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Re: (erielack) pecking order/members ages



I thought about it for a minute and then realized I DID see ERIE steam 
(albeit from a distance). I was about 5 years old and my grandmother & mom 
had gone to Scranton on the Laurel Line interurban for some reason in the 
middle of the day (shopping probly). This was about 1942. On the way home to 
the Pittston station, we'd just come out of the long tunnel when my mom said 
"Look, Walter, there's a train!" and far across the valley & higher on a 
hillside was a freight southbound with 2 and maybe 3 engines working prettty 
hard - the exhaust blasting straight out of the stacks.
   I realize now that what I'd seen was a train on the E&WV line of the ERIE 
headed for Avoca yard. At that time, I thought the world revolved around the 
Lehigh Valley where several of my mothers relatives earned their daily 
bread. I vaguely knew the DL&W really had a big operation in Scranton and a 
REALLY big station. As for the ERIE - it hardly registered on my mind. Only 
in books like ERIE POWER did I see fotos of the russian decapods running 
around the collierys as well as the action on the D&H line to Forest City.
     Like the song says "Don't it always seem as though ya don't know what 
you got 'til it's gone?"
   Later when I was in high school I was riding a bus to Wilkes-Barre on the 
East side of the Susquehanna river and just past the Wyoming bridge, a 
single track paralelled the road for a mile or soon the east side of the 
road. The Lehigh Valley mainline was on the West side of the road & until 
the bus overtook 2 GP7s & about 20 or so MT hoppers & caboose, I didn't know 
the ERIE had a reach this far........not much of a reach....one poor track 
that crossed the hiway & weevilled off thru the backyards of the houses 
along the road. This was the line from Avoca yard that went to (I think) the 
Prospect colliery.

Regards to all

Walt Smith


>From: Charles_Walsh_@_Berlex.com
>Reply-To: Charles_Walsh_@_Berlex.com
>To: "Joshua" <mail_@_joshuakblay.com>
>CC: Edward Mines <ed_mines_@_yahoo.com>, erielack@Lists.Railfan.net,        
>erielack-owner_@_lists.Railfan.net
>Subject: Re: (erielack) pecking order/members ages
>Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2005 11:25:18 -0400
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>48 here.  Got to ride the Phoebe Snow when I was about 5 years old.  But
>steam was long gone by that time.
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>                       "Joshua"
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>                       om>                 To:     Edward Mines 
><ed_mines_@_yahoo.com>
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>erielack_@_Lists.Railfan.net
>                       erielack-owner_@_list cc:
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>order/members ages
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>                       08/22/2005 11:20 AM
>                       Please respond to
>                       "Joshua"
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>26 here.  Missed DL&W/EL totally! :(
>
>Joshua
>
> > A pecking order isn't bad but I'm interested in members ages.
> >
> > I'm an Erie steam era fan, not EL and not current day.
> >
> > Chuck Yungkurth has been a tremendous source of information for me
>(too bad he didn't grow up in Erie territory).
> >
> > Randy Brown is old enough to remember steam and Jerry Heckman saw
>steam growing up but it was gone by the time he started working for the
>railroad.
> >
> > Are there any other group members who actually saw Erie steam?
> >
> > Ed Mines
> >
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> >
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> >
> > Edward B. Mines
> > 238 Willard Dr.
> > Hewlett, NY  11557
> > 516 205-6523
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