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A Busy Fall in the Poconos: Railfans Flock to the Alco Empire

Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad operations vary from day-to-day to meet customer needs. On October 6, 2020, there were two D-L trains to the Ardent mill at Mount Pocono, Pa. C425 2457 leads M420W 2045 and RS11 1804 on west-bound empties reflecting in the calm backwaters of Larsen Lake in Gouldsboro. Where else can you find a pure RS11 running in regular road freight service? Richard W. Jahn photo

A Busy Fall in the Poconos: Railfans Flock to the Alco Empire

December 2020Fall 2020 provided plenty of color and action for railfans flocking to the Alco Empire in northeast Pennsylvania. The Delaware-Lackawanna Railroad was operating seven days a week, with frequent grain trains to the Ardent Mills flour mill at Pocono Summit, and near-daily runs of frac sand trains to the Linde sand terminal in Carbondale, Pa. From urban views in downtown Scranton to remote locations in the Roaring Brook Gorge to lakeside running on the Pocono Plateau, there was something for every photographer’s taste. Autumn foliage was surprisingly vivid this year, following several years of more muted color. Enjoy nature’s colorful pallette on the facing page, and an alternative view from the sky of D-L operations on this leaf…

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This article was posted on: December 1, 2020