Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Co. ft.), PRR / V.P. (.4 cu. In 1875, the holdings were consolidated into the Lehigh Valley Coal Company, which was wholly owned by the LVRR. In 1871, the LVRR leased the Morris Canal, which had a valuable outlet in Jersey City on the Hudson River opposite Manhattan. By 1869, the LVRR owned a continuous track through Pennsylvania from Easton to Waverly. Today, this route continues as two lines, one that is considered the original line that served as the main line for the Lehigh Valley Railroad and the other that is considered a new line that was once part of the original line that served as the main line for the Lehigh Valley Railroad. It was opened on June 11, 1855, between Easton, Pennsylvania, and Allentown, Pennsylvania, passing through Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In 1941, the Pennsylvania placed its shares in a voting trust after reaching an agreement with the New York Central regarding the PRR's purchase of the Wabash. w/ Val. 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. ft.), PRR / President / Presidential Correspondence of A.J. [1] In the 1870s the LVRR acquired other large tracts of land starting at 13,000 acres (53km2) in 1870,[9] with an additional of 5,800 acres (23km2) in 1872,[12] and turned its eye toward expansion across New Jersey all the way to the New York City area. ft.), Philadelphia and Erie Railroad / Minute Book of the Road Committee, Finance Comm. 1902 - NYC introduces The 20th Century Limited. The owners still owned the property, but the railroad was allowed to conduct agreed-upon activities on the swath in question. (.5 cu. ft.), Downingtown and Lancaster Railroad / Annual Reports to the Auditor General of Pennsylvania, 1895-1896. The Lehigh Valley Terminal Railway was a Lehigh Valley Railroad company organized in 1891 through the consolidation of the companies that formed the Lehigh Valley's route from South Plainfield through Newark to Jersey City via its bridge across Newark Bay.Until 1895, when the Greenville and Hudson Railway was constructed, the Lehigh Valley depended on the National Docks Railway to reach the . This microfilm, such as it is, is our best and most comprehensive source of PRR maps at this time. a railroad company might have purchased and owned land outright, but in the case of laying track from destination to destination, most simply purchased or otherwise secured a "Right of Way" through the property of private owners - i.e. ft.), Valley Real Estate Company / Cash Book, 1907-1922. Although government-funded Amtrak took over intercity passenger service on May 1, 1971, railroad companies continued to lose money due to extensive government regulations, expensive and excessive labor cost, competition from other transportation modes, declining industrial business and other factors;[49] the Lehigh Valley Railroad was one of them. ft.), PRR / V.P. United States (except New York) States. ft.), Pennsylvania and North Western Railroad / Annual Reports, 1890-1901. [53] The only daylight New York-Buffalo train, the "Black Diamond", was discontinued in 1959. A daily freight train was put into operation leaving Easton in the morning and returning in the evening. It fronted the Morris Canal Basin with a series of 600-foot (180m) piers angling out from the shoreline but was too narrow for a yard, so the LVRR built a separate yard at Oak Island in Newark to sort and prepare trains. . The remainder of the assets were disposed of by the estate until it was folded into the non-railroad Penn Central Corporation in the early 1980s. [citation needed]. (.02 cu. ft.), Lehigh Valley Railroad / General Correspondence Files, 1972-1976. VDOMDHTMLtml> Map of the Pennsylvania, Reading, and Lehigh Valley Railroads, and their connections. The Lehigh Line still exists and still serves as a major freight railroad line that operates in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. (.02 cu. (.05 cu. The railroad was chartered on August 2, 1847, and elected James Madison Porter its president on October 21. 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. ft.), Valley Real Estate Company - Ledger, 1907-1922. In 1883, Hartshorne retired to allow Harry E. Packer, Asa's 32-year-old youngest son, to assume the Presidency. ft.), Penn Central Corp. / General Correspondence Files, 1955-1976. The railroad would run parallel to the Lehigh River and break the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company's monopoly on coal traffic originating in the Wyoming Valley. ft.), Lehigh Valley Railroad / Record of Expenditures Under Authority of Forms 1416, ca 1917-1926. ft.), PRR / VP of Altoona Works / Record of Operating Expenses of the Juniata Shop, 1914-1918. 