(.11 cu. [6] To accommodate the 4ft 10in (1,473mm) gauge of the Belvidere, the cars were furnished with wheels having wide treads that operated on both roads.[7]. To reach Wilkes-Barre, the LVRR began constructing an extension from White Haven, Pennsylvania, to Wilkes-Barre. During the majority of its ownership under the Lehigh Valley Railroad, the line was known as the Lehigh Valley Mainline, starting in the 1930s. Three months later the line branched out to the northwest past Allentown to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, on September 12, 1855. (5 cu. [6], The LVRR immediately became the trunk line down the Lehigh Valley, with numerous feeder railroads connecting and contributing to its traffic. ft.), PRR / VP of Real Estate / General Correspondence Files and Coal Mine Reports, 1930-1938. (.02 cu. Lehigh Valley Railroad Company records, 1870-1962. Countries. ft.), PRR / Secretary / Board Files: BFA Series, ca 1905-1960. [1], Throughout the 1920s the railroad remained in the hands of the Morgan / Drexel banking firm, but in 1928 an attempt was made to wrest control from it. (.4 cu. Packer brought additional financing to the railroad, installed Robert H. Sayre as chief engineer, and renamed the company the "Lehigh Valley Railroad." The economic depression following 1893 was harsh, and by 1897 the LVRR was in dire need of support. Full Promotional Video: Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway [45], In 1944, the LVRR's gross revenues came close to $100,000,000 which was a milestone for the railroad.[1]. V2A en:Lehigh Valley Terminal Railway; V2B en:Greenville and Hudson Railway; V2C en:National Docks Railway; V2D en:National Docks and New Jersey Junction Railway; V2E en:Irvington Railroad; Short lines . Cassatt and James McCrea, ca 1899-1913. Right-of-way agreements might be attached to or referenced in the chain of title (i.e. In 1882, the LVRR began an extensive expansion into New York from Waverly to Buffalo. plaindealing From shop plaindealing. ft.), Finley Company / Minute Books, 1945-1959. (2006) (.5 cu. (.1 cu. At first the incident was considered an accident; a long investigation eventually concluded that the explosion was an act of German sabotage, for which reparations were finally paid in 1979. 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. 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. (1 cu. ft.), Pittsburgh and Lake Erie / Railroad Annual Reports, 1967, 1969, 1972-1974, 1976-1977. (43 cu. (29 cu. It also continued to grow and develop its routes in Pennsylvania. The Lehigh Valley Railroad was another of the many Northeastern carriers built to move anthracite coal from eastern Pennsylvania. ft.), Enola Realty Company / Minute Books, 1905-1931. 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. (.3 cu. (.1 cu. I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby publish it under the following license: (SVG file, nominally 800 600 pixels, file size: 447 KB), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:JimIrwin, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Lehigh_Valley_Railroad_System_Map.svg&oldid=460606778, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Canal, 1901. ft.), PRR / Secretary / Board Files: Wire and Pipe Crossing Agreements, 1925-1957. [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.), Germantown, Norristown, and Phoenixville Railroad / Minute Book, 1881-1886. 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. 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. East of the junction with the Reading Line in Allentown and in Bethlehem, the line serves as Norfolk Southern's main corridor in and out of the Port of New York and New Jersey, and the New York Metro Area at large, as Norfolk Southern doesn't currently use the eastern half of its Southern Tier Line, which follows the Delaware River from Port Jervis north to Binghamton, New York, and which is now (2022) operated by the Central New York Railroad. On April 1, 1976, the LVRR, including its main line, was merged into the U.S. government's Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) ending 130 years of existence and 121 years of operation of the LVRR. Photo by Doug Lilly. (.1 cu. ft.), PRR / Secretary / Poor's Railroad Manuals, 1923-1949. 985, Last edited on 26 February 2023, at 16:09, Catawissa, Williamsport and Erie Railroad, Pennsylvania and New York Canal & Railroad Company, Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, Buffalo, Rochester and Pittsburgh Railway, New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway, Reading Blue Mountain and Northern Railroad, Lehigh Township, Carbon County, Pennsylvania, "Lehigh Valley Railroad to Retires $2,489,000 in 66-Year-Old Bonds", "Pennsylvania Railroad Seeking all the Stock of Lehigh Valley", http://www.parailfan.com/NS/ns_lehigh_line_ett.pdf, "Last of the Railroad - Era Passes Tonight as Lehigh Ends Service", "E. E. Loomis is Dead. These maps, bridge and structure drawings remains unprocessed. ft.), Penn Central Corp. / General Correspondence Files, 1955-1976. (21 cu. ft.). The series is currently being processed, and an item-level Excel spreadsheet detailing drawings that have been catalogued thus far is available in the Archives search room, and can be obtained as an email attachment from the The LVRR operated several named trains in the post-World War II era. how long the Rights-of-Way were for, when the track was laid, and when the time limit was or will be up. ft.), PRR / Secretary / Record of Transportation Lines, 1877-1959. From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. 