From: "Tupaczewski, Paul R \(Paul\)" paultup AT alcatel-lucent DOT com
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 13:29:48 -0600
Subject: Observations on DL&W/EL Scranton Division
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While on the ELDCPS trip this past Sunday, I took note of some lineside
details on the former DL&W through the Poconos...
Most (if not all) of the relay cabinets (wooden boxes between two
concrete uprights) alongside he tracks were either destroyed or several
decayed - though the concrete posts still stand tall. When was the
signal system taken out of service? And the wood cabinets really rot
away that quickly?
I was surprised to see how many signal bridges still stand between
Analomink and Scranton (around 12). One thing that noticed is that most
of them have ivy and weeds growing up the side that faces south - I
assume that's because that side gets full sun, while the north side is
in spotty shadow? (there were no weeds on the north side of any of the
I noticed a few oddities, too. Look at the attached photo, "dsc_2309" -
I saw two bridges like this. The little square sheet metal placard under
the signal is the unique thing - on the opposite side, it was painted
solid white. On the side I'm facing, it's white with the black letters
"E H" arranged in a diagonal fashion. Was this a Conrail or Steamtown
addition? If it was EL, what did this indicate? This particular bridge
is next to the Elmhurst Reservoir, but another bridge just east of Nay
Aug Tunnel in Scranton also had this placard.
The other oddity is the signal bridge in "dsc_2354", or rather the
signal tower at the right hand side. Does anyone know what this could
have been for? It appears to be of more recent construction than the
signal bridge, so could this have been an EL addition? It is a separate
structure from the signal bridge, and appears to have a mast that held a
signal once upon a time. But why not put it on the signal bridge? Also
note the 2-aspect/1-aspect heads on the bridge. The majority of the
signals seen were 2-aspect/2-aspect, but at least two signals had this
format, and at least two has the plain 3-aspect single head signals.
Also note the rusted circle plate under the left most signals - these
used to have a yellow background with a black "G" on it indicating these
were grade signals and that trains could pass through a "stop" at
restricted speed so as not to stall on the grade.