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Todd's Railfan Guide to
LANESBORO PA
SUSQUEHANNA PA
and the Starrucca Viaduct

In General
Getting Here
Maps
Sights
Signals
Fire and Police
USGS Map
 

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In General

Location / Name:
Lanesboro / Susquehanna PA

What's Here:
the Starrucca Viaduct on the northside of Lanesboro
former Erie RR depot in Susquehanna

Data:
GPS Coordinates: 41.964529,  -75.583603 (center of the viaduct)
ZIP: 18847

Access by train/transit:
None

The Scoop:

The big draw to this area is the Starrucca Viaduct, built by the Erie Railroad in 1847/48.  Impressive structure, but nestled away in the hillside so a really good shot of it is no longer available due to overgrowth.

For additional information:
http://bridgehunter.com/pa/susquehanna/starrucca/
http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/pa1270.sheet.00003a/resource/ drawings of the viaduct
http://loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=Photograph:%20pa1270&fi=number&op=PHRASE&va=exact&co%20=hh&st=gallery&sg%20=%20true 30 series pictures came from here
http://www.american-rails.com/erie-railroad.html  Erie History

Aerial shots were taken from either Google Maps or www.bing.com/maps as noted.  Screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 


Maps


The above map in a PDF format can be found here


The above map in PDF format is here


Sights


    The Starrucca Viaduct











The pictures below were found on the Library of Congress website at the links provided above.
In several of the photographs, you can see pretty good detail of the D&H R-O-W below, and the signals.














Below is a postcard of the viaduct, altho the title of being the oldest stone bridge goes to Thomas Viaduct in Relay MD....
 










And finally, my own pictures from a dreary snowyish day back in 2008.....

 

 

 

 

 




  The Infamous Erie RR Milepost JC188 Photograph and Postcards

I was unaware of this photograph until recently when Barbara P. sent me a request to see if I could figure out where it was located.  I sent out emails to the few railroad groups on Yahoo, Railway Signaling, Pennsy Signaling, the Virginian Group, and the Baltimore Railfan group.  The easy part was getting the city of origin right, as "JC" stand for Jersey City (NJ).  This almost assures you that it is on the Erie RR.  Then we had to figure out on which route the photo is from.  This is a little harder, unless you already know.  Mike Shylanski pinpointed it almost immediately, and found a PDF copy of an Erie system map that included the shot, and labeling it as "along the Susquehanna near Gulf Summit NY".... well, it's kinda closer to Lanesboro than Gulf Summit, but who's counting yards? :-)  Placing it near Gulf Summit also puts it in the wrong state!  The other railroad in the view is the Delaware & Hudson.







 





The original photo that prompted the research and this page..... bought 20 years ago in a thrift shop in Kansas City.




    The Former Delaware & Hudson right-of-way Under The Viaduct

For a thorough pictorial treatment of this area, check out: http://www.nepaview.com/dh-starucca-to-melrose.html and http://www.nepaview.com/dh-thompson-to-starucca.html







 



  the former Erie Depot in Susquehanna PA - The Depot Restaurant

GPS Coordinates:  41.944719,  -75.609708

 

 

 

  







  Bridge Over Main St in Lanesboro - Susquehanna RR/former Erie

GPS Coordinates:  41.954631,  -75.585898









  Bridge Over the Susquehanna RR on the Erie

GPS Coordinates:  41.954631,  -75.585898







  Bridge Over the Susquehanna RR on the Erie

GPS Coordinates:  41.943273,  -75.621222







  Old/former D&H Bridges over Starrucca Creek

GPS Coordinates:  41.965481,  -75.580489

Pictures above under sight 3.





Signals


    Signals adjacent to the Erie depot



 

 



 
  Interlocking Signals

I don't know for sure that there are signals here, but since it is an interlocking point, my guess is that there are since a few miles west there at an interlocking - if anyone has pictures.....



    WB D&H Signals on Bracket Post - gone





  WB Erie Signals - Erie MP (mile post) JC188

Only reason I know there WAS a signal here is because it is pictured in the above photo





Fire and Police


Susquehanna Fire Department





 

Historical USGS Maps


The top part in "B&W" is courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.





Disclaimers:

I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert. 

Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in, especially if restaurants or gas stations open, close, or change names.  Most of my maps are a result of personal observation after visiting these locations.  I have always felt that a picture is worth a thousand words", and I feel annotated maps such as the ones I work up do the same justice for the railfan over a simple text description of the area.  Since the main focus of my website is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  Since most of us railheads don't have just trains as a hobby, I have also tried to point out where other interesting sites of the area are.... things like fire stations, neat bridges, or other significant historical or geographical feature.  While some may feel they shouldn't be included, these other things tend to make MY trips a lot more interesting.... stuff like where the C&O Canal has a bridge going over a river (the Monocacy Aqueduct) between Point of Rocks and Gaithersburg MD, it's way cool to realize this bridge to support a water "road" over a river was built in the 1830's!!!  

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! BE NICE!!! Contact info is here

Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.

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