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). ft.), PRR / President / Subject Index to Presidential Corr. Map of the Pennsylvania, Reading, and Lehigh Valley Railroads, and their connections. (.2 cu. The series listed below contain scattered information and/or maps of PRR and Penn Central real estate holdings in Manuscript Group 286. ft.), Lehigh Valley Railroad / List of Roadway Completion Reports (BV 586), 1919-1927. At Easton, the LVRR constructed a double-decked bridge across the Delaware River for connections to the CNJ and the Belvidere Delaware Railroad in Phillipsburg. ft.), Manor Real Estate and Trust Company / Stock Transfer Book, 1889-1931. (.1 cu. ft.), State Realty Company / Minute Book, 1907-1909. In 1875, the LVRR financed the addition of a third rail to the Erie Railroad main line so that cars could roll directly from colliery to the port at Buffalo. It also continued to grow and develop its routes in Pennsylvania. 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. [1], The LVRR's rolling stock was hired from the Central Railroad of New Jersey and a contract was made with the CNJ to run two passenger trains from Easton to Mauch Chunk connecting with the Philadelphia trains on the Belvidere Delaware Railroad. The LVRR was approved for such a restructuring in 1940 when several large mortgage loans were due. The company was a subsidiary of the Lehigh Coal & Navigation Company (LC&N), but for much of its lifetime leased by the Central Railroad of New Jersey.It was founded in 1837 to carry coal from the North Branch Division of the Pennsylvania Canal to the . (.1 cu. (.1 cu. (17 cu. [30] As a result of its leases and acquisitions, the Lehigh Valley gained a near-monopoly on traffic in the Finger Lakes region. ft.), PRR / VP of Eastern Region / Press Copy Plan Book, 1899-1907. ft.), PRR / VP of Operation / Chief of Motive Power / Miscellaneous Motive Power Blueprints and Related Materials, ca 1900-1968. 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. (1 cu. The Easton and Amboy's operations were labeled the "New Jersey Division" of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. Now under ownership of the Norfolk Southern Railway, the Lehigh Line's route is now from Port Reading Junction in Manville, New Jersey, to Penn Haven Junction in Lehigh Township, Pennsylvania. 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. (.2 cu. At Perth Amboy, a tidewater terminal was built on the Arthur Kill comprising a large coal dock used to transport coal into New York City. ft.), Lehigh Valley Railroad / Abstract and Opinion of the Acts of the Legislature and Casesin reference to the Title of the North Branch Division of the Penna. [1], The length of the line from Mauch Chunk to Easton was 46 miles of single track. The Geneva, Ithaca & Athens Railroad passed into the hands of the LVRR in September 1876, which extended from the New York state line near Sayre, Pennsylvania, to Geneva, New York, a distance of 75 miles. [14] A year later, Harry Packer died of illness, and Asa's 51-year-old nephew Elisha Packer Wilbur was elected president, a position he held for 13 years.[27]. ft.), VP of Real Estate / Letter Press Books of W.H. 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. Small party privacy and fantastic views! (.1 cu. In pursuit of that strategy, the 1868 purchases of the Hazleton Railroad and the Lehigh Luzerne Railroad brought 1,800 acres (7.3km2) of coal land to the LVRR, and additional lands were acquired along branches of the LVRR. (.01 cu. (.01 cu. Train Cars and Work Equip. ft.), PRR / VP of Purchase / General Correspondence and Confidential Files of C.D. 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. Additionally, a segment from Geneva to Victor, New York, later cut back to Shortsville, New York, to Victor, remained with the Lehigh Valley Estate under subsidized Conrail operation. Photograph by Donald W. Furler, Furler-12-021-01 . Size of this PNG preview of this SVG file: Add a one-line explanation of what this file represents. ft.), Peoria and Eastern Railway / Annual Reports, 1928-1936, 1938-1961, 1963-1966, 1970-1973, 1976. (.1 cu. DeRuyter Val Map - info needed by Cactus Jack - Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:08 pm. The 1890s were a period of turmoil for the LVRR. . A pair of ALCO FA-2 FB-2 car body diesel-electric locomotives were also purchased to augment the PAs when necessary. (.03 cu. The Shortsville to Victor segment became the Ontario Central Railroad in 1979 (the Ontario Central became part of the Finger Lakes Railway in October 2007[51]). The Auburn Branch Sayre, PA to North Fair Haven NY, PA | CR, LV, NY&OM Batavia to Leroy, NY NY | LV Buffalo to Victor, NY NY | LV The Cayuga Lake Railroad Auburn to Lake Ridge, NY NY | CLRR, CR, LV The Cortland Branch East Ithaca to Camden, NY NY | LV Ithaca to . 