File usage on Commons. ft.), Erie Railroad / Miscellaneous Land Records, [ca. (.03 cu. Joy and Lancaster Railroad / Minute Book of the Committee on Real Estate and the Road, 1850-1855. Lehigh Valley Railroad System Map.svg. The line is still owned and operated by the Norfolk Southern Railway and the line still runs from Port Reading Junction in Manville, New Jersey, to Penn Haven Junction in Lehigh Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania.[52]. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for LV Lehigh Valley Railroad Depot (train station) at Andreas, Schuylkill Co., PA at the best online prices at eBay! (12 cu. [6], The LVRR immediately became the trunk line down the Lehigh Valley, with numerous feeder railroads connecting and contributing to its traffic. The new line is also served by Norfolk Southern Railway, but it is served together with CSX Transportation in a joint ownership company called Conrail Shared Assets Operations. (.3 cu. The Lehigh Valley Railroad's original and primary route between Easton and Allentown was built in 1855. This was the second step toward establishment of a direct route from Waverly to Buffalo, the first being the acquisition of the Geneva, Ithaca & Athens Railroad. Condition: Used. The LVRR began construction of a series of railroads to connect the Easton and Amboy line (Easton and Amboy Railroad) to Jersey City. In 1972, the Lehigh Valley Railroad assumed the remaining Pennsylvania trackage of the Central Railroad of New Jersey, a competing anthracite railroad which had entered bankruptcy as well. Originally incorporated as the Delaware, Lehigh, Schuylkill and Susquehanna Railroad Company. (.2 cu. It was followed by the "Catasauqua" 4-4-0 and "Lehigh" 4-6-0, which were also Norris & Sons engines. Construction of a rail line to the New York state line started immediately and, in 1867, the line was complete from Wilkes-Barre to Waverly, New York, where coal was transferred to the broad gauge Erie Railroad and shipped to western markets through Buffalo, New York. ft.), Susquehanna and Clearfield Railroad / Annual Report to the Auditor General of Pennsylvania, 1895-1896. In the years leading to 1973, the freight railroad system in the northeast of the U.S. was collapsing. ft.), Philadelphia and Erie Railroad / Annual Reports to the Auditor General of Pennsylvania, 1895-1896. Construction began in earnest in 1853, and the line opened between Easton and Allentown on June 11, 1855. (1 cu. Train Cars and Work Equip. (.4 cu. The line became known as the Lehigh Line during Conrail ownership. (.25 cu. The train arrives from far away and passes the camera, while workers are waving their handkerchiefs.[37]. 1850-1967] (157 cu. On June 21, 1970, the Penn Central declared bankruptcy and sought bankruptcy protection. That southern field held the largest reserves of anthracite in Pennsylvania and accounted for a large percentage of the total production. [13][35] Unfortunately, it overreached and in 1893 was unable to meet its obligations. Someone in either of those two offices or perhaps in the County Planning Commission Office might also know the general status of the different rail lines in the county -i.e. (.1 cu. of Law / Miscellaneous Interstate Commerce Commission Case Files, 1927-1935. (.1 cu. ft.), PRR / President / Presidential Correspondence of A.J. In 1883 the railroad acquired land in northeast Pennsylvania and formed a subsidiary called The Glen Summit Hotel and Land Company. (.1 cu. The Lehigh Valley Railroad began providing service to Hemlock lake in 1895. Language: Most of the rail equipment went to Conrail as well, but 24 locomotives (units GP38-2 314-325 and C420 404415) went to the Delaware & Hudson instead. The LVRR, wanting to capitalize on the tourist appeal of the cataract and to extend its anthracite coal business to the Midwestern United States, entered an agreement with the New York Central to use . ft.), Philadelphia and Erie Railroad / Report to the Superintendant of the Tenth Census, 1880. of F. Thomson and A.J. Initially, the LVRR contracted with the CNJ for rights from Roselle to Jersey City, but the LVRR eventually finished construction to its terminal in Jersey City over the Newark and Roselle Railway, the Newark and Passaic Railway, the Jersey City, Newark, and Western Railway, and the Jersey City Terminal Railway. The lists were constructed by doing word searches of the narrative series descriptions for the designated words: maps, tracks and real estate. [45], In 1944, the LVRR's gross revenues came close to $100,000,000 which was a milestone for the railroad.