This book chronicles the last 20 years or so of the Lehigh
Valley Railroad between the terminals at Lehighton PA and the Buffalo
and Niagara Falls gateways. It is the companion book to Lehigh Valley Railroad: The New York Division
published in 1993. Both books, written from a railroader’s
perspective, give the reader an insight into and appreciate of what it
was like to work for and operate trains over “The Route of the Black
The author and his brothers became friends with and
were “adopted” by many of the Lehigh Valley family. Through this
kinship the reader will see many interesting views of the railroaders at
work that may otherwise may not be possible.
In addition to the Bednar boys, many distinguished
photographers contributed to this tribute to the employees of the
One thing the author discovered in compiling this
chronicle on “the upper end” was that kinships like her experienced in
the Catasaqua area existed over the entire railroad. The reader will
see this come forth through the photos of employees on the west end.
The Lehigh Valley was truly a unique line.
This book is not the typical picture book o fate
fascinating line but instead is a history of the declining years and the
people who tried to keep the LVRR running. It is a tribute to the
employees of the Lehigh Valley and to their spirit. Read on – enjoy the
pictures – but always remember the employees who made it all possible.