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. ft.), Girard Point Storage / Record of Deeds, 1881-1896. The line was laid with a rail weighing 56 pounds per yard supported upon cross ties 6 x 7 inches and 7-1/2 feet long placed 2 feet apart and about a quarter of it was ballasted with stone or gravel. (.2 cu. ft.), Enola Realty Company / Journals, 1905-1932. Other RBMN Train Rides . The United States Railroad Administration controlled the railroad from 1918 to 1920, at which time control was transferred back to the private companies. The purchase of the Penn Haven and White Haven was the first step in expanding to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. First, it purchased a large parcel of land in Buffalo, the Tifft farm, for use as terminal facilities, and obtained a New York charter for the Lehigh Valley Railway (a similar name to the LVRR, but with "railway" instead). The line makes notable connections with other Norfolk Southern lines such as the Reading Line and independent shortline railroads. Click on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. (1.5 cu. Then in 1887 the Lehigh Valley Railroad obtained a lease on the Southern Central Railroad (the LVRR previously had trackage rights on the railroad starting in 1870), which had a route from Waverly northward into the Finger Lakes region. Finally in 1900, the LVRR purchased the National Docks Railway outright. Ad vertisement from shop plaindealing. In order to document their corporate valuations to the ICC, American railroad companies had to submit detailed maps of their real estate holdings. The purpose of the Temple Iron Company was to lock-up independent coal production and control the supply. ft.), PRR / President / Presidential Correspondence of Samuel Rea, 1913-1925. James Madison Porter was the first President of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. (.53 cu. 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. The former Lehigh Valley tracks between Manville, New Jersey, and Newark are operated separately by Conrail Shared Assets Operations as their own Lehigh Line. Leadership of the company transferred smoothly to Charles Hartshorne, who had been vice president under Packer. (.16 cu. ft.), PRR / Secretary / Pennsylvania Railroad and Long Island RR Directors' Inspection Trip Book, 1947. Conrail abandoned most of the route in New York State to Buffalo after 1976, considerably shortening the line. These maps, bridge and structure drawings remains unprocessed. In New Jersey, the LVRR embarked on a decade-long legal battle with the CNJ over terminal facilities in Jersey City. ft.), PRR / VP of Real Estate / Reports on Coal and Coal Mines, 1861-1864. Files are available under licenses specified on their description page. ft.), PRR / Secretary / Information Books, ca 1926-1954. Finally in 1887 the two railroads reached a settlement, and construction of the LVRR's Jersey City freight yard began. ft.), Lehigh Valley Railroad / Valuable Papers Files, 1850-1966. The LVRR's Newark and Roselle Railway in 1891 brought the line from Roselle into Newark, where passengers connected to the Pennsylvania Railroad. Annual Report of the State Board of Assessors of the State of New Jersey, News Printing Co., 1889, p.85. (.1 cu. ft.), PRR / Secretary / Board Files: Green Sheet Leases, 1926-1957. In 1892, the Reading Railroad thought it had a solution instead of attempting to maintain agreements among the coal railroads, it would purchase or lease the major lines and bring them into a monopoly. [39], Following the defeat of its plan, the D&H sold its stock to the Pennsylvania Railroad. The Beaver Meadow Railroad had been built in 1836, and it transported anthracite coal from Jeansville in Pennsylvania's Middle Coal Field to the Lehigh Canal at Mauch Chunk. ft.), PRR / VP of Eastern Region / Locality Files, 1918-1936. ft.), Germantown, Norristown, and Phoenixville Railroad / Minute Book, 1881-1886. Morgan. 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. Map of the Pennsylvania Schuylkill Valley Railroad, the predecessor to the Schuylkill Branch The abandoned Schuylkill Branch bridge over the Schuylkill River at Lower Pottsgrove, photographed in 2011 The Schuylkill Branch was a rail line owned and operated by the former Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. (1 cu. (.4 cu. [2] It was sometimes known as the Route of the Black Diamond, named after the anthracite it transported. ft.), West Lane Garage Company / Minute Book, 1934-1943. (5 cu. (.1 cu. 