[1]. ft.), PRR / Secretary / Pennsylvania Railroad and Long Island RR Directors' Inspection Trip Book, 1947. By the 1960s, railroads in the East were struggling to survive. ft.), Penn Central Corp. / General Correspondence Files, 1955-1976. Hurricane Agnes in 1972 damaged the rundown Northeast railway network, which put the solvency of other railroads including the LVRR in danger; the somewhat more solvent Erie Lackawanna Railway (EL) was also damaged by Hurricane Agnes. Map of Lehigh Valley Railroad's terminal at Jersey City Map of Lehigh Valley Railroad's Roselle and South Plainfield Railway In 1880, the LVRR established the Lehigh Valley Transportation Line to operate a fleet of ships on the Great Lakes with terminals in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Duluth. The LVRR decided to expand more to the Northeastern New Jersey in order to reach its freight yards without using the CNJ main line. Digitized content from the collections of Cornell University Library A long series of antitrust investigations and lawsuits resulted, culminating in a 1911 Supreme Court decision that forced the LVRR to divest itself of the coal companies it had held since 1868. (9 cu. By 1970, this had dwindled to 927 miles of road and 1963 miles of track. [1][19][bettersourceneeded][20]. The first locomotive purchased by the LVRR was the "Delaware", a wood-burning 4-4-0 built by Richard Norris & Sons of Philadelphia in 1855. This is currently the last time the line has been downsized. In the early part of October 1855, a contract was made with Howard & Co. of Philadelphia to do the freighting business of the railroad (except coal, iron, and iron ore). (1 cu. An sample frame of this film appears to the right of this paragraph, though not all frames show the names of property owners. (.2 cu. ft.), PRR / VP of Real Estate / Letter Press Books of J.C. Wilson, Assistant Chief Engineer and Real Estate Agent, 1876-1889. (1.1 cu. The first leg of the construction to Jersey City was the Roselle and South Plainfield Railway in 1888 which connected with the CNJ at Roselle for access over the CNJ to the Hudson River waterfront in Jersey City. The line gave the LVRR a route into Pottsville, Pennsylvania, and the Schuylkill Valley coal fields.[32]. ft.), Bell's Gap Railroad / Annual Reports, 1873-1889. ft.), PRR / VP of Eastern Region / Locality Files, 1918-1936. By controlling supply, the coal combination attempted to keep prices and profits high. (29 cu. (.25 cu. This route became important to Conrail as an alternate route to avoid Amtrak's former PRR/PC Northeast Corridor electrified route. Creator: Lehigh Valley Railroad Company Quanitities: 6 cubic feet. (.1 cu. ft.), Lehigh Valley Railroad / Annual Statement of Charges and Credits to the Investment Account for Property (BV 589), 1917-1930. [44] In 1957, the LVRR again stopped dividends. . (.1 cu. (.2 cu. and Executive Comm., 1853-1906. ft.), PRR / VP of Real Estate / Annual Reports and Data, 1920-1933. (.1 cu. (.5 cu. Lehigh Valley Railroad Maps The maps on the following pages, based on the LVRR right-of-way as of September 24, 1936, were created by the ARHS: New Jersey Mainline - from Jutland to Jersey City M&H Area and Mainline - Mahanoy and Hazleton Division, as well as the mainline from Lizard Creek Jct. (17 cu. ft.), Manor Real Estate and Trust Company / Minute Books, 1870-1954. During the early years, the line served as the body of the Lehigh Valley Railroad until the railroad either built, acquired, or merged other railroads into its system. (1 cu. Ball, Chief Conveyancer and Benjamin W. Carskaddon, Assistant Real Estate Agent, 1876-1902. James Madison Porter was the first President of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. Please