Peter Brill 102 pages softcover
The Lehigh & Hudson River Railway was a busy and prosperous bridge line but dependent on its much larger connections. Its demise was engineered by mega-carriers Penn Central and Conrail. Two decades later, the New York, Susquehanna & Western Railway, revived under aggressive management, converted the former L&HR main east of Sparta Jct into a segment of a busy land bridge line, a transcontinental intermodal routing. But NYS&W was also dependent on its giant connections, CSX and NS. Once these two mega-carriers carved up Conrail in 1999, they diverted intermodal traffic to their routes east of Chicago. Fro nineteen months, CSX routed certain trains via the NYS&W until it resolved operational issues on the River Line. This book documents the relativelty short "Golden Era" of NYS&W "stack trains" on the former L&HR in Orange County, NY with a couple of side trips westward to Binghamton. 188 color images.