The Lackawanna Railroad in Northeastern Pennsylvania (Images of Rail)

October 31, 2020
The Lackawanna Railroad in Northeastern Pennsylvania (Images of Rail)

The Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, better known asthe Lackawanna Railroad, was organized in 1851 and thrived on theanthracite coal traffic originating from the area surroundingScranton, Pennsylvania. The company came to operate a network oftrack between Hoboken, New Jersey, and Buffalo, New York, beforebecoming part of the Erie Lackawanna Railway in 1960. During thefirst decade of the 1900s, the railroad underwent a substantialmodernization and improvement project, which was documentedextensively by company-hired photographers. A century later, theseimages provide a fascinating insight into the everyday workings ofa railroad and its interaction with the communities along itsroute. Nearly all of the railroad territory covered by this bookremains in operation today.David Crosby is a student of industrial history in addition tohis employment as a train dispatcher in Scranton, Pennsylvania.Much of his dispatching territory consists of lines that were onceoperated by the Lackawanna Railroad and is depicted in this book.Crosby has also written two other books for ArcadiaPublishing—Images of Rail: Scranton Railroads and Then & Now:Scranton.