6 Replies 6377 Views by lvrr325 Fri Aug 28, 2015 3:20 pm: [42], Following the Great Depression, the railroad had a few periods of prosperity, but was clearly in a slow decline. Proudly founded in 1681 as a place of tolerance and freedom. The route across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Oak Island Yard remains important to the Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX Transportation today, the only two Class 1 railroads that are based in the Eastern United States. ft.), Berkshire Land Company / Journal and Ledger, 1939-1955. Asa Packer was elected President of the Lehigh Valley Railroad on January 13, 1862. Winning bid: US $15.00. (3 cu. (.01 cu. In order to handle the additional new ocean traffic, the LVRR created a large new pier at Constable Hook, which opened in 1915, and a new terminal at Claremont which opened in 1923. ft.), Williamsport and Elmira Railroad / Annual Reports, 1856-1858. (297 cu. (.0 cu. 1905 - Hojack swing bridge built at Charlotte. 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. The section between Allentown and Mauch Chunk opened on September 12. The most important market in the east was New York City, but the LVRR was dependent on the CNJ and the Morris Canal for transport to the New York tidewater. ft.), PRR / Secretary / General Correspondence Files, ca 1887-1972. ft.), Buffalo Creek Railroad / Valuable Papers Files, 1868-1967. (.01 cu. (.02 cu. ft.), Girard Point Storage / Record of Deeds, 1881-1896. He was also an enthusiastic member of the Society's modeling committee . railroad archivist. | Library of Congress Outline map of the middle Atlantic states showing the three major lines in different colors. (.1 cu. In the years leading to 1973, the freight railroad system in the northeast of the U.S. was collapsing. ft.), A publication by Thomas Townsend Taber (Thomas T. Taber III) entitled, PRR / Comptroller / Confidential Annual Reports of Affiliated Corporations, 1892-1959. (.2 cu. By 1931, the PRR controlled 51% of the LVRR stock. Indicates major drainage, cities and towns, and names the railroads along the lines. Records vary as to scope and nature, including pipe and wire, trackage and crossing rights, real estate, physical facilities, financial obligations, operations with affiliated companies, governmental authorizations, purchases, and so forth. Other resolutions: 320 240 pixels | 640 480 pixels | 1,024 768 pixels | 1,280 960 pixels | 2,560 1,920 pixels. This microfilm, such as it is, is our best and most comprehensive source of PRR maps at this time. 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! (.1 cu. 1 en:Hoboken Manufacturers' Railroad; 2 en:Bay Shore Connecting Railroad; 3 en:Whippany River Railroad [5], At Easton, the LVRR interchanged coal at the Delaware River where coal could be shipped to Philadelphia on the Delaware Division Canal or transported across the river to Phillipsburg, New Jersey, where the Morris Canal and the Central Railroad of New Jersey (CNJ) could carry it to the New York City market. VDOMDHTMLtml> Map of the Pennsylvania, Reading, and Lehigh Valley Railroads, and their connections. ft.), Philadelphia and Erie Railroad / Agreement Book, 1853-1894. The owners still owned the property, but the railroad was allowed to conduct agreed-upon activities on the swath in question. ft.), which was maintained by the Secretary's office. Map of the Abandoned Rails of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. 1902 - NYC introduces The 20th Century Limited. ft.), PRR / VP of Real Estate / Reports on Coal and Coal Mines, 1861-1864. 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 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. Leadership of the company transferred smoothly to Charles Hartshorne, who had been vice president under Packer. In 1920, the LVRR sold its lake line company, the Lehigh Valley Transportation Line, to private interests due to new federal legislation which stopped the practice of railroads owning lake lines. (1 cu. ft.), PRR / President / Clement / Eastern Region Coordinating Committee Files, 1933-1936. Train Cars and Work Equip. It was located along the Hamilton Street Bridge in Allentown. ft.), VP of Real Estate / Letter Press Books of W.H. (.15 cu. Some of the lines and branches covered in the series'twenty-four boxes include: For maps of the routes and land holdings of the Lehigh and New England Railroad, the series [28] LVRR subsidiary, Lehigh Valley Railway began constructing the main line's northern part from Buffalo to Lancaster, New York, in 1883, a total distance of ten miles. The LVRR found that the route of the Morris Canal was impractical for use as a railroad line, so in 1872 the LVRR purchased the dormant charter of the Perth Amboy and Bound Brook Railroad which had access to the Perth Amboy, New Jersey, harbor, and added to it a new charter, the Bound Brook and Easton Railroad.