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. Paper or digital copies of the items on the list can then be ordered. (.1 cu. File usage on other wikis. (.1 cu. The line is part of Norfolk Southern's Harrisburg Division and it is part of Norfolk Southern's Crescent Corridor, a railroad corridor. The South Basin terminal was used solely for freight, having docks and car float facilities. The Lehigh Valley Railroad (reporting mark LV) was a railroad built in the Northeastern United States to haul anthracite coal from the Coal Region in Pennsylvania. (5.6 cu. Coal, steel, passengers, and various other freight could be carried via the Lehigh Valley Railroad to either the Great Lakes or . ft.), Cherry Tree and Dixonville Railroad / Minute Books, 1903-1943. ft.), Valley Real Estate Company / Minute Book, 1907-1922. 1905 - Hojack swing bridge built at Charlotte. (.02 cu. how long the Rights-of-Way were for, when the track was laid, and when the time limit was or will be up. The lists were constructed by doing word searches of the narrative series descriptions for the designated words: maps, tracks and real estate. The restructuring allowed the LVRR to extend the maturity of its mortgages, but it needed to repeat the process in 1950. (1.34 cu. When the LVRR opened, those producers eagerly sent their product by the railroad instead of canal, and within two years of its construction the LVRR was carrying over 400,000 tons of coal annually. ft.), Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad / Contract Books, 1864-1891. Subsequently, the LVRR favored engines from Baldwin Locomotive Works and William Mason, but tried many other designs as it experimented with motive power that could handle the line's heavy grades.[7]. The LVRR shareholders received shares of the now independent Lehigh Valley Coal Company, but the railroad no longer had management control of the production, contracts, and sales of its largest customer. In some cases (yards, stations, repair facilities, etc.) Order #20 of ICC, 1916-1921. 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. ft.), Lehigh Valley Railroad / Property Schedules, (BV 634, 635 and 636), 1936-1941. Other good sources of detailed real estate depictions are the, The "Transportation" section of the State Archives', #544, U.S. Geological Survey Topographic Maps, 1942-1973, #567, T.M. railroad archivist. 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. (.01 cu. 93-236, 87 Stat. In 1895, the LVRR constructed the Greenville and Hudson Railway parallel with the national docks in order to relieve congestion and have a wholly-owned route into Jersey City. Passengers were routed to the Pennsylvania Railroad's terminal and ferry. [4] All this changed in October 1851, when Asa Packer took majority control of the DLS&S. (3 cu. Customers naturally resented the actions of the cartel, and since coal was critical to commerce, Congress intervened in 1887 with the Interstate Commerce Act that forbade the roads from joining into such pools. Congress reacted with the 1906 Hepburn Act, which among other things forbade railroads from owning the commodities that they transported. Construction commenced in 1872 as soon the Easton and Amboy was formed; coal docks at Perth Amboy were soon constructed, and most of the line from Easton to Perth Amboy was graded and rails laid. (bridge still exists today. Bankruptcy trustee from August 1974 to April 1976. (.1 cu. ft.), PRR / VP of Law / Riot Docket and Ejectment Suits, 1877-1895. The railroad also published a monthly magazine promoting travel on the train called the "Black Diamond Express Monthly". of F. Thomson and A.J. The section between Allentown and Mauch Chunk opened on September 12. [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. Digitized content from the collections of Cornell University Library (4 cu. Working in conjunction with the Allentown & Auburn Railroad and the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society the three groups plan to restore the switcher back to operating condition wearing its original L&NE colors and number. Original file (SVG file, nominally 800 600 pixels, file size: 447 KB). [3], Little occurred between 1847 and 1851, save some limited grading near Allentown, Pennsylvania. 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

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