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Lackawanna: 1900

Lackawanna: 1900

Scranton, Pennsylvania, circa 1900. "Group of Lackawanna freight engines. Delaware, Lackawanna & Western R.R." Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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"Where do you work-a, John?"

"On the Delaware-Lackawan!"

Used to have that song on an old Mitch Miller record.


I can see the Dunder-Mifflin building in the background.

Proper Lubrication

Our mustachioed friend stands ready to cure what oils you.


Goldsmith Bros. were at 304 Lackawanna Avenue or about the intersection of Lackawanna and Penn.

Phoebus Snow

His coverall stays clean and white,
Upon the road of anthracite.

Mother Hubbards

The Locomotives in the picture were also called "Mother Hubbards" among other names. They were discontinued from freight service because if a side rod broke, it would wipe out the cab and if on the engineer's side, the engineer also. In yard service they were much safer because of the lower speed which was not so likely to break a rod and sling it through the cab. The fireman was in a much safer place back there behind the boiler, but not so nice in the case of bad weather.

Anthracite Road Mastodons

DL&W 807 and 811 are 4-8-0 "Mastodon" or 12-wheeler types, not a very common arrangement in America. Many are familiar with the Norfolk and Western example that operates on the Strasburg tourist railroad in Pennsylvania. The "Camelback" design, which straddled the cab over the center of the boiler, allowed the exceptional width of the Wooten firebox, which burned lower BTU anthracite coal from Eastern Pennsylvania.

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