QUOTE: Originally posted by Easypickens
You have touched on a subject near and dear to my heart having been born and raised in the boro of Susquehanna Depot , Pa. As a lad, my Dad would take me down
to the depot to see the steam engines up close and personal and later, the diesels
came to town and Dad took me to the roundhouse to see this new "iron horse" !
Years (not that many , really) I was the CTC operator in "NS" Telegraph, the Erie RR
off ice in the depot, manning the CTC board which controlled the switches and signals
for "SR" (the west end of the yard) "CP" (the east end of the old west yard, "JA" Lanesboro with two crossovers and a lead to the Jefferson Division and Jeff Junction
on the D&H Railroad and finally the crossovers and signals at "GF" Gulf Summit.
Every eastbound freight from Susquehanna and sometimes westbounds from Deposit would have pushers. Sometimes the passenger trains were so big and heavy
they would require helpers (on the head end only). It is hard to imagine now , that there was a train by that old pile of bricks about every 30 or 45 minutes, with pushers,
day in and day out . It was a fun time to be young and on the railroad
QUOTE: Originally posted by R0wland
I have never posted to this forum before, so be gentle.
Susquehanna Depot, PA, located in Northeastern PA on the NS Southern Tier East of Binghamton, NY is having their 150th anniversary this week. As you may know, this community was created for the purpose of the Erie Railroad having their shops. Also, Susquehanna Depot is about 1.5 miles from the famous Starrucca Viaduct., one of the largest stone bridges in existence. It was built in 1847-48.
For the event, the NYS&W, generously brought in an SD-45 and two former Long Island coaches to place in front of the Erie Depot (now known as the Starrucca House). The depot, by the way, was built in 1863 and was the largest railroad railroad YMCA in the country. In the early 1980's the building was a derelict. It was purchased by a local businessman and restored to its original glory. The centerpiece of the building is a huge 3 story tall ballroom. Pictures may be found on newsgroup alt.binaries.pictures.rail - subject line is Susquehanna Depot
As an added bonus, for the next couple of weeks, it is my understanding that CSX is running detour trains over the line. When I was there today, there was an empty auto carrier which stretched from the East side of the depot to SR tower almost 2 miles West.
If this topic is of any interest, Please let me know.
Chairman, Susquehanna County Rail Road Committee