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Northeast Pennsylvania rail views - October, 2013 - Alford, Hallstead, Susquehanna
This is part two of a 3-part series of photos I took from October 17-19, 2013. All the photos on this page are from 10/17/13.
Along the old DL&W main in Susquehanna County, only two stations remain standing, which I will cover here.
Others (now gone) included Hop Bottom (?-1999), Foster, Kingsley (1915-2007) and New Milford (1893-?).
The Alford station was built in 1915, the same year as the Hallstead station was built. Adjacent to the Alford station
is an abandoned tower which operated from 1914-1938 and controlled the junction with the Montrose Branch and also a
third track from Alford to Kingsley. The Montrose Branch was abandoned in 1944 and is now part of a rail trail.
A few miles north of Kingsley, the road to Alford is a gravel road on the left side of Route 11 with a small handmade sign.
Following Depot Road and then Station Road, you will approach this underpass after passing through this very small town.
Here's the station looking west from trackside, and the abandoned tower just to the south.
The now single-tracked ex-DL&W line is currently operated by Norfolk Southern which owns the segment
from Binghamton to Taylor Yard (south of Scranton), then continuing via the ex-D&H/WBCRR/PRR to Sunbury.
It's still in frequent daily use. It was formerly owned and operated by the Canadian Pacific.
The station roof is in fair to poor shape in sections, but the brick exterior has weathered the years well.
Inside the station on the north side, these openings seem to be what once were the rest rooms.
The rest of these photos are heading towards the south end, and there are also basement stairs surviving.
The abandoned tower seems to be in pretty good condition, and in the second photo you can see the station to the north.
There's also a basement in the tower, as seen from the north side.
These views were taken on the front (track) side of the tower. In the second photo
you can see the date (1915) and the conduit holes for the switch cables.
There's not much left on the main floor inside, and no way to easily get to the top level,
but looking up you can see that many of the levers are still in place.
Next stop was Hallstead. The station still stands and is used by local businesses, but the south end
was heavily modified with building additions which now make for a long contiguous complex.
Here's the front side, and the original structure is at the very left (north) end.
The street underpass just to the north of the Hallstead station is getting to look quite crumbled.
Next stop is Susquehanna, PA along the old Erie mainline. The station (built in 1863) was owned by a German gentleman
who planned to do some restoration and perhaps open a museum. At the time of the pic he said the roof needed a lot more work.
He said he put up the "Susquehanna" station signs very recently. Here's the east side of the building.
These next views are of the west side of the building and progressing east.
Here we get a good view of the east side of the front of the station,
but I was working with the sun coming from behind the building.
Here's a decent trackside photo under the canopy near the east end looking west. The bay window is reflecting the autumn-colored
trees across the way. This was the owner standing next to his VW. He also had a motor home on the other end.
Another view of the east end of the station.
There are still two main tracks through here, though the eastbound track seems to be the one generally in use for the
NYS&W's freight service. Generally only one daily freight passes through here in each direction, usually at night
and on a fairly regular schedule. These old NJ Transit passenger cars have been stuck on these sidings for a while,
and to my knowledge they have finally been scrapped.
A short distance to the west of Susquehanna, here's the old Erie bridge across the Susquehanna River, looking west.
On the east side of Susquehanna, the Erie has already gained elevation and crosses this viaduct over South Main Street.
Next and last, we come to the magnificent Starrucca Viaduct in Lanesboro, built by the Erie in 1847-1848.
These photos were all taken within a few blocks of each other from various perspectives, so I won't add any further captions.
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