enable scripts and reload this page. (1 cu. ft.), PRR / Secretary / Board of Directors' Inspection Trip Book, 1937. The Delaware, Lehigh, Schuylkill and Susquehanna Railroad (DLS&S) was authorized by the Pennsylvania General Assembly on April 21, 1846, to construct a railroad from Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania, now Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, to Easton, Pennsylvania. (.5 cu. ft.), Pennsylvania and Midland Railroad / Court Proceedings, 1895-1899. (5 cu. (.25 cu. The Anthracite Railroads Historical Society maintains this website in the memory of Ed Schaller, a kind man with a wonderful personality, who served many years as treasurer on the Board of Directors. ft.), Valley Real Estate Company / Cash Book, 1907-1922. ft.), Enola Realty Company / Ledgers, 1905-1932. The original maps were never transferred to the Archives, but a book by book inventory of the film exists. ft.), PRR / Secretary / Record of Transportation Lines, 1877-1959. (.1 cu. ft.), PRR / VP Eastern Region / Letter Books, 1924-1926. ft.), Valley Real Estate Company / Minute Book, 1907-1922. (.1 cu. The San Jos to Merced project section of the California high-speed rail system will provide a critical rail link between Silicon Valley and the Central Valley. (.1 cu. While researchers are welcome to come in and browse through the hundreds of boxes of rolled maps and drawings, Archives staff is not able to do research for non-visiting patrons in this series. He was also an enthusiastic member of the Society's modeling committee . In 1883, Hartshorne retired to allow Harry E. Packer, Asa's 32-year-old youngest son, to assume the Presidency. Lehigh Valley Terminal DL&W Train Shed Metro Rail Stations: Light Rail Rapid Transit System Miami Street Freight House / Franklin Terminals Belt Line Railroad: Daniel Zornick,, Beltline Railroad Illustrated essay Map: 1894 City of Buffalo Atlas map (online Sept. 2020) Miscellany: Robert Holder, History of Early Railroads in Buffalo It also continued to grow and develop its routes in Pennsylvania. Fowler's Panoramac Bird's Eye Maps, 1884-1905, recently added railroad maps that may not be included in the old topical sections (search for the word "rail" or "railroad"). (.1 cu. ft.), Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad / Contract Books, 1864-1891. At the end of that time period, the use rights would have to be re-negotiated, or full use and control would revert to the current property owner. Also, in 1914 the Panama Canal was completed, and the LVRR gained an important new market with ores shipped from South America to the Bethlehem Steel company. Two final blows fell in the 1950s: the passage of the Federal-Aid Highway Act in 1956, better known as the Interstate Highway Act, and the opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in 1959. The State of New Jersey passed legislation that allowed the LVRR to consolidate its New Jersey railroads into one company; the Perth Amboy and Bound Brook and the Bound Brook and Easton were merged to form a new railroad company called the Easton and Amboy Railroad (or Easton & Amboy Railroad Company). (5.6 cu. of Purchases / General Correspondence and Confidential Files of C.D. The existing tracks from Manville to Newark became a new rail line and Norfolk Southern along with CSX own it under a joint venture. (4 cu. The LVRR operated several named trains in the post-World War II era. (2 cu. Photograph by Donald W. Furler, Furler-12-021-01 . From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. The line connects with Conrail Shared Assets Operations's Lehigh Line (the new rail line) and CSX Transportation's Trenton Subdivision at Port Reading Junction in Manville, New Jersey, and connects with the Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad's Reading Division at Packerton, Pennsylvania, and Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad's Lehigh Division at Lehighton, Pennsylvania (originally M&H Junction near Old Penn Haven, Pennsylvania). The Valuable Papers are arranged numerically by file number, and are indexed by 27 rolls of 16 mm microfilm (roll #s