Date: 6/12/1955 Road #:
Location: Wilkes-Barre, PA more... Builder/Model:  

A view of the PRR trackage and industry environs. Note the keystone on the grade crossing shanty with the grade-crossing protection manually operated. This is the Vulcan Iron Works in the south end of Wilkes-Barre.


By: Don Shultz on 11/29/2017
The PRR reached the joint LV/CNJ/D&H passenger station and freight yards east of downtown Wilkes-Barre via it's own rails, but Hudson Yard at Parsons/Miners Mills was probably accessed via trackage rights until the construction of the Wilkes-Barre connecting railroad in 1912/15. PRR ett's for the Wilkes-Barre Division in the late forties show two locations, designated Hart and Eagle between Buttonwod and the passenger station, but no indication of an interlocking plant or block station/train order office. Switch tenders might have been used at one time, but they would have been long gone by the time of the photo (mid-fifties, judging by the auto). (date of photo 6/12/55 -webmaster)

By: Bill Culverhouse on 2/6/2015
Now that I've gotten out of my head that we were on LV, it is clear this is South Main Street, as Chuck and Tony point out. The building orientation works much better with these being PRR tracks.

By: Chuck Davis on 2/4/2015
This photo shows part of the labyrinth of tracks formed by the seven railroads which serviced the anthracite mines in this area. Part of the Vulcan Iron Works is on the left looking down the PRR tracks leading to their large buttonwood yard. One hundred years earlier you would be looking down the canal on which the tracks were laid. The car is on South Main Street heading toward the hill up to Blackman st. The single track CNJ crossing was laid in 1841 to their original depot on South Street and the D&H had trackage rights on it for both to reach mines on the west side of the Susquehanna River. The PRR track curving behind the signal bridge on the right side crossed over Hanover St. and connected with CNJ/D&H tracks.

By: Tony Verbyla on 2/4/2015
South Main St. crossing in Wilkes Barre with the Vulcan Iron Works in the background.

By: Bill Culverhouse on 2/4/2015
Vulcan Iron Works, possibly at Parrish Street?

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