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Lehigh Valley Railroad

The Lehigh Valley Railroad was developed for the need of reliable and dependable transportation of anthracite coal from the coal fields of Pennsylvania to the industrial areas of the east. The Lehigh Valley was a combination of many small railroads which in time traveled from Buffalo, NY to New York City. The Lehigh Valley was famous for its Black Diamond express, and in fact the railroad was nicknamed "The Route of the Black Diamond." The operational offices for the Lehigh Valley railroad were in Bethlehem, PA.

There was three divisions of the Lehigh Valley railroad at one point--the Buffalo division, the New York division, and the Wyoming division in the coal area. The New York division covered the area from New York city, Jersey City, Sound brook, Bethlehem, all the way to Leighton, PA; most of the coal areas, including Wilkes Barre, Pittston, Hazleton, Mehoopany, Wyalusing, clear to just south of Athens, PA. The Buffalo division handled traffic from Athens, PA to Sayre, PA up to Geneva, NY and onward to Buffalo, NY and Niagra Falls, NY.

If you would like to see a timeline of the history of the Lehigh Valley railroad please click here. It is not my sight, but I liked the information.

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