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The Lackawanna Wyoming Valley Laurel Line 3rd rail ran from Wilkes-Barre to Scranton.
See System Map | Wilkes-Barre Terminal | Plains Section | Avoca Section | Scranton Section
 The Scranton yards pictured are the Laurel Line passenger terminal and freight yards. The DL&W yards and roundhouse are located behind the red buildings. The photo was taken from the Spruce street bridge in 1952 . The Station in the center of the photo with the loop track is the Laurel Line terminal. To the extreme right is the rear of the DL&W Scranton station. Note the track sheds used for passenger trains such as the Phoebe Snow. The large building in the rear of the photo is now an ammunition plant. The other terminal was located in Wilkes-Barre.

Laurel Line bus
, Avoca PA 1960

Laurel Line Freight Motor
, 1939
Edward O'Donnell

Harrison Ave Viaduct & Laurel Line
, crossing Roaring brook at Crown Ave Tunnel
Walt Stevens

LWV #13
, Scranton PA 1917

LWV #19
, Scranton PA 1939
Alfred Seibel

Laurel Line, 1939 #22

Edward O'Donnell

LWV coach #23
, Scranton PA
Don Ross

Laurel Line #31 @ Plains
Bill Volkmer

Laurel Line #31 @ Minooka Branch, 1952
Charles Chapel

Laurel Line #31 @ Pittston
Bill Volkmer

Laurel Line #31

Laurel Line #32 @ Dupont, 1951

Sanford Goodrick

Laurel Line, 1939 #32

Joseph Testagrose

LWV coach #33
, Scranton PA 1952

LWV Laurel Line #34
, Scranton PA

LWV #34
, Pittston PA 1951
Bill Slade

Laurel Line #34 @ Scranton, 1941

E. S. Miller-BV

LWV coach #35
, Scranton PA 1949
Don Ross

LWV coach #37
, Minoaka PA 1948
Don Ross

LWV #38
, Wilkes Barre, PA 1952

LWV #39
, Scranton 1933
Sean Buckley

LWV Combine #111

Leonard Tripp

Laurel Line #115 @ Scranton Term

Dan Borgnis

LWV #114
, Wilkes-Barre 1950

Laurel Line #115

Joseph Testagrose

Laurel Line #115
, Scranton station, 1950

LWV #116
, Scranton Yard 1953
Ed Miller

LWV #116
, Scranton PA 1951
Fred Oltmann

Laurel Line Freight Motor #202

Bill Volkmer

LWV Freight Motor #204
, Scranton PA 1950
Don Ross

LWV BLW #401
, L&WV freight house, Scranton

LWV BLW #401
, Scranton, 1949

LWV BLW freight engine #402
, Roaring Brook trestle 1952
Tom Flanagan

LWV engine #403
, Wilkes-Barre PA
Don Ross

LWV box #505

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Laurel Line Wilkes-Barre Station
, 1906

Laurel Line Wilkes-Barre Station
, 1912

LWV Laurel Line
, Scranton PA 1945

Laurel Line Power house
, Scranton PA 1911

Laurel Line Scranton Term 1946

Dan Borgnis

LWV Scranton terminal
,1906

LWV Laurel Line
, Scranton PA 1906

LWV Laurel Line
, Scranton PA 1951

Laurel Line Pittston Station
, 1909

Laurel Line Pittston Station
, 1909

LWV Pittston
, 2006
Michael G. Rushton

LWV Pittston
, 1909

LWV Plains

Norma Duddy

LWV Avoca aquiduct
, 1948

Rocky Glen Amusement Park
, Scranton PA 1910

Rocky Glen Amusement Park

Rocky Glen Amusement Park station
, Scranton PA

Rocky Glen Amusement Park station
: LWV built RG, accessible only by rail

Rocky Glen Amusement Park station
: LWV built RG, accessible only by rail

Rocky Glen Amusement Park
, Scranton PA 1908

Swiss Cottage
, Rocky Glen PA 1907

Rocky Glen Amusement Park
, Scranton PA 1915

Rocky Glen Station
, Scranton PA

Rocky Glen paviliion
, Scranton PA 1908

Rocky Glen roller coaster
, Scranton PA

Rocky Glen roller coaster
, Scranton PA
Norma Duddy

Rocky Glen Amusement Park
, Scranton PA 1908

Rocky Glen lake
, Scranton PA 1906

Rocky Glen lake
, Scranton PA 1905

Rocky Glen Amusement Park train
, Scranton PA 1906

Rocky Glen Amusement Park lake
, Scranton PA

Rocky Glen PA Winter Sports Ice Skating
, Scranton PA 1908

Laurel Line LVW Depot

Rocky Glen 1914

Rocky Glen Amusement Park
, Scranton PA

Lehigh Wyoming Valley RR 2-6-0 #10
, LWV #403??

