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The Lackawanna Express

The Lehigh Valley Railroad
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Linking 13 Great States With The Nation

Here we will tour the Lehigh Valley Railroad from end to end and examine its freight and passenger operations during the railroad's final years to the people of its tri state service area. All the great passenger trains; The Black Diamond, The John Wilkes,Maple Leaf, and Asa Packer will all be covered as will the hottest freight trains on the railroad, Apollos 1 and 2, which were the nearest thing to a passenger train the freight service had to offer in the final years.

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Sample Passenger and Freight Schedules plus roster information is found in this section.
Table 1. Condensed 1949 Main Line Passenger Schedule.
 
9          7          11              Stations                   10             4              8
1059  2010   2345   L  New York Penn   A       2035        0800         0900
1110 2025    2400       Newark,NJ                   2019        0744         0844
1235 2153    0127       Easton,PA                    1853        0602         0720
1300 2223    0203       Bethlehem,PA             1827        0526         0655
1345 2309    0313       Lehighton,PA              1737        0437         0609
1521 2451    0500       Wilkes Barre, PA         1555       0250          0433
1758 ------     0744        Ithaca,NY                    1317       2359         -------
1930 ------     0924       Rochester Jct.,NY        1151       2214         --------
2040 0542    1035   A Buffalo,NY            L      1040      2100         2350
------  0613     ------       Niagara Falls               ------       -------        2319
-------0855      ------   A Toronto,ONT        L       ------       -------        2040
 
Table 2. Final LVRR Passenger Timetable, Condensed, 10-30-60.
 
29             7                Stations                  8                     28
1733     1955     Lv   New York Penn Ar  0845              1020
1748     2010            Newark, NJ            0830               1005
1925     2135            Easton,PA              0700               0834
1942     2152    Ar    Bethlehem,PA  Lv  0639               0812
1947     2207    Lv    Bethlehem,PA  Ar  0626               0812
1955    2215     Ar    Allentown,PA    Lv  0616              0800
1958    2219     Lv    Allentown,PA    Ar  0612              0800
2033    2248     Ar    Lehighton,PA    Lv  0541              0723
------     2256     Lv    Lehighton,PA    AR -------              ------
-------    2423     AR   Wilkes Barre,Pa Lv   ------             ------
------     2433     Lv    Wilkes Barre,Pa Ar  -------             ------
-------    0219             Sayre,Pa                 0225             ......
-------    0306             Ithaca,NY                0134              -----
-------    0403             Geneva,NY             2425              ------
-------    0536             Depew,NY              2321              -----
-------    0555    Ar     Buffalo,NY          Lv 2250             ------
-------    0640         Susp. Bridge,NY         2220             ------
--------   0920   Ar  Toronto, ONT       Lv   1950             ------
 
PASSENGER EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE FOR SERVICE IN THE FINAL YEARS OF LEHIGH V ALLEY PASSENGER SERVICE:
Air Conditioned Parlor: 1551,1552 (Observation Cars)
1553,1554,1002
Air Conditioned Coaches: (R68): 1475-1479,1500;R82:1501-1502,1515-1519,SC82: 1503,1504 (smokers)
R92: 1510-1514. Washroom NonAC Coaches: 888-890,891,893-912,915,917.
Cafe Diner: 1000,1001,1020,1021.
Diner: 1007,1009,1010-1015
Baggage and Mail: 1025-1036,1040,1042
Baggage: 1201-1234.
Pullman Sleepers:  10 Section 2 Dble Bdrms: Scenic Forest, Scenic Highlands, Scenic Rapids, Scenic Ravine
12 Section,1 Drawing Room,: Oakner, Wesley
10Section,1DR,2 comp.: Lake Ashley, Lake Long, Lake Tracy, Lake Vale.
8Section,4DBR,: Emerald Glade, Emerald Glen.
8Section,1DR,3DBR: Peace Tower, Round Tower. 
Note: The observation cars were already gone when trains 7 and 8 ran off their final miles on February 4-5,1961.
 
PASSENGER TRAIN CONSISTS OF 1952
Train No.7 The Maple Leaf  New York to Buffalo
1 Baggage-Mail               New York  to Buffalo
1 Coach (WR)                   New York to Buffalo
1 Coach (R76)                   New York to Buffalo
1 Sleeper 10-1-2               New York to Buffalo
1 Sleeper, 8-4                   New York to Toronto
1 Sleeper, 10-1-2              Bethlehem to Toronto
1 Coach (R76)                   New York to Toronto
1 Cafe-Lounge                 New York to Lehighton
4 coaches (Sun. only)      New York to Lehighton
 
Train No.9 THE BLACK DIAMOND
1 Baggage-Mail (except Sun.) New York to Buffalo     Turn to Train 10
1 Baggage                               New York to Buffalo     Turn to Train 10
1 Parlor                                    New York to Buffalo     turn to Train 10
1 Diner                                     New York to Buffalo      turn to Train 10
1 Smoker (SC82)                      New York to Buffalo       turn to Train 10
1 coach (R92)                           New York to Buffalo       turn to  Train 10
2 coaches(WR) (Sat)                 New York to Lehighton
1 coach (except Saturday)      Bethlehem to Buffalo
 
No.11 The Star
1 Baggage-Mail (Except Saturday)    New York to Buffalo  turn to Train 4
1Baggage-Mail                       New York-Bethlehem      turn to train 4
1 Baggage                             New York-Wilkes Barre   turn to train 4
1 baggage                            New York to Buffalo,        turn to train 4
1 coach (WR)                       New York to Buffalo          turn to train 4
1 coach SC82                      New York-Buffalo               turn to train 4.
1 Cafe-Lounge                     New York-Buffalo              turn to train 4.
1 sleeper (Tower series)     New York-Buffalo               turn to Train 4.
 
EASTBOUND TRAINS ON THE LEHIGH VALLEY
No.4 The Major
1 Baggage-Mail           Buf-NY
1 Baggage (x7,1)         WB-NY
1 Baggage                  Buf-NY
1 coach(WR)               BUF-NY
1 coach (SC82)            Buf-NY
1 cafe-lounge              Buf-NY
1 sleeper (Tower srs)   Buf-NY
1 Sleeper(scenic or tower) BUF-Beth
1 coach (exc.1,6,7) Lehighton to New York
2 coaches (Monday) Lehighton to New York
1 Baggage             Bethlehem to New York.
 
Train No.8 The Maple Leaf
1 Baggage and Mail           Buffalo to New York
1 Coach (WR)                      Buffalo to New York
1 Coach (R76)                      Buffalo to New York
1 Sleeper,10-1-2                  Buffalo to New York
1 Sleeper                            Toronto to Bethlehem
1 sleeper (Glade srs)           Toronto to New York
1 Sleeper (Scenic)               Ithaca to New York
1 cafe-lounge                      Lehighton to New York
1 Diner (x6,7)                       Lehighton to New York
4 coaches (sun,DH)              Lehighton to New York
1 baggage (Sat)                   Easton to New York
 
Train No.10 THE BLACK DIAMOND
1 Baggage-Mail                    Buffalo-New York
1 Baggage                            Buffalo-New York
1 Parlor                                Buffalo-New York
1 Diner                                  Buffalo-New York
1 smoker                               Buffalo-New York
1 coach,R92                          Buffalo-New York
1 coach                                 Buffalo-Bethlehem
1 coach (Friday)                    Lehighton to New York
5 coaches (Sun)                    Lehighton to New York