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LEHIGH & SUSQUEHANNA JERSEY CENTRAL'S PENNSYLVANIA OPERATIONS VOL 5A DIESEL ERA OPERATIONS
Peter Brill 300 pages softcover

Coverage of the final era of CNJメs operations in Pennsylvania, 1947-1972, has required the splitting of volume V into two books. The contents of volume V-A, which focuses on operations, are as follows:

In the era 1947-1972, Lehigh Coal & Navigationメs Lehigh & Susquehanna Railroad continued to be operated by CNJ. The Central Railroad of Pennsylvania, which conducted CNJメs Pennsylvania operations, was merged back into CNJ on January 1, 1953. The Pennsylvania Division was created to absorb the CRPメs operations.

The L&S, built for anthracite traffic, funneled ever-dwindling hard coal tonnage eastbound to tidewater from Ashley, Penobscot and Mauch Chunk yards as CNJ continued to reconfigure operations with a focus on general freight traffic and unit bituminous coal trains via Allentown Yard. Operations in this quarter century, symbol freights as well as drills, are documented in a variety of paperwork including dispatcherメs sheets, WK tower sheets, Scranton engine terminal dispatchments, employee time books and time tables.

In 1965, CNJ, LV and RDG coordinated and rationalized their operations in the Lehigh Valley. LV and RDG closed smaller yards and moved their Allentown area switching terminal activities and interchange into Allentown Yard. CNJ and LV combined segments of their main lines.

The first road freight diesels, five EMD F3A-F3B-F3A sets, arrived in 1947 followed by five Baldwin DR4-4-1500 A-B-A sets the next year. The economic benefits occasioned the closure of Ashley Planes in 1948. The ranks of 2-8-2メs, 4-6-2メs, 0-6-0メs and 0-8-0 dwindled. Purchases of RS3メs, RSD4メs, H24-66メs, GP7メs, SW7メs and SW9メs resulted in complete dieselization of Pennsylvania operations in 1953. Fairbanks Morse Train Masters replaced the Baldwin double-enders in passenger service but the loss of mail contracts released these and other units such as RS3メs and GP7メs into freight service. The F3メs were traded in for SD35メs in 1965 and two years later CNJ took over the lease of ten B&O SD40メs. A second hand leased fleet of B&O and N&W F7メs was assembled in the late 1960メs.

Scheduled passenger service was gradually cut back to Allentown while the Interstate Express became a mail and baggage train before expiring in 1963. August 21, 1967 marked the end of all passenger train service between Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton.

LC&N put the L&NE up for sale. In 1961, CNJ bought the trackage generating the anthracite and cement carloadings while the main to Maybrook Yard was abandoned. Operations of the Lehigh & New England Railway, CNJメs new subsidiary, were initially based in Tadmor and Arlington yards. L&NEメs fleet of FAメs, RS2メs and S2メs was replaced by CNJ RSD4メs, GP9Mメs, F7メs, SW7メs and SW9メs. CNJ ended operations on LC&Nメs L&S Railroad on March 31, 1972. LV took over with the exception of the former L&NE operations which CNJ retained until 1974.

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