From: mdelvec952 AT aol DOT com
Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2013 23:28:21 -0500 (EST)
Subject: A piece of the old Lackawanna
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One of Tri-State's members Lloyd Leone was working on the phone lines in basement of a customer's home on Richards Ave. in Dover, NJ, and got a suprise on one of the floor joists. The customer says the house was built in 1914.
This herald was in common use on the Lackawana during the Truesdale era, about 1899 through the 1920s, during the era of the glass plate negatives over which we marvel each day. Where did this plank come from? This joist-size board isn't from boxcar or caboose siding, but possibly from a gondola. The Lackawanna was known to re-purpose or sell off anything surplus, so it's quite likely home builders were buying freight car siding and timbers from the Car Shops.
This may be the only reliable color image we'll ever see of the Lackawanna rolling stock during the anthracite era, when Barry, Bunnel and Anneman hauled 8x10 view cameras on special trains, when 4-4-0s and Ten-Wheelers hauled the varnish and advertising cards with Phoebe Snow jingles hung in stations and on commuter trains. By the mid-1920s freight cars had to follow AAR specs for lettering, and the Lackawanna followed suit.
Quite a find, Lloyd, and thanks for sharing. We're very lucky to have seen it.