighton, Pa yard. We lived in a house that sat about 50 feet from the tracks on East Broad St. and every night I was rocked to sleep by either a passenger train or one of the many freight trains…Great memories

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