RRV 1073-1099) in a variety of ways: alphabetically by personal or corporate name of parties, alphabeticaly by name of geographical location, and numerically by file number. ft.), Katharine Water Company / Minute Book, 1904-1925. (.10 cu. The railroad was authorized on April 21, 1846, for freight and transportation of passengers, goods, wares, merchandise and minerals[1] in Pennsylvania and the railroad was incorporated and established on September 20, 1847, as the Delaware, Lehigh, Schuylkill and Susquehanna Railroad Company. (.05 cu. This took effect on February 4, 1961. ft.), PRR / VP of Operation / Chief of Motive Power / Letter Books, 1926. ft.), Pennsylvania and North Western Railroad / Annual Reports, 1890-1901. ft.), Coxe Brothers and Company, Inc. / Appendix to Estimates of Coal on Properties Owned or Controlled, 1925. [18] For most of its length, it ran parallel to the LVRR. ft.), PRR / Secretary / Board of Directors' Roll Books, 1918-1967. ft.), PRR / Secretary / Board Files: Green Sheet Leases, 1926-1957. ft.), Enola Realty Company / Property Sales Accounts, 1905-1914. (297 cu. ft.), Enola Realty Company / Minute Books, 1905-1931. (.3 cu. ft.), Manor Real Estate and Trust Company / Property Ledger, 1886-1916. President of the Lehigh Valley System Through War, He Recently Retired", Lehigh Valley Railroad Historical Society, Luzerne County PAGenWeb (One Hundred Years of The Lehigh Valley), Lehigh Valley pages on Western NY Railroad Archive, Beyond Steel: An Archive of Lehigh Valley Industry and Culture, This page was last edited on 15 September 2020, at 21:11. DeRuyter Val Map - info needed by Cactus Jack - Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:08 pm. [39], Following the defeat of its plan, the D&H sold its stock to the Pennsylvania Railroad. [15] Asa Packer purchased additional land at the canal basin in support of the New Jersey West Line Railroad, which he hoped to use as the LVRR's terminal. ft.), Pittsburgh and Lake Erie / Railroad Annual Reports, 1967, 1969, 1972-1974, 1976-1977. ft.), Wilcox Railroad Annual Reports to the Auditor General of Pennsylvania, 1895-1896. The first such combination occurred in 1873, followed by others in 1878, 1884, and 1886. ft.), Valley Real Estate Company - Ledger, 1907-1922. (.02 cu. The Easton and Amboy Railroad was a railroad built across central New Jersey by the Lehigh Valley Railroad to run from Phillipsburg, New Jersey, to Bound Brook, New Jersey, and it was built to connect the Lehigh Valley Railroad coal-hauling operations in Pennsylvania and the Port of New York and New Jersey to serve consumer markets in the New York metropolitan area, eliminating the Phillipsburg connection with the CNJ that had previously been the only outlet to the New York tidewater; until it was built, the terminus of the LVRR had been at Phillipsburg on the Delaware River opposite Easton, Pennsylvania. [24] The marshalling yard is now the residential area known as Harbortown. Construction from Waverly to Buffalo was split into two projects, Waverly to Geneva, New York, and Geneva, which is located at the northern end of Seneca Lake), to Buffalo. The Pennsylvania merged with the New York Central in 1968, but the Penn Central failed in 1970, causing a cascade of railroad failures throughout the East. Morgan. Regional Rail Reorganization Act of 1973, Pub.L. Abandoned Rails of the Lehigh Valley Railroad LV. (.55 cu. These tracks were laid and the Easton and Amboy Railroad was opened for business on June 28, 1875, with hauling coal. In 1866, the LVRR purchased acquired the Lehigh and Mahanoy Railroad (originally the Quakake Railroad) and the North Branch Canal along the Susquehanna River, renaming it the Pennsylvania and New York Canal & Railroad Company (P&NY). From the beginning, the LVRR's New York City passengers had used the Pennsylvania Railroad's terminal and ferry at Jersey City, but in 1913 the PRR terminated that agreement, so the LVRR contracted with the CNJ for use of its terminal and ferry, which was expanded to handle the increased number of passengers. ft.), Germantown, Norristown, and Phoenixville Railroad / Minute Book, 1881-1886. In the following