Crown Ave Tunnel

Michael G. Rushton

Crown Ave Tunnel
, re-opened 2001
Michael G. Rushton
Laurel Line Schedule 1930 - Laurel Line Schedule 1950
Lackawanna Wyoming Valley Laurel Line Railroad Roster 1
Road Nbr BuilderBuiltDescription
1-10 American1902Coach
10(2nd) Stephenson1908Coach
11-23Stephenson1904Coach
31-34Osgood-Bradley1924Coach
35-36Osgood-Bradley1925Coach
37-39Osgood-Bradley1928Coach
101-103American1902Combine, nee11-13
104American1903Combine, nee14
111-113Stephenson1904Combine
114-115Osgood-Bradley1904Combine
116Osgood-Bradley1928Combine
201-204American1903Express
301American1903Construction
401BLW1895Locomotive
402BLW1907Locomotive
403LWV RR1920Locomotive
1Roster compiled from:
"Scranton's Trolleys", Benson W. Rohrboeck, Ben Rohrbeck Traction Pub, West Chester, PA © 1999

From Eastern Rail News - www.eastrailnews.com

SCRANTON, PA'S ELECTRIC CITY TOLLEY SEES LIGHT AT END OF TUNNEL...

After a decade of planning and grant writing, and two years of construction and restoration, there is a trolley light at the end of the historic 1905 Laurel Line Tunnel in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Thursday at noon, Lackawanna County Commissioners Joe Corcoran, Randy Castellani and Bob Cordaro lead a VIP delegation that includes The Lackawanna County Railroad Authority, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania & PENNDOT, the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority and the Electric City Trolley Museum Association on a ceremonial excursion that celebrates the introduction of regular trolley excursions beneath the City of Scranton via the 1-mile-long century-old and almost forgotten tunnel.

Completed in 1905, the tunnel is one of the longest interurban trolley tunnels in use in the United States today. Construction of the tunnel began in 1904. Scores of laborers worked for just over a year to complete the tunnel. The structure was built at a cost of $500,000 and was widely considered to be one of the best illustrations of tunnel engineering in the nation. From 1905 until the 1950s the tunnel serviced the Laurel Line, a 19.2-mile stretch of track that ferried trolley passengers between Scranton and Wilkes- Barre, with a popular stop at Rocky Glen Amusement Park. When freight traffic along the track ceased in the 1970s the line lay silent.

Restoration of the tunnel began in 2001. Workers undertook an extensive track rehabilitation that included replacement of bridges and repairs to the tunnel. The second phase of rehabilitation focused on electrification of the tunnel and was just completed in August. In all, nearly $6 million in grants and funding were secured to revitalize the historic Laurel Line excursion and freight route including the tunnel. In addition to trolley excursions, the Lackawanna County Railroad Authority has commenced service to Compression Polymers Corporation and future freight customers via shipments through the tunnel.

The reopening of the tunnel further demonstrates the vital link transportation played in the development of Northeast PA. In combination with the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour and Steamtown National Historic Site, visitors to the Electric City Trolley Station and Museum can experience a dynamic story of the region's industrialization and immigration. The addition of the 1905 Laurel Line Tunnel in the museum's regular excursion extends the trolley excursion experience to one-hour in length.

Passengers board a vintage trolley at Steamtown National Historic Site's platform. Along the route interpretive guides detail points of interest including the Central Railroad of New Jersey freight house, Lackawanna and Western railroad yard, Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel, University of Scranton, Roaring Brook and the historic Scranton Iron Furnaces. The Electric City Trolley Station and Museum is located on the grounds of Steamtown National Historic Site off Cliff Street in downtown Scranton.
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