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RE: (erielack) A new set of EL questions



I read in TRAINS some years ago that the Lackawanna had more ups and
downs than any other railroad in the United States.  Most of the grades
were probably between Stroudsburg and Nicholson, not forgetting the
Dansville area.  Grades were so bad that EMD was troubleshooting
problems with the E8s cracking their axles from overheating due to
excessive braking on the hills.  They didn't have dynamic brakes.

Ed Montgomery



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From: erielack-owner_@_lists.Railfan.net
[mailto:erielack-owner_@_lists.Railfan.net] On Behalf Of Paul Brezicki
Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2005 6:30 AM
To: EL Mailing List
Subject: (erielack) A new set of EL questions

I've seen varied accounts of steepness for the DL&W grades, but here
goes:

Steepest: Scranton-Tobyhanna: 1.62% (eastbound)

Longest: Analomink-Tobyhanna: 21 miles, 1.45% (westbound)

Honorable mention: Scranton (Bridge 60)-Clark's Summit: 1.46%
(westbound)

By comparison, Erie had a relatively easy time of it with it's 1.2%
eastbound climb to Gulf Summit.

Speaking of Erie, it's remarkable that this roller-coaster RR had only
one
mainline tunnel (Otisville). But when you think of Erie, you think
bridges:
Moodna, Belfast, Fillmore, Portage, Kinzua and of course, Starrucca; the
road had more than it's share of impressive bridges and viaducts. The
first
three mentioned were built to accomodate a second track that never came.

Paul Brezicki

1) What was the biggest (Steepest and longest) Grade on the system?



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