year, the LVRRa standard gauge railroadcompleted arrangements with the Erie Railroad, at that time having a six-foot gauge, for a third rail within the Erie mainline tracks to enable the LV equipment to run through to Elmira and later to Buffalo. Full Promotional Video: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway (.03 cu. The purchase of the Penn Haven and White Haven was the first step in expanding to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. (.1 cu. (1.25 cu. The LVRR first attempted to obtain a right of way at Greenville, but the Pennsylvania Railroad checkmated them by purchasing most of the properties needed. Eventually, the Easton and Amboy Railroad was absorbed into the parent Lehigh Valley Railroad. (25 cu. However, the route required a 4,893-foot (1,491m) tunnel through/under Musconetcong Mountain near Pattenburg, New Jersey (about twelve miles east of Phillipsburg),[21] and that proved troublesome, delaying the opening of the line until May 1875,[22] when a coal train first passed over the line. (.1 cu. (.15 cu. (.03 cu. It was opened on June 11, 1855, between Easton, Pennsylvania, and Allentown, Pennsylvania, passing through Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (5 cu. (1.5 cu. (13 cu. The best place to find out the current status of a particular piece of land would be the Recorder of Deeds and/or Tax Mapping office in the relevant county's courthouse. At the time of his death, the railroad was shipping 4.4 million tons of coal annually over 657 miles (1,057km) of track, using 235 engines, 24,461 coal cars, and over 2,000 freight cars of various kinds. The first acquisitions were the Beaver Meadow Railroad and Coal Company, which included a few hundred acres of coal land, and the Penn Haven and White Haven Railroad. Photos not available for this variation. ft.), Downingtown and Lancaster Railroad / Annual Reports to the Auditor General of Pennsylvania, 1895-1896. ft.), Lehigh Valley Railroad / Record of Expenditures Under Authority of Forms 1416, ca 1917-1926. [1], The port on Lake Erie at Buffalo was critical to the LVRR's shipments of coal to western markets and for receipt of grain sent by the West to eastern markets. ft.), Cherry Tree and Dixonville Railroad / Minute Books, 1903-1943. (.02 cu. Asa Packer was elected President of the Lehigh Valley Railroad on January 13, 1862. ft.), PRR / VP of Purchase / General Correspondence and Confidential Files of C.D. As a result, the PC was relieved of its obligation to pay fees to various Northeastern railroadsthe Lehigh Valley includedfor the use of their railcars and other operations. ft.), PRR / VP of Law / Riot Docket and Ejectment Suits, 1877-1895. Leadership of the company transferred smoothly to Charles Hartshorne, who had been vice president under Packer. The interstate highways helped the trucking industry offer door-to-door service, and the St. Lawrence Seaway allowed grain shipments to bypass the railways and go directly to overseas markets. Across the river in Easton, Pennsylvania, the line interchanges with its Pennsylvania side branch line, the Portland Secondary, which extends from Easton to Portland, Pennsylvania, connecting to the Stroudsburg Secondary, which was originally part of the Lackawanna Old Road (or simply Old Road); the Stroudsburg Secondary goes under the Lackawanna Cut-Off and connects with the Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad. {#31.18}, MG-416 Aero Service Corporation Photographs, MG-425 Ebasco Environmental Company Aerial Photographs, Baldwin Locomotive Works, Other Record Holders, PHMC Collections Management Policy Standards, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access Policy, Erie Railroad and the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, Bangor & Portland Division, including Martins Creek Branch, Limestone Spur, Wind Gap Branch, Atlantic BranchandBangor Branch, Valuation orders and related records, 1914-1934. (.1 cu. (11.9 cu. The L&S had been chartered in 1837 by the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company (the Lehigh Canal company) to connect the upper end of the canal at Mauch Chunk to Wilkes-Barre.