Tom Nemeth 112 pages softcover
This is the story of the formation of the regional railroad serving the Poconos today, with a look at its predecessors, including the D&H and Erie Lackawanna, and the brief tenure of the Lackawanna Valley, Lackawanna Railroad and Pocono Northeast Railroads. Learn about the formation of the Lackawanna County Rail Authority, which saved 95 miles of trackage from destruction by Conrail, and which together with the Monroe County Rail Authority, saved the historic Pocono Main Line. Later, as the Pennsylvania Northeast Regional Rail Authority, the agency invested heavily in upgrading the former D&H, Erie Lackawanna and Laurel Line trackage. Operator Delaware-Lackawanna, renowned for its fleet of well maintained Alco diesels, today operates from Scranton to Carbondale to Minooka and through the Poconos to Slateford. Included is the January 2018 relocation of the interchange from Portland to Scranton and special events such as the Alcorama- the 100th anniversary celebration of the American Locomotive Company in 2001. The tourist operators, including Steamtown Foundation, Pocono Mountain Railway, Steamtown NPS and the Erie-Lackawanna Dining Car Preservation Society are also included, along with unique events such as the 1996 Conrail emergency coal detours, NS run through freights, speeder trips and more. Enjoy a touur of the D-L's compact shop at South Scranton and an appointment with the Alco Doctor Don Colangelo, who with his skilled team of workers, keeps and eclectic fleet of Schenectady products, from RS-3s, to M6363 running smoothly. The book also includes a fully annotated roster of current D-L/GVT locomotives.